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Friday, May 17, 2024

System 55 - Sequencer as Waveshaper

video upload by O.Z. Hall

"This video looks at using a sequencer, running at audio rates, as a waveshaper. Some sequencers, like the MOOG 960 have a voltage controlled oscillator for a clock. A keyboard control voltage (or another sequencer) can be used to control the clock. Other sequencers require an external VCO to clock them with a reliable pitch control."

0:00 - Intro
1:30 - The Double Deka Ultrasonic VCO
4:40 - The Q960 Sequencer from
5:57 - The KLEE Sequencer
7:44 - The Behringer 960 Sequencer
10:47 - Conclusion and closing jam

Latest Moog Spectravox Demos

video uploads by Moog Music

Moog Music

You can find the first two videos in the series here, and additional Spectravox posts here.


1. Spectravox | Sculptable Synthesizer Voice
"In this video we explore how to use Spectravox as a standalone synthesizer voice.

We begin by configuring Spectravox for keyboard control – patching the Keyboard CV output of Grandmother to the 1V/OCT input on Spectravox and the Keyboard Gate output of Grandmother to the Trigger input on Spectravox. Playing Spectravox this way gives us a unique analog synthesizer voice where the ten filters and Spectral Shift controls allow us to sculpt the sound of Spectravox’s Voltage Controlled Oscillator. We look at using these controls alongside the LFO for both traditional lowpass and hipass filtering as well as unique notch filtering, comb filtering, and phasing effects. Lastly, we look at using the LFO and the VCA input to create tremolo effects."
Spectravox | Filter Pings and Analog Physical Modeling
In this video we explore how to ping the filters of Spectravox to turn it into an analog physical modeling instrument and create percussive wooden sounds like marimbas or xylophones. By replacing the carrier input to Spectravox’s filter bank with a gate or envelope instead of audio and turning the resonance of the filter up, we can ping all ten filters and mix their levels for creating struck percussion sounds. In this video we first turn the VCA mode ON and then patch the Gate output of Grandmother to the Trigger input of Spectravox to use Grandmother to trigger Spectravox’s envelope generator. Patching the EG output to the Program input gives us level control of the envelope, and finally patching the Program output to the Carrier input inserts our decay-only envelope directly into the audio input of the filter bank. Later, we connect the Keyboard CV output of Grandmother to the Shift CV input on Spectravox to move all ten filters for melodic control of the filter bank.
2. Spectravox | Recreating Moogerfooger Effects for Guitar
In this video we explore how to use Spectravox to process guitar and look at recreating some of the Moogerfooger effects pedals with it.

We begin by using the Program section and its preamplifier to bring a guitar signal up to Eurorack levels for processing, and then connect the Program section output to the filter bank’s Carrier input. Here is how to recreate or simulate some of the Moogerfoogers:

MF-103 Phaser – use the filter bank as a comb filter and modulate it with the LFO for resonant phaser tones.
MF-101 Lowpass Filter – use only filter 1 (lowpass filter) and the Program Envelope Follower to get enveloped filtering. Switch to one of the bandpass filters for auto-wah effects.
MF-102 Ring Modulator – modulate the VCA CV with the LFO for tremolo effects and push the LFO to audio-rate for ring modulator-esque amplitude modulation. Explore amplitude modulation of each filter band respectively via their CV inputs
MF-105 MuRF – send an external sequence (from DFAM, Grandmother, or any sequencer) to the Shift input for sequenced resonant filter bank movement. Modulate each filter band individually with independent envelopes for even more MuRF-like behavior.

Spectravox is an open-ended signal processor, so use these as starting points and explore the myriad of unclassifiable effects Spectravox is capable of.
3. Spectravox | Emulating a Vintage Drum Machine
Embark on an exploration of Spectravox's capabilities as we delve into the intricate art of crafting vintage drum machine sounds with a contemporary flair. 🎛️💥 Join us in a meticulous fusion of Spectravox and rhythmic sequencers, aimed at resurrecting the beloved beats reminiscent of the 1970s and the nostalgic rhythms of vintage organs.

Unveil the methodology behind sculpting the quintessential drum machine foundation through the mastery of Spectravox's Carrier section. Our comprehensive tutorial will meticulously guide you through the synchronization of rhythmic sequences sourced from esteemed trigger sequencers such as ALM’s Pamela’s New Workout. Witness the transformation of Spectravox's ten bands into a symphony of dynamic kick drums, crisply resonant snares, and timeless wood block accents. Additionally, unlock the intricate craftsmanship involved in crafting hi-hats by toggling the Bands 9 & 10 switch to Hiss mode.

