MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, April 28, 2023

Friday, April 28, 2023

DX5 performing Propaganda "Duel" (updated cover)

video upload by DX5

"Updating a cover I had recorded 14! years ago. Gear used:
Roland JP8000
Kurzweil PC1x
Roland JX-8P
Emu Emax, containing Oberheim (library) and DX7 (mine) samples.
Backtrack previously recorded, instrument by instrument, by me on Pro Tools with Reason rewired (drums). Emu Emax (Bass) and Yamaha DX7 (plucked and bright sounds) massively used on it.
Composed by Claudia Brucken/Ralf Dörper/Susanne Freytag/Michael Mertens.
Performed here by DX5 Jose Maria Bara."

Monome Norns Shield - Moving Bars

video upload by TheTrackdriver

"Playing with my Monome Norns Shield and the Barcode script. The sounds comes from a Waldorf Blofeld and all is running through a Strymon Nightsky."

Make Noise & Mood

video upload by Aleatoric Machine

"An ambient-ish eurorack modular synthesizer patch (with pedals!), featuring:
Make Noise 0-Control, XPO, QPAS, Mimeophon, Maths, modDemix, LxD & XOH
DivKid/Instruo øchd
Strymon AA.1
Chase Bliss MOOD mkII & Dark World

All of the sounds in this patch originate from a single VCO — the XPO — sequenced by the 0-Control. The percussive voice is the stereo square wave output into into the QPAS, then the Mimeophon. The filter envelope comes from the envelope output on the 0-Control. The gate output for the last step in the sequence on the 0-Control strikes the !!¡¡ input on the QPAS. The XPO and QPAS are modulated by different LFOs from the øchd. The smooth voice is the mono sawtooth output into the the 12 dB filter of the LxD, then the LxD’s 6dB filter, then the AA.1 to interface with the MOOD and Dark World pedals. The 12dB filter envelope comes from Maths, triggered by the gate output from the 0-Control. The 6dB filter is controlled manually with an offset from Maths. Both voices go through the XOH directly into my camera (listening to the final mix, it could have used a limiter, but oh well).

I start with the MOOD 100% dry and the 6dB LxD filter completely closed, so all you hear is the square wave and delay from the Mimeophon. I slowly open up the 6dB LxD filter and increase the amplitude of the filter envelope on the QPAS. Then I bring in the wet channel of the MOOD in reverse slip mode, tuned up a fifth, which introduces some harmony and counterpoint. I play around with the MOOD mix and the filters for a while, then turn up the clock on the MOOD before bringing in the loop channel, also in reverse, for more harmony and polymeter. Then I start bringing the filters back down, while increasing the mix of the MOOD. I turn the clock back down and turn the filters down and the mix all the way up until all you hear is the backward loop from the MOOD. That’s it!"

Joranalogue Audio Design PIVOT 2 / feedback paths are fun but confusing

video upload by BRiES

"Feedback patches really confuse me. The left part of PIVOT 2 is going through a waveshaper while the right part is routed through a filter. The output of PIVOT 2 is going through that same filter (SVVCF).

I gave up trying to understand the signal flow (I resisted drawing it out) and just enjoyed the patch. Later in the video I add even more feedback routes between the Joranalogue Audio Design modules and the R*S Triple Waveshaper."

Triphase Oscillator: an epic analogue VCO from New Systems Instruments

video upload by Tom Churchill

"The Triphase Oscillator from New Systems Instruments is a complex analogue VCO that’s based around the concept of phase cancellation, which is a key part of the sound of everything from chorus and phaser effects to PWM and supersaws. And as you’ll hear, it can sound absolutely huge.

Just like the other New Systems modules, the Triphase Oscillator is deceptively minimal on the surface - it’s essentially a triple sawtooth oscillator with voltage-controllable phase of each, and a bipolar mixer to combine them - but its relatively simple architecture unlocks a whole world of rich, complex sound design. In this video, I give an overview of its features and build some patches so you can hear what it’s capable of.

Thanks to New Systems Instruments for supplying the module. All opinions are my own. Find out more and check out the manual at

More stuff from me:"

See this post for an additional demo and details on the Triphase Oscillator.

