MATRIXSYNTH: Updates


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Friday, March 01, 2024

SynthEast 2024 Walkthrough 360


video upload by Molten Music Technology

"A walk through the Norwich Arts Centre during the Synth East event on Saturday, the 24th of February, 2024."

Synth East 2024 Highlights


"Synth East was a fantastic weekend of synths, modular and music with great company in the best community you could find. Held in Norwich from the 23rd to the 25th of February, here is what you missed."

https://syntheast.com/

Update: additional videos:

Synth East 2024 All-Star Patch-off


"Take six modular performers, randomly pick out pairs and then force them to improvise a jam for fifteen minutes. Only available at Synth East.

Featuring:
Jason Jervis
Nina Richards
Robin Vincent
Gaz Williams
Mylar Melodies
Steve Davis"

Synth East 2024 - Mylar Melodies, Robin Vincent and Gaz Williams - "The Influencers"


"A live improvised 30-minute jam from modular performers Mylar Melodies, Robin Vincent and Gaz Williams as part of the Synth East event at the Norwich Arts Centre on 24th February 2024. Steve called us 'The Influencers' - I'm not sure about that but we do seem to cost people money with our inspirational modular musings."

Monday, February 26, 2024

Best synth Rif ever


video upload by Kayla F

Update: this appears to be a Luke Million video. I wasn't able to find the full clip, but found this short with it:

Best synth Riff demo ever Arp, Korg, Sequential Circuits

video upload by Luke Million

If anyone knows the full video, feel free to comment and I will update this post with it.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

New Moog Keyboard Synth Spotted at Usher's Super Bowl Halftime Show?



via Andrew Huang:

"Did you catch the mystery synth in Usher's Super Bowl halftime show? Well...I've got it in my studio now. Thanks Moog Music for giving me some early play time with it. Excited to share more when it launches - I think people are gonna flip over this!"

Update: two screen shots of the setup below. All of the gear appears to be clad in white.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Sequential Take 5/ CLASSIC Synths & Pads


video upload by Arty Party

"Sequential Take 5 - CLASSIC Synths & Pads it's a soundset that includes versatile sounds for different styles like Pop, Soul, R&B, Funk and others. The Mod Wheel adds different characteristics to the sounds, it is more noticeable in some patches. "

Update: info on the soundset via Synth Cloud:

▬▬▬ Download Link ▬▬▬▬
🚀 CLASSIC SYNTHS & PADS: https://www.synthonia.com/marketplace...
🚀 SEQUENTIAL TAKE 5 SOUND BANK: https://www.synthonia.com/marketplace...

"Classic Synths & Pads for Sequential Take 5 it's a sound set that includes versatile sounds for different styles like Pop, Soul, R&B, Funk and others. The Mod Wheel adds different characteristics to the sounds, it is more noticeable in some patches... 32 new sounds!"

Friday, February 02, 2024

MC-202 & Light Pedal


video upload by Stazma

"Support on Patreon to get samples from this session: https://www.patreon.com/join/stazma

Just a repetitive drony ambient jam with my MC-202 and Light Pedal.

Have fun it's #202day !

Update:

MC-202 Analogue Solutions Mod


"Today I'll be going more into the depth of how my modded MC-202 work. I was not able to find any real info on this 'Analogue Solutions Mod' I have on my unit, but in case anyone is curious I'll get throught most of the ins and outs and play some music using these. It's going to be fun!"

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Quad Multimode Filter & Morphing Scanner Bank // Atlas by Vostok Instruments


video upload by DivKid

"I really love the approach of Vostok Instruments where they’re building out modules that not only sound great, but that offer multiple channels of the same functions. In modular you often need more, and not particularly more variety, but more of the same functions to push creativity and deeper levels of patching.

Atlas is a set of 4 multimode filters (low pass, high pass, band pass), with clever normalisations, dual modulation inputs per channel, a ‘classic synths of Japan in the 80s’ inspired sound PLUS you get an interpolating scanner bank that will morph between the four filter outputs. It’s an impressive thing that’s been a delight to play and patch with.

As always I hope the video provides you patches to explore Atlas and other filters and functions in your own systems."

Update: new video from Stazma:

Atlas Eurorack Module Demo | Gear Talk w/ Vostok Instruments

video upload by Stazma

00:00 Intro
01:14 Module Overview
04:46 Scan section
07:39 My first patch with Atlas
08:11 Four voice poly synth patch
11:23 Funky Bass & vowels
14:01 Ping it!
14:54 Stereo patch
17:17 Ambient w/ Torso T-1
18:14 Drum machine patch
21:34 End talk



Mini press release follows:

"Atlas is the latest addition to our range of multi-channel modules, a fully analog, four-channel multimode filter.

