MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

OB-6: Creating and Explaining Synth Sounds πŸŽΉπŸŽ›✨

video upload by MR TUNA Music

"It's time to learn about synthesis with the analog sounds of the OB-6
Join your friend MR TUNA as he takes a deep dive into this modern classic starting with a basic patch and exploring its features to create unique and distinctive sounds.

The Oberheim (or Sequential Circuits!) OB-6 is a highly regarded analog synthesizer known for its warm and classic sound. It's a collaborative effort between two legendary companies in the world of synthesizers: Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) and Tom Oberheim. Here are some key features and details about the OB-6:

Analog Architecture: The OB-6 is a true analog polyphonic synthesizer, which means it uses voltage-controlled analog circuitry to generate and shape its sounds. This results in a rich and organic sonic character.

Polyphony: The OB-6 is good for chords and complex musical arrangements. It has 6-voices that can be played polyphonically or stacked in unison.

Oscillators: The OB-6 features two voltage-controlled oscillators (VCOs) and a sub-oscillator per voice. These oscillators provide a wide range of waveforms, including sawtooth, square, and pulse, (plus anything in-between) allowing for diverse sound shaping.

Filters: The filter on each card is based upon the 12dB/oct state-variable resonant introduced on the SEM, and offers a continous transition from low-pass, to notch, to high-pass- as well as an additional band-pass mode.

Modulation: The OB-6 offers various modulation sources and destinations, allowing you to create evolving and dynamic sounds. It includes an LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator) and an envelope generator for modulation.

Effects: This synthesizer comes with built-in effects such as delays, choruses, and reverbs adding depth and character to the sound.

Interface: The OB-6 features an intuitive and hands-on knob-per-function interface with knobs, sliders, and switches for easy sound tweaking and manipulation.

MIDI and Connectivity: It offers MIDI DIN and USB connectivity, making it compatible with other MIDI gear and software.

Overall, the Oberheim OB-6 is a highly regarded and sought-after synthesizer due to its superb sound quality, classic analog architecture, and user-friendly interface. It's a very cool and capable synth."

SYNTHFEST UK 2023 Set for October 7


"Exhibition \\ Retailers \\ Education \\ Modular Meet \\ Seminars & Demos

Come and see Keyboards - Desktop Synths - Modular - Software Synths and much more.

SynthFest UK 2023 takes place in Sheffield on Saturday 7th of October 2023 (10:30am – 6:30pm) and has been created by Sound On Sound magazine to give companies of all sizes an opportunity to showcase their synth products in front of the public in what promises to be a great day out for all musicians, whether a pro, semi-pro or hobbyist. Come and see Keyboards - Desktop Synths - Modular - Software Synths and much more. The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, Sheffield, S10 2TQ (Next to the University of Sheffield Student Union building)"

Analogue Solutions Introduces MAXIMUS AS300 POLYSYNTH

On the heals of COLOSSUS and AMPLE, Analogue Solutions introduces the MAXIMUS AS300 POLYSYNTH. It is set to make its first physical appearance at SYNTHFEST UK this year.

Specs and details follow.

16 VCO / 8 Voice semi-modular polysynth.

Being built in small batches.

Batch 1 is avaialble to order now.

The price will increase for batch 2 due to horrific increases in all costs.

So get your order in now to lock in the price.


Available to order direct now.

Please email to check current wait time Typically 2-6 weeks

AS300 main unit £22500 £19900 Launch price - batch 1 only

AS400 optional keyboard £1900 £1800 Launch price - batch 1 only

excluding crate, shipping and tax (all if applicable)


1 Mixer
3 12dB filters
2 Full ADSR envelopes
1 16 step note/modulation loop sequencer
1 BBD style retro echo
1 Main out VCA
1 White Noise
1 Sub Osc
1 Portamento / Glide
1 VCO tune Vernier dial
Generous selection of cross modulation controls.

1 LFO with delay
8 channel stereo mixer
2 Real spring reverbs
1 Master control knobs
1 Poly MIDI to CV converter
4 Key modes
2 MIDI Sync modes
1 Multiple
Generous modulation routing

Metal cabinet
Birch ply real wood
Healthy set of jack sockets for patching on all panels

61 full length keys
Aftertouch with VCA for modulation
64 pad touch controller (can be split to 2x32)


Standard pad type poly sounds

Unusually Poly Sounds

Monophonic Synth Sounds

A mixture of Mono and Poly Sounds

Filmic / Epic ambience sounds

Rhythmic patterns, with a new sound on each key press.

Although Maximus can do traditional ‘pads’ it’s better suited to more unorthodox poly sounds. It excels also at unusual analogue loops and rhythms when it is played in cyclic mode. Have each voice set to a different type of sounds, and as you cycle through them you get very interesting patterns (melodic or otherwise).

Maximus does not have patch memory - just like the very first polysynths.

Every sound you create will be unique - the first of its kind ever to be produced. Your Maximus will never sound like anybody else’s. It will always be unique and yours.

Tom Carpenter is excited to introduce Maximus, an exciting new mega-polysynth with a design ethos truly from the dawn of analogue synths. It is more than a powerful analogue ‘workstation’ - it is also art, architecture, exquisite studio furniture.

Although we label this as a polysynth - it is so much more. We can’t think of a label to give this synth since its is so much more than that.

