MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

DoveAudio MuSeq Ratchet Demo

video upload by DoveAudio

"Quick demo of the ratchet feature on MuSeq, This is my attempt to recreate the sequence from Tangerine Dreams Burning bar from the Thief album.
4 patterns play, one regular, 1 with a double ratchet, with with a triple ratchet and one with two triple ratchets. Watch the displays on steps 3 and 6 when it's on Channel A and you'll see the gate change from "M" for medium to "2" or "3" for the number of gates on that step. I also use the second channel to bump up the filter cut off a little on those steps.
This also shows the bank play function."

Additional DoveAudio MuSeq demos

Oberheim OB-X8 Preset Demos

video upload by james terris

"I'm always reluctant to post something in prototype form. When I had this unit it was sonically pretty close. Obvious at a glance are the knobs and 3D printed bender box levers. The synth itself sounds great and such a dream to play with a nice modern key bed."

See the OB-X8 announcement post here for additional demos and details.

New Random Source Serge Panel w/ VC Resonant EQ

"Everything under control
... and packed for #Superbooth 22!"

This one was spotted and sent in via Meska.

Gotharman's Zaturn: Analog Filters

video upload by gotharman

"Tweaking the analog filters a bit.
This preset will be included in the final preset bank."

Arturia V Collection 9: Augmented Voices, Strings, MS-20, Prophet 5, VS, CS-80, SQ-80. Demo/No Talk

video upload by Anton Anru

"Great news for all of us! Arturia has released the 9th version of their VST Instruments collection. It includes now: MS-20, Augmented Strings and Voices, SQ-80. Also, there are updated versions of the previously released plugins: CS-80, Prophet 5 and VS, Piano.

In this video, I'm walking through some presets of these instruments. And as usual, Arturia VSTs have one of the greatest presets on the market.

Presets for synths and effects:

00:00 Augmented Voices
07:35 MS-20
18:33 Augmented Strings
24:24 Prophet VS
28:24 Prophet 5
32:43 CS-80
36:47 SQ-80"

Sound design on MINIDEXED DIY synthesizer

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"I created a "evolving pad" sound using MINIDEXED's one encoder interface only so you don't have to. :-) MINIDEXED is a bare metal TX816 (8 full #DX7 #synthesizer emulators at once) emulation #RaspberryPI. Table of contents:

00:00 intro
00:22 hello
00:43 basics
01:49 algorithm and operator 1 setup
02:32 operator 2
03:57 operator 3
04:37 operator 4
05:03 operator 5
05:43 operator 6
06:29 lfo setup
07:15 modulation depth
07:42 important things to consider
08:01 full demo
11:11 bye-bye"




video upload by Oberheim Official

"For the first time in over 40 years, a legendary analog synth sound returns.

The OB-X8 combines the three different voice architectures of the classic OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 synths into a single incredible instrument. The individual filter types and other unique characteristics of each model have been faithfully reproduced, along with an uncompromising 100% analog signal path, giving you the most authentic and satisfying OB experience possible.

Oberheim is BACK!"

Oberheim OB-X8 INHALT Sound Design Demo No Talking

video upload by INHALTVIDEO

"My history with Oberheim runs deep. Probably the most important synthesizer for me was the Oberheim OB-8. I connected deeply with its melancholic and midnight music sounding tone which matched very well what I was doing with INHALT at the time. But never to be beguiled by softer emotions, the flick of the unison switch instantly took the OB-8 into an aggressive "body" music. It was the perfect writing tool due to the even tone across all octaves and the fact that its intrinsic musicality was unavoidable. Around the time I got the OB-8 I also got a vintage 2 Voice (thanks for restoring that one Chok) and both were heavily used on many records that I made. Those were my MVP's for many years.

When I received the call from my colleagues at Sequential that not only was a new Oberheim in the works, but that it was to be THE Oberheim, I couldn't wait for the beta testing and sound design to start. And when the prepro unit arrived, I knew that the newly reborn and official Oberheim company, in tandem with the team at Sequential, created something incredible. Something so comprehensive, deep, detailed, featured and yet immediate and simple, with no possibility of making a bad sound. Every sound I made sounded exactly as it should, and they ALL embodied that unmistakable Oberheim sound. That magic that is often imitated but never accomplished. Until now.

