MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, July 25, 2022

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Clean-Up Raves in Ukraine

This one is in via Loscha, who spotted it on ABC News Australia. Click through for some video.

Left: The DJs play techno music as volunteers continue clean-up efforts. (Reuters: Viacheslav Ratynskyi ) - Note the Waldorf Blofeld, M-Audio keyboard controller, and what appears to be a Lumatone keyboard with accordian style keys.

"Buildings destroyed by Russian invasion become 'clean-up raves' for volunteers missing Ukraine's techno festivals

A bombed-out building in northern Ukraine has been turned into a rave for more than 200 people just months after the region was devastated by the Russian invasion.

The daytime 'clean-up rave' was organised by young Ukrainians who have been using dance parties to aid the recovery effort.

'Techno parties, especially rave festivals, it was our lifestyle before, when we met with friends and spent time," one of the group's organisers said.

'Last summer, every weekend festivals (were) here in Ukraine, in Kyiv.

'So, we miss it and we want to come back to normal life but our normal life now is volunteering.'

Shovels in hand, the volunteers tossed piles of debris into the loader of a tractor from the remnants of the centre, which was destroyed by a rocket strike in March.

Ukraine's vibrant club scene was brought to an abrupt halt with the Russian invasion on February 24.

A night-time curfew in the capital Kyiv forced lovers of Ukraine's party culture to combine the fun and freedom of a festival with rebuilding their homes.

Most of the Yahidne volunteers, primarily in their 20s and 30s, came from Kyiv, about two hours' drive away.

Others have come from the western city of Lviv and nearby Chernihiv, while some foreign volunteers have arrived from Portugal, the United States, Germany and elsewhere.

The clean-up was the group's eighth event so far, restoring the centre and 15 homes in the village."

Left: Ukraine was known for its vibrant techno scene before war broke out. (Reuters: Viacheslav Ratynskyi )

Left: Many of the volunteers are young people combining their passion for music and love for their country. (Reuters: Viacheslav Ratynskyi )

New Module8 Print Magazine

This one is in via Corey who had the following to say about it (note you might recogize a few names featured here on MATRIXSYNTH):

"Hi, just reaching out to let you know about a new synth magazine from Australia called Modul8.

Featuring local and international artists, Modul8 is devoted to showcasing artists who are extending what electronic music means.

The premiere issue features interviews with Detroit / Berlin based Dub Monitor, YouTube synth philosopher JAde Wii, regional Victoria’s best Pure Data wrangler Nicky Systems, lofi lover Kozeps and Melbourne’s Make It Up Club legend Stevie Richards.

Modul8 # 1 also has contributions from analogue stalwart Todd Barton, Paleman and Melbourne’s undisputed 303 champion, Honeysmack.

All up its 56 pages of utter synth geekery from around the world, and it's only available via good old fashioned printed paper.

The magazine was born during Victoria’s covid lockdown, when co-founders Phil Coyle and Corey Hague were looking for inspiration beyond the endless scroll of nosy algorithms.

“We just wanted something that felt a bit deeper than social media. We both remembered how important and influential magazines had been on us, so we decided to try and make something that lasted longer than a swipe,” co-founder Phil Coyle says.

In keeping with the theme of ‘real life’, a launch event was held at Found Sound, featuring artists profiled in the magazine. That video can be seen here:"

Modul8 Magazine - launch party at Found Sound video upload by Modul8 Media

"To kick off Modul8 Issue # 1 we had some of the awesome people featured in the magazine come and play!

It was a great day with lots of new connections made, and we can't wait for the next one!

Super special thanks to Found Sound, the artists who filled the room with music and the legends who came out to support the launch."

You can order Modul8 at

Pre-SRM Octave Cat: Stacking Into 4 Note Chords (5 Different Patches)

video upload by Mostly Synths and Keyboards (Logan)

"Overdubbing one note at a time takes over 4 times as long, but it creates a unique tone with 4 times as many options for processing, and the ability to either reduce or exaggerate waveform cancellation of poly synth sounds. Some poly synths have separate outputs per voice, but this more tedious method has more impact- at least in my own playing."

German Article on the EEH Zaunk├Ânig

You might remember the EEH Zaunk├Ânig brochure posted here.

Cord Mueller sent in these scans of an article written in German about the EEH Zaunkonig from Musik Spezial, Sonderheft 'Musik mit Computern', August/September ’85.

Translation of the first page via xonox in the comments, ocr-ed with Mac OS Preview and translated with Google translate second page will take some more time):

The "Zaunkoenig" is an eight-voice polyphonic sound sampling unit. It is the basic building block of an expandable system that is constantly being expanded.