When you think of polysynth you think of flat synths with one set of controls that control all voices equally. By giving Maximus independent controls for every voice, you have more freedom to create unique styles of poly sounds impossible on traditional polysynths, whether they are hardware or software. You can dial up ‘traditional’ poly sounds (pads etc) or have something unimaginable different.

Because you can never dial up each voice completely identically, standard polys pads will sounds superbly vintage.

All the voice and modulation circuits are of course 100% analogue. We purposely steered away from digital, aside from of course the digital needed in MIDI and the mini-sequencers.

This synth is purely for those who want it just as it was in the 1970s - but new with parts still in production. For those who want a synth that could have been built in the 70s.

There are no gimmicks - this is pure synthesiser. A huge sound enclosed in a solid metal case wrapped in solid hardwood. No expense has been spared to bring this incredible machine to life.

Synthesisers like this only come around once in a decade, or possibly a generation.

AS300 main unit £22500 £19900 Launch price – batch 1 only AS400 optional keyboard £1900 £1800 Launch price – batch 1 only

tamiX Buchla live set at KnobCon 2023, Chicago (compilation)

video upload by tamiX (Nan Tang)

"For 40-mins full length video and audio download, please subscribe my Patreon (7-day free trial included):

Producer: tamiX
Date: Sep 8, 2023
Location: Sapphire Pavilion, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicagoland, US

Written, composed, recorded, performed by tamiX
Mastering: Ocicat
Camera Operator: tamiX & Alex
Cover Photograph: Alex
Video Edit: tamiX"

KnobCon 11 JAMMSpace

video upload by Brian Kupferschmid

"This jam happened at the 2023 KnobCon. It gave me a chance to test out the live rig and play with other electronic musicians. This jam also gave me the confidence to start live streaming."

How To Live Modular with DJ Weak Acid in the Studio

video upload by EZBOT

"Welcome to our studio session with Nick Bigelow, also known as DJ Weak Acid! In this exclusive stream, we dive deep into the world of live modular synthesis. Nick is armed with 2 powerful 7U Intellijel cases and the Squarp Hapax, and he's here to guide us through the process of crafting an electrifying modular pattern that can transform and expand in real-time during a live performance.

If you're a music enthusiast, producer, or curious about the magic of modular synthesis, you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn from a seasoned artist. Get ready to unlock the secrets of creating captivating, evolving soundscapes with DJ Weak Acid as your guide. Let's embark on this exciting journey into the world of live modular synthesis!

DJ Weak Acid on Instagram:"

Get the NEW Ultimate Octatrack FX Template 1.1.3 and the NEW Ultimate

Performance Mixer 2FF 1.1.6 here with continuous updates: and here if you want a one-time download:


→ I love to teach! Step up your game with 1 on 1 lessons:

→ Get the Octatrack Performance Template 2.3.5 with SHIK MIDI support along with regular updates (among other rewards) by joining my Patreon:"

Yamaha SY55/TG55 - "Analog Dreams" Soundset 64 Presets

video upload by LFOstore

"Welcome to the "Analog Dreams" Soundset with most realistic analog tones for SY55/TG55 never hear before!


We made a careful selection of beautiful sounds for your synthwave, synth-pop,electornic & ambient tracks.

With our own sounds this machine can be a good analog-emulaited synth with vintage authentic tones!

Beautiful atmospheric Pads
Powerful reach Strings
Soundscapes & Experimental sounds
Analog fat basses
Plucks & Bells
Cutting Leads
Classic Analog Synths Emulations

Our sounds will give a new life to your SY55/TG55 instrument & will open new boundaries for experiments far from just a feeling of rompler.

Made by Nick Klimenko aka Chronos, a creator of 'Organica' for Waldorf Blofeld & 'WS Universe' for Korg Wavestation

Enjoy and may the music come with you!"

I can’t stand it 😎 #studio #hack #tips #synth #cheap #desktop #stand #useful #composer #music

video upload by Scott Ampleford


TECHNO ACID BASSLINE on YAMAHA FS1R - Operator as Modulator #techno

video upload by DACHI Klangmusik

MOTOR Synth MKII - Acceleration/Brake

video upload by Gamechanger Audio

"The MOTOR Synth MKII is an electro-mechanical synthesizer from Gamechanger Audio that uses 8 DC motors to produce sounds. In this video we are explaining what the Acceleration and Brake features are.

This is the 5th video in the series of MOTOR Synth MKII features. You can find all videos in this playlist:"

Using Noise with Regen

video upload by Synclavier Digital

"This short videos outlines some ways to add some 'good' noise to your sound design on Synclavier Regen.

If the noise added to a dry or sterile sound has a melodic or rhythmic relationship to the dry sound it can really elevate it. Three different noise generators are used in this quick tutorial."

0:00 Introduction
1:06 White Noise
6:00 FM Noise
6:53 Sampled Noise
8:49 Outro

The Roland JX-8P and JX-3P doing serious harm to grumpy moods

video upload by Espen Kraft

"The Roland JX-8P and JX-3P doing double duties in this short edit from a much longer video here on my channel. They can sound remarkably similar at times, but they can each go into directions the other one cannot. So having both can be a good option. If I had to chose one, I'd go for the 8P."


video upload by Synth Cloud

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Funky Leads & Basses for Sequential Prophet Rev2 it's a soundset suitable for styles as Funk, Fusion, R&B, Soul, Pop, Electronic and some modern trends... 60 new presets !

