MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, June 21, 2023

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

All Consuming Fire Variations (OBX8+Nord Stage3)

video upload by Justin Carey

"Warm up for the Fire!" Composition Contest Videos

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You can find descriptions for each video below. You can find additional contest posts here.


1. O Z Hall: Zebra Synth
Dive into the enthralling world of synthesizers and witness O Z Hall's outstanding entry, "Zebra Synth", in the Composition Contest. Crafted with unparalleled precision and technique, this remarkable composition combines an array of captivating sounds that will take you on a breathtaking sonic journey.

Hall masterfully utilizes three distinctive patches in "Zebra Synth" to create an immersive soundscape. The first patch features a drone made using a Q106A oscillator, which is meticulously processed by a wave folder. Another oscillator, intertwined with linear FM from the wavefolder output, results in a fascinating "clang tone" that is beautifully amplified by a digital reverb.

In the second patch, a sequenced voice is artfully produced by employing two re-paneled Q106 oscillators. One output is channeled into the input of the linear FM, which subsequently provides intriguing timbral variations. The Q119A sequencer's 3rd row masterfully controls a Ratchet effect, adding even further depth to the composition. An expertly-applied digital delay effect enriches the output of this patch.

Lastly, the lead voice is ingeniously designed using the Q169 Dual Oscillator with Pulse Width modulation. O Z Hall skillfully manipulates the 24db/oct low pass filter in real-time to deliver an electrifying performance. The extended digital delay effect ties the entire sonic experience together.
O Z Hall's "Zebra Synth" draws its arsenal of modular synthesis tools from the catalog, including Q106, Q106A, Q119A, Q171, Q148, Q127, Q169, Q168, Q167, Q114, Q174, and Q175A modules. The creative process has been meticulously executed, showcasing how these modules can be combined to engineer a rich and dynamic sound adventure.

Stolperbeats Demo & Review

video upload by Digiphex Electronics

Roland SH-2 Analog Mono Synth SN 820591

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"1978-79 Roland SH-2 analog synthesizer. Classic yet simple feature set, dual VCOs with a single sub oscillator. Great working condition, minor cosmetic wear and tear. This is a 100v Japanese market version, however is fully operational without using a step transformer.

Polyphony - Monophonic Oscillators - 2 VCO's + 1 Sub oscillator (waveforms: pulse, square, sawtooth, sine, noise) Memory - None Effects - LFO with sine, square and Sample & Hold; Auto-Bend Filter - Resonant, self-oscillating 24dB lowpass filter, mod by EG, lfo and kybd tracking. External audio input Arpeg/Seq - None Keyboard - 37 keys Control - CV / Gate"

Korg Mono/Poly w/ Tubbutec ModPoly Midi Mod SN 373495

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"Excellent sounding and working example of Korg's Mono/Poly. This one was just cleaned internally, calibrated and has a fresh midi kit installed from ModPoly.

A true classic of the late pre-MIDI era, the Korg Mono/Poly is a four oscillator monster, which can be used in a variety of voice modes. The spec on paper for the Mono/Poly is pretty amazing: four oscillators, two LFOs, two ADSRs, poly, unison, and chord memory modes, arpeggiator, and the tremendous cross modulation and frequency modulation section. The sound is rich, detailed, and expressive.

Cosmetically the graphics and paint are sharp and clean with nothing out of the ordinary, wood sides show average wear and tear.

Serial no. 373495"

Elka Soloist 505 SN 2761

via this auction

"Rare little Italian beauty, The Solist 505. The Elka Solist 505 was a monophonic lead synthesizer, preset based with variations for added performance. It provided a nice alternative to the Moog Satellite ARP Pro Soloist. It had 11 presets, all which could be changed with freq/res, attack/release, vibrato and portamento. Notably, it contained the famous Moog ladder filter.

A feature of the Soloist 505 is that it has the famous Moog Ladder Filter onboard. Manufacturers installed the components to make the Ladder Filter before Moog Music imposed a patent on it's use in non Moog instruments."

Update: see Hainbach's recent video with one here.

EMS Synthi AKS

via this auction

"Excellent condition EMS Synthi AKS Analog Synthesizer. Includes KS keyboard, keyboard cable, and power cable. Includes all matrix pins.