A unique feature of this system is the ability to play sampled sounds time-corrected. This means that the stored sounds always remain constant in terms of their speed (length), no matter where they are played on the keyboard. At first glance, many will probably attach little importance to this quality. But anyone who has ever worked with sampling systems will know that it is hardly possible to play the sounds in a meaningful way if the transposition constantly changes reading speed changes (until now it was the case that notes played higher and shorter became shorter and notes played lower correspondingly longer).

With the time correction of the "Zaunkoenig" you can set the expiry time of saved words, noises or complete orchestra parts yourself for the first time. The speed can be faster or slower than that of the wrapa Keng: ing occurs without affecting the pitch! In this way, sampled tone sequences, rhythms or tiles from vinyl recordings can be synchronized with your own pieces of music. Conversely, with the Zaunkoenig it is also possible to tune a sound without changing its length.

Taken together, these two working techniques represent a really important development for the musician, because any sound material with any pitch and speed can be adapted exactly to any piece of music with any key and speed.

In the basic version, the "Zaunkoenig" stores sounds up to a length of 6.4 seconds with a dynamic range of 16 bits and a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. This also meets the highest demands.

In order to save storage space (i.e. to increase the recording time), the frequency response can be limited upwards in 1 kHz steps. With a frequency response of up to 14 kHz, e.g. a recording time of 9.1 seconds, at 10 kHz it is 12.8 seconds, etc."

Update: and the 2nd page also thanks to xonox in the comments:

The basic version of the Zaunkoenig has eight voices. A different sound can be assigned to each voice, whereby the combination with a sequencer is particularly recommended in MIDI mono mode. The voices can be routed to the mixer via mono, stereo or individual outputs.

The Zaunkoenig can be played with velocity, as long as it is connected to a corresponding MIDI keyboard (the Zaunkoenig does not have its own keyboard, so it is an "expander"). The tones can be modulated via two sockets on the back. Velocity and modulation sockets are freely programmable, i.e. you can determine separately for each sound which parameters should be changed for a modulation (or different playing dynamics).

Sounds are recorded either via the microphone or line input. The recording begins either automatically when a certain minimum level is exceeded, or manually by pressing a button. After reading in, the recording can be played immediately without having to make any settings. After assessing the sound, the contents of the memory can easily be changed using the 19 rotary knobs. The start and stop points, loops and all parameters known from the synthesizer can be influenced on the reqlers. With "Zaunkoenig" each voice has two VCFs, a VCO, an LFO and five (!) envelope generators (i.e. a total of 16 VCFs, 8 VCAs, 8 LFOs and 32 ADSRs). A second waveform can be added to each sampled waveform, similar to a synthesizer's second oscillator. The two waveforms can be detuned against each other in order to program fuller sounds or intervals (however, the eight-part playing style is retained). These parameters are related to all of the post-processing and do not relate to the actual recording.

Two loops can be set on the Zaunkoenig. Loops are repeated repetitions of a specific point in the stored sound (similar to a tape loop). This loop is defined by a start and end point, each of which has a controller assigned to it. The first loop sounds as long as a key is held down, the second starts as soon as the key is released (Release). Using a special calculation method, the computer only provides the loop points that can be used to form loops that are free of interference and clicks!

If you save e.g. B. a spoken sentence, then with the help of the loop functions, words, letters or even just individual waveforms can be tapped, from which new wave sets can then be created. Words in a sentence or letters in a word can also be resorted in this way.

Finding interesting waveforms is also made easier by a sampling window that can be freely adjusted in width, with which the memory content can be searched by hand. In order to achieve optimal sound quality, the "Zaunkoenig" has various selectable calculation methods (algorithms) available, according to which the processing of a recording takes place - e.g. B. for speech, vocals, strings or complex sounds.

The standard waveforms of the LFOs can later be exchanged for the selected waveforms or entire sets of waves, making frequency and amplitude modulation possible. Furthermore, all sounds can modulate each other.

In the keyboard program, each key of the keyboard can be assigned an individual pitch that is not tied to half or whole tone steps in terms of tuning. In this way, new scales can be developed or totally weird tone sequences can be programmed.

Since multisampling is possible, multiple split programs (i.e. different sounds in different layers) can also be programmed. The Zaunkoenig recognizes how many voices are played in the respective keyboard area and switches the voice cards independently of the keyboard assignment. As a result, each section has eight voices (of course, there can never be more voices than there are voice cards). Another keyboard layout makes it possible to assign different sounds or several sounds to individual keys at the same time.

