MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, June 16, 2022

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Nunomo Qun mk2 / Tutorial 1 : Quick start

video upload by Nunomo LLC

"This is a quick start video of Qun mk2 synthesizer.
It covers basic operation, basic patch making, sequencer play, looper recording, mixer and Extra processing.

It won't cover detailed patch making, FM, granular, detailed sequencer play, looper scene, connection to external equipment."

John Bowen Synth Design Introduces New Solaris Voice Expander

via John Bowen Synth Design

Note this is addressed to existing Solaris owners:

Dear SOLARIS owners,

We are pleased to let you know that we are ready to ship the SOLARIS Voice Expander. The unit adds another 10 voices of polyphony, using the PolyChain function. The price is 1839 EUR net (currently around $1950) plus shipping. The unit's dimension is 37 x 370 x 125 mm (1.46 x 14.6 x 5.0 inches).

Sales and production are handled by Sonic Core. Please contact Sonic Core at for more information.

--- DEUTSCH ---

Liebe SOLARIS-Kunden,

Wir freuen uns, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass wir bereit sind, den SOLARIS Voice Expander auszuliefern. Das Gerät fügt weitere 10 Stimmen Polyphonie hinzu. Der Preis beträgt 1839 EUR netto (aktuell ca. 1.950 $) zzgl. Versand. Die Abmessungen des Geräts betragen 37 x 370 x 125 mm (1,46 x 14,6 x 5,0 Zoll).

Vertrieb und Produktion werden von Sonic Core übernommen. Bitte kontaktieren Sie Sonic Core unter für weitere Informationen."

RE-202 Space Echo on the LXR-02 drum machine

video upload by Richard DeHove

"In earlier tests the space echo seemed to be a little lacking in level on synth - not so on drums. The different modes change the whole feel quite dramatically. It's even better if you take it off a MIDI clock and allow a little 'slop' into the timing - it suddenly sounds a lot more spacey. And like the Zen delay, it can easily create the illusion of reverb without reverb. OTOH the space echo does have built-in reverb which I switch in and out here. I have it on the plate setting. I've also pushed up the maximum delay time to 2 seconds which you need to enable. To avoid my blatherings start at 5:02 - there's no more taling after that.

0:00 Intro blather
0:48 Double the delay time
2:40 Manual rate adjust
3:20 Gentle examples
5:02 -- No more talking --
7:00 Dark
8:25 Mids
9:00 Bright
9:40 New pattern & kit
11:15 Max reverb
12:00 New kit
13:50 New kit
14:20 Sloppy tap tempo
16:30 Maxxed out
17:02 Wow & flutter test
18:12 New kit
19:27 New kit

My site:
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon:
Or maybe just try the 'Thanks' button - you'll be the first!"

Roland JUPITER-4 Software Synthesizer Overview | A Vintage Icon on Roland Cloud

video upload by RolandChannel

Follow-up to this post.

"No synthesizer collection is complete without the original JUPITER. The iconic ’78 instrument set the stage for synthesis power with “Compuphonic” technology enabling digital voltage control and the ability to store eight user presets. Now, you can get the warm, fat sounds of the iconic JUPITER-4 synth as a plug-in for your DAW or a PLUG-OUT for your SYSTEM-8. Using Analog Circuit Behavior modeling, we’ve recreated the authentic circuit behaviors of the vintage instrument, including all the quirks and instabilities you know and love.

The beloved instrument got some modern updates too. New enhancements take the JUPITER-4 sonic powers to another level, including extended oscillator range, adjustable noise, velocity sensitivity, sub-oscillator volume control, and a flexible arpeggiator. And in addition to the perfect modeling of JUPITER-4’s lush Ensemble chorus, you can dig into a slew of added effects, including phaser, flanger, overdrive, reverb, and delay.

If you’re a SYSTEM-8 owner, the JUPITER-4 Software Synthesizer offers full integration with your SYSTEM-8 keyboard. You can change the JUPITER-4’s plug-in panel to match the SYSTEM-8 for intuitive, one-to-one control. Or use the PLUG-OUT functionality to turn your synth into a standalone, eight-voice JUPITER-4 you can play in the studio or on stage.

Watch Laurence Jepson, aka LZARUS, detail the features that bring this vintage gem into the modern day and now into your DAW.