The EMS Synthi AKS is a legendary instrument with an illustrious history. First manufactured in 1972 by EMS in Putney, southwest London, the Synthi A was basically a portable version of EMS's famous VCS3 synthesizer, and the KS keyboard (an unplayable thirty-note touchplate) was added to make the Synthi AKS."

Roland JD-800 w/ Original Box

via this auction

Yamaha VL1 Version 2 w/ Box, Manuals, & Foot Pedal

via this auction

"Yamaha VL1 Version 2 Virtual Acoustic Synthesizer with Pedal and Feature Reference."

Alesis A6 Andromeda 61-Key Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

24- The Arturia MiniFreak- Cycling Envelope

video upload by AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the Cycling Envelope found on the Arturia MiniFreak."

Arturia MiniFreak demos by AutomaticGainsay

What's new in Synplant 2

video upload by Sonic Charge

"We are thrilled to present Synplant 2, anticipated for release in Q3 2023. This major upgrade introduces our revolutionary Genopatch technology for creating synth patches from samples. It also features a vastly improved synth engine, a new DNA editor, alternative ways to trigger branches, tempo synchronization, automatable genes, and much more.

Sign up for updates here:"

Arcturus | Ambient Moog Minitaur + Dave Smith Instruments Mopho

video upload by Claus Gahrn

"Generative ambient music on the Moog Minitaur and Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Desktop.

Midi generated in Ableton Live.
Software effects: Valhalla Supermassive + u-he Colour Copy."

Alexander Rubenstein: Why 5U

video upload by synthesizersdotcom

Alexander Rubenstein: How the most basic patch ever saved my recording session
"Welcome to the captivating world of synthesizer compositions!

Today, we're thrilled to present an inspiring entry in the composition contest, featuring the incredible talents of Alexander Rubenstein. Dive into his stunning creation, aptly titled "Why 5U?" and get ready to be transported into a realm of sonic magic and unique melodies.

Alexander's brilliant performance showcases the use of three Q106 Oscillators expertly played by hand, navigating through filters and VCAs to create a rich, mesmerizing soundscape. As the symphony unfolds, you'll also notice the inclusion of two more oscillators, cleverly routed into a DIY lowpass gate to offer a tantalizing percussive structure that breathes life and rhythm into the piece.

Alexander stays true to his personal preference by working with a carefully curated selection of simpler modules from In this enticing performance, he includes the Q106, Q107, Q108, Q110, and Q157 modules, each bringing a unique layer of depth to the mix. The creative arrangement and impeccable execution of this electro-sonic ensemble are sure to leave you awestruck!"

"Today, we're excited to share Alexander Rubenstein's inspiring creation titled "How the most basic patch ever saved my recording session." Alexander's innovative and alluring performance began with a modest patch that had the power to spark a symphony of synth sounds.

At its core, Alexander's composition started with a single oscillator patch, a testament to the concept that sometimes, simple is better. As if by serendipity, this 1-osc patch in the background of the studio one night unlocked a world of creativity, paving the way for arpeggios, a thunderous 3-oscillator bass, solo, and lead sounds that transformed into an astonishing and immense song. 🎶"


Easel with TTMC 291 filter card thru an H9 RESONATOR PATCH

Tony Obr: Tearing Apart the Fabric of Space and Time

video upload by synthesizersdotcom

"Welcome to the Composition Contest 🎵

Today, we're thrilled to present an inspiring entry by our talented contestant, Tony Obr. Tony has masterfully crafted a breathtaking composition titled "Tearing Apart the Fabric of Space and Time" using modules from to innovate and amaze the audience.

This intricate patch is filled with an array of subtle details; Tony has artfully employed one of his favorite tricks: transposing a voltage sequence from a sequencer using an LFO. The result of this clever technique brings life and variation to the pitch sequence in a way that's both harmonious and unexpected.

The following modules play a crucial role in creating the spectacular soundscape of this composition:

Yamaha DX7, TX81z, SY35 and SY77: The Ultimate Review

video upload by Off The Matrix

"This review compares the sounds of a DX7, TX81z, SY35 and SY77 side by side. Over 20 years was spent creating the Off The Matrix patches, so the review will reveal the true strengths of each of the instruments. The first part will be a demonstration the DX7, TX81z and SY77 playing the same patches. To my surprise the TX81z sounded better for a couple of the patches. The video will cover the strengths of the TX81z and SY35 over the DX7. The video will end with demonstrations of the SY77 patches as well as the new SY99 samples. A TQ5 was used to play the TX81z patches, so through much of the video the SY35 is playing the TX81z patches.