However, our journey merely scratches the surface of Spectravox's boundless potential. Delve into the realm of nuanced control with Spectravox's intuitive panel controls, where each knob adjustment opens doors to a myriad of sonic possibilities. For those craving to push the boundaries of sonic innovation, we offer insights into seamlessly integrating external control voltages, thus offering a gateway to unparalleled rhythmic experiences.

NanoSeq-9 Retro 8 Bit Sequencer Synth Demos

video upload by TroniCraft Instruments

"The NanoSeq-9 is a digital sequencer synth that creates spacey, 8 bit chip music retro LoFi sounds. Created in the style of Circuit Bending, LoFi the NanoSeq-9 can produce retro 80's chip sounds & deep bass beats. Includes photocell sensors for Light Theremin functionality.
The NanoSeq-9 Is on Ebay:"

NanoSeq-9 Sequencer Synth Demo Part 2 Playing Retro 8 Bit Sounds & Beats.

video upload by TroniCraft Instruments

"This is part 2 of the NanoSeq-9 Sequencer where some sounds and rhythmic beats are demonstrated. It uses 2 photocell sensors for manipulating sounds like a Theremin (moving your hand over the sensors).

There is a very cool sounding low pass filter (LPF) for creating spacey, modulated effects.

See the Tronicraft lable below for more.

Thursday, May 16, 2024


video upload by Arman Bohn

"In this GREAT CONJUNCTION walkthrough, I stumble through the CUSTOM INSTRUMENT pages. Detailed changes to the YM2413 sound engine can be made in here. The MODULATOR & CARRIER have many parameters available to tailer the 2-op engine to your liking.

Feel free to ask for clarification in the comments. A spider dropped on my head and I lost my focus for a bit."

Spectravox | Traditional Vocoding & Vocoder Processing

video upload by Moog Music

"In this video we explore how to use Spectravox in Vocoder mode to process vocals.
We begin by hooking up a dynamic microphone (in this case the Shure SM58) to the program input and adjusting the preamplifier gain to an appropriate level. This allows us to create classic analog vocoder sounds with our voice and Spectravox’s internal carrier oscillator and white noise generator. We next look at how to use the program envelope follower and an attenuator to increase the intelligibility of Spectravox and capture the dynamics of our voice. Finally, we connect Matriarch to the carrier input of Spectravox to be able to vocode chords and polyphonic material with our voice."

Spectravox | Vocoder Processing

video upload by

video upload by Moog Music

"In this video we explore how to use Spectravox in Vocoder mode to vocode a drum machine.

By using a drum machine (in this video the Roland TR-606) in place of a microphone as the program input to a vocoder, we can map the rhythmic and tonal information of that drum machine on to Spectravox’s carrier oscillator and white noise generator. Spectravox’s Spectral Shift function allows you to move all of the filters up and down while resonance will impart more colorful and metallic tones. In this video we look further at how to use the filter bank patch bay to rearrange the envelope follower outputs and control voltage inputs of the two filter banks inside Spectravox to scramble the frequency spectrum. We also look at how all those inputs and outputs can be combined with the additional patch points on Spectravox for creative and interesting modulation."

GForce impOSCar3 Walkthrough

video upload by GForce Software

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

the Modern Easel unscripted

video upload by Joel Davel

"My informal look at the Modern Music Easel: what's new and why. (Skip to 3:23 if you want to skip my introductory improv). As I was waiting for an opportunity to make a quality video going over the new case and the EMBIO, I grew impatient and just threw the iPhone up and strung together these videos. I hope it's informative and entertaining."

Erbe-Verb Lasers | Make Noise

video upload by

"Lasers... with Erbe-Verb."

Percussa XMX - powerful new eurorack module in a smaller form factor, and lower price.

video upload by TheTechnobear

You can find the announcement post here.