The cores are a modern approach to the gain-cell-based filters included in many of the classic Japanese synths of the 80s, with a vastly improved dynamic range, a super-accurate resonance compensation circuit, and a clean self-oscillation. It is perfect for recreating iconic TR-drum sounds by pinging the filters with fast envelopes or triggers.

In addition to the four filters, the module counts with a dedicated Interpolating Scanning Circuit that morphs between all the filter outputs to create new shapes and timbres."

User Manual

Additional details via Vostok Instruments:

When we talk about the sound signature of synths, filters are probably one of the first topics appearing.

On Atlas, we dive into the sound of the 80s Japanese classics with four gain-cell-based multimode filters that keep the silky and creamy sound of those legendary machines along with some technical improvements like a better noise floor, an accurate resonance compensation, and a daisy-chain input implementation that makes some patching techniques like parallel filtering a lot easier.

The filter cores have been carefully designed and tweaked to be pristine without losing character. With three filter modes available per channel, 4p-LP, 2p-HP, and 4p-BP, Atlas can cover almost any filtering technique, from superb filter sweeps to multi-slope resonant patches.

Thanks to its precise resonance circuit, each core creates a clean sine wave when self-oscillating. Excite the inputs with fast trigger or gate signals, and you will get TR-like drum sounds, from deep kickdrums to nice toms and congas.

In addition, the module counts with a CV-controlled Interpolating Scanner circuit that morphs softly between each filter output, creating new shapes and timbres as it fades between the channels.

Features
Four analog multimode, gain-cell-based VCF circuits.
Three modes per channel: 4p-LP, 2p-HP, and 4p-BP.
Resonance compensation circuit.
Daisy-chained audio and Freq inputs.
Secondary CV input, selectable between Frequency or Resonance.
CV-controlled Interpolating Scanner circuit.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

KORG Reveals Upcoming PS-3300 FS



Update: I'm hearing the PS-3300 will be available in late 2024, built-to-order, for an etimated price of $13,000.

KORG is bringing out a full-size reissue of the PS-3300. Details follow.

The PS-3300 FS is a full-scale reissue of the original Korg PS-3300, a legendary and ultra-rare synthesizer designed by legendary Korg engineer Fumio Mieda and produced by Korg in very limited numbers from 1977 to 1981.

The PS-3300 FS reissue marks a new milestone in synth history, and the latest achievement by the same Korg engineering team that brought back iconic machines such as the MS-20, ARP ODYSSEY, miniKORG 700 FS and ARP 2600.

“Bringing back to life these legendary machines is not only a process of reproducing circuits and sounds, but also of learning and embracing the essence of the philosophy and development of synthesizers.

Through this project I was able to relive the history of Korg and a critical moment in the evolution of our synthesizers. This was an extremely valuable experience that provided an opportunity for Korg's philosophy and technology to be carried on to future generations.”

- Yoshihito Yamada, Chief Engineer of Korg Analog Synthesizers

Key features
49 keys / 49 voice analog polyphony (the original model had 48 keys / voices)

3 Layers: The PS-3300 consists of three synthesizer units (PSU-3301) and a mixer & utility section (PSU-3302)

Three independent oscillators, plus multiple filters, envelopes and amplifiers for every note on its keyboard, for a total of 147 synth voices of raw analog power

Microtuning knob x12 on each PSU-3301 unit

New panel memory function (16 programs per bank and 16 banks = 256 slots)

Modernised for contemporary music use with the inclusion of USB / MIDI jacks, and a dedicated librarian app for easy preset management

Semi-modular

3-Band Resonator: Three frequency bands can be emphasised, a feature unique to the PS-3300 (original was a Cadmium sulfide circuit, but it was replaced with modern components for safety and to comply with regulations)

Keyboard unit (PS-3010) included

You can find an audio demo on KORG's website here.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Introducing Incus Iteritas Alia and the return of Cursus and Ataraxic to the Alia platform


video upload by Noise Engineering

Update:

Incus Iteritas Alia FM-based wave-mangling additive voice from Noise Engineering

video upload by Noise Engineering

"Incus Iteritas Alia is available now: https://bit.ly/4b0koJW

Incus Iteritas Alia smashes big and bold sounds into your patches. Incus started as a percussion voice, and was smelted into something even wilder: create kicks for any genre, snares, and metallic hits, or go melodic and create FM plucks, analog-style basslines, and so much more. Incus uses a combination of waveshaping, saturation, wavefolding, FM, and additive synthesis, plus a slew of internal modulation, all behind easy-to-use parameters perfect for jamming.

0:00 Overview 1:00 Panel and Controls 4:41 Patch: Rolling in the Low 5:12 Driving Kicks 5:40 FM Plucks 6:06 Incus and Basimilus 6:34 Effects Palette 7:04 Alia platform Incus uses FM, additive synthesis, and a variety of distortion and waveshaping techniques to create its sounds. Both FM and additive synthesis can be quite complex, but Incus uses a simple set of controls to keep things straightforward."