I'm not going to get into specs, those have been already covered everywhere, but I will say this: as someone that has used all of the "big" Oberheims, and that has made many records in commercial studios with the OB-8 and a vintage 2 Voice, I can definitively say that this Oberheim does all of those sounds and more. Its charisma changes from filter to filter and it seamlessly traverses from X, Xa to 8 with the Page 2 voice offset and vintage knob, but it ALWAYS sounds like the genuine Oberheim that it is. This incredible team, that I've had the pleasure of working with, has created something that might possibly be the ultimate polyphonic analog synthesizer. And I can't wait to use it on the many upcoming projects at Infinite Power Studios.

This is a recording I made of many of the patches I created for Oberheim and the shipping factory library that will come with the synth.

Please note, the OB-X8 in the video is a prototype unit and I recorded this with a beta firmware. As such, while the synth was largely done there were some changes both to the panel and to the OS that are in the final shipping version (obviously). The OB-X8 was recorded straight into Pro Tools HD and no post processing or fx were added. What you're hearing is the raw synth."

The Sound of the Oberheim OB-X8 - Julian "J3PO" Pollack [custom knobs on this one]

video upload by J3PO

"Oberheim has released a new synthesizer--the first in many decades--the OB-X8. It is a faithful recreation of all three of the classic OB-series synthesizers in one: the OB-X, the OB-Xa, and OB-8. It is an incredible synth.

In this video, you will hear a bunch of presets I created for the OB-X8. Some of my sounds will be included factory with the OB-X8 while most of these presets will appear in a presets pack I will release soon (check for the release of my official sound bank). This particular unit is an early prototype with non-production knobs. The final production units will look slightly different.

It is important to note that the OB-X8, like the original OB's from back in the day, does NOT contain any onboard effects. In this video, I used some external reverbs and delays to give certain presets the ambience and resonance they deserve. Light compression and limiting was applied for the purpose of uploading to YouTube and balancing the sounds."

Update: Oberheim OB-X8 Preset Demos

video upload by james terris

"I'm always reluctant to post something in prototype form. When I had this unit it was sonically pretty close. Obvious at a glance are the knobs and 3D printed bender box levers. The synth itself sounds great and such a dream to play with a nice modern key bed."

And the press release:

Oberheim Returns to Operations and Releases Its First New Synth in 35 Years

San Francisco, CA – May 9, 2022 – In a momentous industry development, Oberheim Electronics, one of the most venerated names in synthesizer design, has announced its return to operation to meet the rising global demand for its instruments.

Today, the company is launching its first new product, the OB-X8: an eight-voice polyphonic analog synth that combines all of the key features of the legendary OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 products from the 1980s – including all the original presets that gave them their signature sounds.

“I wanted to come back strong with a new design that brings together the sounds of the greatest instruments from across the OB range, together with the distinctive sound and styling of those synths,” said Tom Oberheim. “But we took it even further. You can now combine the various OB voice architectures in ways that produce unique and interesting new sounds and capabilities.”

Originally founded by Tom Oberheim in 1969, Oberheim Electronics created ground-breaking products that fueled the electronic music revolution throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s. After ceasing operations in 1985, these instruments attained near-mythical status, with highly prized vintage models selling for many times their original price on the secondhand market.

Since that time, Tom Oberheim had created a handful of limited-production instruments and co-designs with various partners under other names. But in a recent significant development, he regained control of the Oberheim trademarks and IP, and now, in partnership with Focusrite PLC, has decided to once again introduce new products under the Oberheim brand name for first time in more than 35 years.

“I’ve always had a very optimistic outlook on our industry and the future in general. I felt that one day, when the time was right, Oberheim would return. A big part of this was the fact that so many musicians have contacted me over the years to ask how to get hold of an original Oberheim. So when I finally reacquired the Oberheim name, it was clear that the time was finally here,” said Oberheim.

The catalog of artists associated with the original products is long, and includes innovators like Prince, Van Halen, and Herbie Hancock. For many, it was much more than just an instrument. A handful of A-list artists such as Trent Reznor, creative force behind Nine Inch Nails, and Golden Globe, Academy Award, and Primetime Emmy-winning composer got pre-release previews. “When I was shown the new OB-X8, I was immediately impressed with the forensic level of detail that went into its design and the respect for its lineage,” remarked Trent. I will be making room in my studio for one and I’m excited more people will be able to experience this classic instrument.”

Creating a new company out of thin air was no small feat. “I’m excited to work with my old friend and audio industry innovator Marcus Ryle, along with some other members of the original Oberheim team again,” said Tom. “And thanks to an exclusive partnership with Focusrite group company Sequential LLC, we have the ability to design, manufacture, distribute, and support new instruments on a global scale.”

