MATRIXSYNTH: Saturday, June 17, 2023

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Saturday, June 17, 2023

Nord Stage 4 - Overview

video upload by Kraft Music

"Find exclusive Nord Stage 4 bundles at Kraft Music:

Albert Margolis shares an in-depth overview of the Nord Stage 4 at the Kraft Music studio.

00:00 - Intro
01:50 - New features
03:43 - Drawbars
04:18 - Independent effects
05:00 - First preset
06:08 - Using independent effects
06:55 - Arpeggiator
07:40 - Key sensors
08:56 - Using the physical drawbars
09:47 - Layer effects
17:28 - Piano section
18:30 - Organ section
19:37 - Synth section
22:28 - Outro

Nord Stage 4 features an intuitive panel design with dedicated LED faders for each Layer, providing exceptional overview and flexibility when creating sounds and performing live. Stage 4's Preset Library is packed with inspiring ready-to-use Piano, Synth, and Organ sounds for q­uick and smooth patch creation, while the Layer Scene lets you seamlessly switch between two different sound setups at the touch of a button. With powerful Effect sections for each layer coupled with versatile pedal options and a premium Triple Sensor keybed, Nord Stage 4 offers a new level of musical expression.

Nord Stage 4 comes in three models, all featuring Triple Sensor keybeds with aftertouch as well as Physical Drawbars with LED indicators: Nord Stage 4 88 with 88 fully weighted keys (A-C); Nord Stage 4 73 with 73 fully weighted keys (E-E); Nord Stage 4 Compact with 73 Semi Weighted Waterfall keys (E-E).

Get more for your money with an exclusive Nord Stage 4 bundle from Kraft Music. These package deals include the accessories you'll need to get the most out of your new stage keyboard, all for one low price. If you have any questions, please contact us. Our knowledgeable Sales Advisors will be happy to assist in choosing the bundle that's right for you!"

Swamp Flux The Biggest Foot: Nintendo Wii Balance Board to CV Eurorack Module

via Kickstarter

"The Biggest Foot converts wireless Bluetooth signals from the Nintendo Wii Balance Board into control voltages you can use in your Eurorack synthesizer.

The Biggest Foot can record and play back your motions at various speeds or be used live. Playback can be triggered manually or by a CV gate to the Reset input. The module is 10HP and working. Test units are being shown at Superbooth 23 and small synth meets in and around the Carolinas. It still has some bugs to work out, but they are minor enough that it's now time to ask 'would you buy this thing?'

I have spent almost a year researching and developing The Biggest Foot from concept to working prototype through generous Patreon support, but the sum of those donations is rather small compared to how much it costs to get a module manufactured at scale. Using Kickstarter, I'm hoping to launch not just a module, but a business too."

Behringer System 55 - First Test

video upload by O.Z. Hall

"The Behringer System 55 does not have any module called 'slew' or 'glide' or 'portamento'.
A 'slew limiter' is the circuit which creates the 'glide/portamento' effect on a synthesizer. It is basically a 6db/octave low pass filter capable of sub audio cutoff frequencies.
In this video with the Behringer System 55, I'm using the 'lowpass' eq in the 923 module as a slew limiter (glide/portamento effect)."

Synth guru Hanz Volt interview with demos of his Korg Monopoly, Yamaha CS-30 and Altair 361

video upload by JML

"I sat down with the elusive masked synth guru and music producer Hanz Volt to discuss his humble beginnings and favorite keyboards. Check out his social media and SoundCloud to hear his amazing work!

This channel is entirely self-funded, please help me continue to create this content below:

0:00 - INTRO
7:23 - ALTAIR 231
13:24 - YAMAHA CS-30
18:56 - OUTRO

All music by Hanz Volt :

Hanz Volt Music and Social media :"

MUSICGEN AI Generated Electronic Music

Two MUSICGEN AI generated releases in via Liquid Sky Berlin.

First up:

AI sessions #01 - brainFKK noise - entirely created by AI by Gehirn Bernstein featuring MusicGen & Dr Walker

"all sounds you hear were generated with and by MUSICGEN
an AI freeware
arranged and mixed in ableton live
100% of the income of this release - well.... its not a "real" release - more a kind of test what is possible - goes into the Liquid Sky reforestation project.

so lets go & plant some trees!"


#AI techno #01 - created with artificial intelligence by djungle fAIver

"Fresh from the digital womb of MUSICGEN, an AI that spins "text-to-music", comes this experimental release.

We kicked off with our hopes tuned to minimal, questioning if this machine intelligence could vibe with our underground ethos.

But, damn, the bot surprised us, spitting out raw, pulsating bad ass underground beats that made our speakers throb and clip.

On track 02 & 05 we cheated :
on track 02 we added a drumloop in the background as the AI generated loops didn t have much high freqs.

On track 05 we sprinkled in a touch of 303, just to spice up the synthetic stew. The rest, though? 100% AI machine-crafted. Pure digital grungey dirty noisey artificial intelligence techno, birthed from MUSICGEN's binary brain.

We were only using Ableton for arrangements and mixdown and some FX like eqs and compressors.

Sure, the AI's BY FAR not perfect - but the ride's only just begun.

We did not correct rendering errors from the AI.
Some of the generated loops are really WAY out of timing.

