MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Small Tube VCA/Distortion Modules

video upload by John Schussler

"There seem to be more and more folks making modules with small tubes these days. I have a few of them, and figured I'd do a comparison. These are all 'distortion' modules in one sense or another. Some are VCAs, some are filters, and some are just tube-y grimy-ness.

I've also thrown in an intro to the cDVCA, a new kind of VCA that is also a specialist at distortion. It doesn't have a tube, so it gets a solo spot at the end.

Source audio is the saw out of an Acid Rain Chainsaw. Envelope from Zadar.
Sequence from Stochastic IG

00:00 Intro
00:20 Atonal OD - sweeps
03:52 Karltron Tube
06:35 Thermo Nuclear
09:27 Gotharman
11:48 Atonal OD - sequence
15:50 Karltron Tube
18:52 Thermo Nuclear
21:49 Gotharman
25:32 Bonus - cDVCA"

Mutable Instruments Plaits Update Adds 6-Op FM Model, String Machine, Wave Terrain Synthesis + More

via Mutable Instruments

"I’m releasing this firmware update with a couple of things I kept under my hat throughout 2021 and 2022 just in case the clones/competition would start being a problem (as you can see, it wasn’t really necessary).

Fixed a spurious retriggering of the internal envelope when entering/leaving the speech synthesis model.

Reduced the amount of software filtering on the TIMBRE and MORPH knobs, to increase their responsiveness.

Reduced the amount of hysteresis in the quantizer responsible for converting a voltage into discrete settings (for example, for model selection with the MODEL CV input, or chord selection with the HARMONICS knob and CV input). This makes the relationship between a voltage and a specific setting more consistent when controlled by a sequencer.

The filters used for band-limited wavetable synthesis have been improved, eliminating the amplitude drop observed for the highest notes.

The frequency range selector has a new mode: octaves. In this mode, the right button and FREQUENCY knob combo adjusts the root note, then the FREQUENCY knob transposes this root note up or down. Pressing both buttons simultaneously for a short time enables or disables an alternative way of selecting a synthesis model: the first button selects the previous model, the second button the next one.

This new -/+ control scheme gives access to an orange bank of synthesis models for pitched sounds.

1 Classic waveshapes with filter (HARMO: resonance and filter character - gentle 24dB/octave CCW, harsh 12dB/octave CW, TIMBRE: filter cutoff, MORPH: waveform and sub level, OUT: LP output, AUX: 12dB/octave HP output)

2 Phase distortion and modulation (HARMO: distortion frequency, TIMBRE: distortion amount, MORPH: distortion asymmetry, OUT: carrier is sync’ed (phase distortion), AUX: carrier is free-running (phase modulation)).

3, 4, 5 2-voice, 6-operator FM synth with 32 presets (HARMO: preset selection, TIMBRE: modulator(s) level, MORPH: envelope and modulation stretching/time-travel). The two voices are alternatively triggered whenever a trigger is received on the TRIG input. When the TRIG input is not patched, a single voice plays as a drone, and the MORPH knob allows time-travel along the envelopes and modulations. The LEVEL input is repurposed as a velocity control - controlling loudness or timbre depending on how each preset is programmed. Each model corresponds to a different bank of 32 presets among basses/synths, keyboards/plucked strings/percussions, organs/pads/strings/brass.

6 Wave terrain synthesis with continuous interpolation between eight 2D terrains (HARMO: terrain, TIMBRE: path radius, MORPH: path offset, OUT: Direct terrain height (z), AUX: Terrain height interpreted as phase distortion (sin(y+z)).

7 String machine emulation with stereo filter and chorus (HARMO: chord, TIMBRE: chorus/filter amount, MORPH: waveform, OUT: voices 1&3 predominantly, AUX: voices 2&4 predominantly).

8 Four variable square voices for chords or arpeggios (HARMO: chord, TIMBRE: arpeggio type or chord inversion, MORPH: PW/Sync, OUT: square wave voices, AUX: NES triangle voice, TIMBRE attenuverter: envelope shape). Plug a trigger input to clock the arpeggiator.

The module can receive audio data on its TIMBRE input to load custom data into a synthesis model (only one synthesis model can be altered at a time). This new feature is available for the following models:

6-operator FM: transfer of 32 custom patches in DX7 SysEx format. They will replace one of the built-in banks.

Wave terrain synthesis: transfer of a custom wave terrain.

Wavetable synthesis: transfer of 15 custom waveforms and customization of bank 4’s wave map."

