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Monday, May 30, 2022

Oberheim OB-Xa + "crazy" Moog Source

YouTube via retrosound72 | November 16, 2010

"vintage synth demo by RetroSound

vco-sync, glide and pad sounds: Oberheim OB-Xa analog synthesizer
bass sequence: Moog Source internal sequencer

Unfortunately the Source is a bit detuned after the beginning of this recording (legendary Crazy Source Syndrome)"

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Discovering Electronic Music (1969-1983)

Discovering Electronic Music (1969-1983) video upload by Fran Blanche

Note this is new cleaned up, single video, version of Discovering Electronic Music first posted here back in 2009.

"This film by Bernard Wilets was originally produced around 1969-70, but this reel that I present is the updated version from 1983 which includes new added Fairlight sequences with Rory Kaplan. The original sections are VERY 1969 and the color of this print is still remarkable. Great footage of Moog modular synths right in their heyday and lots of screenshots of waveforms and such. Is it coincidental that so much Bach is being played on the Moog? Calling Wendy Carlos! The film features several people who went on to make their names in electronic music, including Rory Kaplan, Douglas Leedy, and Jean-Claude Risset. This reel was transferred from my own 16mm archive print using my Eiki Telecine. The Eiki has a 5 Blade Shutter that projects a 24fps print at 30 frames per second for a flickerless NTSC transfer. A special diffusion plate eliminates the 'hot spot' of the projector, and the sound is pulled right from the optical track. Enjoy!

Join Team FranLab!!!! Become a patron and help support my YouTube Channel on Patreon:
#Moog #Music #film

- Intro music by Fran Blanche -"

This one was sent my way via John L Rice.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

New DSI Pro 2 linear FM - Tutorial and Demo

Published on Nov 7, 2018 once upon a synth

"The DSI Pro 2 now has linear FM! A new OS update was released recently (v1.4) which includes linear FM as well as a bunch of other features. In this video I'll focus on the FM part. Previously it only had exponential FM which is the one for making inharmonic metalic sounds. Linear FM is like the Yamaha DX7 FM where you can play notes."

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Bryan Day Rotowhiskers [Episode 90]

Published on Nov 4, 2018 CatSynth TV

"A demo of the Rotowhisker, a new creation by musical-instrument inventor Bryan Day. This is Day's first instrument that is available for purchase.

You can find out more about Bryan Day and his instruments at If you are interested in finding out about purchasing a Rotowhisker, please use the Contact button.

"Bryan Day is a improviser, instrument inventor, illustrator and installation artist based in Richmond, CA. His work involves combining elements of the natural and man-made world using field recordings, custom audio generation software and homemade instruments. Day’s work explores the parallels between the patterns and systems in nature to those in contemporary society."

For more experimental music and instruments, please subscribe to this channel and visit"

EMS Synthi VCS3 The Putney Synthesizer w/ DK1 Keyboard SN 1038X

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via this auction

Friday, November 02, 2018

Roland Juno 106 (Junior 106) Yellow

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via this auction

"The Junior 106 is an incredibly rare and hard to find custom modified Juno 106 done by SynthSpa. It was completely serviced and modified in 2016. It has all the functionality of a Juno 106 in a smaller form factor. It has purple LEDs, yellow display window, and a yellow illuminated pitch bender. And, it's YELLOW!! I also had SynthSpa put some wood cheeks on it (original matching yellow cheeks will be included too). Everything works perfectly."

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Novation Bass Station II Goes Black with Major 2.5 Feature Update & 25th Anniversary Edition Giveaway

Published on Nov 1, 2018 NovationTV

Novation // Bass Station II 2.5 - Overview with -CALC-
Novation // Bass Station II 2.5 - Paraphonic Mode
Novation // Bass Station II 2.5 - Filter Tracking
Novation // Bass Station II 2.5 - Micro Tuning
Novation // Bass Station II 2.5 - Re Trigger
Novation // Bass Station II 2.5 - Osc Error

And the limited edition black themed 25th Anniversary Bass Station II & official press release:

"Major firmware update + synth giveaway

To celebrate 25 years of Bass Station and thank users for their support, Novation is releasing the Bass Station II v2.5 firmware update and giving away a Bass Station II 25th Anniversary Edition – one of only five units off the production line!

To be in with a chance of winning the limited edition monosynth, join the Synth Owners Facebook group and like the competition post from 1-7 November 2018.

Bass Station II v2.5

The v2.5 firmware update adds some of the most requested features including filter tracking, paraphonic mode, microtuning and new preset Soundpacks. Installation couldn't be easier from the Novation Components content manager.

Paraphonic mode

Bass Station II is now a paraphonic monosynth, because you can control the pitches of each of the two oscillators separately in its single-voice architecture. Play two notes at a time rather than just one and get interesting interactions through the Ring and Filter Mod.