Patches List: ( 33 Leads + 27 Basses)"

New G-STORM ELECTRO SEMSVF Eurorack Tribute Adaptation Oberheim SEM Filter

video upload by gstormelectro

"Audio + Video by G-Storm Electro c. 2023"

SEMSVF is my Eurorack Tribute adaptation to the Oberheim SEM State Variable Filter. All hand made in limited quantities. Today I am auditioning some sounds via a pair of my 101-VCOs feeding in. I use a Happy Nerding FX Aid for some delay at times, no other mastering or effects. Headphones or good monitors recommended but watch your levels, aggressive resonance and lovely saturation ahead. Recorded direct via my Influx mixer to Pittsburgh Modular Outs to Mackie mixer to Tascam DR-05.

0:00 Reso Sweep | Delay
0:23 Lowpass Sweeps | Dry
1:06 Frequency Mod | Inverted Envelope
1:26 Notch | Highpass
1:54 LP|HP mix | LFO modulated
3:37 Bandpass Output
4:02 Bandpass | Envelope Modulated
4:23 More Notch Stuff | Delay
5:19 Lowpass Lead
5:38 Plucky Bass
6:01 Octave Lead

Check my Reverb store for SEMSVF, 101-VCO, Influx availability"


Vostok Instruments - Sena & Patching Panda - Punch MG

video upload by SchneidersLaden

"Here is quick patch with the all new Punch MG by Patching Panda. As sound source we use all four outputs of Sena - the quad-VCO by Vostok Instruments patched into the four VCAs of Punch MG. Sena is tuned to a chord and transposed by a single CV. Throw some triggers at Punch MG and let the fun begin.

The four voices coming from Punch MG are mixed into a stereo signal that is processed by the Doepfer A-121s Stereo Multimode filter. This was quite fun to play! πŸ•ΊπŸŽ‰πŸ™Œ"

Bastl Instruments: JOHN DEE With Small Portable Setup

video upload by Bastl Instruments

"JOHN DEE is sporting a small portable setup he can take anywhere."

With the Social Entropy Engine Sequencer & Roland CMU-810.

EMS VCS3 mkII w/ Portabellabz CV/Gate Card

via this auction

"Synthi VCS3 mk2 in perfect condition, made by EMS in Cornwall in 2022, come with manual, padded cover and Portabellabz Cv/gate card.

Mods list:
- Prestopatch socket
- X10 Envelope Attack/Decay time multiplier (push-pull on Decay pot)
- Filter unslew switchable (push-pull on Response pot)
- Papageorgiadis Sample & Hold (2 x push-pull on Noise pots)
- Buffer PCB for matrix rows 8 and 9

I would prefer local pick up, I live near Paris; but I could organise insured shipment too, you can ask me for shipping cost."

Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave Digital Synthesizer 1998 // restored by VS&C

via this auction

"The Fizmo (1998) uses a Digital Acoustic simulation Transwave with 4 MB of ROM, up to four voices per preset, each voice with two oscillators, independent LFOs and FX: 48 voices maximum, with three separate fx units (24-bit VLSI effects with 41 algorithms) built in for further sound sculpting. The Fizmo featured 61 keys, and responded to velocity, channel aftertouch, as well as allowing the sounds to be split by velocity and keyboard position (note)."

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS // restored by VS&C

via this auction

"The Prophet VS is a synthesizer that uses vector synthesis. It features analog filters, 8 polyphony channels, it uses a total of four oscillators per voice with 127 waveforms (32 users) and a dynamic crossfade of waveforms via the joystick. 61 key keyboard."

Alesis A6 Andromeda // serviced by VS&C

via this auction

"The Andromeda A6 is a 16-voice analog synthesizer renowned for its rich sound capabilities. Equipped with two analog oscillators per voice, sub-oscillators. The interface comprises 72 knobs and 144 buttons. With total MIDI control, individual voice outputs, stereo outputs, and multiple audio inputs and 61-notes keyboard."

Teisco SX-400 // restored by VS&C

via this auction

"The SX-400 is a solid 4-voice analog synth. The aftertouch and handwheel can trigger vibrato, cutoff and pitch at the same time, variable in speed and sensitivity. Available effects include an Ensemble (chorus) and a Portamento glide-effect. The sub & noise OSC and ensemble-switch are cool and make the SX-400 good for techno and acid too."

Akai VX-600 // restored by VS&C

via this auction

"The VX600 is a compact analog synthesizer from Akai. It features 6 voices, with 2 analog VCOs per voice. A highly flexible modulation matrix allows you to route the waveforms of each VCO through various editing functions. There is a resonant low-pass filter, a high-pass filter, two LFOs, three envelope generators, two external audio inputs, and more. The memory can store over 100 patches, each of which can contain key split divisions, MIDI information, and voice allocation."

Cynthia Zeroscillator V1 2009 - Cyndustries Eurorack

via this auction

"The Zeroscillator is a full-featured electronic-music-quality analog VCO capable of linear frequency modulation through zero hertz and into negative frequencies. This makes it capable of the FM Synthesis stuff, wild and crazy sounds simply not available from traditional VCOs, and timbres not available from digital FM synthesizers. Of course, Zeroscillators also make insane LFOs!

This was the first available Through Zero Oscillator, Vince Clark says, it's the best Modular Oscillator (check Youtube). The best you can get for Tone in your Modular Synthesizer.

The Module is very big, you need to use a deep case like the Doepfer Cases."

