MATRIXSYNTH: Saturday, May 7, 2022

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Saturday, May 07, 2022

New Donner B1 Analog Bass Synthesizer & Sequencer

You might recognize the name Donner from previous posts featuring pedals by them. It looks like they created a mini bass synthesizer for $168.99.

via Donner (no demos at this point):

"Donner B1 Analog Bass Synthesizer & Sequencer with VCF, Saturation and Delay Effects

In order to provide better use experience, Donner B1 analog bass synthesizer has made unprecedented innovation in the operation interface, provide simpler and more intuitive interface for all music lovers. And this innovation won the 2022 reddot design award.

The B1 controller & sequencer features all of the deep bass and acid synthesizer sounds of the classic synth, but brings it back in a more intuitive format. Our B-1 bass synth gives you the perfect combination of retro and new school cool.

Beginner-Friendly Synthesizer Interface
We’ve optimized the sequencer of this synthesizer to be easier and more intuitive to use. Easily edit your own sequences with 128 sequence presets covering a range of musical styles, and 128 user programmable presets.

Silicone Tactile Keyboard with Backlight
The Donner B1 sequencer features modern silicone keys with a color changing backlight, making them a joy to play. In addition to sequencing, you can also play your synth lines live with the keys.

Classic 3 Type Deep Bass Tone With Saturation and Delay Effects
Get authentic analog deep bass tones, paired with distortion and tape delay for all the retro flavors. Perfect for electronic music producers, DJs, and Hip-Hop producers.

Flexible and Versatile Music Studio at Your Fingertips
The B1 controller connects to your DAW via USB-MIDI for use as a MIDI keyboard, and the MIDI IN/OUT interface connects the B1 to your external MIDI devices for sequencing or as a MIDI controller.Connect external sound sources using the 1/8” audio input. The 1/4" TS mono Main Out carries the main output signal. The 1/8" headphone jack is perfect for monitoring your sound. The B1’s audio I/O options have you covered."

#34 for Fender Rhodes, Arp 2600 and Nord Electro 3.

video upload by R. Reger

"Original piece for analog keys."

Dawless jam 2 - Peak, DRM1, Minibrute 2s and 2 delays.

video upload by Le Corbeau-Poisson

"Here is another hardware synth jam. Better with headphones or good speakers.

Played live followed by a very light post-processing (no track or fx added, just some EQ and compression).

- Novation Peak.
- Vermona DRM1 mkIII - Snare through Enjoy Electronics Reminder stereo delay.
- Arturia Minibrute 2s through Bugbrand PT Delay.
- Arturia Beatstep Pro.

I still have no idea what genre of electronic music this is.

Thanks for listening, hope you like it, take care."

Chris (Calc) Calcutt

video upload by GEOSynths

Dawless Hardware Jam #10 with Novation Circuit Tracks Groovebox & Roland SH-32 Desktop Synthesizer.

video upload by Ascetic Wires

"Dawless hardware jam #10 with Novation Circuit Tracks Digital Groovebox & Roland SH-32 Desktop Synthesizer (sequenced by Circuit Tracks).

Recorded on a Q2n Zoom Handy Video Recorder (Video + Audio) with some software compression."

The Sound of RUSH - Oberheim OB-Xa & OB-X - Countdown

video upload by RetroSound

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One of my favorite songs from RUSH from the Album Signals (1982)

I used here the Oberheim OB-X Synthesizer for the main synth riff , lead parts and bass. The second bass is made with the Moog Taurus bass pedals and I used the Oberheim OB-Xa for the lead and pad sound parts.

Here can you fínd the full OB-X playlist:"

Two Oberheim Matrix 1000 played by Franz Kreimer Keys (Patches only; no talking)

video upload by Franz Kreimer Keys

"The Oberheim Matrix 1000 is still an amazing Synthesizer!
In this Video I tweak the Sounds with my Midicontroller.
Three different osc sync modes, Filter FM and much more!
Listen to this Synthesizer and have fun.

00:07 Brass, Pads and Strings
12:08 (crazy) EFX
20:17 Leads and Basses

Drums by Sequential Drumtracks

Intro by Franz Kreimer Keys played on Minimoog and Prophet5 Synthesizer."

Eurorack phasers - two new additions

video upload by John Schussler

"Two new phasers have arrived. The G-Storm Electro Polychrome is from the Italian Farfisa synth/organ from the 1970s. The Nonlinear Circuits Encephalo Adjuster is from, near as I can tell, a wide orbit outside Jupiter.

Very different in character, but both with lots of great sounds.

Envelope is Zadar, sequence is from Stochastic IG, and VCO is a Patching Panda Operat (saw wave).