"In this video we look at the new eurorack module from Percussa,
the new little brother/sister to their powerful SSP.
coming in a smaller form factor, thats lighter on your wallet.

what can it do? ... why am I so excited about it :) "

0:00 Intro
0:54 Hardware overview
2:44 Software
2:53 Percussa Synthor
3:25 Trax Overview
4:34 Trax Walkthru
5:43 Track and module view
6:55 Performance parameters
8:43 Midi learn
11:00 How to patch?
11:20 Load, Save, Init presets
12:00 Create a patch, loading a module
13:30 Connecting module to jack inputs
14:22 load another module
14:45 connecting its inputs and outputs
16:53 Summing up

Stranger Things main theme: how to sound design the main arp sound with the OB-6

video upload by EthanJamesMusic

EthanJamesMusic OB-6 videos

"This sound design tutorial will teach you how to approach the main theme of Stanger Things. The sound is a simple combination of a pulse wave with a sub oscillator to create the arpeggio.

The Sequential Circuits OB-6 can do a respectable job of coming close to the sound, because of the SEM filter that is borrowed from the original Oberheim that was used in the main theme.

Analog synthesizers have found a way back into film music, which has led to a lot of rich experimentation of what these instruments are capable of. I think my main takeaway is the heavy use of envelope, and setting the filter modulation much lower than a normal synth pluck would require. Also, having a really dry sound mixed in with lots of ambience really cuts through in a way that creates a strong effect.

I hope you learn something from this tutorial, and it gives you some ideas to try out! Please let me know if there are any questions, or if anyone knows what instrument was used on the film. I would guess a Minimoog or similar."

Mental Clutter by Bay Mud - All Novation Circuit Album

And a video by Bay Mud on working with the Circuit for this release:

Key features for making an entire sample-based electronic EP on the Novation Circuit Rhythm

video upload by Bay Mud

"I recently made an entire 5 song electronic EP on the Novation Circuit Rhythm and wanted to share some of the best features that made that easier."

00:00 - Intro
00:36 - Project organization
04:40 - Sample slicing workflow
08:23 - Sample flipping
11:11 - Pattern settings
15:20 - Resampling workflow
20:30 - Scenes
22:58 - Chaining projects
27:14 - Final thoughts

The future of EXPRESSIVE analog synths is HERE

video upload by Anthony Marinelli Music

"I've been waiting 50 years to experience analog synthesizers responding intuitively and immediately to pitch, timbre and volume changes from the slightest movements of my fingers on a keyboard! In this video, you'll see and hear unprecedented control of one of the most extreme patches I've ever made. It incudes (4) Vintage ARP 2600's synthesizers and (1) Vintage 1969 Moog IIIc modular synthesizer playing all at once in unison mode or where each modular synth is playing a separate voice in the chord. I've never heard my favorite all-time analog synths sounding so musical, so different and just so good!

To accomplish this task, we are using 5 channels of Haken Audio CVC (Control Voltage Converter) to receive MPE messages from an Expressive E Osmose and also from a Haken Audio Continuum. These state of the art MIDI controllers are able to understand the players most subtle finger movements and immediately translate those messages to the CVC. Without any perceivable latency, the CVC can then send 4 independent control voltages to alter any parameter in real-time on any one of the synths being used as a voice.

My special guest, Osmose and Continuum expert performer Josh Madoff demonstrates all the features on both of these keyboards by playing musical examples. I'll be explaining what's going on, playing some duets with Josh and also providing an in-depth breakdown of the patches on each synth. I'm optimistic that we'l be seeing controllers n the near future delivering higher and higher levels of artistic experiences for performers. Please enjoy the this presentation and let us know what you think in the comments section. Thank you for your support, it means everything to us!

00:00 Anthony's Intro
00:41 Osmose Musical Example
01:11 Set Up (4) ARP 2600s (1) Moog IIIc
01:43 About the Osmose
03:05 About the Continuum
05:25 Musical Examples playing (4) ARP 2600s (1) Moog IIIc from Osmose
10:04 Our Experience Performing with Continuous Control Voltage
13:22 Sostenuto Pedal
15:22 Anthony Plays with a lot of Resonance
16:35 Musical Example - Osmose MPE Arpeggiator
18:23 Musical Example - EaganMatrix Sound Engine & Vintage Analog Modular
22:30 The Control Signals Osmose, Continuum & Haken CVC
25:17 Type of Control & Articulations
27:50 The Synth Patch on the Moog Modular IIIc
31:55 The Synth Patch on the ARP 2600s
34:36 RECAP of Control Voltage Signals Going to the Analog Synths
36:35 Controlling Each Synth Voice from the Keyboard
38:00 Anthony's Summary
38:25 CTA, Thank you
38:49 Logo (theme music)"

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

OXI ONE Tutorial - How to Activate the Updated LOOPER in FW 4.0

video upload by OXI Instruments

"Welcome to this OXI One Tutorial, where we'll explore the updated looper feature. This tool is not only easy to use but also incredibly practical and creative for music production.