Buchla 200 Breathing Funk

video upload by Buchla 200 Breathing Funk

"A little experiment. Most of the sounds are created from white & blue noise processed through the Spectral Processor
. . .
My Patreon:"

Starting a Sidecar MIDI Controller to expand the Ibanez IMG2010 MC1 Guitar to MIDI Converter system

video upload by Unrelated Activities

"The Ibanez IMG2010 electric guitar and MC1 MIDI Converter is an old (1986) but good MIDI guitar system. Apart from translating the audio signal frequency and amplitude from each guitar string to MIDI note number and velocity, it provides MIDI program change messages (via panel buttons and/or a IFC60 footcontroller), Hold pedal, a CTL rotary potentiometer and an Arm on the IMG2010 guitar with assignable MIDI control change messages (cc00 to cc32). When controlling modern MIDI rack synthesizer modules, these control change options are a bit limiting, so I decided to start designing an Arduino 'sidecar' expansion MIDI controller to be used in parallel to the IMG2010 & MC1. It can be fun."

Sound Design for chords!

video upload by Jörg Schaaf

"Sound Design with the Delta CEP A! I love the chord detune function, the built in reverb and the rich textures I can get out of this engine."

Sound Master SR-88 Memory Rhythm

via this auction

You can find a handful of posts featuring the Sound Master SR-88 here including a demo, pics of the box & manual, a brochure, and a software emulation.

Elka Synthex Pre-Series Version

via this auction

"In excellent shape and working order. Everything will be checked again just before shipping. This is an early version, without serial number. 220V mains."

Farfisa Syntorchestra Metal Version

via this auction

"Farfisa Syntorchestra string machine + mono analog synthesizer, metal version with cover and keys for the locks. Excellent shape, with some marks in the metal as can be seen in the pictures."

Low-Gain Electronics - Tri-Core VCO’s : Sync experiments w/ PWM.

video upload by LowGainElectronics

"Playing with two Tri-Core VCO’s to experiment with sync as well as some good old fashioned PWM modulation. Looking forward sequencing this type of patch."

Waldorf Music: Hans Zimmer Interview - Part 1

video upload by WaldorfMusicChannel

"Hans Zimmer has composed music for over 150 films in an illustrious career spanning more than 30 years, winning two Golden Globes, four Grammys and two Oscars. The composer, who made a name in the 1980s and 1990s with 'Rain Man', 'Thelma & Louise,' and 'Driving Miss Daisy,' continues to haunt viewers with recent soundtracks such as 'Pirates of the Caribbean', '12 years a slave' and 'Dune'. In an exclusive interview with us, he shares his inspiration and tells us why he is a Waldorf fan since so many years."

New Herbs and Stones Solid Felt Multimode Analog Filter

via @herbs.stones

"Really excited to introduce you Solid Felt, the new addition to the Herbs and Stones family.

Solid Felt is a stereo multimode analog filter in desktop format.

From subtle timbral variations to an all-encompassing sonic treatment, Solid Felt can be used in multiple ways to embellish or vandalize your sound bouquet.

Specs and availability TBA soon!"

Compusynth Demo and Tutorial

video upload by Giorgio Sancristoforo

Follow-up to this post.

"Compusynth is a modular synthesizer that takes inspiration from the west coast paradigm and the mighty Altair8800, one of the first personal microcomputers available to the hobbyists in the mid 70s.

With its peculiar 128 bit sequencer, oscillators, filters, efxs and processors, Compusynth is a powerful sonic laboratory thanks to its generous resources and flexible routing with 1596 patch points!

Available at
(Windows version planned for January 2023)"

lilac fantasies - 磁鬼頻率

video upload by 磁鬼頻率

hardware jam ft. cirklon

Playing and sampling with Circuit Rhythm and Peak - #MadeWithNovation

video upload by motobor

"All sounds are designed in Peak and sampled to Rhythm"

Scanner: Live Improvised Modular Session // Modular Meets Leeds 2022

video upload by DivKid

"Here we have the live and improvised performance from Scanner at Modular Meets Leeds 2022. With a Zoia FX pedal and only 6U of Eurorack modular Scanner takes us on a journey through electronic sounds, through ambience and texture rhythms emerge through a diverse set of tones. If you've seen Scanner improvise with a modular system before you'll know he traverse several ideas and makes bold decisions in how the sounds change over time.

If you enjoy this I strongly suggest you join the Scanner Fan Club on Bandcamp, it's a direct way to support an artist while also getting a massive back catalogue of work along with exclusives too. //"

Arturia Mini V3 v NI Monark Synth Sound Comparison

video upload by Mamotreco

"Comparing how two VSTs inspired by the legendary Minimoog: Arturia Mini V3 and NI Monark. The goal of this video is to compare the sound of these two synths in their own right as opposed to seeing how faithful they are to the Moog they are trying to emulate.
#arturia #nativeinstruments #synths
First I compared the oscillators of the Mini V3 vs the Monark VST, then the filters, before programming the same patches on both synth plugins to see how they sounded.