Press release follows:

"Los Angeles, CA — Modular synthesizer company Noise Engineering, known for their innovative Eurorack modules, has announced three additions to their Alia oscillator platform: Ataraxic Iteritas Alia, Cursus Iteritas Alia, and Incus Iteritas Alia.

In 2023, Noise Engineering released the 10HP Alia platform, marking the return of their Iteritas oscillators. Alia launched with the famed Basimilus Iteritas firmware, along with Manis Iteritas and the new Debel Iteritas, but the team promised firmwares in the near future.

Now, Noise Engineering has delivered, doubling the number of firmwares available for Alia. Cursus Iteritas Alia and Ataraxic Iteritas Alia are revamped versions of the originals, promising to sound nearly identical to the originals with improved encoder tuning, a suboscillator output, and a performable Hold button. Incus Iteritas Alia is an all-new voice based around wavemorphing additive FM, designed for percussive and melodic sound design.

Since Alia is an oscillator platform, owners of existing Alias can try out all three of the new firmwares on their modules. Firmware is 100% free and swappable at any time from the Noise Engineering Customer Portal. With six firmwares now available for the platform, the Alia is an excellent choice for those who want an incredibly diverse yet compact sound source in their system. Swappable overlays for all firmwares are also available from the Noise Engineering webshop and retailers around the world.

The new Incus Iteritas Alia is an exciting addition to the lineup, utilizing Noise Engineering’s favorite synthesis tricks and techniques to create a new voice boasting a massive range of timbres. Sounds are created with a combination of additive, wavemorphing, and FM synthesis, with three different algorithms all controlled by an internal dynamics envelope. Users familiar with the Basimilus will find that Incus has a similar workflow, and while it can synthesize the best parts of a drum kit, it’s also well-suited to bass and melodic duties.

As usual for their platforms, all of the new firmwares are available as paneled modules, so customers can choose the panel they prefer. Ataraxic Iteritas Alia, Cursus Iteritas Alia, and Incus Iteritas Alia are available now at https://noiseengineering.us and at retailers globally.

Availability and pricing:
Ataraxic Iteritas Alia, Cursus Iteritas Alia, and Incus Iteritas Alia: In stock in black and silver.
Shipping from Noise Engineering and retailers starting January 18th, 2024; MSRP US$385" [check with the dealers on the right for availability]



Details on Incus Iteritas Alia

Priced at $385

Wavemangling FM percussion and instrument voice.

Incus Iteritas Alia smashes big and bold sounds into your patches. Incus started as a percussion voice, and was smelted into something even wilder: create kicks for any genre, snares, and metallic hits, or go melodic and create FM plucks, analog-style basslines, and so much more. Incus uses a combination of waveshaping, saturation, wavefolding, FM, and additive synthesis, plus a slew of internal modulation, all behind easy-to-use parameters perfect for jamming.

Incus Iteritas Alia is available on our 10HP Alia oscillator platform. Buy an Alia module and use the included USB cable to connect to the Noise Engineering Customer Portal and check out any other Alia firmware, free of charge, any time. More info can be found on the World of Alia page here. Hotswappable overlays are also available, so you can easily panel your module to match your firmware, no assembly required.

https://bit.ly/4b0koJW

The Wave Transformer // EarthQuaker's Boldest Device Yet ( & it isn't even a pedal)


video upload by Jorb

"I love a lot about this module.

Its a rock solid oscillator, which yes there are a ton of them, but this needs to be if its gonna compete. And the waveshaping from the transform circuit gives it enough of its own character to stand out.

I think its priced competitively, it does all the things other up-market "standard" oscillators do (built-in attenuators for modulation, hard and soft sync, built in sub) and it has so much of its own character.

If there's any downside, its kind of a lot of HP? But not really when you consider the sum of its parts. On all fronts, we got a banger.

0:00 Intro
2:19 Oscillator Section Starts
4:40 Transform Circuit
9:58 More Complex Transform Inputs
12:08 Introducing a 2nd Oscillator
17:00 Syncing to 2nd Oscillator
20:19 Surprise Techno Break
21:37 Really Specific Soft Sync Patch
23:37 Brief MPC demonstration
25:18 Conclusions"

See Perfect Circuit on the right.

Update: DivKid video added:

Complex Morphing VCO, Subs, FM & more // The Wave Transformer by Earthquaker Devices (Eurorack Demo)
video upload by DivKid

"Well this was a surprise! Earthquaker Devices (makers of fine pedal FX) making a Eurorack oscillator. Yes they made the Afterneath module, but as that was a modular version of a pedal I didn't expect they come guns glazing with a big, bold VCO!