New Systems Instruments Inertia, Harmonic Shift Oscillator, Babel & Quad LFO

video upload by Tom Churchill

"This video is about New Systems Instruments - one of the most innovative and underrated brands in Eurorack.

I’m looking at four modules: the Harmonic Shift Oscillator, a unique analogue VCO; Inertia, a ‘universal movement simulator’ or function generator that can be anything from an envelope to a filter depending on how you patch it; Babel, which is a one-of-a-kind analogue logic and intermodulation utility; and the new Quad LFO with Phase Expander.

I give a quick overview of each module before building some patches with various configurations of the modules to demonstrate a range of sounds and techniques.

00:00 Preview
00:56 Introduction
02:48 Harmonic Shift Oscillator overview
05:56 Inertia overview
11:15 Quad LFO and Babel overview
13:33 Harmonic Shift Oscillator: basic bass voice
16:22 Inertia as a waveshaping VCO with FM
18:54 Harmonic sequencing for techno loops
21:13 Drones with Inertia as a complex filter
24:32 Exploring FM on Harmonic Shift Oscillator
27:06 Experimenting with percussive effects
29:22 Complex wave combinations with Babel
32:00 Final thoughts

Find out more about the modules on the New Systems Instruments website (and do check out the manuals - they’re incredible!):

Big thanks to New Systems Instruments’ distributor, Signal Sounds - - who hooked me up with Harmonic Shift Oscillator, Inertia and Quad LFO to use in this video. All opinions are my own.

More stuff from me:"

démonstration Yamaha SynthFest France 2023 Olivier Grall Michael Geyre Jean-Philippe Rykiel

video upload by Olivier Briand

"Yamaha CS80, CS01, DX-1, SY-1, GS80, etc, live improvised @ Synthfest France 20023 avec Olivier Grall Michael Geyre Jean-Philippe Rykiel"

SmplTrek v2.0

video upload by SONICWARE

- Quick sampling
- Unquantized recording using Micro Timing
- Versatile Drum Tracks
- Easy-to-use Instrument tracks
- Enhanced workflow
and more...

Stereo Krell

video upload by Todd Barton

"Taking the Tiptop 292t Quad LoPass Gate for a little Krell ride.
My Patreon:"

Hidden Feature on the Rakit Drum Synth

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"I discovered this hidden feature accidentally, but if you sent the sensitivity control high, just flipping a switch will trigger the drum voice. So... you can play the Drum Synth with the switches. It's kinda fun.

See the build video here:" [posted here]

Bad Gear - Pioneer Toraiz AS-1

video upload by AudioPilz

00:00 Intro tune
01:04 Overview Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS1
1:29 Oscillators
01:50 Filters
02:07 Modulators (Envelopes, LFO)
02:16 Prophet 6 Synth Engine, Menu Diving
02:31 Modulations, Touch Slider
02:52 FX Section
03:15 Sequencer (Menu Diving again)
03:40 Arpeggiator
03:51 Restart, Midi Clock, Timing Issues
04:13 Front Panel Design Quirks
04:24 Presets
04:50 Build Quality, Pricing, Thanks,...
05:05 Hate
05:29 Jam 1 (Bassline)
06:22 Jam 2 (Mellow Tones)
07:23 Finale (Proto Bass Music)
07:52 Verdict
08:59 Patreon Vocoder Shoutout

Casio FZ-10M Digital Sampling Synthesizer w/ Disk Library

via this auction

"Casio FZ-10M Digital Sampling Synthesizer, a rack-mounted version of the Casio FZ-1, used by artists such as Underworld, Kronos Quartet, Dee Lite, 2 Live Crew, KMD, and Kitaro. As the secondary owner purchased a handful of years ago, the Casio FZ-10M was kept in a smoke-free home office with minimal usage, though it does show its age with scuffs here and there. During my time with the item, I never experienced any issues with the hardware, particularly the floppy disk drive, though sometimes the drive was slow to load.

I do not have the original packaging or owner manual, but the latter can be found [here (pdf)].

In addition to the FZ-10M are many sound libraries beyond what originally came with the device. There are some great gems within, including orchestral sounds to drums by Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe and much, much more. Seriously, it's everything you could want from a sampling perspective."