00:00 Intro
00:46 Oscillators Mini V vs Monark
01:47 Cut Off Mini V vs Monark
02:39 Cut Off w/ Resonance Mini V vs Monark
03:18 Contour 50% Mini V vs Monark
04:24 Mini V with Osc. Sync Tests
05:30 Sound Patch Tests
07:11 Analysis and Conclusion

A couple of bucks for most music on this channel:
Previous music releases available here:"

Vintage Synthesizer Adverts/Documentation - Midiverse - TV

video upload by Midiverse - TV

"What's up everybody? Welcome to Midiverse - TV! Today we're checking out some Vintage Synthesizer Advertisements/Brochures/Documentation. Let's have a look!

EML ElectroComp 101 - 00:08 - 00:51
The EML Family of Synthesizers - 00:52 - 01:15
EML 1976 Pricelist - 01:16 - 01:27
Lyricon - 01:28 - 01:49
Moog Synthesizers 1974 Price List - 01:50 - 02:34
Moog System 15 - 02:35 - 03:34
Moog System 35 - 03:35 - 04:22
Moog System 55 - 04:23 - 05:16
The Moog for the road - 05:17 - 06:22
Minimoog Model D Block Diagram - 06:23 - 08:08
Moog Newsletter 1981 - 08:09 - 08:59
Moog Retail Price List 1974 - 09:00 - 09:21"

Buchla Modular Synth with Guitar: Golden Shrimp Guild Presents: SYNTHON: We Can't Be Serious?!

video upload by The Galaxy Electric

"The name of this stream was 'we can't be serious'. For synth people, this apparently translated directly to pull out your dusty old guitar. Well, that's what we did anyway. But you can't just play guitar, you have to basically turn it back into a synth by adding Jam Pedals Fuzz Phrase LTD, Whacko +, and an EBow. It's not like we didn't use synths either. We still employed the Buchla Modular, Nord Modular G1, and RD-9 Drum Machine. All of this was combined with Jax's ethereal vocal spread utilizing dual Boss RE-20s and a Pigtronix Infinity Looper. We managed to find a blissful orbit."

Sonicware LIVEN 8bit warps - "Dynamic" Soundbank

video upload by LFOstore

"Sonicware LIVEN 8bit warps 'Dynamic' Soundbank 40 patches 'MEM' and 40 patterns 'PTN'


Sonicware LIVEN 8bit warps is a great synth with its own sound and great sequencer, but with controls that take some getting used to.

'Dynamic' - This sound bank contains 40 patches "MEM" and 40 patterns "PTN" and we hope it will add some good patches to your library.

Rhythmic, digital synthesizer, effects, synth bass.

The demo tune was recorded in real time and does not contain external effects or any processing, at the end of the demo LIVEN 8bit warps is combined with liven Bass & Beats.

Made by Alexander Kav"

Yamaha DX5 1985 Stage Used by Oingo Boingo "Live at The Ritz"?

Oingo Boingo Live At The Ritz 1985, NOT 1987 (Reupload) [Best Quality]

video upload by sombody

Anyone spot the DX5 in the video above? I'm not seeing the telltale wood side panels unless the lighting is just off. That is a Yamaha on the stand to the right of the Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000. Amazing band live. I used to see them at Magic Mountain back in the day. Them and Sparks seemed to perform there multiple times every year.

"Lucky to have found this one after the first upload mysteriously disappeared. Contrary to popular belief, this show is from 1985 and not 1987. At the start of Weird Science, Danny says "here's a song we did for a movie this year". Weird Science was released in 1985. There is some evidence that other songs such as "Gratitude" were performed here but any video footage of it has been lost, so it isn't here.

00:00 - Dead Man's Party
6:13 - Who Do You Want To Be
9:31 - Just Another Day
14:35 - Grey Matter
20:00 - Stay
23:26 - Weird Science
28:10 - Goodbye, Goodbye"

via this auction

"An amazing synth with a cool history! This DX5 was apart of Oingo Boingo's touring rig during the 'Dead Man's Party' era. As seen being played by Michael Bacich in various live performances most notably 'Live at the Ritz'. The gentleman I bought this from purchased it around 1989 from a used shop in L.A.. He played it for a couple of years, then threw it under his bed for about 20 years. I purchased it in 2016 and have lovingly cared for it since.
There are some various scratches and dings throughout the keyboard and a couple of dips in the wood, but overall is in great shape for the age and touring history. Road case is heavy and will cost a bit to ship.

Recent upgrades and maintenance work includes:

-Removing each key and soaking in soapy water
-Replaced upper and lower key felts
-Replaced all electrolytic capacitors in PSU
-Replaced 2 tantalum caps in CPU board
-Replaced CPU battery
-Realigned after touch sensor
-Adjusted after touch trim pots
-Installed new OS EPROM, removed/added jumpers for one IC operation (originally used 2 ICs)
-De-soldered both ribbon connectors from original display, and soldered to new OLED display
-Installed new display"

Red flight case with Oingo Boingo stencil below.