The sounds can be found at

Stock footage that came from PexBell and Leaf Studio is used with a Creative Commons license."

Spectraphon Patch of the Week: "Digital Monosynth"

video upload by MAKEN0ISE

"A Single Hybrid Voice With More Than The Usual Dimensions Of Control"

"Sparkles in the Rain" - Ambient Eurorack Modular Soundscape

video upload by

"Thanks for watching!
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A massive thank you to Lucas Wieser for letting me use his piano playing as a driving sample behind this composition. Go follow him on Instagram:

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TTMC Tokyo Delay , 208c , Kilpatrick CARBON , 3.5mm to banana

video upload by Tokyo Tape Music Center

Acidbox III dark ambient with the DB-01 and Perkons

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Last time Perkons got the Acidbox IIIfilter, this time the DB-01 gets a turn. And it turns out two vicious filters in series, both with sample and hold LFOs running in sync but with different times, gives some interesting tones. The first few minutes is me explaining the patch, then at 4:32 I shutup and just twiddle. But maybe it would be better without the talking?

0:00 Blah blah blah
4:32 Sound sound sound

Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon:
Many thanks to my kind patrons who keep this channel ad-free
My website:"

LEP LepLoop v3 Live-Performance Groovebox

via this auction

"The LEPLOOP was designed to be a minimalist electronic music live-performance groove-box, which can be used to create a variety of electronic musical styles. Small in nature but aggressive in sound, the user will be able to create a variety of analog timbres and beats."

You can find demos in previous posts here.

Sequential Prophet-10 61-Key 10-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland SH-101 Analog Monophonic Synthesizer (w/ Mod Grip, Original Soft Case & Strap)

via this auction

Roland TB-303 Bass Line

via this auction

"This example is in excellent working order, having just received a clean bill of health from of one of the most well-respected synth techs in LA."

Roland Juno-106 Analog Synthesizer SN 578083

via this auction, also on Reverb

"The front panel casing and silk screen on this Juno-106 is one of the nicest I've seen over the years. Aside from few minor marks on the edges, it would have been perfect.The sliders still have a firm feel when moving. Small marks/scratches on the side panel. Most of the blems are in the bottom panel. Power cord connection was upgraded to standard 3 prong at some point.

Went through all the test function and works great! All 6 voices works!"

Arturia Origin Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Anyware Instruments Synthesizer Factory Synth Machine

via this auction

"Complete synthesizer in 42hp eurorack module format. Extremely rare module."

See this previous post for more info.

STEELPHON 1970’s Italian Synthesizer SN 0450384

via this auction

"Well functioning very rare monophonic analog synth with 2 oscillators and 2 noise generators.

One of the first synthesizer with PRESETS."

Vintage EKO K1 Organ Synthesizer Bass Pedal Test & Demo

video upload by MOPETER

"Short Test of my 70's EKO Bass Pedal. It Features all voices including 'string & Reed'. Sound is from camera directly. No external processing, just raw sound. One time (1:44) you will hear my glasses in the kitchen shake 😁 from the deep bass sound."

Waldorf Quantum mk2 is coming - the first experience of sound| Hi-Fans

video upload by Hi-Fans

"The Waldorf Quantum MK 2 has a terrifying sound engine, massive voice storage, powerful modulation capabilities, and a stunning polyphonic touch back keyboard, making it an instrument that can be loved at first sight"

Ah! Kosmos & Hainbach New Single #experimentalmusic #synthesizer #shorts

video upload by HAINBACH

"This Friday my new single with @ahkosmos drops on all streaming platforms and Bandcamp. So happy to final bring this into the world!"

A. Francis: MU Sings

video upload by synthesizersdotcom

"Experience A. Francis' Award-Winning Synth Creation: MU-Sings

Dive into the captivating world of electronic music with A. Francis' enthralling entry in the DotCompetition 2023, presented by! This mesmerizing performance showcases A. Francis' impressive skills, creativity, and dedication, taking second place as one of the most inspired entries in the contest.