00:00 Intro and history
00:41 Interface and basic controls
01:07 Patch memory and new sounds
01:46 SYSTEM-8 layout and control
01:55 Adjustable sub-oscillator and noise
02:17 Velocity control
02:29 Increased polyphony
02:57 Unison and LFO modulation
03:26 Ensemble chorus effect
03:59 Effects section
04:15 Enhanced arpeggiator
04:34 Hidden chord feature
05:08 Host tempo sync
05:25 Circuit Mod – new ACB feature
06:05 Analog Circuit Behavior
06:25 Plug-in features and compatibility
06:45 Get the JUPITER-4 Software Synthesizer"

NEW Jupiter-4 Plug-out for Roland System-8: Sound Design & Review
video upload by MR TUNA Music

"My friends! I am so honoured to be a part of the launch for the all-new ACB JUPITER-4 model for Roland Cloud and the System-8 synthesizer.

0:00 - Intro - Sounds
0:33 - Intro - The System-8 is not dead!
1:52 - Building a patch from scratch (init patch)
2:04 - The oscillators
3:55 - Sub osc
4:16 - Filter sweeps
5:21 - Filter envelopes
5:56 - Ensemble effect
7:31 - Big pads
7:50 - Circuit mod
10:56 - Motion recording with the sequencer
12:10 - Creating a bass sound
12:57 - Creating a pad sound
16:15 - Exploring negative envelopes
17:48 - Adding effects
19:06 - Closing thoughts"

And the press release from Roland

Authentic Recreation of Roland’s First JUPITER Synthesizer, Now Available as a Legendary Series Plug-In and SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Through Roland Cloud

Los Angeles, CA, June 16, 2022 — Roland announces the JUPITER-4 Software Synthesizer, the latest addition to the Legendary instrument series available through Roland Cloud. Released in 1978, the JUPITER-4 was Roland’s first polyphonic synthesizer and the first to carry the JUPITER name. With the JUPITER-4 Software Synthesizer, the authentic sound of this trendsetting icon is now available as a computer-based plug-in and a PLUG-OUT for the SYSTEM-8 synthesizer keyboard.

Roland products with the JUPITER name represent the current pinnacle of the company’s synthesizer development, a benchmark started over four decades ago with the JUPITER-4. In addition to incredible analog synthesis power, it brought then-revolutionary digital voltage control and the ability to store eight presets with technological wizardry dubbed “Compuphonic.” But the JUPITER-4’s real appeal was its warm, fat voice and inviting hands-on panel, which inspired synth pioneers to create the defining sounds of synth-pop, new wave, and other emerging styles of the late ’70s and early ’80s.

Roland’s evolving Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology brings the JUPITER-4 to life through careful analysis of original hardware units, circuit diagrams, and other historical data. This information is then used to recreate the authentic circuit behaviors of the vintage instrument—including all the beloved quirks and instabilities—giving the JUPITER-4 Software Synthesizer a breathtakingly accurate sound that buzzes with unique character.

While the JUPITER-4 only has a single VCO, it sounds positively massive, thanks to the combined characteristics of its oscillator, filter, LFO section, and more. ACB brings all these elements together like the original hardware, capturing the behavior and component interactions to create sonic magic. Going further, powerful new Circuit Mod and Condition controls allow users to adjust the overall character to suit their taste.

The JUPITER-4 also includes enhanced features for modern workflows, including extended oscillator range, adjustable noise, velocity sensitivity, sub-oscillator volume control, and a flexible arpeggiator. In addition, phaser, flanger, overdrive, reverb, and delay effects are available to complement the lush Ensemble chorus effect from the original keyboard.

The plug-in flows easily into modern DAW environments with a resizable UI, support for VST3, AAX, and AU formats, and native compatibility with Apple silicon. It also offers full integration with the Roland SYSTEM-8 Synthesizer. Users can control the software plug-in from the keyboard’s panel, and PLUG-OUT functionality turns the SYSTEM-8 into a standalone, eight-voice JUPITER-4 for stage and studio playing.

Availability & Pricing

The JUPITER-4 Software Synthesizer is the newest member of Roland’s Legendary series on Roland Cloud, which includes plug-in versions of the JD-800, JUNO-60, JUPITER-8, TR-808, TR-909, and other Roland classics.

Users can select two Legendary titles with the Pro membership level for $99/year, or get full access to all titles with Ultimate membership for $199/year. All paid levels—including Core and Pro—start with a free 30-day trial of Ultimate, allowing users to try out the JUPITER-4 and other Ultimate instruments, effects, apps, and more. In addition, any Roland Account holder can purchase Lifetime Keys for individual Legendary series titles. This provides unlimited access for as long as their account is active, even if they don’t have a Roland Cloud membership.

The JUPITER-4 is part of the Analog Polysynth Collection, a new Legendary series bundle that also includes the JUPITER-8, JUNO-60, JX-3P, and JUNO-106 software plug-ins. The bundle provides Lifetime Keys for all included products and offers a savings of nearly 40 percent over purchasing individual titles.

