Showing posts with label Synth Trivia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Synth Trivia. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Sequential Circuits Prophet-10 Brochure–70s-Original Vintage Synthesizer Catalog

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via this auction

So, why is the perspective different compared to this one? Trick question. :) Thought it was interesting though.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Roland MKS-7 Super Quartet SN 672540US with Original Box

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via this auction

Kind of interesting these have US in the serial number. Did any other Roland synths do this?  The Juno-106 didn't as far as I can tell. Remember this for Synth Jeopardy.

"Roland MKS-7 synth module in EXCELLENT condition. I doubt there are many out there like this. Super clean module in perfect working order. Comes with original box, original manual, original sound chart and power cord. First owner, purchased new. Used sparingly in a smoke-free studio. Rack ears are also in excellent shape. For those who don't know, this is a multi-timbral unit: 3 parts incorporating Juno 106 sounds/architecture and 1 part with TR-707 drum sounds. Use in conjunction with a sound editor/controller to create a multi-timbral Juno 106 sound module! A hugely under-rated synth module."

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Moog Prodigy & Micro Moog Shared the Same Shipping Box

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SN 10586 via this auction.

Note the check boxes on the box for Moog Prodigy or Micro Moog. Also note the box also has Micro Moog with a space, not Micromoog like on the synth. And do not stack more than 7 high!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Keith McMillen QuNexus Smart Sensor Keyboard Controller

On Kickstarter - be sure to watch this video in full for some Synth Trivia: Keith McMillen was the man behind the Oberheim OB-Mx & Echoplex digital pro.

"QuNexus is a controller that everyone can have fun with. 25 vividly illuminated, touch-sensitive keys invite the beginner to explore, and provide valuable performance feedback for the professional.

Smart Sensor keys detect pressure, location, and velocity giving you unprecedented musical control.

Great for beginners and educators
Together with popular software apps, beginners can learn to play quickly and easily with QuNexus’ game-like blue and white glowing keys, creating a fun and interactive learning experience. Now anyone can play the piano.

Pro functionality
QuNexus is the first keyboard controller to unite four generations of synthesis: MIDI, Control Voltage, OSC and USB.

25 Smart Sensor Keys detect Pressure, Location, and Velocity
Polyphonic Aftertouch
7 Octave range
Pitch Bend Pad
2 CV/Gate Inputs
Gate and 3 CV Outputs (16-bit)
Blue and White LED Illumination with 16 levels of brightness
Portable: 14 oz, 3.5" x 10" x .5 "
Plug and Play: USB powered, no drivers needed
MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux

QuNexus is fully designed and prototyped. We are reaching out to you on Kickstarter to help us raise the funds for tooling and production.

Last year we successfully funded QuNeo on Kickstarter, raising more than $165,000 on our way to becoming the most funded music technology project in Kickstarter history at the time. In a poll taken after our project fulfillment, 94% of our backers said they would participate in another KMI Kickstarter project. Since the conclusion of our project QuNeo has continued its success, and we are very excited to launch our newest project, QuNexus..." Additional details on Kickstarter here.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

electro-music 2012

"The electro-music festival, known as the "Woodstock of electronic music," is the world's premiere event for experimental electronic music. Now in it's eighth year, this year's gathering features three mind-bending days of innovative electronic music concerts, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, jam sessions, video art, a laptop battle, and a swap-meet. Action starts at 1pm on Friday, September 7 and runs until midnight on September 9. Musical activities will be running continuously throughout the three days of the festival.

electro-music 2012 takes place at the Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York. On-site lodging and meals are available. Tickets range from $35 for a single day to $385 for a 3-day pass including meals and lodging.

More information, including a complete schedule of events can be found on the web site at: You may also contact us at

A wide variety of instruments and musical styles will be represented, ranging from theremin to analog modular synthesizers to home made devices, from classic space music and ambient to abstract electronica, glitch, electro-pop and beat-oriented music.

The following artists will be performing:

Sunday, January 08, 2012

SergeDUSG1.AVI [Serge / CGS Universal Slope Generators]

YouTube Uploaded by dolphinicus on Jan 8, 2012

"This is a short vid. showing off my 2 x Serge / CGS Universal Slope Generators that I'd just completed yesterday. Thankfully, Serge Tcherepnin who had started Serge Modular Synthesizers in 1973, has licensed a few of his modules to the wonderful Ken Stone - owner of CGS Synths, so that he may produce PCBs of some of Serge Tcherepnin's wonderful modules.
The Serge USG is capable of operating as an Attack/Decay EG; Attack/Sustain/Release EG; LFO; VCLFO; VCO; VCF; Envelope Follower; Pitch Tracker; Slew Genereator (Portamento) as well as allowing the Rising and Falling wave shapes to change linearly or logarithmically.
In my 20+ years of working with and building modular synthesizers, I have never seen anyone else create a module as powerful, as this one.
I hope you enjoy the couple of fiddly bits that I've done with the 2 of them in this 9 minute video. As always, there'll be more coming! :D"

Friday, January 06, 2012

New York School of Synthesis - Intro to Synthesis

Intro to Synthesis Part 1 - The Building Blocks of Sound & Synthesis

YouTube Uploaded by matrixsynth on Jan 4, 2012
Videos for parts 2 and 3 further below.