00:00 Intro
00:20 Polychrome
08:20 Encephalo Adjuster"

You can find additional details on the G-Storm Electro Polychrome here. This is the first post to feature the Nonlinear Circuits Encephalo Adjuster. Details and pics follow.

"This module is a 24 stage phase shifter using LDRs in a black box. It is a little more complex to build than usual but most of the build is repetitious and not so difficult. I have added plenty of pics in this guide to help with the build.

Probably the unusual feature is the positive and negative feedback path. Feedback is 0 when the Regen pot is in the middle, turn it to the left for negative feedback, to the right for positive, or use CV to do the job for you. It will self-oscillate at the extremes.

It is probably obvious at this point that I have a thing for phasers. 24 stages are somewhat ridiculous but I wanted to try it and the result is a very nice smooth phaser with some angry bits when you push it. The name comes from a mind control device that appears in a few AE Van Vogt novels, I have been itching to use it for years.

The trimpot on the top PCB sets the operating range for the Phase pot. Set it to remove any dead zones at the extremes.

Black/gold panels are available for this module.

SYNTHFEST UK 2020 GEOSynths Interview with Dave Smith

Prophet 5 video upload by GEOSynths

SYNTHFEST UK 2020 GEOSynths Interview with Roland Product Specialist - Andy Pimblott

video upload by GEOSynths

SYNTHFEST UK 2020 GEOSynths Interview with DPW Design

video upload by GEOSynths

SYNTHFEST UK 2020 GEOSynths Interview with Interview with Patch & Tweak's Kim Bjørn

video upload by GEOSynths

You can find Kim Bjørn's books on Amazon here.

Pearl Syncussion SY-1, Original Analog Drum Synthesizer (w/ CV/Audio Mod, Case +more)

via this auction

"This listing is for one original Pearl Syncussion SY-1 analog synth module. It is working great and is in very good physical condition. Includes:

Original blue carrying case (in decent shape, some minor tears here and there)
Power supply


2x Pearl drum pads for the Syncussion

Original box for drum pads

New dust protectors for each slide pot. Synth has been recapped and is working great.

Has the tune and output mods which add individual cv in and audio out for both channels on TRS jacks. Originally the tune in controlled both channels and the output had both channels mixed."

Oberheim OB-12 with Custom Professional Road Case

via this auction

Couple cracked keys on this one unfortunately.

Roland Jupiter 6 61-Key Synthesizer SN 280850

via this auction

"Condition is Excellent and only a small hole on the left used for a volume control in the studio before I purchased it is to note. It has been professionally removed and is merely something you see.

It has just arrived back from service.
Report from former Roland service technician with 30 years of experience can be supplied. Key contacts have been cleaned, sliders have been cleaned (two have been replaced). New battery."

Yamaha DX Series Synthesizers - An Information Booklet

via this auction

"1980's Original Getting Start Brochure"

Oberheim Matrix 6 w/ Wood Side Panels

via this auction

Roland Jupiter-8 Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer SN 060316

via this auction, also on Reverb

"This particular unit is in very good condition, with some signs of age and use (please see photos), such as some noticeable scratches. This unit has been tested by our professional technician and is working perfectly. All Keys, Buttons, And Lights Are Working Perfectly."

Roland D50 Digital Synthesizer published by in 1980's by Roland Creative.

via this auction

Juno-X vs. System-8: Matching Sounds (Juno 106 Models)

video upload by MR TUNA Music

"One of the most requested comparisons, it's time for a super synth showdown between two Roland virtual heavy-hitters: the Juno-106 models on the new 2022 Juno-X and the proven 2016 (has it been 6 years?!) System-8.

This comparison isn't about how 'true to the original' either one sounds, it's about how the sounds compare to each other-- so I won't be including my ratty old original 106. They are both great synths, and each has its own pros and cons, but as for the sound-- that's for you to decide!

We start with an initialized patch on both synthesizers, then it's a delicate balance of building up sounds as closely as we can from there. There will definitely be some differences and some advantages, but only one can be named the ultimate VST-in-a-box!

I cut out my whole boring intro for you so we just get straight into it-- let's do this!

It's an all-new episode of "Patch Match From Scratch"!

0:00 - Init patch
2:50 - Comparing filters
4:00 - Patch building break ❤️
4:14 - Bringing sounds closer
5:24 - PWM
7:07 - Juno chorus
8:52 - Adding in sub oscillators
10:51 - Patchin building break ❤️
11:28 - Saw waves & sub waves
13:36 - Key Differences
15:40 - Portamento
17:54 - Reverb & Delay
19:08 - Totally blown out final sounds!"