Side Note: I was on the wait list for a Zeroscillator like everyone else in the day. When mine was available I asked Cynthia to give it to the next person on the list and save me for last. I never did end up getting one.


video upload by synths colors


Joranalogue Audio Design Route 4 | Outline

video upload by Joranalogue Audio Design

"In our Outline series, we explore and thoroughly explain everything our modules can do.

In this video, we take a dive into the routing capabilities of Route 4."

Intro: 0:00
Module overview: 0:49
Patch 1: 4:59
Patch 2: 8:09
Patch 3: 11:13
Patch 4: 15:05
Patch 5: 20:36
Patch 6: 26:08
Outro: 32:00

You can find additional Joranalogue Route 4 posts here.

Frap Tools: We used our CUNSA quad multimode filter as a phaser.

video upload by Frap Tools

"Is it a phaser? No! Will this stop us from using it as a phaser? Also no!


Today we take advantage of the phase rotations introduced by four 12-dB/oct filters to create a fake analog phaser with surprising effects."

Waldorf Iridium Keyboard Demo (No talking)

video upload by Nicolas Melis

0:00 - 0:42. 0231 BT Running of the Blades
0:43 - 1:04. 0141 Dirty Brass Pad
1:05 - 1:59. 0094. Interstellar
2:00 - 2:18. 0134. Plastic Synth
2:19 - 3:07. 0152 Postcard Piano
3:08 - 3:54. 1417 Daw Drops
3:54 - 4:41. 0130 Matts Old Moog
4:42 - 5:27. 0079 Vangelis Split
5:28 - 5:48. 3008 Aria Pad
5:49 - 6:39. 0626 KA Cinematic Orchestra
6:40 - 7:35. 3102 Vangelis 3
7:36 - 8:30. 0059 BT Icelandic Stillness
8:31 - 9:29. 2263 KS Secret Mission
9:30 - 10:11. 3093 Creep Atmos
10:12 - 10:33 1426 Electrical Garden
10:34 - 11:30. 0915 Emptiness in Space
11:31 - 12:02. 1421 Wave Risers
12:03 - 13:07. 1422 Dark Passage
13:08 - 13:28. 0159 ShatteredPiano
13:29 - 14:00. 0104 Brass Theremin

NI Kontrol S Series MK3 Review & Overview by loopop

Review & Overview by loopop added to the announcement post here.

u-he Filterscape 1.5 – The Creative Multi-Talent

video upload by u-he

"Available here:

Version 1.5 of our classic Filterscape plugin bundle has received a major overhaul: a sleek new look, better sounding EQs and new analogue filter models, among other things. Filterscape FX gives you a set of powerful 4-band EQs and multi-mode filters to shape your sounds in unprecedented ways. Filterscape Q6 has a slightly reduced feature set but sports 6 EQ bands and is more focussed on dynamic tasks. Filterscape VA is a complete virtual analogue synthesizer with a polyphonic morphing EQ.u-he,synthesizer,synths,VST,AU,plugin,synth,analogue,analog"

Filterscape FX/Q6 – Preset Walkthrough

video upload by u-he

"Here is a selection of presets from Filterscape FX/Q6 (version 1.5). We used a broad range of audio material, and tweaked some of the controls while recording.

Music by Seb (Hyboid)

00:00 - Intro
00:07 - Diva Pad
03:07 - Hive Sequence
05:31 - Beats
09:10 - Electric Piano
11:46 - Clean Electric Guitar
14:54 - Distorted Electric Guitar
17:44 - Orchestra
20:20 - Drummachine
23:19 - Acoustic Drums (Filterscape Q6 presets)"


video upload by murratti 127

LOOPMAN • error instruments
bass drum • mosaic
scion • instruō
sample drum, black sequencer • erica synths
alan , pique, morcom, enigma, resonate • after later audio
roucha legio, yester versio • noise engineering
switch 4 • joranalogue
boundary • schlappi engineering
kermit mk3 • industrial music
mimeophone, maths,XPO, QPAS, 0-ctrl • make noise
night rider, M185, vector wave • ryk
passive LPG • intellijel
motion MTR • molten modular
Hope you like this video! Comments welcome!

"Droid Mischief" - Akai MPC X + Arturia MiniFreak + ASM Hydrasynth + Novation BassStation II

video upload by Patrick Manderson

"'Droid Mischief' was recorded live late afternoon on Friday August 25, 2023 using a MIDI sequencer and a room full of synthesizers and drum machines. Three analog mixers were used with a rack of ouboard effects mixed in stereo and recorded. Mixing and automation was controlled by the sequencer directly to the synthesizers. The final recording required manual adjustments and muting of the of mixer channels to suppress the noise coming from some of the devices. Video was recorded weeks after afterwards.

'Droid Mischief' was inspired initially from a previous composition utilizing a number of budget analog synths from Behringer. At [3:35] these synth along with the everpresent Novation BassStation II play a series of bleeps and bloops with a backdrop of ominous vocal grunts and breaths by the *Korg MS2000*. Each of the Behringer analog synths were patched for their perspective parts with CV modulating their volumes from the *Akai MPC X*.