Filter tracking

Filter tracking was one of the most requested features. The filter includes variable keyboard tracking in Bass Station II v2.5 – the best for matching higher notes to increased brightness.

Envelope retriggering

Bass Station II's secret sound-design weapon is envelope retriggering. It’s now possible to configure your envelopes to retrigger once the decay stage has ended, opening up a whole range of new possibilities.

Oscillator error

Oscillator error introduces a small and adjustable random detune on each note-on event. This can be used to generate some very beautiful, subtle (or not) musical dissonance, very much in the same way that vintage synths do (because of the looser tolerance of their electronic components). Paraphonic mode makes it as dramatic as possible.

Microtuning editing

Completely control the frequency triggered by each key press, giving your scales another dimension.

New presets

Two new Soundpacks are in Components: Silver and Sinevibes. Silver's presets explore the v2.5 features and inspire new tracks and sound design. Sinevibes, designed by Sinevibes’ founder Artemij Pavlov, gives 101 classic Bass Station II presets.

Warm greetings to you all

Bass Station II can now support a custom message display at start-up.

Join the synth owners group here

To read more about the history of Bass Station, click here"

Uber Rare Emulator Analog Interface

This one is in via Loscha who had the following to say:

"I'm helping a friend clean up and we found this. We're going to try set it up for testing, but it will be for sale ultimately. We're going to hook up the mains, and make sure the CPU still turns over and generates a signal. We don't know anyone in Melbourne with an Emulator to try and pair it up with, though.

Probably the rarest bit of E-Mu kit that's out there. There are very few references to it, and these are the only good quality pictures of it available. Even after it sells, I want to keep the gallery of images, as it's a fascinating bit of weirdness."

Indeed. You'll find some pics of the inside below and at the gallery here.

Rare Analog Roland TR-808 Clone - Drum Line 808Pro Drum Machine Synthesizer Synth

via this auction

Never seen one of these before. Note the Retro Gear Shop is a watermark and not printed on the unit.

"Drum Line 808Pro

This is a very rare Roland TR-808 style clone. It sounds quite awesome and is very fun to use, with a responsive screen that shows parameter change info, stereo panning features on all drum voices, tune-able kick drum, and stereo filters with resonance on the outputs, with midi in/out/thru plus din, individual outputs, stereo outputs & headphone out. A serious DJ electronic producer machine. It's fully functional and sounds amazing. The only functional thing is the reverb knob on the 3 toms does not appear to have much of an effect, otherwise all outputs, knobs, buttons etc work properly. More affordable and feature rich alternative to an 808. Comes with power cable. Operates at 220v, step up 110v - 220v transformer can be included in the sale if needed. Cosmetically it is in great shape with some minor wear on the sides."

Super Rare Vintage TBS-303 MKII Bassline Mono Synth (TB-303 clone+) SN 0399058 w/ Original Box

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via this auction

I've only seen one of these go up for sale back in 2007. Note the font under TBS in the upper left matches Sequential Circuits font.

Details form the listing: "What happens when you take the basic analog synthesis engine of Roland's classic TB-303 bassline, add MIDI control, and put it in a seriously heavy-duty tabletop housing?

You end up with TBS Musical Instruments TBS-303 MKII!

These are extremely rare. My guess is this is one of the very few of these that were ever sold to the US.

Per the creator's website--

The following list represents some of the main features of the TBS-303 MarkII :

Analogue circuitry is nearly equivalent to the original
Fully discrete oscillator and filter section
Build-in MIDI interface requires no external SYNC24 syncbox
Slides programmable via Note overlap
Accents programmable via MIDI note-ON velocity value (>100)
User selectable MIDI channel
Better that the original ; 'Heavy-duty' housing and professional potentiometers
The TBS-303 is on purpose build in a desktop type housing to make real time filter-control by hand easier.
Dimensions (WxHxD): 250 x 170 x 65mm

Additional cool features:

External audio input
Infinite accent button
Infinite slide/portamento button

Please check the website for additional info and audio samples.

The sound of this box is quite awesome. The top-mounted slide/accent buttons allow for additional realtime creativity. The external input lets you use this in ways that no original TB-303 can. Best of all, the MIDI implementation gives you all kinds of sequencing possibilities that you didn't have with the original.

Sure, you can make it sound just like a TB-303-- or you can use it in new and creative ways."

