MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, May 26, 2022

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode Has Passed Away

Andy Fletcher passed away today at the age of 60. I saw Depeche Mode live for the first time as a teenager back on July 14, 1986, at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheter in Irvine, CA. I grew up with their music and still listen to them to this day. They will always be a staple in my life. I have Andy Fletcher and the rest of Depeche Mode to thank for so much magic in my life on so many levels, from being a kid frolicking about in the 80s, to an adult dealing with the trials a tribulations of the day. Depeche Mode is a big part of that and Andy Fletcher was core to the band. He will be sorely missed by so many of us.

This post features two images of Andy. One from Wikipedia, and one from Discogs. The following bio is from Wikipedia. Don't miss the last sentence.

"Andrew John Leonard Fletcher (8 July 1961 – c. 26 May 2022), sometimes known as Fletch, was an English keyboard player, DJ, and a founding member of the electronic band Depeche Mode. In 2020, Fletcher was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Depeche Mode.[1]

In the late 1970s, Fletcher and schoolmate Vince Clarke formed the short-lived band No Romance in China, in which Fletcher played bass guitar. In 1980, Fletcher met Martin Gore at the Van Gogh pub on Paycocke Road in Basildon. With Clarke, the trio, now all on synthesizer, formed another group called Composition of Sound.[2] Clarke served as chief songwriter and also provided lead vocals until singer Dave Gahan was recruited into the band later that year, after which they adopted the name Depeche Mode at Gahan's suggestion.[3] Clarke left the group in late 1981, shortly after the release of their debut album Speak & Spell.[2]

Their 1982 follow-up album, A Broken Frame, was recorded as a trio, with Gore taking over primary songwriting duties.[4] Musician and producer Alan Wilder joined the band in late 1982 and the group continued as a quartet until Wilder's departure in 1995. From then on, the core trio of Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher remained active, up to the release of their 2017 album Spirit and ensuing world tour.[5]

Fletcher's role within Depeche Mode was often a topic of speculation. In early incarnations of the band, he played (electric and later synth) bass. As the band evolved after Vince Clarke's departure in 1981, Fletcher's role changed as each of the band members took to the areas that suited them and benefited the band collectively. In a key scene in D.A. Pennebaker's 1989 documentary film about the band, Fletcher clarified these roles: "Martin's the songwriter, Alan's the good musician, Dave's the vocalist, and I bum around."

Andy Fletcher and Daniel Miller talking about Depeche Mode early days

video upload by Michele Bisceglia

"This interview was shot in november 2015, but never edited and published.
We were in Verbier, Switzerland, for the 3 days happening Audi-o-Rama.
Depeche Mode founding member and keyboardist Fletch & Mute Records boss Miller remember the day they met and discuss other stories about the early days of the band"

A search on the first video to feature Depeche Mode comes up with the following 1981 performance from Top of the Pops. Andy Fletcher is on the Moog Prodigy.

Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough 1981

video upload by memorylane1980s

The following is a live tribue by DX5. If you follow the site you should be familiar with his numerous covers of Depeche Mode. This site is about synths and the people who love synths. This is the first tribute I've seen by a fan of Depeche Mode and I wanted to include it.

Andy (Fletch) Fletcher, has sadly passed away today :( :( Chat and synth tribute to him.

video upload by DX5

Use Syntakt As An 8-Voice Polysynth (Round Robin)

video upload by Digiphex Electronics

"I use a Max device in Ableton to 'round robin' the tracks."

Writing a track for Louis Theroux : Porn's Me Too

video upload by Miguel d'Oliveira

"Brief breakdown of approch and writing a 2 minute track for a documentary on the Forbidden America BBC series.
Louis Theroux: Porn's Me Too

Track written and performed practically on just a Casio CZ-1 (a couple of patches from Omnisphere overlayed) + external FX."


video upload by Synth Cloud

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Welcome to the long awaited analog-type & retro-type sounds for the blue Beauty – Novation Ultranova/Mininova!
'Analog Dreams' contains 52 organic presets useful in various musical genres such as cinematic, electronic, ambient, retrowave...
Every patch of our soundset is musical & can be immediately used in your tracks & production.


Massive Basses
Edgy Leads
Space Plucks
Silk Pads
Big Strings
Organic Arp’s
Experimental Sounds"

Korg Delta & Yamaha SY 2

video upload by noddyspuncture

"The Delta is running through a Yamaha SPX90 'Symphonic Chorus' patch and the SY-2 is running through a Roland DEP5 'Repeat Echo' patch - panned to one side. Both are also running through the reverb on the Alesis mixer."

Access Virus TI // Tweaking Patches // ** No Talking ** // Pads and Stuff // A

video upload by LESINDES

ARPEGGIOS, PATCHES and other stuff.
Firing up the machine for the first time and exploring."

New England Synth Fest set for June 9 at the Boston Museum of Science

"New England Synth Fest is collaborating with the Boston Museum of Science this summer to present three "mini festivals", featuring live electronic music in the Planetarium accompanied by video synthesizers and visualizers on the dome. Every second Thursday of the month this summer (June 9, July 14, and August 11).