Three patches were programmed for the Xenomorph voice on the *Korg MS2000*. Each utilizing the Korg's distortion. Dual patches were used to mix breathing noise and throat noise with velocities. [0:24], [1:53], [3:21]

The second part 'The Feast', is anchored by a groove using syncopated bass notes on the ASM Hydrasynth and percussive embilishments using AFX-MODE on the *Novation BassStation II*. Note: 4-5 stacked BassStations w/AFX-MODE would make an incredible sounding percussion synthesizer.

The Korg Radias is always present with its flexible 16 voice drum kit filled with various bottom frequencies, mid and high filtered noises layered and mixed with various modulations to make all sorts of lovely percussions [3:30]. Vocal 'Ahhs' embelish the suspensful parts [3:46], [4:45].

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet REV2 filled in a number of spaces, most notably the drama strings at [4:36] with the Roland JP-8080.

Eight patches were staged for use in the first half on the *Roland System-1M*. Its fidelity cuts through very nicely. I was suprised by the sound coming out of it despite the generic sounding filter. The oscillators and overall fidelity is excellent.

The Korg Minilogue and Minilogue XD take turns playing bass as well as other parts throughout. Always useful and never disappointing. The Minilogue is permanently coupled with the Drawmer DL241's gate to manage its noise.

Engine drones were provided by the Sequential Prophet 6*. It also provided additional syncopated notes with the *Hydrasynth in the last 3rd.

The delicious sounds coming from the Arturia MiniFreak was on stage throughout. Liberal use of its two macro modulations over MIDI CC-117, CC-118.

00:00 somwhere on deck D of the Nostromos
00:39 introduction
01:06 MS2000 and System-1 layered voices
01:27 buildup using BS AFX sounds layered with Rytm and Radias
01:49 Minilogue XD playing the bass
02:15 all instruments playing here
02:51 transitions with synthesized percussions
03:28 the chase
04:36 string transition with Prophet REV2*
05:00 Hydrasynth syncopation at 'The Feast'
05:49 resolved tension
06:16 finishing up with 'the groove'
07:25 synth credits"

soundmachines DS1 Introduction Video

video upload by soundmachines

"Programming a pattern on the DS1drumstation. Using Light Strips to control various parameters (hi-hats humanisation, track randomisation, track density and shuffle)"

The last time we saw the DS1 was back in 2018.

HYPNOSIS Reissue by Dreadbox / Time Effects Processor / DIY Kit

video upload by Dreadbox

"Unleash the power of 80s nostalgia with HYPNOSIS Reissue, our multi-effect unit, designed to transform your instruments into a sonic time capsule.


BBD Chorus - Flanger
Hybrid Delay
Real Spring Reverb
2 x wide range LFOs
Wide input range
11 patch points
Desktop or Eurorack Modular format
Compact, USB powered

+ More information on HYPNOSIS Reissue:"

Native Instruments Introduces New Kontrol S-Series MK3 MIDI Controller Keyboards

video uploads by Native Instruments

Press Release follows:

Berlin, September 12, 2023 – Native Instruments today announced new Kontrol S-Series MK3 MIDI controller keyboards (S49, S61, and S88), offering seamless hardware and software integration, unique expressive control, and a stunning industrial design.

Kontrol S-Series keyboard controllers are truly best in class, with powerful new features and control capabilities that enable creators to stay in the flow with an intuitive connection to instruments, effects, and DAWs, all with deep navigation on a high-res screen. They are available in three size options: 49 semi-weighted keys, 61 semi-weighted keys, or 88 fully weighted hammer-action keys.

New polyphonic aftertouch functionality allows creators to take expression further with the slightest pressure on individual keys, controlling cutoff, pitch, vibrato, and much more without reaching for an extra encoder or dial. All three models include polyphonic aftertouch on an industry-leading keybed developed in collaboration with renowned Italian manufacturer Fatar.

Kontrol S-Series controllers bring virtual instruments to life and offer a genuinely immersive experience with in-depth control via extensive Kontakt integration and next-generation Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) technology. NKS brings software instruments, effects, loops, and samples into one smooth workflow, creating seamless integration between NI software, all major DAWs, and thousands of partner sounds, instruments, and effects. This effortless integration enables creators to focus on their performance, without being distracted by the need to look at a computer screen.

All three models feature a stunning industrial design with a large glass screen, touch-sensitive anodized aluminum encoders and mod wheels, and redesigned tactile buttons. A highly visual lighting system makes it easy to stay in the creative zone with an intelligent Light Guide that illuminates switches, key zones, scales, and more.

Kontrol S-Series controllers come with a range of software that enables creators to start making music out of the box:

Komplete 14 Select is the essential production suite, including powerful synths, drums, percussion, studio-grade effects, and a wide range of customizable sounds.
Komplete Kontrol software unites and organizes instruments, effects, loops, and samples, mapping everything to the keyboard controller.
Plus: Stradivari Cello, Hypha, Guitar Rig LE, iZotope Elements Suite, and Ableton Live Lite

Top Kontrol S-Series Features:

Refined industrial design, manufactured to the highest level of quality for the best playing experience
Full-color glass display for intuitive browsing, tweaking, and mixing
Industry-leading keybed from Fatar with polyphonic aftertouch as standard
Metal-touch pitch and modulation wheels with central illumination
Unparalleled hardware/software integration with direct connection to Kontakt helps you find, adjust, and play sounds quickly and easily
Seamless integration with all major DAWs lets you control transport and mixing commands directly from the keyboard: record, stop, rewind, mix, edit, and see project channels on the display
Precision tweaking for all your sounds, pre-mapped to key instrument and effect parameters
Redesigned Light Guide pinpoints notes with a light above each key
USB, MIDI, and bus-powered USB-C connectivity plus inputs for four pedals: one sustain, one expression, and two assignable pedals

Learn more

Pricing and availability
Starting today, Kontrol S-Series MK3 is available for pre-orders from and select retailers.