For Marcus Ryle, one of the inventors behind the ADAT, the QuadraSynth, and Line 6 guitar amps and effects, this represents closure of sorts: “Synths were my first love and the reason I entered this industry. Tom hired me when I was 19, and I feel lucky to have been a part of the Oberheim design team during its glory days. Now, a whole new chapter in the story of analog synthesizer-based music is about to get written.” Dave Smith, founder of Sequential and himself a legendary figure in synth history, also collaborated with Marcus (an Oberheim team member from the 1980s) and Tom to create the new product. “We’ve already developed other interesting design ideas with Tom for follow-up products that will allow us to take Oberheim into the future as a synth brand,” commented Smith. “It’s a very exciting time to be a musician.”

The OB-X8 eight-voice analog synthesizer will be available at the end of June with a US MAP of $4,995.

For more details visit

About Oberheim
Oberheim is the 21st century return of the legendary company that helped fuel the electronic music revolution. Now, just as then, Oberheim is guided by the vision of engineer and inventor, Tom Oberheim. Tom’s genius for innovation introduced the world to the first commercially available poly synth and other groundbreaking electronic instruments that literally changed the sound of music. Today, Oberheim reawakens this legacy by bringing the famed Oberheim sound to a new generation of instruments and artists. The company’s passion remains unchanged by time or technology — to once again provide the world with the finest-sounding analog synthesizers ever made. Oberheim brings its products to market with the help of the Focusrite organization and renowned synth maker, Sequential."


• 8-voice, pure-analog polyphony with saw, square/pulse, triangle, and noise
• Two discrete SEM/OB-X-lineage VCOs per voice deliver classic punchy Oberheim tone
• Discrete SEM-lineage VCFs deliver authentic OB-X-style tone and presence
• Genuine Curtis filters add bold OB-Xa/OB-8 character
• Meticulously modeled envelope responses match each OB model: OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8
• The 61-key FATAR velocity- and touch-sensitive keyboard allows unparalleled expression and responsiveness
• Bi-timbral capability allows two presets simultaneously for splits and doubles
• 400-plus factory programs, including the full set of factory sounds for the OB-X, OB-SX, OB-Xa, and OB-8
• Integral, fanless, heatsink-free power supply
• Real walnut end cheeks
• High-resolution OLED display enables patch management and easy access to advanced features
• Classic Oberheim Pitch and Mod levers allow expressive note bending, vibrato, and access to arpeggiator functions

• Additional SEM filter modes add high-pass, band-pass, and notch functions to the classic OB-X filter
• Vintage knob allows variable amounts of voice-to-voice variability to emulate the behavior of vintage instruments 
• Velocity sensitivity adds expressiveness to volume and filter 
• Channel Aftertouch adds real-time performance-based modulation
• Enhanced unison allows variable voice stacking from 1-8 voices
• Variable triangle wave cross-modulation
• Over 600 user-programmable preset locations
• Programmable per-program pan allows wider stereo presence
• Variable oscillator and noise levels

• Stereo and Mono outputs
• Volume, Sustain, and Filter inputs
• Arpeggiator clock input
• MIDI In, Out, Thru
• Dimensions:
• Weight: 32.5 lbs
• Dimensions: 40.5” L x 16.67” W x 5.87” H

A DARK PLOT OF LAND Abstract Video Eurorack Sound Design C5 Entry 1

video upload by Outsider Sound Design

"WARNING!!! This video has fast flashing lights which can cause problems for some viewers.

Through deconstruction and reconstruction the work continuously evolves and with every new permutation offers a new message.

Sounds were performed with a Eurorack modular synthesizer.

Experimental music available at

Please consider supporting this channel by purchasing a sample pack or music download from"

Cre8audio East Beast Synthesizer Review

video upload by Molten Music Technology

"East Beast is a new monophonic semi-modular synthesizer from Cre8audio and Pittsburgh Modular that's cute, friendly and utterly adorable."

Additional Cre8audio East Beast posts

Oberheim DPX-1 With Floppy USB emulator

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04- The Korg ARP 2600M- The Moog-inspired Filter 1

video upload by AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the first filter setting found on the Korg ARP 2600M, which is in the style of many of the earlier ARP 2600s, and in the style of the famed Moog low-pass ladder filter."