All finished sounds can be saved via the built-in floppy disk drive. When loading the sounds, all the data on the floppy disk is transferred to the Zaunkoenig's main memory, so that once it has been read in, all the data is immediately available without resorting to the floppy disk again.

Memory cards can be used to expand storage capacity to up to 32 seconds at full bandwidth.

In order to increase the sampling time even further, a Winchesterdisdrive will soon be available, with which 6.4 minutes (that's 386 seconds!) can be recorded with full frequency response. The eight-voice basic version can be expanded to a maximum of 16 voices with additional voice cards. Finally, add-on cards are available that enable stereo sampling. This method is particularly suitable for recording spatial sounds (reverberation). took or CD disks original. to record faithfully (stereophonically). SMPTE, terminal, sequencer, analogue MIDI Wander and the Winchester disk drive are in preparation. The basic version of the ZK costs - approx. 20000 DM (incl. VAT). The device is expected to be available from September.

Beach Synthesizer Day

video upload by Hayley Lam

"No electronics were harmed in making this video"

Moog Mother 32 in Central Park

Continuity [disquiet0551]

video upload by bassling

via bassling:

"The Roland Boutiques are playing the music and I've experimented with generating lyrics, using a live version of the cut-up technique.

Tristan Tzara, sometime Surrealist then Dadaist, popularised the idea of cutting up newspapers to generate artworks.

William S. Burroughs thought the process could be a magical ritual, revealing hidden meaning.

His idea has been used extensively in popular music, including Bowie, Radiohead and Beck.

For me it's a kind of remixing, as I've taken five-syllable lines and randomly selected their arrangement.

To make the results seem more at home in the mix, I've run my voice through a vocoder."

Easel Practice 7 25 22

video upload by Todd Barton

more looping practice . . .

SOMEWHERE In Northern California, Chapter 1. Live composition and remote performance.

video upload by nbor

"In an experiment in remote performance, production, and presentation, I gathered some sounds from the internet, the studio, and the environment and put together this short film that documents the location, the mood, the instruments, and the process of creating a piece of electronic music "off-grid" in a remote location. Rather than simply film myself composing for literal live performance, I surround the piece with context and indulged in fascinations. An abstract narrative emerged as I pieced things together..

Thanks to Ali and Aperna for the wonderful place to stay and studio to prep in, Thanks to @1010music for making such a cool device! Thanks to @Mevo Camera from Logitech for the WiFi cameras that made multi camera shooting possible."

Oberheim Begins Shipping OB-X8 — Eight-Voice Analog Synthesizer

The new OB-X8 is shipping. Press release follows:

San Francisco, CA – July 25, 2022 – Oberheim today began shipping the OB-X8: an eight-voice polyphonic analog synth that combines the classic sound and key features of the legendary OB-X, OB-Xa, and OB-8 products from the 1980s – including all of the original presets that gave them their signature sounds.

“It’s an exciting day for Oberheim and for musicians that have been anxiously waiting for the OB-X8 since we first announced it,” said company founder Tom Oberheim. “Naturally, we’re proud to reintroduce the Oberheim sound in a new instrument. But even more, we’re proud that we’ve been able to combine the voice architectures of the various original OB series synths in a way that gives players unique new sounds and capabilities that even the originals didn’t have. It’s an amazing-sounding instrument.”

The catalog of artists associated with the original OB-series synths is long, and includes innovators like Prince, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Jam, and Herbie Hancock. For many, it was much more than just an instrument; it was part of their signature sound and a key part of the musical tapestry of the 1980’s and beyond.

Oberheim alumni Marcus Ryle, who was deeply involved in the design and execution of the OB-X8, summed up the new synth: “As a whole, the OB-X8 covers more sonic territory than any OB-series synth ever created. The Oberheim team has delivered an instrument that will satisfy even the most die-hard Oberheim fans — and introduce an entirely new generation to the incomparable Oberheim sound.”

Oberheim CEO David Gibbons added: “Bringing back Oberheim and creating the new OB-X8 has been a true labor of love. Even more gratifying is the overwhelmingly positive reaction we’ve received from both artists and the music industry as a whole. Everyone is excited about this instrument — and nobody more than us.”

Oberheim brings its products to market with the help of the Focusrite organization and renowned synth maker, Sequential.

The OB-X8 eight-voice analog synthesizer is available now with a US MAP of $4,999.