I first saw The Wave Transformer by Earthquaker Devices at Knobcon, where they brought it along for an early look and sat playing with it at the show I knew they were onto something that sounded great. Well now it's released here we are with a demo.

The Wave Transformer is a 20HP Eurorack oscillator, it's analog, with onboard complex, transforming wave shaping, sub generators with unique shapes, FM, sync, LOTS of precise tuning control and options to wave shape external sources, saturate audio and track subs from your other oscillators. I've had lots of fun with this one!"

*TIMING INDEX // CHAPTERS*
00:00 Hello & patch rreviews
01:36 Feature run down
04:04 Novel transform/complex circuit
06:37 Complex transforms & Shape Insert-ing waves
08:48 Thick & rich PWM + bulbous stereo sub bass
10:58 Weird & wonderful audio rate PWM
13:14 Harmonic Gate / VCA - turning it into a full voice
14:55 Shifting tearing sub textures
16:15 Hard sync & how to make it act like a filter
17:56 Soft sync - classic sync tones under modulation
20:36 Exploring linear & exponential FM
23:02 Kick drum transformed - from classy saturation to glitchy fuzz
25:13 Cosmic FSU with death mangled guitars & subs
26:36 Sub accents - what are they and a simple way to add them
28:08 Harmonic shifting subs for external oscillators



"The Wave Transformer
Eurorack Transfiguration Oscillator
$199.00

The Wave Transformer is an analog, vintage-voiced, voltage-controlled oscillator with over 8 octaves of accurate pitch tracking. It has 7 simultaneous wave outputs, including a unique Complex output.

The Transform control morphs from a basic waveform through many strange iterations into a complex, gnarled mass of audio mutations at the Complex output. You can yield countless variations on these permutations by combining this novel circuit with Hard Sync, Soft Sync, Linear FM and Exponential FM. Additionally, you can mute the source waveform to use the circuit as a harmonic gate/VCA, rendering The Wave Transformer a voice unto itself. If that is not enough, there is a Shape Insert that allows you to transform external oscillations and modular-level audio sources."

Check with dealers on the right for availability.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Arturia MiniFreak "Vintage Keys Deluxe" Sound Bank


video upload by Luke Million

Update: accidentally had the wrong video for this post. Fixed it and moved it back up.

"I've created 50 Brand New Patches for you to load into your Arturia MiniFreak V and MiniFreak Synthesizer. Covering Basses, Leads, Pads, Polysynths & SFX.

Inspired by the sounds of my vintage synthesizers like the Oberheim OB8, Sequential Prophet 5, Moog Multimoog, Roland Jupiter 4 and many more.

Harnessing the flexibility and power of the various Sound Engines contained within the MiniFreak, I'm really loving what this little beast can produce!

Vintage Keys Deluxe is now available for purchase from my website

https://www.lukemillion.com/product-p...

0:00 - Intro
0:39 - Basses
4:13 - Leads
8:51 - Pads
13:00 - Poly Synths
17:02 - SFX"

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Loopstyler, sequencer (live recording mode)


video upload by Gecho Loopsynth

"This is a quick intro into how the sequencer works. There are two modes, this is the first (default) one, where track starts running and then note events are added in real time (as opposed to step sequencing, where you enter all notes and rests one by one)."

Update:

Loopstyler, sequencer (step sequencing mode)


"The sequencer can also work in step sequencing mode, where you enter all notes and rests one by one (as opposed to live recording, where the track runs and events are added in real time). This demo only shows the very basic functionality, but there is more: you can enter multiple events at the same position, to create chords or combine samples. Also you can navigate back and forth and fix incorrectly entered notes. And these two modes can be used alternatively in one song, to help recording each track in the most suitable way, for example step sequencing for drums and live recording for leads."

Friday, January 05, 2024

NONO Modular / Major Tom: Polyrhythmic Performance Sequencer


video uploads by NONO MODULAR

Update: pic of the NONO in a throwback, retro-styled, wooden drum machine case added below.



Currently on Kickstarter here

Press release follows:

Major Tom is a eurorack sequencer designed for percussive synthesis in eurorack modular context.
Technically it is a 4 track cv-gate sequencer (expandable up to 12 tracks with expanders modules) and with some unique features focused on rhythmic and polyrhythmic aspects.

In 1972, EKO COMPUTERHYTHM introduced the first programmable drum machine to the market and invented the 16 STEP writing, which would become a standard for all subsequent programmable drum machines and step sequencer and has remained unchanged until now.

50 years later, NONO MODULAR with his Major Tom, introduces a small but fundamental modification to this standard, that allows for easily creating more complex and groovier rhythms without losing the ease and immediacy of the classic system, thus expanding the possibilities we have had so far with hardware sequencers.

