Showing posts with label Ploytec. Show all posts
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Monday, May 15, 2023

Ploytec Boom Kick - Gesprächskonzert SUPERBOOTH23

video upload by Superbooth Berlin

"Ploytec presenting their Boom Kick (Pedal) with a performance by DobBroMan."

Monday, October 04, 2021

New Superbooth Berlin 2021 Presentation Videos

You can use the controls on the bottom left or upper right of the player to skip around.

1. Joranalogue - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
The Belgium Eurorack synth maker Joranalogue presented not one, but three new modules at SUPERBOOTH21: Orbit 3, Enhance 2 and Step 8.

During their Gesprächskonzert at Fuchsbau they not only talked about these new modules, but Alter Fritz also performed a live session with a Joranalogue based Eurorack system.

Driven by an unrelenting passion for analogue circuits, Joranalogue Audio Design offers an expanding series of high-quality Eurorack music synthesizer modules. They're continually introducing new approaches and techniques to the Eurorack platform, making waves in the waters of analogue synthesis. All products are designed and made in Belgium, guided by experiences in both modern hardware engineering and vintage synthesizer servicing.

This year, the Joranalogue crew finally returns to Berlin to present its latest developments. Join designer Joran van Gremberghe and artist Frits Jacobs (Alter Fritz) for a whirlwind ride through the exciting world of these black and silver modules!
2. u-he Wiretap - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert) @SUPERBOOTH21
For this Gesprächskonzert Urs Heckmann, founder of Berlin based company u-he, teamed up with Sebastian Hübert for their performance and presentation at Fuchsbau during SUPERBOOTH21. The former one-man show u-he is now a tightly knit team of employees, active associates and 3rd-party contractors – with ambitious plans.

Famous for very accurate and widely appreciated software synthesizers and effects, u-he showed their first eurorack module at a previous edition of Superbooth – the CVilisation. At SUPERBOOTH21 it was time for another announcement. They took the chance to present their latest development with a Gesprächskonzert, of which you can find the video documentation below.
The module is named Wiretap and it played a major role in creating rhythm during their performance.

Wiretap is a double gate extractor for v/oct signals. It will generate a gate when the voltage goes high, when it goes low, when it's steady, when it moves, when it's higher than the other one and when it's lower. And you can set the gate length and get additional envelope outputs.
3. Bitwig - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
Berlin based DAW-makers Bitwig played a Gesprächskonzert on Thursday of SUPERBOOTH21. With the idea of - Less is More - Dave Linnebank showcased Bitwig and its possibilities, concentrating on simple ideas and how to creatively make them more complex. In other words: In this performance Dave starts with some short phrases, and then uses Bitwig Studio to extend them into musical passages. These will then become performance-ready clips by adding Bitwig's Operators for some fuzzy logic, getting the computer to make compositional choices while Dave is busy playing new lines on top.

Dave Linnenbank is a musician, technologist, and teacher. Over the past 20 years, he has crafted musical tools for pop and jazz artists, Broadway musicals, and desktop electronic musicians everywhere. Dave is part of Team Bitwig in Berlin, regularly making YouTube tutorials and more.
4. Verbos Electronics Complete Systems – SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
During his Gesprächskonzert at SUPERBOOTH21 Mark Verbos is introducing the audience to the newly designed Verbos Electronics System Configurations: Designer Configuration, Performer Configuration, Producer Configuration.

Mark Verbos explains the intended use of each configuration as well as the philosophy behind not only the module selection but also module arrangement. He also plays some examples with all three system to give a musical reference to the explanation of the ideas behind each system. This Gesprächskonzert is a great opportunity to watch and hear all three configurations right next to each other – where else would that be possible? Enjoy the video!
5. Modor DR-2 - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
Modor introduced its powerful DR-2 drum machine at SUPERBOOTH21 with a short explanation by Marcel from Modor Music about its most deviant possibilities. This six-channel drum machine is completely digital – a discipline that Modor shines in. The DR- drum synthesizer features a sequencer with 128 steps and a very tidy user interface.

It positively surprised many people when it was introduced, because it is unusual and brings something new to the table. Luckily the DR-2 is not a copy of a classic, but uses modern digital synthesis to create drum sounds. A drum model can be assigned to each of the six channels. You can also assign the same model to several or all channels. The models include: Three bass drum models, three snare models, three cymbal models, claps, two tom models and miscellaneous, the latter divided into three subcategories: rimshot, rattle and cowbell.

This Gesprächskonzert was a very welcome opportunity to hear this rare drum machine in action. Enjoy the video!
6. Polyend Tracker - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
Sobutane presents his upcoming album Future Cake using two Trackers and one Medusa durng this Gesprächskonzert at SUPERBOOTH21.