Korg Wavestate - "Stratosphere Vol.5" 40 Performances

video upload by LFOstore

" presents the 'Stratosphere Vol.5' for the Korg Wavestate synthesizer.


Korg Wavestate is an incredible synthesizer with amazing features and sound, and we continue to unlock its potential.

The five part of the series is devoted to rhythmic pad textures, beautiful arps and moving soundscapes.

More movement, emotion and space.

40 performances ready to breathe new colors into your music and inspire creativity.

Create sound worlds with Korg Wavestate and "Stratosphere Vol.5"

We put all our effort & inspiration to make this patches suited for many genres & styles of electronic music.

Every patch of our soundset is musical & can be immediately used in your tracks & production.

Enjoy and may the music come with you!"

Light Vortex - Liquid Polyhedra - Edge of Incandescence EP

video upload by Light Vortex

From the Edge of Incandescence EP
Available 06/17/22

New release from supporting member, Light Vortex.

"This song features Roland MKS-50 & RS-202, plus Yamaha Reface DX and UVI Falcon for the wavetable

The 6-song Edge of Incandescence EP will be released on Bandcamp for its Juneteenth fundraiser this Friday, 6/17. Bandcamp will donate 100% of their share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a racial justice organization with a long history of effectively enacting change through litigation, advocacy, and public education"

Waldorf Blofeld - "Explorations" soundset

video upload by LFOstore

"Buy -

LFO Store presents a new soundset for Waldorf Blofeld created by our sound designer Otto K. Schwarz, who made a true sound journey to explore something extraordinary.

This soundset opens up many new facets of using the beautiful German synthesizer. Here you will find cosmic pads, bright modulated leads, playful arpeggios, interesting effects and much more.

These ready-to-use patches are perfect for ambient, soundtracks, EDM.

100% Royalty-free 50 presets. Enjoy!"

Moog Subsequent 25 & Sub Phatty: 64 Leads & Plucks Patches/Presets

video upload by Anton Anru

"'Leads & Plucks' is a collection of 64 presets for Moog Subsequent 25 and Sub Phatty.
The soundset includes: 39 Leads, 20 Plucks, 5 Chords. There's a wide range of tones: retro/vintage/classical and modern, soft/gentle/deep and aggressive/harsh/bright, noisy, evolving, punchy... Leads are great for synth solos, plucks can be used with external arpeggiator/sequencer, or can be played with the keyboard.
🎧 Get the soundset:

The presets are suitable for all genres of electronic music, including Techno, House, Trance, Lounge, Downtempo, Funk, Disco, Pop, Acid, Hardcore, IDM, Drum'n'Bass, Breaks, Breakbeat, Trap, Electro, Ambient, Dubstep, EDM, Synth-Pop and others.

Presets' volume levels are set close to each other, you won't get sudden volume spikes or drops while switching the presets.
ModWheel is set in every preset. In some presets, its initial position is set to zero, in others - ModWheel has maximum level by default.
The presets are velocity-sensitive.

Roland Juno-106 Synthesizer - The little brother in the shadow of the Juno-60?

video upload by RetroSound

"(c)2007-22 by RetroSound
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Many consider the Juno-60 to be the best Juno synthesizer. This is reflected in the great admiration and in the second-hand market prices. And yes, I like the Juno-60 a lot too. It was one of my first synths and I made most of the tracks with it. But, I also like the Juno-106 very much. The sound character is slightly different. Some people say it sounds plastic. I think they mean that the sound is less lush and more sterile. Well, the Juno-106 sounds like the link to the later JX series to me. But the sound is more deep. But he only has one DCO and one sub oscillator per voice. With the Juno-106 you can achieve wonderful sub-basses that the Juno-60 cannot do exactly as well. The Juno-106 pad sounds are also wonderful. I think there should be more love for the Juno-106. It's not a Juno-60. But the Juno-60 is not a Juno-106 either.

And here is a 90s dance music demo track
all synthesizer sounds: Roland Juno-106 (1984)
drums: E-MU Emax
recording: multi-track

The Juno-106 playlist:"

V.A.I. 54 Elka Wilgamat / Multivox MX-3000

video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"These two machines match up quite well to our ears so we made a bunch of videos - more coming soon.
The Elka Wilgamat is probably a bit familiar to our viewers by now - an Italian auto-accompaniment machine with three sections:

1. Analog drum machine section
2. Bass section with 2 sounds and variations
3. Chord section with 3 sounds

Harmonically controlled by a two-octave keyboard with a fill-in bar on top, it has a great warm sound that's unmistakably mid-1970s to our ears, the drum machine alone sounds great.