MAJOR TOM presents itself as a classic 16-step CV/gate sequencer but also implements triplet steps in parallel (the outer orbits of the 16-step circle), making it the only hardware step sequencer to offer this possibility and, above all, in such an immediate way.

It is a 4-track Eurorack CV/gate sequencer (expandable up to 12 tracks with 2-channel expansions) with a focus on writing rhythmic and polyrhythmic parts and on treating the width, length, and fragmentation of the gate for each step.

All these features are extremely useful for creating more dynamic rhythms, easily creating burst effects, rolls, ratcheting, and for precise work on percussive synthesis in the Eurorack modular context (for example, working with ping/ring techniques with low-pass gates and filters of West Coast systems or stimulating delays and resonators).

A quantized CV for each track allows you to tune or modulate your patches.
Of course, the sequencer also allows you to work with drum modules and create classic melodic sequences like any other CV/gate sequencer.

ROUND COLOR DISPLAY
A large round display allows you to keep track of everything that happens. For clarity, each track has its own color (white, yellow, blue, red, and white and green for expansions).

There are very few submenus in this sequencer, which presents itself with a very analog and "one button, one function" philosophy that helps with orientation and provides great immediacy in live performances.

Underneath what you see directly with your eyes, there are only quantization and clock dividing parameters, sequence group saving banks that are saved directly on microSD (to facilitate export, management, and backup), and various copy/paste/freeze tricks that are essential for both fast programming and performance/variation.

EXPANSIONS
Each expansion adds two channels with all their respective controls and allows for expanding the sequencer tracks according to the need, up to 12 total channels tops, connecting by 4 expansions.

Expandability is not the only advantage of this structure because, in addition to expanding the available channels, it allows us to keep the project open and develop other types of expansions with different characteristics and different controls to meet other needs.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

• 4 CV/Gate tracks (expandable up to 12 with expansions)
• 16-step sequencer with the addition of triplet steps (total of 24 steps)
• 4 independent parameters per step, adjustable via dedicated button and encoder (3 for gate and 1 for CV)
• LEVEL (gate amplitude, from 0V to 10V)
• LENGTH (gate length, from a very short trigger of 1% of the gate to a full gate step)
• SPACER/FRAGMENTER (gate fragmentation up to 10 parts and application of dynamic masks to the impulse group, such as increasing, decreasing, linear, random, alternating, etc.)
• CV (Quantized voltage in different scales)

A large part of the module is dedicated to sequence controls in order to have direct and immediate contact and maximum playability.

3 performance controls and a colored button for each track:
• LARGE VAR SWITCH KNOB with 10 positions switch where you can save 10 different sequences instantly switchable for use as variations.
• LAST STEP SWITCH KNOB, allowing independent change of the LAST STEP of the individual track from 16 STEPS to 1, easily creating polyrhythms.
• SHIFT KNOB to finely delay the entire sequence independently from others.
• COLORED BUTTON, colored button to select the track to program. Other functions are associated with this button such as pattern copy/paste and track reset.

Additional features include:
• Encoder for sequence speed
• Start/Stop button and Reset button (general reset and individual track resets in combination with the colored track button)
• CLOCK OUT and RESET OUT
• CLOCK IN, RESET IN, and CV IN
• MAJOR TOM is 42HP, expander IS 14HP , DEPTH is 3,5cm
• MEMORY: hundreads and hundreads of “LIVE SCENE” can be saved and reorganized on SD (LIVE SCENE is the set of 10 patterns saved in the large knob of each of the tracks)

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Oberheim Two Voice System

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"Oberheim Two Voice System with mini sequencer. It has been fully refurbished at great expense ($1,300 total) with a few mods that make it easy to integrate in a modern setup. The mini sequencer is clockable from an external clock by connecting it at the back and lifting the clock rotary button. The two SEM voices are also controllable separately by CV/gate connections at the back. Finally, a regular IEC Prong is replacing the old one for ease of use with any standard prong cable.

Fully restored by SynthCity in Chicago for a new bill of health, it sounds amazing, and I am only letting it go because I got my Four Voice back from service. Great cosmetic condition for a close to 50 year old synth. The Rolex has a few scratches here and there. They are visible on the pictures I provided. Of note, one of the 4 rubber feet is missing."

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Demon Seed - Noise Apocalypse


video upload by circuitbenders.co.uk

"Every year we make a pedal to donate to the raffle prize fund for the local Christmas Covers Southsea gig, where various idiots play ridiculous cover versions to raise money for Rowans Hospice and Music Fusion. This year its the Demon Seed!

