MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, April 22, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

Ouroboros Alea Taction • Semi-Modular Analog Touch Synthesizer

video upload by Ouroboros Electronics

Pre-order at Nightlife Electronics. US distribution coming soon.

"Alea Taction is a new iteration of the classic Alea with the addition touch plates as well as a new aesthetic and enclosure. The touch plates open up another another dimension of gestural control and influence which the user has over the instrument - providing more potential for variation and playability within a patch, and a deeper, closer connection and involvement with the instrument. The touch plates can be patched to control the dynamics of each voice, bend and affect the pitch of the oscillators, affect the cross-modulate the voices, modulate the waveshapers of each voice, affect the shift-register, and so on, in any configuration you’d like to patch. The touch plates are equally useful for manually playing drones using only the touch plates as they are for adding dynamics and variation into a rhythmic techno patch. The touch plates do not function as a traditional keyboard controller or traditionally drum pad, but instead as a way to introduce organic and gestural interactions through variable control voltage to influence the overall ecosystem of the Alea. Now available.


Alea Taction is a two voice semi-modular analog synthesizer with sine wave oscillators, waveshapers, low pass gates, LFOs, a stochastic shift register-based sequencer, and three touch plates for gestural influence. These elements work together as a standalone patchable instrument that is capable of everything from generative melodies and morphing drones to psychoacoustic percussion, silky sub basslines, esoteric techno, tactile improvisations and much more. Sonically, the Alea is dark, smooth, warm, and natural sounding. The sine wave oscillators have CV and FM inputs paired with attenuators for each input as well as a two different voltage controllable waveshapers per oscillator which affect the timbre of the oscillators - one type of waveshaper which adds subtle harmonics to shape the sine into a soft triangle wave, and the other waveshaper folds and shapes the phase of the sine. The oscillators also have sine outputs for modulating each other, as well as a vactrol-based vca which is hardwired as a bi-directional modulation index that can be opened via cv or gate signals for timbral cross-modulation between the two oscillators. The oscillators can be used as completely separate voices, or together with one voice acting as a primary oscillator and the other as a modulation oscillator. The two voices also have individual outputs. Each voice has a vactrol low pass gate with two inputs per LPG - one regular gate input which will provide sustain for the duration of the gate or cv signal, and one input which coverts the gate to a trigger for faster percussive sounds with no sustain and only decay. The LPGs can also be patched so that they are held open to create drones, or patched for amplitude modulation via one of the oscillators or modulation sources. The LPGs can also be help open and dynamically controlled by the touch plates via the LPG gate input. The three gold-plated touch plates of the Alea generate variable control voltage signals which can be patched to control various aspects of the system such as the amplitude, pitch, modulation, and cross-modulation of the voices as well as the the pattern and tempo of the shift register. The touch plates do not function as a traditional keyboard controller or traditional touch controller, but instead as a way to introduce organic and gestural interactions to influence the ecosystem of the Alea. The amount of control voltage which is produced as they are touched depends on factors such as the amount of skin that contacts the plate, the amount of pressure used, the as well as factors such as the temperature of your fingers, etc. Because of a build up of body heat and perspiration, the more you touch the plates, the more responsive they become. The Alea has two LFOs - a LFO with triangle and square wave outputs as well as a VCLFO with a triangle output. The Alea's sequencer is based around a four-stage shift register which is clocked by the VCLFO and collects data from one of the oscillators for probabilistic pattern generation. The shift register can also be clocked from external clock signals from other instruments. The shift register cycles through it's four stages as it collects on/off data on each clock pulse and creates different arrays of outcomes as it cycles. Once the Alea has been patched and knobs have been set - the shift register will continue to cycle through patterns and generate different numeric combinations of it's stages in unity or in abscense like a roll of the dice or a song of the birds.

Each Alea Taction includes a 18v center negatice DC power adapter.
The Alea Taction is housed in a 15” x 9’ x 2” bamboo boat with a matte PCB front panel.
Patch cables and output cables not included."

Roland Juno-60 & BOSS DR-220E

video upload by SynthMania

Roland Juno-60
Fender Jazzmaster

UDO Super 6 Desktop with the Five12 Vector Sequencer

video upload by Nightlife Electronics

"In this two-part video document we wish to showcase the soothing and pleasant sounds of the magical UDO Super 6 Desktop Synthesizer, under control from the Five12 Vector Sequencer.