For more details visit

Cosmotronic Vortex Complex Oscillator RAW SOUNDS DEMO

video upload by brandon logic

"Raw sounds recorded straight from the outputs.
All analog wave folding, wave shaping, filtering, ring mod, phase mod, TZFM through zero fm all on board!"


Cosmotronic Vortex + Natural Gate + Magneto SOUND DEMO

video upload by brandon logic

"sequence into carrier oscillator, random voltage into modulator oscillator, and random into Natural Gates decay time."

RMR Sequential Pro 3 Preset Pack

video upload by Red Means Recording

"41 sounds for the Sequential Pro 3, free with download of my 'Slow Down' EP on Bandcamp."

How To Use An Oscilloscope With Your Modular System

video upload by Patchwerks

"In this video Nick Bigelow of Patchwerks shows us how to use the Mordax Data Oscilloscope in a modular system.

Get the Mordax Data here:

'The DATA is a digital platform for testing, measurement, and signal generation in Eurorack modular synthesis systems. It is a modular tool kit, with functions applicable to any system and style.

Use the DATA’s scope to view the interactions between your control voltages and audio signals, allowing you to master your modules by understanding their voltage ranges, control shapes, and parameter responses. Use the DATA’s dual waveform generator to dial in a precisely scaled LFO for CV control, or use the waveform’s frequency “note mode” to effortlessly make dyads (two note chords). Use the DATA’s clock program as a master clock or to divide or multiply an incoming clock signal, sending four different clock outs to gate modules directly or as control to sequencers.

The possibilities of the DATA are basically unlimited; with the included microSD you can update the DATA’s firmware and we can continue to refine and create new programs.' -Mordax
Demo by: Nick Bigelow
Video by: Matthew Piecora ( EZBOT) and Steven Ly (Project 32)"

New firmware: 3xLFO, oscilloscope.

video upload by Happy Nerding

"New firmware increases the number of internal LFOs to three with a more ergonomic layout: all LFO settings are now represented in one window. Each LFO can be manually restarted with the arbitrary phase. One second long press changes LFO’s frequency display from Hz to seconds.

When effects are switched via internal LFO or external CV – active effect is now shown on the screen.

Added oscilloscope function – CVs connected to the SRR input will be represented with adjustable horizontal zoom."

California Highway 242 and Interstate 680 - Contra Cost County (w/ Original Music)

video upload by CatSynth TV

"A drive along I-680 in the vicinity of Walnut Creek and Concord to the split with California Highway 242; we then follow CA 242 north to its other terminus with California Highway 4 near Port Chicago.

Highway 242 is a short freeway that was once cart of California Highway 24 before I-680 was completed and split the segments into two separate highways.

Original music by Amanda Chaudhary featuring:
Arturia OP-Xa V, Synclavier V, Stage 73, CS-80 V
EastWest Ra: Dumbek drums and Middle Eastern string section
Mutable Instruments Plaits
Wiard Noisering
Strymon StarLab"


Francis Ford Coppola is into synths? Both the Moog Modular and Steiner EVI were used in the soundtrack for Apocalypse Now. See here for a couple of mentioning the story.

As for the book, detail via The Bob Moogfoundation, where you can pre-order it, follow:





The Moog synthesizer "bent the course of music forever" Rolling Stone declared.

Bob Moog, the man who did that bending, was a lovable geek with Einstein hair and pocket protectors. He walked into history in 1964 when his homemade contraption unexpectedly became a sensation---suddenly everyone wanted a Moog. The Beatles, The Doors, The Byrds, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Yes, Stevie Wonder, and many more discovered his synthesizer, and it came to be featured in seminal film scores including A Clockwork Orange and Apocalypse Now . The Moog's game-changing sounds saturated 60's counterculture and burst into the disco party scene in the 70's to set off the electronic dance music movement. Bob had single-handedly founded the synth industry and become a star in the process.

Yamaha VP1 Demo - No Talking

video upload by Pro Synth Network

"This video was assembled from clips of Scott Kinsey playing a Yamaha VP1, owned by Reinhold Heil and restored by a team lead by Manny Fernandez, on Episode 120 of our live stream on Friday 22nd July 2022.

You can watch that stream here:"

Pro Synth Network LIVE! - Episode 120 - Yamaha VP1 Special

video upload by Pro Synth Network

"This week we're bringing to you a really special show!

The Yamaha VP1 is not only one of the rarest synthesizers ever made, but also one of the most unique. The VP1 was going to be Yamaha's first commercial foray into the world of physical and acoustic modelling. Utilising a free oscillation type of modelling, it was a 76 note, 16 voice modelling monster with the ability to combine multiple elements into a single patch and had dedicated external editing capabilities for an Apple G3 directly connected to it via a dedicated serial port.