The circuitbenders.co.uk Demon Seed is a fuzz / distortion / frequency shifting / 8-bit / lo-fi / filth pedal that makes noise in industrial quantities more than sufficient to made deaf people weep.
It utilises the Holtek HT8950 voice changer chip that was designed specifically for use in toy robot voice changer megaphones. The HT8950 converts the analogue guitar signal to 8-bit digital, applies 6 selectable types of frequency shifting or a weird robot arpeggio effect, and then converts the digital signal back to analogue again.
Before someone points it out, yes this pedal was to some degree inspired by the excellent Death By Audio 'Robot' pedal, but with the addition of several features that the HT8950 chip offers but the Robot pedal doesn't use. The Robot is the original HT8950 pedal. All hail Death By Audio!

This demo was recorded using just the Demon Seed pedal and and a clean amp simulator. You'll have to forgive the inability to play the guitar.

We may well have some of these available in the new year."

Saturday, December 16, 2023

Shakmat Battering Ram: Demo


video upload by Shakmat

"The Battering Ram is a bass drum synthesizer based on an original design by Marc Nostromo. This module offers precise control over various parameters, including decay, tuning, depth, click amount, and drive. These controls have been thoughtfully mapped to provide sweet spots at every combination of potentiometer settings. The drive section can seamlessly transition between two distinct wave-shaping modes, ranging from smooth drive/compression to hard-clipping distortion for core music lovers. For smooth modular integration, there's an additional output that mirrors the amplitude envelope or its inverted shape.

The module also boasts other convenient features, such as storing and recalling potentiometer settings, a 3-pole high-pass filter, and the option to use gates instead of triggers. Despite its compact size, the Battering Ram delivers a diverse range of bass drum sounds, from long sub-bass drums to aggressive techno kicks.


CHAPTERS
---------------------------------------------------
0:00 Intro
0:20 Sonic Insights
1:47 Basics
6:45 Level & Velocity
9:06 Envelope Out
11:10 Gate Mode
12:52 HiPass Filter
13:30 Store & Recall
14:52 Select Bus
16:46 Advanced Parameters"

Friday, December 15, 2023

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field Update


video upload by teenage engineering

"introducing a new effect for OP–1 field: terminal. a bit crusher effect that lets you travel seamlessly through the bit and sample rate ages. use the soothing anti-aliasing filter to get just the right amount of lo-fi goodness. we’ve also added a new feature: merge drop. now you can drop all your lifted takes onto the active track so you can continue building your song, forever."



via Teenage Engineering

new fx: terminal introducing a new effect for OP-1 field: terminal. a bit crusher effect with an anti-aliasing filter to get just the right amount of lo-fi goodness.

new teature: merge drop we've also added a new feature: merge drop. drop all your lifted takes onto the active track with one key command (shift + drop) - freeing up tracks to keep building your song.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

ARTURIA V Collection X | Reference Instruments For Music Makers


video upload by Arturia

Playthrough | V Collection X | ARTURIA

video upload by Arturia

"Follow Matt Paul as he explores the entirely new and rebuilt titles in V Collection X; from the timeless lead & bass tones of Mini V and iconic stage sound of CP-70, to the innovative composition textures of Augmented WOODWINDS and gravelly funk keys of Wurli V. Don't forget, long-awaited hybrid synths and augmented sounds have also been added to V Collection X."

Update: new videos above from Arturia.

Arturia V Collection X | No Talking | #Vcollection #vcollectionX #arturiavcollectionX

video upload by DKS SYNTH LAB

Arturia CP-70 V - a detailed demo and tutorial of a classic piano

video upload by CatSynth TV

"We explore the CP-70 V, a new instrument from Arturia released as part of V Collection X. It's a recreation of Yamaha's classic CP-70 electro-acoustic piano that combined customized piano strings and hammer action with piezoelectric pickups, a pre-amp, and other electronic processing. It's compact size made it a "portable piano" and a popular instrument for touring artists in the 1970s and beyond.

We go over the CP-70 V's features, including the main panel that recreates the look and feel of the original, the advanced panel that allows finer control over the acoustic and electric aspects of the instrument, the effects panel, and some factory presets.

To find out more, please visit arturia.com

00:00 Introduction
00:25 History of the Yamaha CP-70
01:17 Overview of the Arturia CP-70 V
02:32 The main panel
04:44 The advanced panel
10:30 Controlling timbre, pre-amp, and microphone with macros and MIDI
12:50 The FX panel
21:09 Factory presets
24:29 Conclusion"



via Arturia

"Introducing V Collection X: Reference instruments for music makers

V collection X is a premium suite of software instruments for unparalleled sonic exploration; from evocative emulations and hybrid synth engines, to authentically modeled keyboards and beautifully captured acoustic sounds.

It is the most expansive and feature-dense suite yet, combining timeless sonic craft and expert engineering with cutting-edge enhancements that seamlessly integrate with demanding production workflows - for endless inspiration, vivid composition and boundless play.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Error Instruments Introduces The Passive Operator - One-of-a-Kind Passive Drum Synthesizer


video uploads by errorinstruments paul tas

Update: explanation video added to the start of the playlist above.