The Vector Sequencer is a perfect tool for creating evolving, syncopated and layered midi/cv melodies. It has a lot of really cool tricks that make live composition and improvisation very immediate and fun; things like conditional events, scales, algorithmic pattern generation just to name a few.

It's partner in crime in this video, the UDO Super 6 Desktop, is one of the best sounding modern era synthesizers you can put your hands on. It falls beautifully in that category of synth that oozes with inspiring sounds and fits great in any genre.

Both the Five12 Vector Sequencer and the UDO Super 6 Desktop are available at Nightlife Electronics:"

EMW's Laser Cutting Facility

video upload by EMW Synthesizers

"A short visit to our Laser cutting department.
Special thanks to Cleiton and to Luis for kindly agreeing to share part of their working day!"

Yamaha Portasound PSS-130

via this auction

Touch capacitive controls? Thought this was interesting as there are no buttons on it.

The PSS-130 came out in 1987 according to Wikipedia.

You can find demos in previous posts here.


video upload by Catalogue

The Sequential Circuits Prophet 6 Presets and Sequences

These are all the presets of the second sound bank ( 101 - 200 )
The synth have a built in step sequencer that work also in poly mode.
Here you can hear all the programmed sequences for each preset.

SEQUENTIAL PROPHET 6 - PRESET demos by Catalogue

Cat Demon Waltz // Streets of New Capenna OST

video upload by Amie Waters

"I once again had the wonderful opportunity to write music for my favorite kind of cardboard rectangles. Thank you so much to Wizards of the Coast for sponsoring me to make some chill synth jazz inspired by the art deco glamour of New Capenna. I have two songs this time, so make sure to check them both out and pre-save the album right now:"

Printed Circuit Birds by Kelly Heaton

Printed Circuit Bird (Bluejay), 2022 from Kelly Heaton on Vimeo.

My "printed circuit birds" are self-contained sound generators. The electronics are � analog: no audio recordings or software are involved. By “analog” I mean that the sound is dynamically produced by the bird’s body (aka the circuit), like a vintage synthesizer. In this video, I adjust knobs to change resistance in the circuit, thereby altering the song quality. You can think of this like adjusting neurons in a bird’s brain to alter the impulse by which it vocalizes. I am passionate about building circuits because they demonstrate the life-like qualities of electronic hardware, which is often over-looked in favor of software. I’m not sure why we abandoned analog hardware along the road to technological advancement— digital is great for what it does, but it’s not the full spectrum of creative electronics. It would require a vast amount of hardware to build a digital computer capable to execute code for birdsong like this.

Survey of my electronic songbirds from Kelly Heaton on Vimeo.

A three minute overview of some electronic songbirds I made in the past two years.

Survey of my electronic songbirds from Kelly Heaton on Vimeo.

Circuit Bird (AP 1/1) from Kelly Heaton on Vimeo.

"Circuit Bird" is a mixed media piece made with traditional printmaking techniques, laser cutting, and electrical engineering. The electronics, which are entirely analog (meaning, there is no computer, software, or audio recording involved) generate bird-like sounds that can be adjusted using knobs on the front panel of the work. Each knob controls the frequency of a single oscillator, which is a circuit element that vibrates when exposed to electricity. There are six oscillators in the entire piece, each with two knobs. The reason for the two knobs is that I have built a type of circuit called an "astable multivibrator," in which oscillation is produced by two transistors that are connected together with a combination of capacitors and resistors. The easiest way to visualize this dynamic is to think of a tennis match wherein electrons are bounced back and forth between two players in a rhythmic volley. Each transistor, aka "tennis player," hits the electronic "tennis ball" with a force that returns it to the opposite transistor (like Pong). This back and forth bouncing of electrons creates a sinusoidal waveform of rising and falling electricity: hence, creating an oscillation.