Sequential Take 5 Compact 5-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Boss Dr. PAD DRP-3 Vintage Drum Pad

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"6 sounds: Smashing Glass, Cowbell, Timbale, Scratch, Quijada and Large Gong! Includes original packaging and paperwork!"

Moog The Rogue SN 7236

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"A fine example of The Rogue, this one has been very well kept, all sliders and pots perform with precision. Sounds absolutely incredible. Includes a new aftermarket power supply."

Fenix III

via this auction

You can find demos in previous posts here.

Analogue Solutions Phobos Filtered Coffee Korg MS-20 Filter & LFOs W/ Power Supply

via this auction

"Heavy duty built version of the Korg MS-20 Filter and LFOs. Sounds excellent, works great."

You cand find a couple demos in previous posts here.

Novation DrumStation Rack

via this auction

E-MU Systems Proteus FX Rackmount 32-Voice Sampler Module

via this auction

Waldorf STVC 49-Key String Synthesizer and Vocoder w/ Original Box & Quickstart Guide

via this auction

MODAL Cobalt 8M Desktop Virtual Analog Synthesizer w/ Original Box, Quickstart Guid & Rack Ears

via this auction

Generative Eurorack Modular (Plaits, Rings, Pamela's Pro Workout, uO_c, Data Bender, QPAS, Beads)

video upload by SyllixMusic

"Download the patch notes:
Download the audio:
Hello! Here's another ambient jam from last night. Pamela's Pro Workout is really coming in handy with all the modulation / extra triggers it provides!

The incredible footage of the stark, frosty river was provided by MapleMusketeer:"

Feedback Modules MIX mix / 4 channel high quality stereo bus mixer / quick demo

video upload by BRiES

"Premium quality stereo bus mixer module with balanced and unbalanced output drivers, high end headphone amp and level meters.

Tech specs:
- Panel width 16HP
- 45mm depth behind the panel, including the power connector
- 6 control pots : In 1,2,3,4, Master, Phones Level
- 8 input jacks
- 1 stereo output jack for phones
- 2 unbalanced 6.35mm jack ouputs
- 2 balanced XLR outputs
- standard 10 pin euro power +12V/-12V
- power consumption +12V 150mA , -12V 50mA"

HEAVY DRONE = TEINTE in BROKEN MODE /// Eurorack Industrial Distortion

video upload by SOVAGE ENGINEERING

"Over'exploiting TEINTE's broken mode, the super coloring monster !
Taking advantage of the slow cohesive modulations from PARESSEUX to modulate FAILLE TEMPORELLE and LE DECHU."

See this post for additional details on TEINTE.

KadDemo #3: #Realistic #ConcertmateMG1 by #Moog: How does it sound? #Demo

video upload by KadiMusic

Roland TR8S All Factory Patterns - no talking -

video upload by Nicolas Melis

Roland TR8S All Factory Patterns - no talking -
firmware v2.51

YAMAHA DX7 II FM Synthesizer with Grey Matter E! expansion board - Performance Mode

video upload by RetroSound

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

❤️ Support #RetroSound​ channel:

YAMAHA DX7II FD FM Synthesizer with GREY MATTER E! expansion (1987)

E! board spec:
- octal mode (8 different patches can be played in one performance)
- voice stacking
- random detune
- patch mapping
- velocity processing
- micro-tuning
- pattern sequencer
- arpeggiator
- 4 new memory banks
and a lot more.

I used in the demo video no external sequencing. All sequences, arpeggios, chords are internal made with the E! expansion board.

0:08 Performance Mode
8:52 Arpeggio Mode
9:37 Chord Mode
11:00 Octal Mode
12:05 Percussion

The YAMAHA DX7 II is one of my absolute fav synths ever.
Here can you find the full DX7 playlist with a lot single sound demos and one synth demo tracks. Enjoy.

The DX7 playlist:"

Yamaha CS01 [Sample Pack] (FREE)

video upload by Mr. Card

Download a sample pack:

"No EQ. No compression. No external effects. Pure sound."

Crumar Perfomer VS Crumar Multiman S-3

video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Two lovely string machines steps into the ring - ready to rumble.
The energy bill is here and it's steep.
We need cash badly so we're squaring these two off to see which one we can part ways with.
It's a tough choice but there can be only one.

The machines differ a bit in layout and controls:
The Performer sports a 4 octave keyboard compared to the Multimans 5 octaves.
It's also a bit more simple, it lacks a few filter controls in the brass section and the string section has constant chorus.
It still sounds great though, and it's a lot lighter than the Multiman - all of which are surprisingly heavy.

Have a look and listen - let yourself be heard in the comment section - which one would you keep?"

Prismatic Spray - algorithm #5 test

video upload by Arman Bohn

See this post for additional details and demos.

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

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