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The River by Baloran - Demos by Laurent Lecatelier

Published on Oct 30, 2018 Laurent Lecatelier

1. The River Playing Demo
This is a demo of the 8 voice analog polysynth The River, made by Baloran.

This synth is full multitimbral, 8 voices with real discrete analog VCO/VCF/Envelopes & Tri-Chorus. Driven by the Riverkey, the River is designed to be the masterpiece of your home studio, controlling its internal sound engine as well as external gear (CV/Gate, MIDI, USB).
2. The River
The River by Baloran,
Polyphonic 8 voices multitimbral analog synth.
All Sounds from the RIver.
3. The River, déclinaisons
Déclinaison des flancs et teintes de The River
The River au SynthFest 2018
Démonstration de The River au SynthFest 2018, à Nantes.
Laurent et Stéphane ont préparé une démonstration que j'ai découverte en même temps que tout le monde. Quel moment ;) Merci à eux et à toute l'équipe du SynthFest.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Digitakt model sequence using midi tracks with analog synthesizers

Published on Oct 30, 2018 Vykaar Tones

"My first try using Digitakt to chain patterns so a complete song can be played. Nord rack 2 provides the chord parts and SH101 and Model D provide the bass and melody. Drum parts use TR808 samples."

Soulsby Synths ATMultitron & ATMegatron II updates // Synthfest 2018

Published on Oct 30, 2018 DivKidVideo

"Having seen these back at Superbooth (more info in that video here - [posted here] ) it's great to see the Soulsby Synths products coming along and closer to a release. The ATMultitron is an 8 voice version of the Oscitron/ATMegatron family that Soulsby are known for. Drums, bass, polyphonic stuff, analogue filters and VCAs with digital oscillators. Lots to go at."

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Published on Oct 24, 2018 ULTIMATE PATCHES

"300 Original High Quality Patches for the Korg Monologue! (100 per Volume)
BLACK FRIDAY 2018 SALE Starting at $17.99 @"


Teased by us since early 2017, this is the much-requested Ultimate Patches collection of 300 brand new pro patches for the Korg Monologue. Loaded with hundreds of retro and modern basses, pads, melodics, fx and more, this collection encompasses genres including synthwave, trap, dubstep, pop, house, retrocade and much more. On sale from $17.99 as part of the Ultimate Patches site-wide Black Friday Sale, on until November 30."

Friday, October 26, 2018

Korg M1R Music Workstation GUIDE BOOK on a Keyring

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via this auction

Never seen one of these before. How many other synth manuals / guide books came on a key ring?

Vintage Gambitt TX-70 Modo Synth

Published on May 31, 2018 fernando Costa Tecladista

This is the first post to feature the Gambitt TX-70. Also check out the Gambitt GMX.

Gambitt TX-70 Modo Synth
Tx 70 - sintetizador da gambitt / synthesizer
Outra Vez / Roberto Carlos - Isolda

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Buchla USA Revisiting 100 Series in 2019?

This one spotted by Soviet Space Child.

Note the system in the background. Buchla started in the 1960s with the 100 series, followed by the 200 series in 1970. The new 200e from Don Buchla arrived in 2004. BEMI took over and re-released an updated version of the Buchla Music Easel and various systems and modules. BEMI then of course became Buchla USA. You can read a condensed history of Buchla on Wikipedia here.

Of course it could just be a Calandar.

It's worth noting, if you are into eurorack, Catalyst Audio currently makes a eurorack system based on the the Buchla 100 series.

SYNTHFEST FRANCE -Set for June 7 - 9 2019 in Nantes France

An early announcement with plenty of time to plan your trip!  :)

The following is some info Google translated from French, from their site:

"The SynthFest France 2019 (6th edition) will be held in Nantes from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9, 2019. As in past years, many exhibitors will be present. The SynthFest France welcomes more visitors over the years, 3 concerts are organized this year, as in 2018. Showcases during the day will also be programmed to allow everyone to come and see and listen to as much as possible. artists. Thank you to the already faithful public who makes the trip to Nantes every year and without whom the SynthFest would not exist, and welcome to the new ones. Come many!

SynthFest France takes on a new dimension this year with the participation of already loyal players, but also newcomers. Many novelties are coming up for 2019. For the first time a space dedicated to concerts and show-cases. Active participation of major brands such as Korg, Arturia, Yamaha and Roland. Showcases every day in the early morning and early afternoon. Three evenings concerts. Demonstrations during the three days. Private demonstrations, a Patch Work Music space to discover the artists of the label. A raffle, animations, and especially the access to all the machines to try them, to compare, to speak with the constructors, to meet famous actors of the French electronic music. All in this warm and unique setting that characterizes the convivial spirit of SynthFest France."

Some of the Synths Coming to SoundMiT Torino on November 3 & 4 - Next Weekend!

Some of the synths to be showcased at this years SoundMiT - International Sound Summit will include The River by Baloran, the Analog Fusion by Fingersonic, the new Moog One, the Schmidt, and a Yamaha showcase featuring the CS80 and DX1.

An announcement from SoundMiT follows:

AtomoSynth is Back with the Asterion Full Analog Modular Synthesizer

Published on Oct 25, 2018 atomolab

"Hello world!! we are back!! this is the new Asterion full analog modular synthesizer!!"

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