Update2: Dean also wrote The Complete Guide to Synthesizers, Sequencers & Drum Machines (on Amazon here).

Update: Details on how to get your own New York School of Synthesis T-shirt here!

Also see: The Yamaha DX7 II FD D Video Manual by The N.Y. School of Synthesis

Dean Friedman of New York School of Synthesis back in the day. This is a great intro to sound synthesis. Currently Dean is an indie recording artist with a slew of international chart hits and critically acclaimed albums to his credit. You can see what he's currently up to on his website and his YouTube channel

I want to thank Dean Friedman for giving me the permission to put these up and swissdoc for sending them.

Dean Friedman on Wikipedia - be sure to see his full bio for his musical accomplishments. The following is just a portion pertaining to his book on synthesis, the "New York School of Synthesis", and this video:

"In 1985, Friedman produced a seminal work on the newly emerging synthesizer industry called Complete Guide to Synthesizers, Sequencers, and Drum Machines. Whilst dated, this tome is still of use in evaluating devices that crop up on the second-hand market. Friedman also set up the "New York School of Synthesis" and provided a series of videos entitled Intro to Synthesis'. Friedman presents the rudiments of this topic in an audio-visual format, whilst incorporating a unique sense of humor." Note the videos must be from 1988 or later as they reference the Korg M1. Thanks goes to Caixa in the comments for catching this.

You can find Dean's website here:

Synth Trivia: At the end of the video the credits mention the synths were provided by The Music Connection in Happinger Falls, N.Y. I did a quick search on them and nothing came up.

Note: I added a link to this post in both the Synth Books and Synth Movies sections. There's actually two copies of Complete Guide to Synthesizers, Sequencers, and Drum Machines on Amazon [link] at the time of this post.

Intro to Synthesis Part 2 - Types of Synthesis & Programming Examples

Intro to Synthesis Part 3 - Additional Synth Features, Performance Controls & Wrap Up

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

NAMM: New Moog MINITAUR Coming to NAMM?

[Update: video, higher res pics & press release added below.]
via Matt on The MATRIXSYNTH Lounge via The Syntheszier Sympathizer.

"Not much to say here. Just found out through the forums... should be properly announced at NAMM. Rumored price: $600. Let's hope-- This could mean a Moog for almost every producer!"

And NAMM begins...

Update: details via Pro Star Audio:

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Fuse TV at Moogfest 2011

YouTube Uploaded by moogfest on Jan 3, 2012

"'Hoppus On Music' gets Moogy! Check out the Moogfest 2011 recap courtesy of Fuse TV."

Update: Synth Trivia: STG Wave Folder at 2:15.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

AKAI MPC 2500 LIMITED ED #358 OF 500

via this auction

A little trivia: the style of knobs goes all the way back to the original Akai S612 sampler.  Different in color, but the same in style.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Detachment Three Engineering Archangel 1.0 Teaser

YouTube Uploaded by det3synth on Dec 10, 2011

"Quick teaser of Archangel prototype "Sacrificial Lamb" (#1) using 1.0 firmware. Quick bit of trivia: We use names for all of our prototypes instead of numbers, and the first prototype of any product we develop is called "Sacrificial Lamb".

Shipping in early 2012!"

Thursday, November 17, 2011

MFOS Sound Lab Mini-Synth Mark II Presentation

YouTube Uploaded by theraywilsonshow on Nov 17, 2011
Synth Trivia: Note Ray Wilson pronounces MFOS M-Fos and not M F O S at the start.
"The Sound Lab Mini-Synth Mark II is a great unit for gigs and/or for the studio and you'll never grow tired of the myriad of sounds the unit can produce. Make your music, sound scapes and/or movie sound tracks stand out with authentic vintage analog synth sounds. Put a Sound Lab Mini-Synth Mark II to work for you today."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Midisyncer - Boston Music Hack Day project

YouTube Uploaded by syntheticbits on Nov 8, 2011

"Demonstration of my hack from Boston Music Hack Day, held Nov 5-6 2011 at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, MA. The project was an iOS app that lets you sync a drum machine or groovebox to a song on your iPhone/iPod. It uses Echo Nest song analysis data to get the beat patterns of the song you pick, then uses iOS CoreMIDI to send out a MIDI clock based on that pattern that can be synced to."