The first event is Thursday, June 9th, featuring Violet Nox with DebStep, Jade Rose with Jame Coyne, and Metal TIger with Anagram, all performing (music and video) in the Planetarium Dome. In the Museum lobby, there will be exhibits and more live music, with Ryan Campos, Oxalis, and Snowbeasts. Tickets and more information here.

New England Synth Fest"

Luke Sanger - Live (on the Make Noise Shared System) #γ‚’γƒ³γƒ“γ‚¨γƒ³γƒˆ

video upload by Luke Sanger

"This was originally streamed as a live improv on Bandcamp Live.
In hindsight, I think it's an OK set, with range of moods and timbres.
My fave sections are the looser unpredictable bits (mostly phonogene-related weirdness) and in the future will try to focus in more on these techniques.
Maybe a bit overkill on the pentatonics, but there we go...

Things used:
- Make Noise Shared System (with older phonogene module) @MAKEN0ISE
- 2hp pluck
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- House plants

#γ‚’γƒ³γƒ“γ‚¨γƒ³γƒˆ #Eurorack #makenoise"

KORG MINIPOPS 7 RHYTHM BOX - Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale..

video upload by Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

Creative fading \ Quick Tip

video upload by Omri Cohen

More from Omri Cohen:
The basics of Modular Synthesis -
Patching techniques and ideas document -
Buy me a coffee? -
Consider joining me on Patreon -

M-Audio Venom - Demystified & Custom Sounds!

video upload by LFOstore

M-Audio Venom "Best Analog & Ambient Sounds" 128 presets Free Pack!
video upload by LFOstore

"Finally we made a demystification of M-Audio's white devil - Venom Synth!
This complex soundset contains best sounds we found online & we tweak them to our taste.

And this soundset showing analog & ambient side of Venom & its potential for soft & organic sounds.

128 presets splitted on categories:

Pads, Drones, Spheres
Massive Strings
Analog-Like Basses
Cutting-Edge Leads
Arps & Sequences
Plucks & Bells

Vyzex editor & driver are included to this pack.
Re-discover your Venom Synthesizer with our sounds selection!

Made by Nick Klimenko aka Chronos, a creator of 'Organica' for Waldorf Blofeld & 'WS Universe' for Korg Wavestation"

Moog One Gets a Major Update

via Moog Music

"A major #MoogOne firmware update is now available. Firmware v1.5.0 substantially expands Moog One’s CV Input/Output capabilities. This update also introduces new user-accessible tuning, voice card and system calibrations, as well as bug fixes and feature improvements."

Qu - Bit Aurora Tutorial 1: Getting Started

video upload by Qu - Bit

"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."

Novation Announces Launchkey 88 MIDI Keyboard

video upload by Launchkey 88 - Overview // Novation NovationTV

"We’re proud to announce Launchkey 88 – our first 88-key MIDI keyboard featuring our best keybed to date and primed with inspirational features to take your musical performance and songwriting to new heights.

Launchkey 88 has a premium semi-weighted keybed and tight DAW integration that makes creating songs feel great. Designed to give you a responsive feel, it’s our best feeling keybed to date thanks to meticulous testing and refinement.

Launchkey aids your creativity every step of the way, bringing you customisable control setups with Custom Modes, while strum mode lets you play through your arpeggiator using the mod wheel, and Chord and Scale modes keep you playing all the right notes. Plus, a comprehensive software bundle including virtual instruments, plug-ins and sample packs giving you everything needed to kickstart compositions and start creating straight away.

--- Discover Launchkey 88:"

OP-Z Dark Analog Explorations

video upload by Perplex On

"Some rather dark and noisy explorations using only the analog instrument on the OP-Z. What i found really useful in this case was to either use full cranked up reverb on both fx channels to really dip the sounds into dark space, or combining the reverb with the chorus fx for some heavy detunings. In some patches i‘ve also included the gyro of the OP-Z to modulate the filter cutoff by tilting the device. Besides, i realized that when turning the usb monitoring on while live recording this into my iPad over USB, it‘s feeding itself back into the input, resulting in more or less heavy feedback loops, which is also a technique used in some occasions here."

Sequential Prophet 6 synth sounds - No Talking

video upload by whittymusic

"Here are some cool sounds and audio material I've managed to come up with on the Sequential Prophet 6. Enjoy! Sorry these are not commercially avail."

Nina 12 Voice Poly Analog Synth w/ Motorized Knobs Coming to NAMM

New analog synth coming to NAMM 2022 #shorts video upload by TONELAB

"Here's a short sneak peek of me morphing 2 patches together on this new synth from Melbourne, Australia.

Can't reveal too much yet.. but watch this space with a little luck I'll be doing a tutorial on this little monster soon!

What I can say is that this is a..
12 Voice Poly Analog Synth with 'Motorized Knobs'."