After working with the Yamaha RM1x sequencer for 13 years Sobutane discovered the Tracker by Polyend. Originally bought just for drum parts, it revealed itself to be a great live-oriented tool, making him compose music outside his trusty RM1x for the first time in his life. Although the idea of a tracker is not particularly new, the Tracker still feels fresh and inspirational to many musicians. The Tracker brought Sobutane ideas and a new approach to composing his music, so he bought a second one and a Medusa, also made by Polyend. That was the starting point for the creation of the music you hear in his Gesprächskonzert for Polyend. Enjoy!
7. Ploytec Boom Kick - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
This Gesprächskonzert was unusually opened with a steel-guitar performance by DobBroMan, showing the Ploytec Boom Kick (Guitar Pedal).

Ploytec always valued the opportunity of Gesprächskonzerte at Superbooth and so they took the chance to do another one in 2021 this time for a rather unusual product – a guitar pedal that generates a kick drum in sync with the tapped in tempo. Additionally it sends a MIDI clock to other gear. This is useful for simple backing of what the guitarist is playing. The addition of a bass drum completes the otherwise solo guitar and with the MIDI tempo output, other instruments can play in sync – whether these are additional drum machines or synthesizers or whatever.

And there is one special thing to note about the bass drum sound – there are no samples saved to this machine. The drum sound is generated through synthesis and it has a huge range of possible sounds, suitable for pretty much all music genres.

And if you haven’t heard the Superbooth blues yet, watch until the end!
8. LPZW & Tubbutec - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
Kai and Tobi (aka LPZW & Tubbutec) probably could have sold every second SUPERBOOTH21 guest a 6mod6, that's how well their first joint product was received. At Fuchsbau the Berlin based manufacturers presented the result of their collaboration: a highly modified homage to the 606.

They were accompanied by an opening performance from Cem Oral a.k.a. Jammin’ Unit in which he used the new module intensively, giving a good idea about what the module sounds like in a musical context.

After the performance Kai and Tobi walked the audience through every sound engine of the module and showed their modifications of the original 606 circuits. Not only with the Gesprächskonzert, they convinced a lot of people that they created a great sounding and very versatile 606 inspired drum module.

Now the wait begins, the first batch of the 6mod6 still has to be built. Let's hope that the chip shortage does not delay the production too much.
9. Erica Synths PĒRKONS - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
Erica Synths team of engineers and musicians have been working hard to bring surprise us all with a new instrument that no one expected and everyone wanted. Erica Synths had their booth completely dedicated to their latest product the PĒRKONS HD-01 drum machine.

PĒRKONS features four sonically versatile hybrid voices (digital sound engine + analogue multimode filter with overdrive) and a sequencer with simultaneous control over all four percussion tracks, an internal analogue BBD FX send, parameter automation and much more. This is a modern drum machine with a serious vintage look.

For their Gesprächskonzert they brought not one, but two of these machines and finally explained it and showed what it is capable of. For everyone’s surprise, the demo started with a drone set – yes, it can also do drones. And for the final concert part of this presentation, no other than Kodek entered the stage. Sounds fun? Enjoy the video!
10. Nonlinear Labs C15 – SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
Stephan Schmitt, the founder of Nonlinear Labs, plays some improvisations on the C15 and shows the enormous tonal possibilities of this instrument and its ability to be played very expressively – with up to four expression pedals and the two large ribbon controllers. The C15 is a puristic and distinct digital synthesizer. Its sounds are generated by elementary algorithms and feedback structures. This opens up new fields for sound design and gives musicians an expressively playable and dynamical behavior, similar to acoustic instruments. The C15 is an instrument that has to be played by hand to unfold its full potential. After the performance Stephan explains what features are new and which special features of the C15 he used.

This isn’t the first Gesprächskonzert by Nonlinear Labs, so be sure to check out the previous editions for more information about this unique instrument.
11. Haken Audio & La Voix du Luthier – SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
Haken Audio and La Voix du Luthier have been presenting together at Superbooth for several years now, showing how well these two companies and their products fit together. This Gesprächskonzert features a Haken Continuum, the all-new Continuum Eurorack Module and the large Pyramid Resonator.
Watch Edmund Eagan passionately talk about his products and enjoy the demonstration and performance of the Continuum Fingerboard by Rob Schwimmer.