AutomaticGainsay Korg ARP 2600M posts


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Introducing Qu-Bit Aurora: Spectral Reverb

video upload by Qu - Bit

"It's a reverb. Well...kind of.
Welcome to Aurora, a spectral reverb capable of a wide palette of sounds: from icy shimmers and whale songs, to alien textures and sounds you’ve never heard before. And likely, will invoke a hunger for exploration you felt when you first touched a modular synthesizer.

Whether you’re creating beautiful time-stretched tails, or cybernetic metallic effects, Aurora gives you control over how far from reality you want to be. By blurring these signals we can achieve cavernous reverberations and spectral artifacts.

Since Aurora’s sonorous response is entirely dependent on the input signal, no two patches will sound alike, lending itself to an infinite world of surprise and discovery.

Discovery. It’s why we are all here."

See the dealers on the right for availability. You can find additional posts featuring Aurora here.

Update: New pics added.

Welcome to Aurora, a spectral reverb capable of a wide palette of sounds: from lush caverns and whale songs, to alien textures you've never created before. And likely, will invoke a hunger for exploration you felt when you first touched a modular synth.

Aurora uses a phase vocoder audio engine which separates the input signal's time and pitch domains. By blurring these signals you can achieve beautiful time-stretched tails, or cybernetic metallic effects.

Since Aurora’s sonic response is entirely dependent on the input signal, no two patches will sound alike, lending itself to an infinite world of surprise and discovery.

Discovery. It’s why we are all here.

A portion of all Aurora proceeds will help the fight against shrinking ice caps and dwindling polar bear populations.

Spectral reverb with true stereo audio IO

Phase vocoder audio engine running at 48kHz, 24-bit

Time stretched tails, icy shimmers, and voltage controlled whale songs

Front panel USB port provides easy firmware updates, user options, and more

Powered by the Daisy Audio Platform

Download the Manual

Download the Quickstart Guide

Download the factory options.txt file

Ship Date: 24 May, 2022

Tech Specs
Width: 12HP
Depth: 22mm
Power Consumption: +12V=215mA, -12V=5mA, +5V=0mA

ARTURIA Introduces V Collection 9 | Reference Instruments for Music Makers

"V Collection 9 offers the broadest selection of instruments yet, giving all music makers and producers a comprehensive array of reference musical tools and sounds enhanced for the modern DAW workflow. The collection features 32 titles, including 4 new instruments, plus 14,000 world-class presets for every style.

To celebrate the launch, V Collection 9 will be available at a special intro price for all users until June 5th via Users can log in to discover their personal offer."

V Collection 9 | Reference Instruments for Music Makers | ARTURIA
KORG MS-20 V | Primal Black Monolith | ARTURIA
Augmented VOICES | Acoustic Instruments Reinvented | ARTURIA
Augmented STRINGS | Acoustic Instruments Reinvented | ARTURIA
SQ80 V | Software Instruments | ARTURIA
CS-80 V | Animoid Articulate Synthesizer | ARTURIA
Prophet-VS V | Exploratory Vector Synthesizer | ARTURIA
Prophet-5 V | Faithful Analog Archetype | ARTURIA
Piano V | Universal Piano Expression | ARTURIA

V Collection 9 Overview Videos

Tutorials | KORG MS-20 V - Overview
Tutorials | Prophet-5 V - Overview
Tutorials | CS-80 V - Overview
Tutorials | Piano V - Overview
Tutorials | Prophet-VS V - Overview
Tutorials | Augmented VOICES - Overview
Tutorials | Augmented STRINGS - Walkthrough (Part. 1)
Tutorials | Augmented STRINGS - Walkthrough (Part.2)

And a user video from supporting member, DATABROTH:

Checking out new Vintage Collection 9 plugins

video upload by DATABROTH

check out my wavetables and presets at
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"Arturia have hooked me up with their V Collection library. They've just launched Vintage Collection 9 which includes the new Augmented Strings and Voice, as well as SQ80 Korg Ms20, and some new updates to prophet 5 and VS"

Modbap Modular Introduced Transit Eurorack 2 Channel Mixer

video upload by Modbap Modular

"Transit has two stereo (dual mono) channel lanes of audio with an all-analog signal path. Each stereo channel lane has its own input gain control, mute button and ducking input. The Ducking input on each channel operates like traditional sidechaining on a compressor where an input signal, CV or Trigger input (i.e. LFO, Clock, Gate) modulates the gain reduction of the audio."