The loop feature is independent for each of the four sequencers and can be used in performative scenes or when you want to zero in on a section when writing music. Great for building up breakdowns and drops; try it in your next jam."

Stranger Things Theme: OB-6 sound design tutorial: How to make the synth bass

video upload by EthanJamesMusic

EthanJamesMusic OB-6 videos

"This is a sound design tutorial for how to approach the main theme of Stanger Things. The sound is a dirty chorus synth bass that is achieved by detuning the oscillators, as opposed to using a chorus effect..

The Sequential Circuits OB-6 can do a respectable job of coming close to the sound, because of the SEM filter that is borrowed from the original Oberheim that was used in the main theme.

Analog synthesizers have found a way back into film music, which has led to a lot of rich experimentation of what these instruments are capable of. I think my main takeaway is the heavy use of envelope, and setting the filter modulation much lower than a normal synth pluck would require. Also, having a really dry sound mixed in with lots of ambience really cuts through in a way that creates a strong effect.

I hope you learn something from this tutorial, and it gives you some ideas to try out! Please let me know if there are any questions, or if anyone knows what instrument was used on the film. I would guess a Minimoog or similar."

Cherry Audio Announces the Rebirth of the Long-Awaited Chroma Synthesizer


1. Cherry Audio | Chroma Synthesizer

2. Cherry Audio | Chroma Classics Preset Pack
Chroma Classics Preset Pack for Chroma features an additional 100 phenomenal presets by Cherry Audio's Director of Sound Design, James Terris, blending vintage tones with a contemporary feel.
3. Cherry Audio | The Story of Chroma
"Dive into the captivating history of the Rhodes Chroma synthesizer with "The Story of Chroma," a documentary that traces its revolutionary path from the final days of ARP Instruments to its celebrated release by Rhodes in 1982. This compelling video brings to life the innovative spirit of the Chroma through the firsthand accounts of those who stood at the forefront of its creation. Hear from Dr. Tom Rhea, a renowned electronic music historian, Michael Brigida, a dedicated ARP and Rhodes product specialist, and Mary Lock, the esteemed service manager for both companies, as they recount the synthesizer's development, challenges, and triumphs. Featuring exclusive interviews and insights, this documentary not only explores the technical breakthroughs and musical possibilities the Chroma introduced but also celebrates its enduring legacy and the recent resurgence through Cherry Audio’s efforts. Witness the story of a musical marvel that continues to inspire innovation and creativity in the world of music.

Produced by Daniel Keller
Editing and graphics by Mal Meehan
Music by James Terris"
4. Cherry Audio | Introduction to Chroma Synthesizer
Synth designer Mitchell Sigman of Cherry Audio introduces Chroma, Cherry Audio's virtual instrument that emulates the 1982 Rhodes Chroma polyphonic analog synthesizer and its Expander unit.

Online User Guide at

0:10 Introduction
1:18 User Interface Basics
4:44 Voice Architecture and Patch Configuration
9:43 The Chroma Arpeggiator
11:37 Sweep Generators (the LFOs)
17:02 Envelope Generators
19:46 Chroma CPU Usage
Cherry Audio Chroma User Videos

1. Cherry Audio Chroma: A demo + tutorial of an elusive analog synth - CatSynth TV - Patreon
We take a deep dive into Cherry Audio's new Chroma, a meticulous recreation of the legendary and elusive Rhodes Chroma. It was a polyphonic analog synthesizer that came with some unique features, notably the ability to reconfigure the signal path among its oscillators, filters, and VCAs, opening up a wider range of sound possibilities. Cherry Audio's version combines these features with a modern user interface that allows direct manipulation of the parameters (unlike the original with a single data slider), and adds a full-featured effects section. We go over the expansive feature set of this instrument, showing you how each feature works and how to use them to make your own sounds.