The almighty synthesis engine behind all these sounds is the Eagan Matrix, that now is also featured in the Eurorack module. This is a huge opportunity for sound designers and artists to expand their sound palette with very expressive and unique sounds.
12. UDO Audio Super 6 Desktop - SUPERBOOTH21 Gesprächskonzert (lecture concert)
UDO Audio brought the world one of the most interesting poly-synths of the recent years. Very rarely a company achieves such a success with their first ever product – but the Super 6 made it. Now UDO Audio showed the desktop version of this incredible synth. Great looks, ergonomics and the sound of the original Super 6 make this machine a very interesting option for many musicians and studios on the hunt for a capable poly-synth.

In this video George gives a little insight into the development of the company in general and his view on the past two years, since he presented the Super 6 to the world at SUPERBOOTH19.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Ploytec PL2 Logos Prototype Board

Published on Nov 3, 2019 mCKENIC

"My first play with the Ploytec PL2 Logos Text-To-Speech USB MIDI Synthesizer.
This thing is EXACTLY as much fun as I had hoped it would be!"

Friday, May 31, 2019

Ploytec PL2 Logos Prototype Board on Kickstarter

Ploytec has launched the PL2 Logos prototype board on Kickstarter here. You can find two previous videos below this post in the archives here.

"At Superbooth19 in Berlin we showed a sample of the PL2 Logos prototype board. This PCB makes it a lot easier to translate English text to the allophones needed for Ploytec PL2 based speech synthesis (which is CTS256-AL2 / SP0256-AL2 emulation).

On the board, a PL2 synthesizer is already integrated, so there's no need for a separate PL2 (though it's always good to have some of those).

The included USB keyboard allows entering text, and to store / recall text from memory using function keys. Each function key can hold up to 39 letters in up to six rows.

Via the integrated USB MIDI it's possible to capture and playback the MIDI notes triggering the words. On top, you can record the many MIDI notes representing allophones, to a DAW.

Please note: The knob will be most likely missing on the final board, as it never had any functionality and is not necessary for operation.

Risks and challenges

As the technology is basically working, the task to be done is bug fixing, creating firmware update functionality, changing the PCB to potentially fit into an existing case (not included!) and getting a bunch of PCBs manufactured."

Monday, May 13, 2019

Superbooth 2019: Text-To-Speech Synth Ploytec prototype

Published on May 13, 2019 sonicstate

Ploytec Text-To-Speech

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Ploytec - Markus @SUPERBOOTH19

Published on May 12, 2019 Superbooth Official

"Markus demonstrates a prototype of the 'PL2 Logos'.
Basing on the latest version of the SP0256-AL2 voice synthesis on the PL2, the PL2 Logos additionally emulates the companion chip CTS256A-AL2 from 1986. Any text can be translated directly into allophones and transmitted via MIDI.
Ploytec's PL2 Synthesizer talks and sings!"

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Saturday 11.05.2019 - 3PM @ Superbooth Berlin, Ploytec PL2 synth emulates SP0256-AL2 and CTS256-AL2

Published on May 1, 2019 Ploytec

"At the Gesprächskonzert in the Superbooth19 Auditorium in Berlin's FEZ, Markus from Ploytec demonstrates a prototype unit of the PL2 Logos, emulating the General Instruments CTS256-AL2, the 'text to speech' companion chip for the SP0256-AL2 speech synthesizer from the eighties."

Also see:
πλ² Ploytec PL2 - PL02.56 (SP0256-AL2 tribute) Firmware explained

The General Instruments CTS256-AL2 emulation is new.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Casio Casiotone 1000P Arturia Beatstep Ploytec PL2 Korg X3R Steinberg UR22

Published on Mar 26, 2019 Superteclados

"A handful of seconds behind
featuring: Casio Casiotone 1000P
Vicherval Project - Music by Victor Hernández

Track made with:
Casio Casiotone 1000P [1982?]
Korg X3R
Arturia Beatstep (real time MIDI sequencer)
Ploytec PL2 Leukos Micro Synthesizer
Behringer Motor 49 USB controller
Alva Nanoface
Alesis M1 320USB
Native Instruments FM7
Cakewalk Rapture
Native Instruments FM8
Czynthia VSTi
Native Instruments Absynth
Waldorf Attack

Produced with Alva Nanoface USB Audio Interface and mixed in Cakewalk SONAR 8.5"

Monday, September 10, 2018

IK UNO synth controls a Ploytec PL2 synthesizer

Published on Sep 10, 2018 Ploytec

"There's a controller mapping template on allowing to use the IK Multimedia UNO synth to control the Ploytec πλ². With the PL2 editor software you can (firmware) update the file into the πλ² synthesizer and even use both synths at the same time."