TRANSIT INTRO video upload by Modbap Modular

And the press release:

Modbap Modular makes light work of Eurorack mixing with Transit announced as 6HP full-featured two-channel stereo mixer

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA: Modbap Modular by BeatPPL, a black-owned developer of Eurorack modular synthesizers and instruments made in America, is proud to announce Transit — thoughtfully packaged as an uncomplicated, compact (6HP), dual-channel stereo audio mixer module for Eurorack with an all- analog signal path providing performable control over routing and mixing within smaller or larger modular system setups alike, and all without forsaking flexible features with which few small-format mixers can comfortably compete — as of May 10…

Transit takes two stereo — dual mono — lanes of audio with an all-analog signal path and embellishes each of them with its own input gain control (CH1 GAIN and CH2 GAIN), mute button (CH1 MUTE and CH2 MUTE), and ducking input (CH1 DUCK and CH2 DUCK), the latter operating like traditional side-chaining on a compressor, whereby an input signal, CV (Control Voltage), or trigger input — i.e. LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator), Clock, Gate — modulates the gain reduction of the audio. Applying this well-known production technique to the ever-widening world of Eurorack should appeal to audio professionals, beat-makers, and musicians to whom it is already familiar from a wide variety of music genres where an effect is activated by an audio track.

Transit also boasts a 3.5mm headphone (PHONES) jack with its own independent volume (PHONES GAIN) control knob, while its all- analog signal path’s final destination is a left and right stereo output (LEFT OUT and RIGHT OUT) with an associated MASTER volume knob.

Needless to say, Transit is as easy on the eye as it is in use, with digitally-controlled LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) for each stereo channel lane indicating level via white, blue, and pink illumination, while engaging the CH1 MUTE and/or CH2 MUTE buttons illuminates those LEDs in red. Meanwhile, MASTER and PHONES levels also have their own LEDs for level indication using the same illumination color scheme.

It is fair to say, then, that Transit is a rather full-featured compact (6HP) dual stereo channel lane Eurorack-formatted mixer that offers easy signal mixing, gain staging, ducking, and performance-oriented mutes. It is just as at home in a small Eurorack system as one Transit or more would be in a larger system.

Says Modbap Modular by BeatPPL designer and founder Corry Banks: 'The idea for Transit came about because our Per4mer quad performance FX unit sat perfectly in one of our Modbap20 powered Eurorack pods. Indeed, in this configuration, it comfortably resided on the desktop amongst all my tabletop synths, drum machines, and samplers, but I found that I wanted a bit more control over the signal into Per4mer — plus, perhaps, a headphone jack — and I definitely wanted a master volume level control for live sets. So it made perfect sense to subsequently design a module that could fill the empty 6HP next to the Per4mer in the 20HP Modbap20. Together, Transit and Per4mer make for a perfect pairing while complementing the tabletop synth and beat-maker desktop.'

Well worth mentioning is the fact that Transit also pairs well with Modbap Modular by BeatPPL’s sensational-sounding BI-FIDELITYTM WAVETABLE OSC (oscillator) module, Osiris — or, indeed, any other Eurorack entry that could conceivably benefit from a compact analogue dual-channel stereo ducking mixer, sub-mixer, or final output mixer. Making some space for one Transit or more is clearly making a wise decision to enhance Eurorack systems — bigger or smaller — with some seriously flexible features with which few small-format mixers can comfortably compete.

Expected to ship in mid-June 2022, Transit is available to preorder at an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $249.00 USD via San Clemente, CA, USA-based distributor Electro Distro’s growing global network of dealers ( or directly via its dedicated webpage (which includes more in-depth information) here:

See the dealers on the right for availability.

Introducing Roland AIRA Compact | T-8 Beat Machine, J-6 Chord Synthesizer, E-4 Voice Tweaker

video upload by

$199.99 each. Additional videos below. Press release and pics below them.

"AIRA Compact puts Roland’s legendary creative magic in the palm of your hand. Easily play and perform with these highly jammable instruments—anywhere, anytime. Chain them together to catalyze your creativity or connect with MIDI gear, computers, and music apps to expand your setup. Just power on and go with the flow.

About the T-8 Beat Machine

The T-8 Beat Machine is a mini rhythm factory with six tracks of pristine TR drums plus a TB-303 bass track. Embodying decades of modern musical sound, the T-8 gives you the power to create infectious tracks in seconds flat. Craft on-the-fly acid jams or trap bangers with the intuitive 16-step sequencer, shape sounds with onboard controls, and flip and dice beats with simple, yet powerful tools.