00:00 Introduction
00:27 History of the Chroma synthesizer
01:38 Presenting the Cherry Audio Chroma
02:39 Oscillator features
06:56 Filter features
11:17 VCA features
12:42 Dual Layers configuration
16:49 Dual Layers + Oscillator Sync
18:47 Dual Layers + Ring Modulation
21:13 Filter FM
23:54 Parallel Filters
26:09 Parallel Filters + Oscillator Sync
27:04 Series Filters
31:44 Effects section
32:38 Factory Presets
39:41 Conclusion
2. Cherry Audio Chroma Expander Sounds of Chaos Beauty Virtual Synthesizer - Rik Marston Official - AhnyxianSoundDesign

3. Cherry Audio Chroma Expander Sounds of Light & Darkness Virtual Synthesizer VST - Rik Marston Official - AhnyxianSoundDesign

Press release follows:

May 14, 2024: Cherry Audio is excited to unveil Chroma, a groundbreaking virtual instrument that brings the legendary sounds of the 1982 Rhodes Chroma into the digital age.

Ratio & Frequency Division | Schlappy Patching


"Episode 9 for Schlappy Patching!
Today I'll show you two ways you can make melodic sequences without the use of a quantizer. First the Ratio sequencing with the Three Body and sub-harmonic division with Boundary.

Have fun watching!"

Erica Synths x Richie Hawtin Introduce the Bullfrog XL

video upload by Erica Synths

Updated version of the Bullfrog. You can see find previous posts featuring the original design here including supporting member Quincas Moreira's original Bullfrog Video Manual here.

"Created by Erica Synths & Richie Hawtin, Bullfrog is an educational electronic music instrument designed to captivate and inspire both youth and professionals alike. Bullfrog invites you to unlock musicality while combining the thrill of electronic music production with a comprehensive learning experience.

Bullfrog XL is designed specifically for teachers to use in front of the classroom and it expands the concept of the regular Bullfrog by inflating its size by a factor of 3 (literally!).


Fully analog design
Highly accurate voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) that tracks great over 8 octaves
Manually adjustable and voltage controlled waveshapes – sine-shark fin and pulse wave with pulse width modulation (PWM)
Zener diode-based noise generator
Resonant lowpass voltage controlled filter (VCF)
Voltage controlled amplifier (VCA) with adjustable offset
Delay effect with adjustable delay time and feedback amount
Two looping attack-sustain-release envelope generators (EG)
Sample & Hold circuit with an individual clock
Slew processor with adjustable slew time
Two buffered splitter circuits
Two channel oscilloscope
6.3 mm jack sockets
Manual gate button
Gate and Trigger out
Voice card slot
Built in speakers
DIN5 MIDI input
USB connector
Keyhole slots on the rear panel
Dimensions (mm): 820x505x65 (250 with the side panels)
Mass: 8,3 kg

Monday, May 13, 2024

PlayFader by Play All Day - 2 Channel CV & MIDI Performance Sequencer

video upload by MATTHS

"Time to have some serious fun with the Play All Day PlayFader. A 2 Channel CV & MIDI Performance Sequencer that provides new opportunities for performance and sequencing, seamlessly merging them into a single workflow. A device that connects to pretty much anything on stage, studio or laptop!



3 ways of creating SWING in MODULAR

video upload by Omri Cohen

00:00 - Introduction
00:13 - Easy \ Dedicated modules
04:06 - Fun \ LFO Sync
08:30 - Complicated \ Flip Flop

"The patches from this video, and from many other videos, are available on my Patreon page."

The last Eurorack sequencer you might ever buy: DROID Moto Kit Demo

video upload by mylarmelodies

"Imagine you could buy an uber-hands-on 4-track performance sequencer with haptic motorised faders, but you could modify or totally redesign how it works - as your interests change? The "DROID Moto Kit" (running the included Motor Fader Performer Sequencer patch) is that thing. It's 'done', and powerful...AND it can be changed. In this video I'll introduce the DROID system, explain basic track creation 5:41, and then jam from 14:57 onwards.

Thanks for Der Mann mit Der Maschine for hiring me to demo the Moto Kit. Given that this was designed by someone who actually plays live, you might expect that my next step is to try this as my live case sequencer."

00:00 What is Droid & The Moto Kit?!
03:12 Sequencer Intro/Overview
05:41 Let's Make a Track!
14:57 Jams: Meet the Quartet
18:27 Electro Aceed O'Clock
20:41 Electro Variation
23:26 Forlorn Acid
26:49 Stinson Acid
33:54 Endless Noodles
35:02 AFX Bass
36:17 Accumulator Jam
39:33 Arpeggiator Explained
43:06 Compose Mode Jam
45:30 Octave Shifting Melodies
49:04 Divided and Multiplied Melodies
51:33 Reprise Funk
53:36 Kosmiche Arpeggiator Jam

Update: press release and pics follow.


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