Kontrol S-Series MK3 will be fully available online and in stores this October, with preorders also shipping at that time.

Kontrol S49 MK3 pricing:
€ 749,00 / $ 749,00 / JPY 107.400,00 / £ 649,00 / AUD 1.099,00 / CAD 969,00 / CHF 749,00 / CNY ¥ 5.899,00

Kontrol S61 MK3 pricing:
€ 849,00 / $ 849,00 / JPY 121.700,00 / £ 749,00 / AUD 1.299,00 / CAD 1.099,00 / CHF 849,00 / CNY ¥ 6.699,00

Kontrol S88 MK3 pricing:
€ 1.299,00 / $ 1.299,00 / JPY 186.200,00 / £ 1129,00 / AUD 1.949,00 / CAD 1.679,00 / CHF 1299,00 / CNY ¥ 9.999,00


NI Kontrol S Series MK3: The pros and cons of upgrading // S49/S61/S88 MK3 Review & tutorial

video upload by loopop

0:00 Intro
1:10 Overview
1:55 Poly AfterTouch
2:55 Modes
6:35 Panel & guides
8:05 MK3 Changes
8:40 Next-gen NKS
9:15 More AfterTouch info
10:00 Panel changes
11:30 Connectivity
11:55 Settings
12:15 Komplete Kontrol
12:50 Preset filters
14:10 Non-NKS plugins
16:05 DAW devices
17:30 FX in Komplete
18:40 Scales
19:25 Chords
19:50 Arpeggiator
21:25 Loops & samples
22:00 Kontakt 7
22:30 Multi layers
23:10 Maschine?
24:30 MK3 S88
24:45 Pros, cons
24:55 vs MK2
26:55 vs the world
28:45 Outro

iConnectivity Introduces PlayAUDIO1U Revolutionary Audio and MIDI Interface

video upload by iConnectivity

"iConnectivity's PlayAUDIO1U is designed to support live performances at the professional level. It is a deeply-thought-out, bulletproof, fail-proof, and made-to-tour interface that provides pristine audio output as well as comprehensive MIDI connectivity to your whole stage. It’s perfect for control and playback of backing tracks, virtual instruments, or almost anything else you can think of that requires computers in a live environment."

Press Release follows:

Calgary, Alberta, September 12, 2023 – iConnectivity announced PlayAUDIO1U, a revolutionary audio and MIDI interface designed specifically for live musicians. PlayAUDIO1U builds on iConnectivity’s reputation for developing bullet-proof, fail-proof solutions for live music performance. Much like its direct predecessor PlayAUDIO12, PlayAUDIO1U integrates numerous redundancy fail-safes for control and playback of backing tracks, virtual instruments, and MIDI devices.

Imagine never having to worry about your computer playback failing, ever again. Imagine an interface where not just the big things, but even all of the little things that are important to your performance were thought of… Things like seamless failover protection of audio and MIDI, XLR outs you can just plug into without direct boxes, control ports that allow you to control all of your connected computers and other hardware, onboard power that works in any part of the world with standard IEC connection, and it all fits in a tiny 1U rack! Imagine no longer…

PlayAUDIO1U by iConnectivity is here!

PlayAUDIO1U allows every working musician access to an easy, seamless, simple & straightforward failover solution.

PlayAUDIO1U fuses iConnectivity’s vast engineering knowledge of the live arena, passion for performance, and decades of experience into one product. PlayAUDIO1U ensures working musicians never suffer the embarrassment of a silent show, ever again.

PlayAUDIO1U’s secret in part is integrating two computers connected directly to the interface, forming an incredible redundancy / failover protection system. Should your main computer fail, PlayAUDIO1U switches to the backup computer in a heartbeat; so fast that you and your audience won’t even notice. Backing tracks keep playing in time and your MIDI gear stays connected. It does this all in a package that is completely designed from the ground up made-to-tour.

PlayAUDIO1U also ships with iConnectivity’s new and improved Auracle 2.0. Auracle 2.0 is fast, flexible and intelligent, allowing performers to create a sophisticated live integration of all audio and MIDI connections, inputs and outputs; Auracle lets you do it in minutes, not hours. 'PlayAUDIO1U builds on everything we learned in creating and then supporting users of our PlayAUDIO12, an interface that quickly became the industry standard,” says Al Joelson, VP of Sales and Marketing. 'This interface is designed to be an even more ready-to-gig, comprehensive solution. It’s a crazy powerhouse of audio and MIDI capability for live performance.