About the J-6 Chord Synthesizer

The J-6 is a portable synth toolbox with all the building blocks you'll need to bring harmonic substance to your jams. Pairing a powerfully unique chord sequencer with lavish JUNO-60 synth tones, J-6 packs a versatile feature set into a highly jammable format. Generate soul-stirring song ideas with the turn of a knob and explore 100 chord sets over a variety of genres. Experiment with styles and variations to coax dancing lines and rhythmic patterns from your chords. Add lush chorus, reverb, or delay to frost your sound.

About the E-4 Voice Tweaker

Harmonize, auto-pitch, vocode, loop, and glitch your voice all from the portable E-4 Voice Tweaker. Want hands-on control? Connect a mic or input a feed and easily explore effects using the sliders, function buttons, and scatter knob. From looping live jams to livestreaming or tightening up and expanding performances, the E-4 will transform your voice into your new favorite instrument.

Chapter Breakdown
0:00 – Series Introduction
1:50 – T-8 Beat Machine
2:22 – T-8 Patterns, Sounds, and Tracks
3:22 – T-8 Hands-On Controls and Performance Tools
4:19 – T-8 Create a Drumbeat
4:41 – T-8 Create a Bassline
5:40 – T-8 Advance Programming and Effects
6:25 – J-6 Chord Synth
6:52 – J-6 Playback and Genres (Chord Sets)
7:13 – J-6 Sound
7:52 – J-6 Style and Variation
8:22 – J-6 Chord Sequencer
9:14 – J-6 Connect to DAW
9:39 – E-4 Voice Tweaker
10:14 – E-4 Hands-On Controls
10:29 – E-4 Auto Pitch, Harmony, Vocoder
11:09 – E-4 Looper
11:26 – E-4 Scatter
11:50 – Connectivity"

Roland AIRA Compact J-6 / T-8 / E-4 - DEMO by gattobus

video upload by gattobus

"Roland's birthday party it's not over!
A few days ago they sent me these little magic boxes to try them out and in less than an hour of tweaking, I came out with this song!!!
The song title "A Big Tiny World" is because they are BIG sounding TINY boxes indeed! :D
They are:

- J-6 Chord Synthesizer
- T-8 Beat Machine
- E-4 Voice Tweaker

Their sound quality is astonishing! It's amazing to have the power of ACB technology in such a small form factor...
Everything you hear in this video was played and recorded in real time, no post processing or FX was added.
I had so much fun, I hope you like it!"

Roland Aira Compact : T-8 / J-6 / E-4 : Portable Drum Machine, Polyphonic Synth, & Vocal Effects

video upload by Perfect Circuit

T-8 Drum Machine & Acid Style Bass Synth : J-6 Polyphonic Synth : E-4 Vocal Transformer :

"Join our pal Dustin for the debut of the AIRA COMPACT line of synthesizers ! These three desktop style devices combine some of Roland's most recognizable and powerful sound palettes into a portable, affordable, and outrageously fun package!

Check out our in-depth Signal article for more details -

0:00 - Intro jam
1:07 - Overview of Aira Compact Line
2:54 - T-8 Drum Machine & Bass Synthesizer
5:50 - J-6 Four Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer
9:50 - E-4 Vocal Processor, Looper, & Effects
11:57 - Robot Acid BOPS !"

AIRA Compact- First Look at the new Range

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Roland T-8 J-6 E-4 Compacts Review: Here's what makes them special // Full Tutorial

video upload by loopop

0:00 Intro
1:05 Overview
2:05 Connectivity
8:30 Drum sounds
11:55 Bass synth
14:00 Sequencing
19:20 Effects
20:15 Drive
22:05 Sidechain
24:55 Performance
26:20 T-8 Pros, cons
28:10 J-6 OVERVIEW
29:20 Synth
31:15 Effects
32:55 Keys, chords
33:50 Phrases/arp
36:10 Sequencer
39:50 Step length
40:20 Menu misc
41:40 J-6 Pros & cons
45:10 E-4 OVERVIEW
46:00 Eight things it does
50:00 Interface
50:50 MIDI control
51:20 Vocoder
52:00 Looper
53:20 Scatter
56:25 E-4 Pros & cons
58:25 T-8 Patterns
1:07:10 J-6 Patterns

How fun is the Aira Compact series?

video upload by True Cuckoo

And the press release:

Fun, Pocket-Size Instruments with Innovative Creative Features, Authentic Roland Sounds, and Class-Leading Connectivity

Los Angeles, CA, May 10, 2022 — Roland announces AIRA Compact, an all-new series of ultra-portable instruments with free-flowing features for creative exploration and authentic Roland sounds. Fun, affordable, and easy to learn, the T-8 Beat Machine, J-6 Chord Synthesizer, and E-4 Voice Tweaker bring serious musical power to everyone from hobbyists and gadget collectors to tech-savvy pros.