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Ploytec ONE.2 MIDI Clock Tap Tempo Pedal

Published on Sep 5, 2018 Ploytec

"This USB powered MIDI Clock Pedal with 140cm cables can sync your sequencer, arpeggiator or synthesizer workstation via MIDI to your band. It's much more ergonomic compared to its predecessor, the 34oneII."

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Top Gear - Single Synth Tracks by Stef Animal

Use the skip forward & back controls on the right to play different tracks. The embed starts on track 4 for some reason.

This one is in via Greg Cole on The MATRIXSYNTH Lounge:

"I thought this might be of interest, a local talented musician made this album, each track made in a day 'using sounds from a different piece of cheap or unfashionable musical equipment'. Amiga, Casios including SK-1!, BBC Micro, a duck caller, simple waveform generator and many more. Stream and purchase here also:"

Note: Jaycar and Letron are new brands to the site. Never featured them before now. Enjoy.

1. Loading (Casio CA-100) 01:01
2. In the Pines (Casio SK-1) 03:29
3. Ducks (Cass Creek Electronic Waterfowl Call) 01:28
4. You Have Powers! (Casiotone MT-800) 02:40
5. Cave Story (Acorn BBC Micro) 00:52
6. The TGV (Roland U-220) 02:03
7. The Ghost (Jaycar Waveform Generator) 00:31
8. Adventure (Yamaha VSS-200) 02:01
9. The Golden Condor (Commodore Amiga 500) 02:17
10. Dragon Swirl (Ploytec PL2) 02:17
11. Owl (Roland MT-32) 02:12
12. The City (Yamaha TX81Z) 01:31
13. Running Music (Atari 2600) 00:46
14. End Credits (Letron MC-38) 02:18
15. Our Spanish Dream (Roland U-110) 03:56

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Yamaha VKB-100 Vocaloid Keyboard in English and German (Deutsch)

Published on Jun 7, 2018 Ploytec

"After we fell in love with it at Superbooth 2018, we got one from Japan. This is a first test if it can sing in German and English, and well, here's the result...."

Friday, May 04, 2018


PLOYTEC @SUPERBOOTH18 from HerrSchneider on Vimeo.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Superbooth 2017: Ploytec Pi L With DX-1 Controller

Published on Apr 21, 2017 sonicstate

"Spotted the Yamaha DX-1 hooked up to a bunch of MIDI bus powered Plytec Pi L Squared synths - had to stop..."

Tuesday, November 08, 2016


Published on Nov 2, 2016

"From 'Otopst' by Op top stop

8 layered tracks of a Ploytec PL2, Plogue Chipcrusher, and a bunch of LFOs..."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ploytec πλ² talks - Falconi "Dirty Dirty"

"The πλ² pl02.56 (SP0256-AL2 emulation) firmware takes all the vocals.

SE-1X (Bass)
SE-1X Red Eye (Lead 5ths)
Prophet '08 (phrasierter Step Sequencer Sound)
JX-3P (Pad)
Xpander (Brass)
PL 2 (Vocals)
ferner Symptohm (Lead), Lounge Lizzard (Rhodes) und Addicted Drums (Drums) als PlugIns"

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Ploytec PL2 Leukos at Superbooth 16

Published on Apr 2, 2016 Ask.Audio

"Ploytec PL2 Leukos at Superbooth 16"

Thursday, January 21, 2016

NAMM 2016 Dtronics Dirty Pi synthesizer ( Ploytec PL2 engine )

Published on Jan 21, 2016 Dtronicsmusic

"The Dirty pi synthesizer is a dirty mono/duo synth.
Based on the Ploytec PL2 chip, the Dirty Pi gives you full control over all the settings.

Come watch it at NAMM 2016 booth #5008 MODE MACHINES"

Dirty pi test 1

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

πλ² Ploytec PL2 mini synthesizer - The Seven Waveforms explained

Published on Nov 18, 2015 Ploytec

"In the video, Ploytec πλ² analog mini synthesizer's square wave synthesis is demonstrated. See how different sounds are shaped by using two separate pulse width control parameters."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rheyne - Live Jam #137

Published on Sep 29, 2015

"Live looping with Ableton Live. Recorded in one take with no pre-recorded loops or samples.

2x Novation Launchpads
2x iPads running Lemur
NI Komplete Kontrol 25 (drums)
NI Komplete Kontrol 61 (piano)
Fender Rhodes w/ MXR Wylde Overdrive
KMI 12-Step
KMI QuNexus (not used in this jam)
Ploytec PL2 (not used in this jam)
Roland System-1
Roland TR-8
DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter 3D
DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter Twister
iConnectivity iConnectMIDI 4+
PreSonus 1818VSL
MacBook Pro (early 2011)
Tascam DR-44WL
Yamaha MG06"

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

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