Titled MU-Sings, A. Francis' composition results in a rich tapestry of interconnected sounds and textures, pushing the limits of the synthesizer's potential and leaving listeners enthralled in its unique sonic atmosphere. Crafted using an array of specifically chosen modules, MU-Sings pushes the modular synthesizer to new heights:
-Q106 Oscillator
-Q109A Envelope Generator
-Q150 Ladder Filter
-Q124 Multiples
-Q122 Divider
-Q110 Noise Source
-Q112 Mixer
-Q108 Amplifier

Reimagining the traditional creation process, A. Francis painstakingly programs every sound—drums, polyphonic melodies, and beyond—on a Portable 22 synthesizer one at a time. Then, these individual samples are intricately woven together in an MPC One, complete with a custom Drum Kit and polyphonic Keygroup patches.

This complex technical process breathes life into the hypnotic array of audible designs, a testament to A. Francis' commitment to the craft. MU-Sings showcases the boundless potential within carefully crafted electronic compositions and the outstanding power of synthesizers."

Kip Kubin: Patch for One Oscillator

video upload by synthesizersdotcom

"The Innovative World of Synthesizer Sounds: Kip Kubin's Patch for One Oscillator

Get ready for a fascinating journey into the captivating world of synthesizer sound creations!

Esteemed contestant, Kip Kubin, brings a remarkable entry to the celebrated DotCompetition 2023 with his awe-inspiring composition, "Patch for One Oscillator". Taking inspiration from Isao Tomita's iconic bell sound in his renditions of "Snowflakes Are Dancing", Kip Kubin's magnum opus is a testament to the boundless possibilities of synthesizer sound experimentation.

Expertly combining a curated selection of modules, including the Q106 Oscillator (triple stack!), Q112 Mixer, Q109 Envelope Generator (double pack!), Q124 Multiples, and Q108 VCA and Q150 Filter from Corsynth, Kip Kubin skillfully constructs an immersive and exhilarating sonic landscape that transports listeners to a world of electrifying soundscapes.

Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to exploration and pushing the boundaries, Kip not only recreates Isao Tomita's famous sound but also introduces a fresh and innovative patch, solidifying his status as an avant-garde synth composer. This groundbreaking entry surged ahead in the competition, ultimately landing Kip Kubin with an impressive third place win!
As you immerse yourself in Kip Kubin's transcendent "Patch for One Oscillator", let yourself be transported into a realm of groundbreaking sound engineering, capturing the essence of both technical prowess and sheer creative genius."

Nathan Wilmarth: Voltage Controlled Joy

video upload by synthesizersdotcom

"Experience the Electrifying Sound of Nathan Wilmarth's "Voltage Controlled Joy" – Winner of The DotCompetition 2023! 🎹🎶

Immerse yourself in the enthralling world of synthesizers as we present to you Nathan Wilmarth's award-winning performance of "Voltage Controlled Joy." This vibrant and innovative composition triumphed over all the other entries in the prestigious DotCompetition 2023, hosted by
Nathan's impressive mastery of modules manifests itself in this captivating piece, featuring an eclectic blend of electronic sounds and dynamic beats to deliver a truly mesmerizing auditory experience. 🎧🎚️

Dive deep into the intricacies of this multifaceted composition as we unravel how Nathan meticulously designed the enchanting soundscape:
Driven by gates from the Q173, a drum loop breathes life into "Voltage Controlled Joy." The hi-hat, snare, and kick are jointly sculpted with a combination of Q173, Q110, Q107, Q157, Q156, Q112, Q109, Q108 and Q124 modules.

The hypnotic bass line stems from the Q169 #1 oscillator and employs the internal EG, further enhanced by the Q107A and Q158 modules.
The lead/solo playing features the Q169 #2 oscillator with PWM from the internal LFO and runs through a Q150A and Q158, controlled by a Q179.
An intricate arpeggio segment emanates from the Q175A module, while the Q174 Ch.2 manipulates the pitch to create a harmonious blend of polyphonic chords.

The Q960 sequence and its ratcheting effect are facilitated by a standard synth patch and a selection of modules, including the Q106, Q150A, Q109A, Q108, Q128, Q125, and Q963.

In addition, the Q119A plays a vital role in controlling the patch’s captivating progression.

Experience the magic of "Voltage Controlled Joy" and see why it emerged victorious at The DotCompetition 2023. Be sure to shop for modules to create your own show-stopping tunes!"

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