AIRA Compact instruments let anyone jam, perform, and develop ideas on the go with friendly controls, inspiring sounds, and loads of intuitive music tools. Users can realize complete compositions with a single unit or expand their possibilities by connecting and synchronizing with other AIRA Compact models. From one master unit, multiple AIRA Compacts can be mixed and monitored with headphones or an external speaker system. It’s also possible to interface with computer DAWS, mobile music apps, and hardware instruments via USB-C or MIDI.

Driven by Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) and other advanced technologies found in top-line Roland instruments, AIRA Compact delivers the real-deal sounds behind decades of hit music. Users can create with the genuine voices of Roland icons, including TR rhythms, TB basses, JUNO synths, VT effects, and more.

Driven by Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) and other advanced technologies found in top-line Roland instruments, AIRA Compact delivers the real-deal sounds behind decades of hit music. Users can create with the genuine voices of Roland icons, including TR rhythms, TB basses, JUNO synths, VT effects, and more.

AIRA Compact strikes the perfect balance between portability and power. Each model is small enough to slip into a pocket and features an inviting panel to jump-start the creative flow for immediate results. Onboard lithium-ion batteries provide hours of continuous use per charge, while Roland’s famous build quality will support musical adventures for years to come.

T-8 Beat Machine
The T-8 Beat Machine combines iconic Roland drum and bass sounds in a go-everywhere rhythm factory. Beatmakers can build tracks with legendary sounds from the TR-808, TR-909, and TR-606 drum machines, paired with the shapeshifting low end of the dynamic TB-303 Bass Line. The six-track drum sequencer features the famous TR-REC workflow, enhanced with deep tools like step loop, pattern shift, probability, and others to generate dynamic performances with constantly evolving grooves. The T-8 also provides an authentic TB-303 bass experience, including the tactile power to squeeze, squelch, and mangle sounds in the moment.

J-6 Chord Synthesizer
The J-6 Chord Synthesizer is an endless well of musical inspiration, pairing a powerful chord sequencer with the lavish tones of the renowned JUNO-60 synth. Creators don’t need to know chords or theory to make music—they can simply call up one of 100 chords sets and build compelling chord progressions with one-touch presses on the built-in keyboard. Styles and variations are also available to coax dancing lines and rhythmic patterns from chords. Users can quickly string progressions together via step input, tweak the sound with dedicated filter and envelope controls, and add polish with customizable delay and reverb effects.

E-4 Voice Tweaker
The E-4 Voice Tweaker combines advanced voice transformer tools and standard vocal effects with a hands-on interface that’s meant to be played. Performers can go from traditional vocal enhancements to punchy beatboxed grooves to striking alien soundscapes—all in a single tune. Pitch and formant sliders are available to instantly change the vocal gender, create robot voices, and more. Auto Pitch, automatic harmony, and vocoder processors are included, along with reverb, delay, and other effects. There’s also a built-in 24-second looper for capturing performances on the fly, plus a unique Scatter function for slicing and dicing the sound via a dedicated panel knob.

Availability & Pricing

The Roland AIRA Compact series is now available in the U.S. for $199.99 each."

Check with dealers on the right for availability.

KORG NTS-2 Review // and 5 ways I use oscilloscopes & FFTs // NTS2 Tutorial

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Announcement post here

0:00 Intro
1:15 Overview
1:55 Assembly
3:00 Connectivity
3:55 Oscilloscope
7:10 XY & scope art
9:00 FFT Spectrum
10:45 Tuner
11:30 Waves
15:45 Settings
16:20 Nothing
17:20 Levels
17:50 Seeing sounds
19:30 Seeing CV
20:10 Signal chain
20:30 Pros & cons
22:15 More tips?

The Mystery of the East Beast Fully Analog East Coast-Style Semi-Modular Synthesizer by Cre8audio

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Superbooth, Berlin, May 10th, 2022, Cre8audio today announced East Beast, a new semi-modular desktop synthesizer.

Designed and developed in partnership with Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers, East Beast is a powerful monophonic full voice with many unique sound-shaping tools and deep performance capabilities.

Beware the beast!
East Beast’s massive sound has been heavily influenced by Pittsburgh’s highly successful SV-1 and SV-1b synthesizers.