100% of the income from this release goes into the Liquid Sky reforestation.
released June 16, 2023"

YAMAHA CK61/88 Demo & Review PT4 - Piano Deep Dive

video upload by

Additional Parts

"Demo and review of the YAMAHA CK61 & CK88 STAGE KEYBOARD. Part four of our video series exploring this interesting new instrument from Yamaha offering some of the capabilities of the YAMAHA CP and YAMAHA YC series keyboards at a more budget price.

Review of the acoustic grand and upright pianos, Fender Rhodes, and Wurlitzer electric pianos, FM pianos and more!"


5 Jams using the Bin Seq 8-step trigger/gate sequencer from Noise Engineering

video upload by Noise Engineering

"Check out these 5 Jams using the Bin Seq 8-step trigger/gate Eurorack sequencer. We hope these jams will inspire you to think of new ways to patch.

0:05 Jam 1
0:38 Jam 2
1:12 Jam 3
1:56 Jam 4
2:53 Jam 5

More info on Bin Seq:

Jam 1: The Bin Seq's switches have three positions: off, short gate, or tied gate. I used the tied gates mostly in this patch. The gates open up the CV on the BIA's Algorthim, Spread, and Decay inputs.

Jam 2: With the Quantus Ampla in attenuate mode, we can generate those ducking effects while toggling Bin Seq's switches. Plus, when you toggle off a switch, it affects the triggers going into the Mimetic Digitalis, which creates pauses in the sequence.

Jam 3: Here, we're using the Mimetic Digitalis as a random gate sequencer that resets the Bin Seq. This creates some really quirky patterns as you toggle the switches.

Jam 4: Yes, there are 8 switches, but you don't have to use all of them all the time! We created a 4-step pattern here and paired it up with the Pons Asinorum 4-channel voltage-controlled envelope for some really fun playability.

Jam 5: You can hear the difference between the short gates and tied gates when toggling the switches. We also have a slight warble going into the delay lines on the Imitor Versio from the Pons Asinorum."

SOMA Pulsar 23, euro, Analogue Solutions Fusebox X

video upload by Cray

Yamaha Electone EX-1 Mega Rare Vintage Synth/Organ

via this auction

See this post for a demo and overview of one by Mark Jenkins, and this post for some additional info on the EX1 vs. EX42 which was the stage model of of GX1, precurssor to the CS80.

Update: It's not clear how much the EX1 is related to the GX1 and CS80. According to Colin f in the comments of this post, the oscillators are digital. The EX1 was released in 1977, the same year the Synclavier was released, as well the same year Bell Labs Digital Synthesizer was developed. You can find some history on digital synthesis on Wikipedia here. The EX1 is not mentioned. According to Mark Jenkins in the comments of this post, the EX1 is is a preset version of the GX1.

"Comes complete with:
One TX-III matching tone cabinet.
Pedal board.
Music stand.
Original Yamaha voltage converter.

The good bits:
In good overall condition with minor marks.
All keys/pedals work.
Tone cabinet works and sounds great.
All the controls apart from the ones listed work perfectly.

The bad bits:
One note on the lower orchestra (synthesizer) section occasionally sticks, not sure what the fault is.
Tremolo function doesn't work - it's probably the belt or motor inside the tone cabinet, I use it connected to an amplifier through its separate out so don't use this function.
Sine wave LFO waveshape on the solo synth not working (other waveshapes work fine).

This is an amazing sounding instrument which can layer different types of analog/digital synthesier and organ tones all at once.
Very hard to find and in very nice cosmetic shape.
Cost £27,000 back in 1977!"

Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter Version 5.0 SN 450184 w/ MPG-80 Programmer

via this auction

Braintec Transistorbass-3/TB-3

via this auction

"-2 analog VCOs with morphable Saw/Square dials (not just hard saw or hard square but many gradients between them)

-VCF analog filter, pitch glide control, pitch envelope, accent control, envelope, filter crossmod

-18 control knobs on front plus a few "hidden" parameters accessible via MIDI CC messages (set up controls for these from your DAW or whatnot)

-One 1/4" output and 1/4" CV, Gate, and VCF inputs on rear"

Wersi AP-6 Rare German Analog Bass Synthesizer

via this auction

"Vintage 1970s Wersi AP6 Bass Synthesizer

The bass guitar voice sounds brilliant. A very organic, characterful synthesizer.

All keys, buttons, switches, and sliders work perfectly."

Korg Wavestation A/D Synthesizer SN 300476 w/ Original Box

via this auction, also on Reverb

Quasimidi Sirius Synthesizer SN 50938

via this auction

Access Virus TI Snow

via this auction

Roland SH-1 - Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 690122

via this auction

"Japanese model with 100V transformer. Needs a voltage converter (aka step-up transformer) to be used in the US or Europe"

TTMC Touch Controlled Card , PIONEER H-R99 8-Track tape deck

video upload by Tokyo Tape Music Center

"Buchla Music Easel expander card"

Jamming with 5U Modular, Akai MPC X, and Friends (3)

video upload by Bata

"5U Modular (, STG Soundlabs, Synthetic Sound Labs)
Akai MPC X
Moog Source
Xoxbox (Roland TB-303 clone)
Korg Mono/Poly
Korg Delta"

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

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