Friend of the show, Manny Fernandez, has been helping Reinhold Heil restore his VP1 to working condition and now that the restoration has been completed, Manny, Reinhold and legendary jazz keyboardist Scott Kinsey, himself a VP1 fan and Yamaha professional, join us to discuss and demonstrate this remarkable instrument and its restoration process."

Why you hate modular synthesizers

video uploads by Why You Hate Modular Synths

Why you hate modular synthesizers - hi-hats
Why you hate modular synthesizers - cat hair
Why you hate modular synthesizers - Kick Drums
Why You Hate Modular Synthesizers - Synthesizers
Why You Hate Modular Synthesizers - Cables
Why you hate modular synthesizers - in the... on the... at the...

The Roland E-4 as a lowfi synth glitch machine

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Roland calls the E-4 the "Voice Tweaker" but here I use it exclusively as a glitch effect on the DB-01 synth. The DB-01's output is split with the dry sound going direct to the DAW and the other going to the E-4 mic input (which is overloading of course). The DB-01 is also providing a clock for the E-4 "scatter" effects. The result is a bit like the Fabikat Pladask pedal and some other grain and glitch processors.
After a bit of talking at the start I just twiddle the knobs and run through a few of the scatter programs. Each one has a slightly different combination of short stutters, reverse effects, delay and lowfi bitcrushed processing. As there are about 200 scatter programs this is just a short taste of what's on offer. You can also change the clock rate per beat from 1 to 24 and this also has a huge effect on the sound. Here I stay at 4.
In future I'll explore more complex setups with the harmonizer, autotune, vocoder and clock rates but hopefully this gives a little taste of the unit outside of its 'voice tweaker' role.
Probably also worth mentioning that - unlike most other E-4 demos - I actually bought this machine and paid full price.

0:00 Intro blather
1:22 Setup and routing
4:05 Music starts, no more talking

My site:
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon:"

Roland Rando

video upload by zack dagoba

"Benge's Roland System 100

Just had this fixed up and discretely modified by LucidSounds. He serviced and calibrated it, got everything working right, and then added some of the mods I asked for - external PWM of the 2 VCOs, LFO jack outputs, extra cv/gate inputs with built-in comparators so that the clocks can be triggered from anything, S&H clock in, I think that was everything. Quite a job!

Now it can do some fun things that normal 100s can't do, but it has THAT sound!

I put the sound of the System 100 up there with all the other early 70s classics"

3x NYMPHES and 1 spare hour to shoot a video by Dimitra

video upload by Dreadbox

"In this video Dimitra jams by using only a NYMPHES polyphonic Synthesizer, which she overdubs without any specific plan in mind.

'As a working woman, mother, + lots of other important roles I have to get through all day, it is really hard for me to find even a moment during a day to try the Dreadbox devices I design. That was my third time playing with the Nymphes synthesizer and I had to shoot a video to remember this moment :)
I only had a spare hour at the office, I connected Nymphes with a midi keyboard and straight to the audio interface. Firstly, I started recording the bass track, then the lead track and surprisingly, I left the drum for the end... '

N Y M P H E S is a 6-Voice Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer, condensed in a portable and compact box, without any compromise in the quality of the final instrument.
The result is stunning and ethereal …"

Roland Juno-6 61-Key Polyphonic Synthesizer

via this auction, also on Reverb

Novation AFX Station Limited Edition 25-Key Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Korg Z1 Front Panel Display Section

via this auction

"Original and very rare display and very display lock for Korg Z1."

Pic of the backside below.

Syncussion SY-1m Analog Drum Percussion Synthesizer with MIDI

via this auction

Moog Mavis & Strymon Volante

video upload by 3rdStoreyChemist

The doubted go electric

video upload by UncertainMusicCorps

"A longer form drone work derived from the Grendel Drone Commander processed through the Meng Qi Wingie and Qu-Bit Aurora. Final reverb courtesy of Happy Nerding FX Aid."

Risa T - Untitled Jam (Polyend Tracker Scene)

video upload by Polyend

"I wanted to make something intuitive so I wrote this jam without worrying much about the groove. I was going to add more melodic elements but realized a few piano riff samples were enough to make a progression with varying sample start and randomized effects. My project looks messy as I get carried away writing in a bunch of Instruments without organizing them by Track, but I like that Tracker workflow that helps me make music freely."

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

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