The Multivox MX-3000 is a pretty rare Japanese string machine and monophonic synth combo.
A bit similar to the Farfisa Soundmaker or maybe Solina String Synthesizer (the BIG one - not the regular String Ensemble) or the Crumar Composer but with a more complex polyphonic - or rather Divide Down - section.
Lots bells and whistles here.

It basically has three separate sections:

1. A bass synth section with multiple preset sounds and attack, decay and tone controls.

2. A polyphonic section with preset sounds that are modifiable in quite a few ways with a very nice and aggressive filter section, attack/decay, two different choruses, two glide modes and more.

3. Single Oscillator monophonic section. No presets but a few different wave forms, a very nice filter, portamento and the usual mono stuff for great leads, basses and even some space effects.

The Polyphonic filter and choruses are very cool on these, maybe that's what we got it for initially but it's turning in to our desert island machine, there's really a lot going on here, it's a versatile instrument with quite a unique and somewhat rustic sound.

They're famously hard to service due to lack of a good set of schematics.
The build-quality is strangely bad for late 1970s Japanese keyboards so they somehow always break down.

Enjoy, more coming."

Korg 770 - The Smut Box

video upload by Alex Ball

"A look at the Korg 770 monophonic synthesizer from 1976, an incredibly grubby sounding instrument that I've dubbed 'the smut box'. In this video we explore what it sounds like and why.

0:00 Intro
1:23 Demo1 - Ring Me
2:10 Demo 2 - Tweedle Dee
3:05 Demo 3 - Sister Transistor
4:04 Why it sounds the way it does 5:36 Demo 4 - Distant Traveler
6:34 Summary

A note: I said in the video that this synth was the last of the first generation of Korg monosynths (miniKORG 700/700S, maxiKORG 800DV, SB100, 900PS) but have since realised that the M500 came out in 1977 that does still use the 'traveler'. However, that is a very limited preset synth and I'm sure you can see what I mean by the lineage from miniKORG to the MS range.

Thank you to the owner of various instruments used."

Roland Jupiter 4 // Now a Plugin to Plugout on Roland Cloud

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Roland Jupiter 4 - A review, demo and walkthrough of Roland's latest offering for Roland Cloud.
Its a fantastic plugin, but even better for me.. as it's a pullout for the System 8"

Moog Mavis - Unboxing and Sounds

video upload by Rheyne

"All sounds are solely from the Moog Mavis, running through various delays and reverbs (see index below).

0:04 Unboxing
1:35 Parts overview
2:22 Mavis through MXR Carbon Copy and Strymon BigSky, unpatched
3:02 Mavis through Carbon Copy and BigSky, self-patched
3:46 Mavis sequenced with a Make Noise 0-Ctrl
4:28 Mavis with a small case of Eurorack modules

Each example was recorded in one take with no overdubs. In the last example with the small case of Eurorack modules, the notes are a random non-repeating sequence from Ableton, running through a Hexinverter Mutant Brain MIDI to CV interface. Audio from the Mavis in this example is processed by a Strymon Magneto."

Moog Mavis with Strymon StarLab and Magneto

"Some sounds from the Moog Mavis processed by a Strymon StarLab reverb in the first example, and a Strymon Magneto delay in the second example (see index below). Sequences sent to the Mavis are random notes from Ableton, sent to a Hexinverter Mutant Brain MIDI to CV converter.

0:04 Mavis through Strymon StarLab
2:59 Mavis through Strymon Magneto

All sounds are solely from the Moog Mavis. Each example was recorded in one take with no overdubs."

Moog Taurus 1 Pedals - Pro-Serviced w/Restoration + Custom Foot-Switch Assembly

via this auction

Additional Analog U.S Listings

"This set is in very good condition and working 100%. It has just been professionally serviced and with some restoration. It has a custom foot-switch assembly installed so you will never need to clean the pedal contacts again. This modification (not visible) is completely reversible if you want to put it back to stock. I will include the original contact board. It will be properly packaged when sold and will arrive in the condition as stated."

Dreadbox Erebux V3 w/ Original Box

via this auction

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Polyend Tracker Standalone Audio Workstation

via this auction

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Moog Satellite Synthesizer 5330 SN 2176759 or 2178759 w/ Case, Manual & Registration Guide

via this auction

Oberheim Two Voice Pro

via this auction

Macbeth M3X

via this auction

JoMox M-Resonator

via this auction

"There were less than 200 of these made in 2006."

Note this is the original and not the T-Resonator II as demod in this previous post.

