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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Introducing Vongon: Replay // Polyphonic Synth & Muti-Mode Arpeggiator

video upload by MAS Distro

Update: new demos added below.

"Join us as we embark on a sonic journey with Replay, a new polyphonic synthesizer and multi-mode arpeggiator from Vongon. First up we test its prowess in the realm of synthwave - spoiler alert: it excels! In the latter half, we delve into the interface and its versatile capabilities complete with an immersive sound exploration, unleashing the arpeggiator and tweaking various parameters for a mesmerizing experience. Video and music production crafted by DeadMidi.

Gear Used:
Vongon Replay Polyphonic Synth/Arpeggiator
Vongon Polyphrase Stereo Echo
Vongon Ultrasheer Stereo Pitch Vibrato & Reverb"

Vongon Replay!

video upload by Fireghosting

"Replay is a six-voice polyphonic synthesiser and a little window into synth heaven. Lush pads, tiny plinks, snappy arpeggios, warbling melodies, resonant filters with midi connectivity and a sleek web interface!"

Vongon Replay Virtual Analog Synth | Overview + Exploration

video upload by Sarah Belle Reid

"A demo and walkthrough of the new polysynth Replay, by Vongon. Replay is a 6-voice polyphonic synthesizer with a compact form factor that takes inspiration from classic poly synths from the 1980s, like the Roland Juno series + the Korg Polysix.

This video includes an overview of what Replay is and how it works, along with a number of sound examples demonstrating Replay on its own and in combination with FX pedals, to create a wide range of sounds from classic synth leads, pads, and arpeggios to more experimental textures and noisy sound worlds."

00:00 Intro
02:45 Replay Overview & Tour
17:03 Musical Demo
19:09 Filter Experiments on Replay
23:50 Exploring the Arpeggiator
28:00 Combining Replay with FX

Vongon Replay: This synth rules!

video upload by Matt Lowery

"Today we take the beautiful Replay by Vongon out for a spin and also have a conversation about synthesis basics in honor of my five year synth-a-versary. Vongon really hit it out of the park with this instrument and--whether it's your first synth or your 10th-- there's a lot here to love."

VONGON REPLAY Polyphonic Synth & Arpeggiator | Can I write a synth-pop track with it?!

video upload by Ambient Endeavors

"Man, I just love gear that makes you approach writing differently. That reminds you how fun it can be to find new sounds and feels, explore new ways of composing. And today, the new Vongon Electronics REPLAY is doing that for me - a super fun, approachable, compact polyphonic synth and arpeggiator."

via Perfect Circuit

"The Replay is the first synthesizer offering from boutique pedal designers Vongon, offering a six-voice virtual analog sound engine with multi-mode arpeggiator. Inspired by beloved keyboard synths of the early 80s like the Roland Juno and Korg Polysix, the Replay faithfully delivers warm and lush vintage timbres in a compact package that drips with modern aesthetics and utility. In Replay, Vongon has struck an impressive balance between scope of features, user experience, and overall sound quality. The result is an instrument that sounds wonderfully rich and nostalgia-laden, with an interface that is easy to understand - perfectly approachable for a beginning synthesist, yet deep enough to inspire veteran wigglers to explore the edges of its capabilities.

Replay's front panel is incredibly straightforward, with simple controls for its primary functions conveniently accessible. Additional options are selected via the "secret menu" alt functions. At the heart of Replay's sound engine are multiple selectable waveforms for its primary oscillator, with ramp, square, triangle, and sine modes. Noise amount, pulse width modulation, and LFO pitch modulation offer further timbral manipulations before passing to the four-pole, low-pass filter. Highly resonant and warm, the filter includes modulation depth controls from the primary envelope, keyboard tracking, and the LFO. The VCA features options for maximum amplitude and modulation source. An organic and responsive ADSR envelope and the on-board LFO round out this straightforward voice, with flexible modulation routing options between the main controls and alt functions.