At its core, you’ll find its 100% analog, Pittsburgh-designed oscillator. The oscillator features sine, saw, triangle, and square waveforms that can also be used in combinations. Rounding out its sonic core is FM and pulse width modulation (PWM).

To shape the sound, East Beast includes an analog envelope generator, VCA, LFOs, and a Pittsburgh “Zero Dead Spot” multi-mode filter. The “Zero Dead Spot” filter is the product of years of research into analog filter design by Pittsburgh’s founder Richard Nicol, and Chief of R&D Michael Johnsen. Unlike more traditional ladder filters, the PGH “Zero Dead Spot” filter does not distort as readily and features no sonic dead spots. The result is a fully sweepable frequency range that produces a rich velvety sound throughout each of its lowpass, high-pass, and bandpass modes.

In addition to the analog sound-shaping tools mentioned previously, East Beast also includes a deep new digital multi-mod /multi-function tool concept to add more options. The multi-mod lets the user select between an additional envelope, clock synced LFO, MIDI CC control, and random voltage generator modes.

A semi-modular synthesizer, East Beast has basically 9 different patchable modules (Oscillator, filter, envelope, VCA, LFO, multi-mod tool, sequencer, MIDI to CV converter, and button keyboard) with a whopping 18 Eurorack compatible patch points to plug into itself and your other gear. As a starting point, East Beast comes intuitively patched internally to create a bold and flexible full synth voice. Using the patch points enables the users to reroute internal signal flow as well as use with external eurorack format modules and synthesizers. To help facilitate experimentation, Cre8audio has included a set of premium Nazca Noodles patch cables.

East Beast’s playing and performance capabilities are as strong as its powerful sonic core. East Beast can be controlled via MIDI, control voltage (CV/Gate), and its function keys double as a keyboard controller. Additionally, included is an integrated sequencer & arpeggiator that can also be controlled via MIDI and is externally clockable.

New Erica Synths SYNTRX II

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Peter Zinovieff himself approved our re-imagination of his legendary Synthi AKS in the form of the SYNTRX which was produced in a limited run of 1056 units. Based on lessons learned from the SYNTRX, we decided to create an instrument which would integrate even deeper into contemporary electronic and experimental music setups and cover sonic territory from daunting drones to powerful basslines and glitched noisescapes. The SYNTRX II is the culmination of our analogue sound design circuits – two perfectly stable main oscillators with waveshapers, a versatile multimode filter, supercharged external instrument inputs with an envelope follower, a unique, great sounding ringmodulator, a recordable joystick and built in piano roll sequencer, all arranged around our signature matrix mixer and topped off with powerful FX on our new DSP platform. Introducing The SYNTRX II - a new dark horse for experimental sonic rides.

Two perfectly stable main oscillators with CV controlled waveforms
Modulation oscillator with variable waveforms
Highpass and Lowpass filters in series
Free running or gate synced sample and hold circuit
Multi-colour noise generator
DC coupled instrument inputs with signal inversion and envelope follower
Ringmodulator of unique design
Looping trapezoid envelope generator and VCA
Two output VCAs
Signal meter with a dedicated audio/CV output
FX section with great sounding Delay and Reverb
Recordable Joystick Analogue patch matrix with 3 attenuation levels in each patch point
254 patch memory
Piano roll sequencer
Two CV inputs
Gate input
DIN5 MIDI Input (CV and Gate) and MIDI Thru
Two assignable outputs
Headphone output

RRP: 1800 EUR (VAT excl.)
MAP: 2179 USD
Available summer 22'

New Erica Synths LXR-02 Eurorack Module

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The LXR-02, a fully-fledged digital drum machine with an integrated sequencer by Sonic Potions and Erica Synths, was launched less than a year ago and it quickly gained instant recognition among sound designers and preforming musicians. Due to the popularity of this design, we decided to create a a compact and great-sounding eurorack module based on the sound engine of the LXR-02. While retaining the core interface of the LXR-02, this module adds the essential eurorack ingredient - assignable CV control over parameters. Introducing the LXR eurorack module - a digital percussion and bassline powerhouse for your rack!

6 drum/percussion voices
3 voices can be used as basslines
Powerful sound design engine
Over 30 adjustable parameters per voice
5 assignable CV inputs with 1V/Oct tracking
Insert FX section
4 assignable outputs
Kit memory
SD card for Kit exchange and easy FW updates
Kits compatible with the LXR-02
Module width - 28 HP
RRP: 410 EUR (VAT excl.)
MAP: 499 USD
Available summer 22'


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