Super Lazy Sci-Fi Soundtrack 2 - Sonicware ELZ_1 Only

video upload by ChrisLody

"I finally got round to recording something in my new studio! Just the amount of work I've had to do in my spare time to get my studio up and running was enough to wear me out but I've also been suffering from some pretty bad hay-fever so I've spent quite a lot of time just hanging out in here and refining things without really having the time or energy to use it for anything.

A week or so ago though a package arrived at my house completely unexpectedly. Sonicware had managed to find me an old back stock ELZ_1. This was a very nice surprise as I didn't think I'd ever get to try one out. They are currently not being manufactured but they are still being supported, both from Sonicware directly and through the Facebook group so I now have the chance to learn how it functions so I can help out out and answer questions where necessary.

What better way to test it and my new studio than a quick and dirty jam that explores the ELZ_1's cinematic potential then. This jam uses the Dig oscillator algorithm that generates tones from a single sample by looping and shifting along a small section that the user can define. So far it seems like a pretty unique way to design sounds. It also has quite a few built in effects that can be stacked so here I'm altering the cutoff envelope depth at the start and then tweaking a bit crusher with chorus and reverb added onboard. No external FX were used. The ELZ_1 has a lot of potential it seems :)"

Additonal Sonicware ELZ_1 posts

Secrets Vol 2 - Patches 49 to 72 - Arturia Polybrute

video upload by

"Out Wednesday May 11th...GEOSynths is back with another Soundset for the fantastic Arturia Polybrute. Vol 2 explores Tone and Texture in more detail with Emotive Pads, Textured Strings, Cutting Bass & Leads, Arp's, Poly's and so much more.

There are 96 Patches in the Bank with 25 to 48 being demonstrated in this Video (2 of 4) All Patches have an A+B State, some of which are slight variations, while others are very different, including Splits. Controllers are assigned where appropriate.

00:00 - 49. Afterglow GEO
02:31 - 50. Electric Sheep GEO
03:43 - 51. Acoustic Set GEO
05:05 - 52. Aunt Poly GEO
06:19 - 53. In Disguise GEO
07:44 - 54. Lord Sol GEO
09:40 - 55. Synthwave GEO
11:14 - 56. Ear Worm GEO
12:08 - 57. Twilight GEO
14:14 - 58. Karplus Bass GEO
15:27 - 59. Nexus 7 GEO
17:51 - 60. Sick Sync GEO
19:28 - 61. Airtight GEO
20:53 - 62. Byte Me GEO
22:19 - 63. Cajones GEO
23:16 - 64. Drumbrute Impact GEO
24:07 - 65. Voyager GEO
25:00 - 66. Wired GEO
27:02 - 67. Fusion GEO
28:30 - 68. Swept Under GEO
30:10 - 69. CP Keys GEO
31:17 - 70. DI Bass GEO
32:16 - 71. All Rejoice GEO
34:57 - 72. Movie Scene GEO"

VirSyn Tera Pro + Cubasis

video upload by virsyn

"Showing some presets of Tera Pro sequenced by Cubasis from Steinberg.
Music is an excerpt of Hector Berlioz's Symphony fantastique"

elektron syntakt - poly mode :)

video upload by studio snippets

V.A.I. 71 : Antonelli Syntorgan 2445

video upload by

"Antonelli Syntorgan 2445.
Lovely and quirky machine with a mono synth and high / low pass filter controls.
It came with legs, preset overlays for a handful of sounds, and a songbook.
There’s a very simple drum machine and auto bass/chords on board as well.
The Antonelli Syntorgan 2445 is actually fun to play and compose with, the two filter types really save this toy keyboard and elevates it beyond Bontempi standards.
Marketed for beginners and kids, it was apparently manufactured by Siel - it’s basically a slimmed down and tinny sounding Siel Cruise : a mono section and a poly section.
On the Syntorgan you can route the poly section through the mono filter, plus it has a kind of hidden two octave bass preset, a drum machine and auto-bass and auto-chord section too.
We used some external effects, this machine really needs it :
the Tekson Fading pedal for phasing the drums, then an odd and crazy rare FBT Dual Channel Equalizer rack-unit for some color, and a Montarbo Analog Delay (actually digital) with a broken chip that somehow distorts things wonderfully. On some sounds we also pulled out our FBT R-21 Leslie simulator, an optical rack device based around a spinning disc, it looks almost like a tape echo.
Antonelli Syntorgan Specs:
Separate and combinable Poly and mono sections
High and low pass filters
Drum machine with presets
Bass preset sound
Auto bass and chord section
One finger mode."

See the Antonelli label directly below for more.

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

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