Another short from Instagram:

RetroSound VANGELIS Tribute - Thank you for the music!

video upload by RetroSound

"(c)2007-22 by RetroSound
supported by UVI:

❤️ Support #RetroSound​ channel:

I wanted to do a Vangelis tribute track. For me personally, his soundscapes and above all his sound aesthetics were probably the initial spark that brought me to electronic music and thus to synthesizers. I have almost all albums. The COSMOS series with Carl Sagan ran on GDR television in the early 1980s. That was my first contact with his music. The sounds touched me and painted pictures in my head. They stimulated my imagination. That ultimately aroused my interest in these supposedly unattainable "miracle machines", the synthesizers. But that was all so far away back then. Rest in peace maestro.

The track Chung Kuo is on the China album, released in 1979.

I used the Roland VP330 for string sounds, the Oberheim OB-X for the CS brass sound, the Arp Quadra for the main theme and the bass & string sounds, the Emulator II for percussion sounds, the Yamaha DX7 II fΓΌr the melody and pad sounds and the Roland M-VS1 module for additional horn/pad sounds."

Ambient Modular at 6000ft // DivKid live on Mt. Rainier

video upload by DivKidVideo

"Back in 2019 I was over in Seattle, Washington, USA for 'Velocity' an event by Modular Seattle & Patchwerks. They had a warm up show and last minute encouraged me to borrow some modules and a case, put a system together and play at the show. This was good as it led into my talk on zonal approaches to live modular systems for the main event Velocity. While travelling around and still with the system some days later we decided to take the rig up a snow capped mountain and perform up there. Freezing cold, shivering hands and a beautiful view!

An exclusive 15 page PDF is available for Patreon supporters that highlights all the patching, my zonal approach, modules used, the history of my approach to live minimal ambient modular and more. Head to if you'd like to gain access to a great community and exclusives.

A huge thanks to D B Pawlan who when we were driving around Tacoma and Seattle Washington said 'we should take the modular up there' and pointed to the huger Mt. Rainier that was always in the view. The clip at the end of this video is David driving back up to near where we were if you're curious.

This system was quickly put together in the days leading up to the surprise performance with modules, case and cables borrowed from Bradley Millington (Modular Seattle) and David Pawlan (Wabisabi). A huge thanks to them for facilitating and encouraging a performance on a new system and for being so awesome with me pulling modules out of their set ups to do this. I used the same system for my talk and presentation at Velocity 2019 as well as for another performance live at the Chapel."

Empress Reverb & Korg Monotribe - part 2

video upload by While We Were Sleeping

Snow 0:00
Fire 1:26
Red Skies 2:47
Touch me 4:10
Black and White 5:50
The End 6:15

"The second part of a jam I had with the Empress Reverb and the Korg Monotribe. [part 1 here]

I got one more that will form part 3 its a longer take 9-10min and will be both the last in the "Empress Reverb & Korg Monotribe" trilogy and the first part of a new series that will keep you all lovely people on the edge of your seats.

About the Empress Reverb
If I could only have one reverb it would be the Empress Reverb. If I could have two that it would be, two Empress Reverbs. I am just saying this because I am in love with it :)

About the Korg Monotribe
I previously stated the The Korg Monotribe is probably my favourite little synth". That is not true, I was dishonest with you and with myself. My favourite little box is the TB-303 and I have two of them and only one Monotribe. If you would like me to play my TBs for you (and red down to this point and are not shy) then please let me know in the comments.

About the video:
Edited using Davinci Resolve. Most of the colour background videos are from the wonderful contributors on"

Access Virus Classic

via this auction

"This synth is basically a reissue of the Virus B model - but produced more recently and with different cosmetics (color, knobs, etc.)"

Roland SH-1000 37-Key Synthesizer w/ Instruction Manual

via this auction

Roland Juno-60 61-Key Polyphonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland Alpha Juno-2 w/ Retroaktiv MPG-50 mkII Controller

via this auction

You can find a demo of the MPG-50 here: More than just "KNOBS IN A BOX" // RETROAKTIV MPG 50 // Roland Alpha Juno/universal MIDI Controller.

Roland SVC-350 Vocoder

via this auction

Ciat-Lonbarde Plumbutter 2

via this auction

"this unit has the awesome deerhorn mod that allows for lower/bassier tones."

MFB Dance Bear 1 Analog Drum Synthesizer

via this auction, also on Reverb

TAMA TECHSTAR TAM500 Analog Drum Synthesizer SN 100508

via this auction

You can find a demo of one here.

Noise Engineering Versio delays comparison

video upload by John Schussler

"Noise Engineering has several modules out on their 'Versio' platform. Three in particular make use of delay as the core of the effect, and manipulate it in different ways.

I found myself wanting to hear them back to back, and thus this comparison was born.

This isn't a 'demo every feature' video, just an attempt at general comparison. Patrick O'Brien's videos on each module do a much better job of being thorough, and I recommend those for more detail on each module.

Envelope is Zadar, sequence is from Stochastic IG, and VCO is a Dixie II+.

00:00 Intro
00:20 Desmodus Versio
09:08 Imitor Versio
18:00 Melotus Versio"

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

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