Metasonix D-2000 Vacuum Tube Drum Machine

via this auction

360 Systems Professional Midi Bass 1987 Rack Mount Synthesizer

via this auction

Yamaha Big Jam RY9 Rhythm Programmer w/ Original Box & Manual

via this auction

CASIO CZ-230S COSMO (Preset) SYNTHESIZER w/ Original Manual & Beginning Synthesizer Book

via this auction

Preset home keyboard version of the Casio CZ line. I'm guessing it has the same phase distortion engine minus programability, but that's just a guess. Curious if it would respond to MIDI CC or sysex for programming. If you know feel free to leave a comment.

Retroaktiv PG-2K controller for the Roland JX-3P & MKS-30 (& all Kiwi mods) | Review/Demo

video upload by Espen Kraft

"The PG-2K controller from Retroaktiv can control any JX-3P. Factory 3P, Kiwi modded 3P or any 3P/MKS-30 CC modded model. In the case of the Kiwi, all Kiwi mods are supported and it makes it so much easier to use the arcane Kiwi mod."

Korg OpSix // Emotional Soundtrack

video upload by Dexba

"Who would have thought?
The more I used the OpSix, the more I started to like it. And this is my own patch I called DEXBA.
Super simple, but it has all what I need: hands-on controls via the drawbars over subtle modulation, the right FX, and the right filters.
FM is always seen as complex, but we don't always have to go to the extreme crazy territories, and we can also stay away from bell sounds and still use some F modulation here and there :)
Since I sold the OB6, and sold the Matriarch, I was missing some pad synth I could just make love with, and I found a little, very little, substitute in this OpSix on loan.
Unfortunately, I am at a point in life where I can't spend what would be needed for some of the big names, but I had my emotional moment with this one, and I am grateful for that.
Enjoy ✨"

Streetly Tapes for M-Tron Pro - Violins & Vox (No Talking)

video upload by GForce Software

"Violins & Vox

Courtesy of Tron-meister, Nigel Hopkins, here's a no-talking, audio demo run-through of the Streetly Violins & Vox tapebanks, with a few patches thrown in for good measure.

As with all other Streetly Tape Volumes, Violin & Vox provides yet more sonic superfood for your M-Tron Pro, via a set of 25 tapebanks, this time focussing on the strong and varied vocal performances of Caitlin Downie and the virtuoso violin voicings of Claire Lindley.

As with all Streetly Tapes Volumes, this pack has been lovingly given the Streetly Skellotron treatment for that authentic sound of EMI tape wearing down playback heads.

Although these are recent recordings, thanks to the character introduced by the Skellotron processing, they have all the tron character you know and love, and sit perfectly alongside classic mellotron strings and choir recordings.

Shakmat Harlequin's Context + Basimilus Iteritas (part 2)

video upload by Shakmat

"Did you know Harlequin's Context can be used as a stepped CV recorder ?

Here it is driving a Basimilus Iteritas!"

Part 1 here.

Roland SH-101 vs Softube Model 82 - How they really compare? Does software stand the test?

video upload by Friendly Noise

"Please take your time and read the notes included at the beginning and along the video. They’ll help you understand the comparison.

Please also consider subscribing to the channel if you like the video. This is a very time consuming activity, I make this just as a hobby and the only way to know that it’s worth the effort is the statistics of the channel. I have no message for the mankind, but I need to know if you like what I do, if that makes sense. :-)

Video sections:

Played by hand
00:06 Information about the comparison
00:49 Simple sawtooth sound
01:08 Sawtooth filter sweep without resonance. Longest attack and release times
01:36 Sawtooth filter sweep. Maximal resonance. Longest attack and release times
02:14 How do the synths feel, when you play several keys?
02:44 Same thing, but with fully opened filter

Sequenced by Metropolix
03:24 Percussive sawtooth sound without resonance
O4:01 Sawtooth sound with resonance and sub oscillator
04:40 Sawtooth with 100% sub oscillator and full resonance
05:27 Sub oscillator with maximal resonance. A wooden sound
06:11 Sub oscillator and noise generator at maximal levels
06:40 Classic Roland square sound
07:15 Acid-like sound with resonance and portamento. Pulse width modulation by LFO
08:02 Tribute sequence to “LFO - Frequencies”
09:18 Square wave with a little amount of noise
10:02 Square wave with resonance and slow attack time for a softer sound
10:51 Sawtooth with filter modulation by LFO
12:00 Sequence with portamento, resonance and LFO-modulated filter
13:24 Sawtooth, square and sub oscillator at maximal level
14:33 Dark percussive square wave patch"

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

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