Synth Trivia: syntheticbits is the man behind Funk Box and Little MIDI Machine for iOS.

BI created a Synth Trivia label starting with this point. Not sure if it will go anywhere, but there it is. If you catch any posts, old or new, that you think should get the label feel free to comment in that post or shoot me an email.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

sampling6 - New Fairlight Video

YouTube Uploaded by FairlightInstruments on Jul 13, 2011

Zero views on YouTube at the time of this post. :)

Update: new video:

Monday, July 04, 2011

RL Music Now Touch Digital Controllers Releases ImpOSCar Controller

"RL Music has been operating for 10 years as a specialist vintage synthesizer dealership and also a dealer for these amazing companies; Buchla, Mellotron, MacBeth, Kenton and Metasonix. Together, with Kent Spong of KSR - the restoration specialists, we have been able to breath life back into thousands of rare and valuable vintage instruments and work in a business that has represented a passion for us for over 35 years.

Through the work we have been involved in we have met many people around our small planet and the whole experience has been nothing short of wonderful. We would like to thank everyone for their support, custom and friendship.

Times have changed for everyone around the world in the last couple of years and we needed to move with them so it has been necessary to scale down the RL Music and KSR businesses to concentrate on an exciting new direction. The 'old' businesses still exist within Kent and I of course but it's time to move on...and move on we have.

With effect from today - the 4th July 2011, we have great pleasure in announcing the launch of our new business:

Touch Digital Controllers Ltd.

Touch Digital Controllers is a music instrument manufacturer and we launch with our first product - the impOSCar2 Controller. We have developed this hand-crafted, and quite unique instrument, working in association with the world-renown music software company - GForce Software Ltd. Many of you will know GForce for their stunning virtual analogue instruments: Minimonsta, M-Tron Pro, Oddity, Virtual String Machine and the impOSCar.

Our impOSCar2 Controller launch coincides with the GForce launch of their eagerly awaited release of the impOSC2 Software Instrument, full details of which can be found here:

If you would like to know more about our new venture, and why we are so excited to tell the world about it, then please visit our new website:

Our website will tell you all about our new company, our philosophy. why we are making the impOSCar2 Controller and why its so important to us and, we believe to musicians also.

We have a dedicated Facebook page and twitter feed which you can easily find through the Touch Digital website so you are warmly invited to join us. You are also most welcome to email me back for more information or just call me for a chat.

Thank you for your time reading this announcement, we know how busy everyone is these days, but if you have a spare moment then please take a look at what’s been keeping us busy for the last 8 months - we think you will like what you see!"

Update: some trivia for the archives and synth history: CustomSynth helped out and did the graphics for the control panels.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein

YouTube Uploaded by joneps on Feb 19, 2006
ARP 2600 with remote keyboard as keytar.
"Feel ROCK's majesty condensed into 10 short minutes."

Fun bit of synth trivia via Richard Lainhart: "In 1973, for the week of May 26, the Number 1 Billboard Single in the US was Edgar Winter's 'Frankenstein'"

video previously posted in 2007 here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


via this auction

"A must-have for the Simmons aficionado. An amazing document of the iconic electronic drum maker - tons of great photos, trivia and facts about the company that revolutionized electronic percussion. Covers the glory years - the beginning through the development of the SDX."

Monday, May 09, 2011

Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers in Studio

Click the image for the super size shot. You'll see a giant E-Mu modular, Serge, Moog, Roland, Modcan, Metasonix and more. See if you can spot the EML Poly-Box and EMS Synthi Hi-Fli.

P.S.: If you check out "Kind Words On MATRIXSYNTH" you will see a quote from Tom. He was one of the first people to compliment the site.

This one in via Jeff of CustomSynth

Thursday, May 05, 2011

MAM MB33 MKII w.Dist vs. Korg Electribe ES-1 = ACID

YouTube ploaded by sequencerzone on May 5, 2011
Trivia: The man that made the MB33 made the new Schmidt poly analog monster synth which debuted at the Musikemesse this year.
"MAM MB33 MKII spits some Acid.
Pattern set with the ES-1 for Roland emulation with some Tr505 drums ."

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Arturia Moog Modular V Sounds - Mushroom Moog

YouTube via KidNepro | Mar 1, 2011 |

"Kid Nepro Arturia Moog Modular V Collection. A cool mix of 100 new virtual analog patches that will spice up your Arturia Moog Modular V.

More info at:"

Fun trivia: I remember Kid Nepro from the back pages of Keyboard Magazine before the Internet as we know existed. If you go to their site you will see they've been around since 1984.

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

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