A single oscillation is not particularly interesting to see or hear; it creates a continuous pulse, such as a blinking light or beeping sound. However, things get interesting when you combine oscillators to create patterns. In my practice of creative electrical engineering, I have discovered that five or six interconnected oscillators are sufficient to produce an electronic pattern or "grammar" reminiscent of birdsong. "Circuit Bird" demonstrates the expressive potential of analog oscillators to mimic life-like behaviors. I discuss this insight in greater detail in this presentation from Fall of 2020:

Documentation of "Circuit Bird," 2021 (artist's proof 1/1). The art is made with electronic hardware, printed circuit boards, foiled chipboard, and screen-printed silk that has been laminated on a wooden frame. Dimensions are 35" tall, 23.5" wide, and 1.5" deep

Tour of the analog electronic soundscape in my studio (January, 2021) from Kelly Heaton on Vimeo.

Works shown include: Big Pretty Bird (2019), Bluebird (2020), Pretty Bird ver.CC (2019), Parrots (2020), Birds at my Feeder (2020), Electrolier / September Night (2018), Moth Electrolier (2019), and The Great Conjunction (2021). All of the lights and sounds are dynamically generated by analog electronic hardware of my own design.

Bad Gear - Korg Volca FM

video upload by AudioPilz

"Welcome to Bad Gear, the show about the world's most hated audio tools. As it seems, I am the only gear YouTuber who didn't get a new and updated Korg Volca FM2 and we are going to take a look at the original Volca FM. Is this Yamaha DX7 compatible compact synth still up to the job or should we get the upgraded version?

00:00 Intro tune
01:18 Overview Korg Volca FM
02:36 DX7 patches from the internet
04:42 OG FM vs. FM2
05:13 Hate
05:33 Jam 1
06:26 Jam 2
07:22 Finale
07:51 Verdict"

AudioPilz Bad Gear posts

Behringer Teases New UB-X for $1199 w/ Involvement from Engineer with Experience with the OB-X

Note Sequential owns the trademark for the OB-X. No mention of who the engineer is:

"We have some exciting news for you. In our constant search to hire passionate and experienced engineers, we found a fantastic analog engineer, who has not only decade-long synth design experience, but also specific knowledge related to the OB-X circuitry.

The OB-X is quite different from other synths, as it uses predominantly discrete circuitry, which makes the design and manufacturing more challenging.

This development will now give us a massive head start and we immediately formed a focused engineering team to start the development of the UB-X.

As we recently shared with you, now that we have fully developed the firmware platform for the UB-Xa, we can reuse up to 80% for the next Poly synths such as the UB-X, which will tremendously speed up the development.

We’re super excited about this project and will hopefully announce the lead engineer in the near future. If you like to join this amazing team and have deep experience with mixed architecture hardware or embedded software design, please send your resume to

We target to offer an 8-voice UB-X for US$ 1.199 retail.

What do you think about the features, overall design and price?"

How the Quasimidi Polymorph got its name - True Synthesizer History!

video upload by Wine&Synths

00:00 Start
00:13 Story
07:55 Demo - no talking

"This is the true story about how the Quasimidi Polymorph got its name.

Back then, from 1995 to 1998, I was young and naive and getting the job as a product specialist and sound programmer at Quasimidi seemed incredibly cool to me!

What I really experienced there, you will learn in this vide. True synthesizer history!

And do not forget: Smoking kills! ;-)

Support the most important event of the synth community and buy your ticket for #Superbooth22 now!

Follow us on Instagram:

#quasimidi #synthdemo #synthesizer #proaudio #melodictechno #drummachine #onesynthchallenge #synthesizertutorials #minimaltechno

Thanks to:
Der HEDDphone im Test als Studio-Monitor-Ersatz! Demnächst mit Praxistest auf diesem Kanal!

℗ & © Wine&Synths 2022 a project by"

Klaus Schulze gets a mention after the three minute mark.

The Digisound 80 With Clementine Blue


"​@Clementine Blue Came to the museum the other week for a couple of days to try a few machines out.
WE ARE OPEN THIS WEEKEND information / contact:-

The Reverse Engineers were going to star in "Getting to Bent" 2008 docco that was never completed

video upload by Edward Jones aka Loscha

New Loops Releases Cataclysm—Avenger Expansion

"New Loops has released Cataclysm — a new electronic cinematic sound bank for Avenger featuring a collection of exquisitely crafted Avenger presets inspired by modern soundtracks including: Mr Robot, Mass Effect, The Division 2, The Social Network, and Cyberpunk 2077.