"The Passive Operator is a one-of-a-kind drum synthesizer that operates without the need for an external power supply. Instead, it relies on triggers, gates, and Control Voltage (CV) signals, making it compatible with Eurorack modular systems or standalone setups. Developed as part of the Tropical Noise platform, this drum synthesizer offers experimental sounds and a truly unique sonic experience. In this article, we will explore the features and capabilities of the Passive Operator, highlighting its design, functionality, and the potential for creative sound manipulation.

1. Design and Construction:
The Passive Operator is housed in a sturdy bricky format box made of solid aluminum. Its robust construction ensures durability and reliability, making it suitable for both studio and live performances. The device features different compartments, each serving a specific purpose in shaping the sound.

2. Input Compartments:
The Passive Operator boasts two input compartments, labeled "WTF in 2x." These inputs are located on the left side of the device and accept CV, gate, trigger, and even audio signals. The sensitivity of these inputs allows for precise control and modulation, enabling users to create intricate rhythmic patterns and dynamic soundscapes.

3. Mix Compartment:
The mix compartment serves as a central hub for signal routing. By connecting the mix output to the matrix, users can explore various combinations of triggers and CV signals, resulting in unique rhythms and tonal variations. The mix compartment enhances the versatility of the Passive Operator, allowing for seamless integration with other modular gear or audio equipment.

4. Patch Matrix in and Outputs:
The patch matrix provides multiple outputs for triggers and Control Voltage, expanding the creative possibilities of the Passive Operator. Users can experiment with different patching configurations, both internally within the matrix and externally to other jacks. Additionally, the matrix offers control over the potential meters, enabling users to fine-tune their sound by finding sweet spots and manipulating the tonal characteristics.

5. Customization and Expansion:
One notable feature of the Passive Operator is its ability to accommodate electronica compartments. This unique design aspect allows users to swap out compartments, effectively changing the sound characteristics of the device. Furthermore, the addition of a touchpad offers an alternative control method, enabling users to interact with the synthesizer using their fingers, adding a tactile and expressive dimension to their performances.

Conclusion:
The Passive Operator is a remarkable drum synthesizer that defies convention by operating without the need for external power. Its unique design, experimental sounds, and versatile functionality make it a standout option for musicians and sound enthusiasts. The combination of triggers, gates, and Control Voltage signals opens up a world of creative possibilities, allowing users to sculpt their own unique rhythms and tones. With its solid aluminum construction, intuitive interface, and the potential for customization and expansion, the Passive Operator is a must-have tool for those seeking to push the boundaries of electronic music production. Watch the demonstration video to see the Passive Operator in action and discover the endless sonic possibilities it offers.

Remember to check out the Passive Operator and experience the innovative world of drum synthesis without the need for power supply limitations. More demo www.errorinstruments.con
Available from 15 December"

New Minifreak Firmware 2.0 - Wavetables, Super Unison and More!


video upload by Arturia

"Firmware 2.0 take your MiniFreak further with new ways to sculpt, accentuate and shape your sound. This update delivers a significant dose of new features and sonic possibilities for existing Mini Freak hardware and software users. With a new wavetable engine, Super Unison effect, Favourites Panel, LFO modulation and more."


video upload by Oscillator Sink

"Merry Minifreak 2.0 Firmware Day! In this video we'll be taking a look at the new features in this firmware including the new Wavetable oscillator type and Super Unison FX and building a patch using these new featrues.

Transparency Notice: Arturia kinda provided this unit to me for free for the purposes of making videos. They have not asked for, neither have they been given, any editorial oversight into the contents of this video.

Chapters:
00:00 Intro
00:54 Sound Store
01:46 New Effect - Super Unison
02:48 Super Unison - Controls
07:19 Super Unison - Sub Types
12:19 Super Unison - Compared to other FX
14:14 Mod Matrix Macros
17:25 LFO Waveshaper Improvements
20:24 Wavetable Oscillaor
20:35 Wavetable Oscillator - Caveats
21:42 Wavetable Oscillator - Controls
24:09 Selecting Wavetables
24:48 Auditioning the Wavetables
30:39 Building a patch with the new features
44:32 Outro"

MiniFreak V2 // Wavetables, Superunison. and other delights!

video upload by Starsky Carr

0:00 intro
0:58 Superunison
4:30 Wavetable Oscillator
10:40 LFO Shaper
12:45 Favourites Panel
14:01 Assigning Mod Matrix to Macros

Arturia Minifreak OS V2.0 Update! FREE UPDATE! | No Talking | #minifreak #minifreak2

video upload by DKS SYNTH LAB



_Introducing MiniFreak firmware 2.0 and MiniFreak V 2.0

MiniFreak update delivers a significant dose of new features and sonic possibilities for existing hardware and software users, with an expanded sonic palette, new FX and more.