Roland TR 77

via this auction

"The highly collectable first drum machine of the TR series, this instrument is a pioneer of the genre. It is activated manually with a metal bar on the left side, which allows to start or stop the sequences. Very intuitive and very pleasant to use. Its very retro, in the purest Roland 70s spirit. these can be modded and midi can be fitted, this one in great condition and fully functioning."

Moog Opus 3

via this auction

"Here is your chance to get your hands on one of one of the most unique and gorgeous sounding Vintage VCO String Machines out there!

The Moog Opus 3 is a rare early 80s String Machine / Organ / Paraphonic Synthesizer that is essentially Moog’s take on a Arp Solina or Arp Omni. In my opinion it’s way more interesting due to it’s added features and sounds better than either of those. All notes can be played simultaneously just like those other stringers.

Stereolab used the Moog Opus 3’s extensively throughout their first three records so if you are a Stereolab fan this is a must have!

This one is in excellent condition with normal wear as shown in the photos. We believe it has had it’s wood panels replaced at some point. Whoever replaced them did an excellent job. It was recently fully professionally serviced it works as it should. Plays and sounds like a dream!

It has an incredible sounding string machine with it’s own dedicated very unique sounding multi mode resonant 12db filter section. That section also has a super lush sounding stereo chorus. It also has an excellent brass section with a separate classic 24db resonant Moog ladder filter and filter envelope. It also has a multi draw bar organ section that can be routed though the brass section ladder filter. It has a global attack and release. Each section has it’s own dedicated volume and pan control meaning it can be layered, routed and panned in very unique ways. One of the coolest and most unique sounding Moog’s we have come across."

Moog Subharmonicon

via this auction

Yamaha DX200 Desktop Control FM Synthesizer w/ Original Box SN SN (21) HL01347

via this auction

Moog Minimoog Model D Reissue w/ Road Case

via this auction, also on Reverb

"Excellent condition in and out.. this Model D Reissue is simply amazing in looks and sheer tone. No issues here.. just a solid synth in prime working condition. Comes with the original Model D Moog Road case as shown. Get all the classic bass and lead tones you've been seeking with the stability of a modern build."

Eurorack: Building The Ultimate Vibe Machine

video upload by

"Vintage, analog, tape, and character galore, this is my latest eurorack system with a breakdown and of all the individual modules with sound demos. I also go into my reasoning behind them and how I made a system where the total is greater than the sum of the parts.

I was fully intending on getting out of eurorack upon the realization that nothing I had built up until that point really compared with my favorite semi modulars, the Moog Matriarch and the Korg MS-20. I had also tried to make grooveboxes, but nothing compared to my Digitakt. But after selling almost all of my excessively huge collection of modules and synths, I thought I'd give it one last ditch effort..."

00:00 Intro
03:00 Oscillators
08:52 Ring Mods
12:31 Mixer
14:45 Filters
23:25 FX
25:30 VCAs
29:00 Modulation

Serge 5u Tones and Timbres

video upload by Rhythmicons

"These are 5u Serge circuits by Ken Stone/Catgirl Synth and Elby designs, assembled and paneled by by Lower West Side studios. The Dual Universal Slope Generators are the sound sources going into the STG Soundlabs mixer before heading into the Resonant EQ and '73 Filter. From there the signal is going to a Roland RE-301 Chorus Echo, a Roland DC-50, and an AKG BX-10. With this program I tried to capture what it is like to try to maintain a smile while feeling awful inside. I began with the desire to create something beautiful with the Serge, but the pull towards the experimental is sometimes far too great to resist."

Synth Dreams - Music for Analog Synthesizer. Moog Sub37, Roland Juno-60

video upload by Elmar Mihm

Leadsound - Moog Sub37
Bass - Moog Sub37
Pad - Roland Juno-60
Arpeggio - Roland Juno-60

"Hope you enjoy!

Origninal Title of my composition for Piano is 'Intermezzo in d'. Sheetmusic for Piano." On Amazon DE, and Amazon US here.

Patch Randomness On DIY Eurorack Modules

video upload by Jeanie

"Test some glitch sounds."

Be sure to see Jeanie's Buchla & eurorack performances in previous posts.

Messing Around with Arturia MS-20V and Alesis HR-16

video upload by Bata

"Softsynth and digital drum machine."

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