Key Features:

12 Balanced panel reinforced XLR outputs
Integrated +48v phantom power protection on outputs protects your interface from accidental damage when plugging directly into consoles or stage boxes
1x 1/4” TRS stereo headphone output with dedicated control for convenient headphone monitoring
2x USB C type ports for connecting computing devices
Automatic and manual computer switching modes, for lightning-fast switching between connected computers
2x two-button “Control” footswitch selectable input/outputs can be mapped to MIDI functions, control over numerous functions on the interface and/or sending control messages to compatible devices
Audio Protection helps stop unwanted noise from corrupt audio sources/files from making it into the audience
USB MIDI host port, offering up to 8 ports worth of USB MIDI for Class Compliant controllers and/or modules
DIN-MIDI port built-in (1 in 1 out)
Ethernet MIDI with 22 ports of connectivity for rugged long-distance MIDI connections
Auracle 2.0 software enables you to tailor the PlayAUDIO1U’s settings to your exact needs
“MIDI learn” from external MIDI devices to control key functions on the interface
High-resolution audio - Studio sound quality for the live arena - up to 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion
Comprehensive audio mixing and routing between connected USB computing devices and analog outputs
Easy-to-use capacitive touch control and 2 rotary encoders provide software-less control over PlayAUDIO1U’s key features from the front panel
OLED screen for instantaneous status information and precise control
100-240v switching power built-in with Industry-Standard IEC Power Connection
1U ready-to-tour rack-mountable chassis

PlayAUDIO1U™ US MSRP $1399.99 Estimated street price $1199.99, and will be available for pre-order immediately and shipping immediately from and iConnectivity resellers worldwide. Full product information can be found at

Radikal Technologies Announces DELTA CEP A & A2 VERSION 2 & NEW MANUALS

via Radikal Technologies

"We are happy to announce, that the new firmware release version of the DELTA CEP A and it’s successor, the DELTA CEP A2 is now online! New manuals have been written to make sure you benefit from all new features from the first moment. The manual contains a detailed update procedure. Beside enhancements for the user interface we added a performance step sequencer and full MIDI parameter control. The Desktop versions even sends all knob movements out."

New Gieskes Klok Eurorack Module

video upload by Gijs Gieskes

via Gieskes

"This is a eurorack clock module with features related to a clock. On the left you have the audio output that is the sound that the clock makes, it is amplified via a piezo, the piezo is gated via a vactrol witha build in envelope. The clock can be advanced interlay via the build in LFO, but it can also be advanced via a external gate signal. There is a volume pot for the volume of the clock.

The center input goes via the volume potmeter above it to the vactrol, here you can put in external signals, these will be mixed in with the sound of the clock and gated with the vactrol.

Then there are two outputs for the LFO, they are one square wave and one sort of triangle wave. The potmeter above them sets the speed, when turned all the way to the left the LFO will stop oscillating and hold its state.

+12v (Power consumption should be not much, maybe 100ma)
-12v (maybe 20ma?)
Width is 12HP"

Synthfox Introduces EBB & FLOW

video upload by SYNTHFOX Channel

EBB & FLOW: Generative Krell Patch Tutorial
EBB & FLOW: Complex Envelopes & Slope Shapes
EBB & FLOW: Ebb INJect INput
EBB & FLOW: VC Clock Division
EBB & FLOW: ~overview~
EBB & FLOW: Kickdrum Patch & Logic Gate Ratcheting
EBB & FLOW: Bouncing Ball Patch

via Synthfox Reverb

EBB & FLOW goes beyound just being an innovative slope generation combomodule. It consists of two slope generators - EBB on the left and FLOW on the right - and minimum/maximum voltage selectors at the bottom. With its four separate, yet intertwined submodules, EBB & FLOW is a compact and intuitive slope powerhouse with endless possibilities of external and internal patch-programming!

The Ebb slope on the left on the module produces a spike-like envelope, perfect for percussive and plucky sounds. Ebb can be set to loop and become a voltage-controlled time base generator of an immense time range. The inject input allows to use it as a vca/filter/suboctaver crossbreed with audio, or as a negative voltage transition slew limiter. The Flow slope on the right acts like an attack-decay or attack-release envelope when actuated through trig or gate inputs respectively. Rise and Fall times have individual CV inputs and a joined both CV in. Flow has two logic outputs along with its slope out, allowing for smart patch-programming inside and outside of the unit. Flow can be looped, producing an arbitrary shaped oscillation. The OMNI input provides instant control over all time parameters of the module, allowing to make the patch-programmed havoc drift together to slower or faster territories!

The Max and Min voltage selectors are a separate submodule. Its range of applications is OR/AND functions for gates and other logic signals, creative sound mixing and rectification, CV mangling and more. The inputs of Max and Min have outputs of Ebb and Flow normalled in, so with nothing plugged in, they act as instant combinators for of the two slope generators.

EBB voltage controlled decay-only slope with 2 triggering modes, VC looping, shape control and voltage injection

FLOW voltage controlled rise and fall slope with trig (AD) and gate (AR) mode and logic outputs for patch programming

EBB and FLOW time settings continuously span from very slow CV to audio-rate

The OMNI control voltage input controls all time settings, allowing for easy access to dramatic movements

MAX and MIN voltage selectors useful as logic functions, audio manglers, CV layering tools, and more

EBB and FLOW outputs normalled to both MAX and MIN inputs for instant slope combinator action

Four submodules in one, usable completely separately, but matched and intertwined for creative patching inside and outside of the unit

Rob Papen Introduces LowSane

video upload by Rob Papen

via Rob Papen

"Welcome to the world of breaking down the digital world! Yes, in our music production world, we are proud to record on 24bit and 192kHz to provide pristine audio for music lovers.
BUT... as we are, we are keen on crushing things as well, which means that LoFi audio quality is not a side effect of cheap Chinese child toys, but has become a creative tool in today's music creation and post-audio productions! Who could have thought of that in the 80ties when everybody screamed for 16bit instead of 8bit!
Yes, humans are creative and many years later the ‘LoFi’ sound sculpting became an art of its own.