Here’s what’s included:

New engine: Wavetable
Including 32 wavetables and 64 new patches to extend the raw potential of your sound, this update brings one of the most powerful engines to MiniFreak (available for Oscillator 1 only).

New FX: Super Unison
Transform a simple patch into a Supersaw monster with Super Unison FX. This chorus-type effect can stack up to 6 copies of a sound on top of a dry signal, for unmistakable width.

Enhanced Custom LFO Users can now decide if the LFO rate corresponds to a single step, or the entire Shaper curve, empowering you to create more nuanced, evolving, and expressive modulations.

A favorites panel for hardware user
Save up to 64 of your favorite presets and access them with ease. Enter the favorites panel by pressing shift + save, store a patch by pressing save + selecting a sequencer slot and recall a saved patch with a step button press.

New sound store for MiniFreak V
Software users can make the most of a brand new Sound Store with two paid banks with 64 patches and three free banks with 32 patches at launch.

And more
Minifreak update also comes with additional enhancements to Macro Edit mode for greater real-time control over modulation amounts. As well as Osc Freerun OFF, which now apply to Bass, Harm and SawX. Clock Send and Transport Send for hardware users, which can now be toggled on and off. Finally, you can now control the instrument volume with MIDI CC7"

Discover more

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Introducing Chipsynth C64


video uploads by Plogue Art et Technologie, Inc.

Playlist:

1. Introducing chipsynth C64 - "great overview of OPS7 from @tssf"
2. chipsynth C64 launch demo (PAL C64C capture)
"The great chipsynth C64 launch demo from 4mat!
Running on an ACTUAL PAL C64 and captured using a RetroTINK 2X-Pro and generic HDMI capture for video. Audio was captured using our reference M-Audio M-Track then manually resynched.

Code and Music: 4Mat
Graphics and concept: 4Mat and Plogue.
The actauly binary is shipped with the product, but should (and can) be spread outside no worry!
Enjoy!"
3. Exhausted dev noodles with the "EMU" tab in chipsynth C64.
As is now customary each time we release something, an exhausted David tries to show some of the product's feature candidly and without filter (pun indented)
Emulating the SID the HARD way.

video upload by plgDavid

"emulation SID 6581 8580
chipresearch episode 0x08

00:00 Intro
01:04 What's a SID?
01:56 "Fake SIDs" and sidbench
02:46 Reading OSC3/ENV3 registers
04:11 "Old" bank: Monitoring filter capacitor voltages
04:31 "New" bank: gigabytes of DC recordings per chip
06:20 Listening test preliminaries
07:23 Advanced SID Engine issues
08:11 QA Song Choice
10:21 The "Unicorn" R1
10:45 MDFourier C64 edition

Get chipsynth C64 here {SOON}

Listening test songs are a mix and match of PAL and NTSC speeds we know.
(our emulation can do both)

Tracks used:
chipsynth C64 - 4Mat.
From the official old-school C64 "chipsynth C64" demo from 4Mat"



via https://plogue.com/...

"The new reference for SID emulation

FASTLOAD chipsynth C64 into your music software and RUN the biggest, baddest sound of the 8-bit generation!

Put a tantalizing cascade of thick pulse width modulation, smashing digital drums, soaring arpeggios, and unidentifiable twerky groaning warbly dins under your giddy fingertips.

Skip over the need for obscure tools full of big columns of hexadecimal numbers, and instead load up your favorite music software with the easiest way to get the C64 sound. A vast preset library will fill your heart with an infinite tessellation of big tones that twist and turn and tumble.

Want to make patches with deep, unusual modulations hitting any parameter you can think of? Perhaps you want to modulate pulse width at audio rate? Do it all using our intuitive chipsynth graphical modulation system, which lets you do all of this without needing an engineering degree and easily join the culture of extremely animated sounds found in SID music!

CHIPSYNTH C64

Plogue chipsynth C64 brings forward the deepest SID sound chip emulation ever. The fruit of years of laborious research, it bears our legendary desire for emulation perfection. Real chips in the field vary wildly in sound - every slight deviation in silicon composition radically changes the character of the filter - and we went all out on capturing this.

We reproduced no less than 32 different SID chips in excruciating detail, covering the full rainbow spectrum of SIDs: every revision of 6581 and 8580 from R1 to R5, every tone from warm to bright to clean to distorted and gnarly.

This is a full, REAL emulator that can actually play original songs natively and accurately, with a full-featured SID file player capable of playing even exotic songs with multiple-SID setups, sample playback and hard filter overdrive.

They said it was all bleep bloops. But it's GOOD bleep and bloops! And we couldn’t be happier. And, as always, no samples are used, it's all true emulation!"
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