This avenger expansion covers the main elements of a track, from industrial basses, to dark atmospheres and ambient soundscapes, to inspiring electronic sequences, and huge space-age pads. The post-apocalyptic leads will add excitement, while the beautiful synth keys are perfect for melodies.

Cataclysm will be suitable for many genres of electronic music, including soundtrack, film score, game score, dark wave, cyberpunk, dark electro, downtempo, ambient, and many other electronic styles.

Currently only £24.49 with 30% off intro sale (full price £34.99). There’s a free demo pack to download. You can also get an extra 30% off all orders over £39 with code: 30OFF39"

Novation Circuit Tracks getting Arp help from LaunchKey Mini mk3

video upload by motobor

"Trying out LaunchKey Mini mk3 with Circuit Tracks. Launchkey arp section open up new creative possibilities for idea creation."

Korg Wavestate - "Explorations" Soundset by Ephilion

video upload by LFOstore

"LFO.Store is extremely pleased to release ‘Exploration’ soundbank for a legendary Korg Wavestate - synthesizer with unique possibilities of multilayer and multifaceted synthesis. Renowned sound designer Otto K. Schwarz became an explorer of unforgettable soundscapes, which we are witnessing by working with these presets.

This soundbank bringing you up-to-date sounds which are perfect for creating ambient music, soundtracks, EDM or performing live jams. Flowing and sparkling pads, inspiring cosmic leads, energizing basses, spreading through the universe arpeggios, and many more - 40 useful presets are waiting for you!"

00-The Korg ARP 2600M-Why Marc Doty/AutomaticGainsay is Astonished

video upload by AutomaticGainsay

"Here is the introduction to a multi-part series that demonstrates the sound and functionality of the Korg ARP 2600M synthesizer. It features some discussion, and several examples of sounds from the ARP 2600M. All music in the video was created using sounds created with the 2600M without any external modification.

This video was funded by the Patreon supporters of Automatic Gainsay. Support the creation of this video and all of the Automatic Gainsay videos that have helped you by becoming an Automatic Gainsay supporter on Patreon!"

AutomaticGainsay KORG ARP 2600M posts

Arp Synthesizer Catalog Brochure & ARP 2500 Flyer

via this auction

"Arp Synthesizer Catalog, 1970s. Printed on high quality full color paper stock. 8 pages cover to cover. Includes color pics and specifications of four of Arp’s most legendary and Iconic synthesizers. Now approx 40+ years old. Time keeps on slipping into the future. And as a bonus a small flier of the Arp 2500."

Buchla Music Easel

via this auction

Make Noise Maths w/ Original Box

via this auction, also on Reverb

Analogue Solutions Red Square SN 2704

via this auction

Sylvester - Do You Wanna Funk? - Recreation

video upload by Luke Million

"I've always been a big fan of Patrick Cowley's work with Sylvester and "Do You Want To Funk?" Is one of my favourite jams of all time. 🎹🕺🎹

Gear Used;
Oberheim DX Drum Machine
Roland Jupiter 4
Moog Multimoog
Oberheim OB8
Roland VP330 Vocoder Plus"

Elektron Digitakt + Hologram Microcosm // Infinity Bells

video upload by Dexba

"Another soothing afternoon.
Digitakt is sequencing 7 bell tracks, each with a different track length and a per-track LFO randomizing the volume of the steps, in order to furtherly increase the slowly evolving feeling.
Track 1 is the only one with strings, meanwhile, the Microcosm is recording, then looping everything one octave down, while some parameters are sequenced by the Digitakt to increase the movement.
Hope you enjoy ✨"

New Soundbank! Synapse-Audio OBSESSION - CINEMAGIC by Kevin Schroeder

video upload by Kevin Schroeder

"available at:
Cinemagic is our first soundset for Obsession, crafted by none other than Hans Zimmer's top sound designer Kevin Schroeder!

This epic soundset consists of 80 carefully crafted, incredibly inspiring and unique sounds for a variety of genres, with a strong focus on Cinematic and Synthwave.

All of the included patches support the modulation wheel, and many respond to additional controllers like Breath, Aftertouch or Velocity as well, offering great expression for your music productions and live performances alike."

Eraldo Bernocchi - Evolving Patterns (Polyend Tracker Scene Project)

video upload by Polyend

"Polyend Tracker chance note and fx triggers create an evolving pattern that never sounds the same. Such a fun machine."

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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