Well, LowSane adapts to this creative process and adds some additional creative options like the ‘Disrupt Sphere’ to this world of crushing down the digital bits!

It offers in the audio route a Distortion module, Band Pass / Notch Filter, Lo-Fi section, Hi and low Pass Filters, and a Noise Gate.

These parameters can be controlled by the ‘Disrupt Sphere’, and additionally there is also an Audio Follower which again can control the 'Disrupt Sphere' or any of the other parameters.

Last but not least there is a 2-slot modulation matrix in which you can connect again parameters, or use MIDI to control parameters and also the ‘Disrupt Sphere’.
With LowSane you get your bits and pieces together going LoFi!"

LowSane is part of the eXplorer-8 bundle.

Roland TR-8S v3.0/TR-6S v2.0 Firmware Update Adds Roland CR-78 & TR-808 Chromatic Bass Instrument

Overview video upload by RolandChannel

"The TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performers continue their sonic evolution with TR-8S v3.0 and TR-6S v2.0 updates. These free upgrades add new instruments and features to the Rhythm Performers, including the legendary Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm and TR-808 Chromatic Bass. Plus, the TR-EDITOR gets a refresh with compact mode for smaller displays.

In this video, you’ll learn about the new enhancements added with the TR-8S v3.0 and TR-6S v2.0 updates:
00:00 Introduction
00:50 CompuRhythm CR-78 ACB Model
05:26 TR-808 Chromatic Bass

The original CR-78 CompuRhythm was launched in 1978 as the first mass-produced programmable rhythm machine. Now, the TR captures that magic with pristine ACB CR sounds, including 14 instruments and original preset patterns, as well as updated advanced patterns to pepper your beats with CR-78 zest. Plus, discover an array of new parameter controls to push the CR-78 into new sonic dimensions.

Tuned 808 basslines are a staple in genres like trap, hip-hop, electro, and other styles of electronic music. The new 808 Chromatic Bass instrument allows you to use motion recording to tune basslines with legit 808 bass sounds directly from the TR-8S and TR-6S—no DAW required.

To learn more about the TR-8S v3.0 update, please visit:

To learn more about the TR-6S v2.0 update, please visit:

To read about the CR-78 history, please visit:"

*NEW V3.00* Roland TR8S & TR6S (V2) with CR78 and Chromatic 808

video upload by Starsky Carr

"NEW FIRMWARE for the TR8S gives us an ACB model of the classic CR-78 in addition to a tuneable 808 kick. Use CTRL to tune by semitones for super easy 808 subs.

The CR78 tones are all tweak able, with decay and tuning plus attack on the kick, snappy on the snare and a metallic clang on the hats.

We also have the original CR78 rhythms... Bossa Nova here we come... :)"

And the press release:

"Free Updates Add an ACB Model of the Classic CR-78 CompuRhythm Drum Machine and a New TR-808 Chromatic Bass Instrument

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 12, 2023 — Roland announces significant system updates for the popular TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performer products. Available as free downloads, TR-8S Version 3.0 and TR-6S Version 2.0 feature an authentic ACB model of the CR-78 CompuRhythm—an influential Roland rhythm machine from the late 1970s—plus a new TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument for creating basslines. The companion TR-EDITOR app has also been updated with a compact UI option for more efficient operation on smaller displays.

The TR-8S and TR-6S carry on the long-running legacy of Roland rhythm machines, bringing legendary sounds together with the latest technologies and a host of fresh performance tools for today’s musicians, producers, and DJs. These powerful instruments feature authentic models of important TR products from the company’s history, including the TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, TR-727, and TR-606. With the addition of the CR-78 CompuRhythm, the TR-8S and TR-6S now offer the most complete collection of classic Roland rhythm machines available in hardware form.

TR drum machines have driven music culture for decades, forming the backbone of hip-hop, pop, and electronic styles and defining the sound of multiple genres and subgenres. Introduced in 1978, the CR-78 was a direct predecessor of the TR-808 and the first mass-produced programmable rhythm machine. Its distinctive sound has left its own indelible footprint on pop classics from the 1980s and beyond, and it remains highly sought-after in the vintage marketplace.

Brought to life with Roland’s ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology, the CR-78 model offers every sound and nearly all preset patterns from the original analog hardware. It also includes new patterns and advanced sound design capabilities made possible with the modern ACB approach.

Along with the CR-78, the TR-8S and TR-6S updates add a newly developed TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument. The sound of the TR-808 bass drum revolutionized popular music with its deep, rich sub-bass and punchy quality. Clever producers began using samples of this revered instrument to play the sound chromatically, creating a new hybrid voice that fills the role of both kick drum and bass. The TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument puts this ability at the user’s fingertips, allowing them to create tuned basslines with the versatile TR-808 bass drum in the TR-8S and TR-6S.

The free TR-EDITOR for macOS and Windows significantly enhances the workflow of the TR-8S and TR-6S, providing an easy-to-use graphical interface with expanded visual controls and organizational tools. The latest version includes a compact UI option that frees up screen space for using the editor along with other applications on small computer displays.

Availability & Pricing

The Roland TR-8S and TR-6S are available now for $749.99 and $399.99, respectively, in the U.S. The Roland TR-8S, TR-6S, and TR-EDITOR updates are available now for free."

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