The multimode arpeggiator on the Replay opens up a variety of fun and engaging options for controlling the synthesizer voice. Latch and keyed modes, in addition to the three poly modes available on the alt functions, offer a variety of ways for creating snappy and spiraling arpeggios and fuzzy, morphing pads. Up/Down, order, and random modes provide further ways to organize pitch material. The alt functions allow the LFO to be clocked by the ARP speed, creating rhythmically modulated phrases that are a joy to get lost in.

All in all, the Vongon Replay delivers a premium virtual analog experience that feels streamlined and purpose-built for getting beautiful analog sounds quickly. With plenty of depth in sound color and just the right amount of tricks up its sleeve to keep you immersed in music making rather than menu diving, the Replay is sure to become a go-to instrument for lush pads and other classic synth timbres. Its physical design is beautifully simple, and the responsive feel of its Cherry MX keys invite playful interaction that is hard to put down. Of course, the Replay is a lovely source for running through Vongon pedals, creating an instant synthwave or soundtrack machine paired with an Ultrasheer or Polyphrase. If you're needing a straightforward synth with limitless sonic charm, the Vongon Replay is a wonderful choice.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Boredbrain Xcelon: Analog Eurorack Mixer Demo

video upload by Matt Lowery

"Today we're spending some time with the Boredbrain Xcelon, a six channel, stereo euro rack mixer. We'll do a quick tour and then a patch from scratch in order to get a feel for Xcelon's feature set and advantages."

00:00 Setup/Overview
07:00 Patch From Scratch

Monday, January 01, 2024

Make Noise Tape & Microsound Music Machine Patch From Scratch

video upload by Matt Lowery

"Hi.Over the past few months, I've gotten a lot of requests for a longform exploration of how I like to use the Tape and Microsound Music Machine for ambient music making.

This is less of a tutorial, more of a walkthrough.

Here is the case I'm using:"

Friday, July 14, 2023

teletype/just friends grid instrument played through chase bliss mood mk2

video upload by Matt Lowery

"I made my first teletype/just friends grid instrument, then played it through chase bliss mood mk2

I'm giddy with excitement today, because after studying the teletype grid ops for a couple of days, I was able to whip up my first playable instrument this morning before I'd finished my first cup of coffee. The ops are so powerful and accessible! I've never played a melody on an instrument that I coded before, so I wanted to share this video as a kind of mile marker. It's nothing fancy- just a row of faders that send note data to Just Friends over i2c and a giant button that sends triggers. The cool thing to me is that I had this very simple idea and was able to bring it forth into existence in about 15 minutes. That's a new and special feeling."

Saturday, January 28, 2023

DRADD, by Pladask Elektrisk

video upload by Matt Lowery

"DRADD is a eurorack module by Pladask Elektrisk. Come and listen. It's wonderful.

You can pick up a DRADD (as well as other neat instruments) at

00:00 Intro
00:38 Panel Tour
02:12 GRAIN Explanation
03:30 GRAIN Mini Jam
05:30 TDL Explanation
07:15 TDL Mini Jam
08:40 Tape Explanation
10:20 Tape Mini Jam
11:00 Big Jam Kickoff
11:44 Electric Guitar
15:39 Vocals (TDL)
19:45 Vocals (GRAIN)
26:17 Pulsar
33:02 Jasno
31:13 Deckard's Dream
35:42 Plumbutter"

DRADD is an experimental time-based audio processor for the eurorack system. The module can stretch, bend and invert time through granular synthesis, modified sample playback and tapped delay lines. Intended as a tool for adding synthetic and unnatural ambiance/coloration to your synth patches.

Saturday, January 07, 2023

Sound Study: Frippertronics with Novation Peak, Vongon Polyphrase, Chase Bliss Generation Loss Mk2

video upload by Matt Lowery

"An exploration of frippertronics style looping with the Vongon Polyphrase. Sound source is the Novation Peak, which is also being processed by the Chase Bliss Generation Loss Mk2.

This is one of those videos that started off as a short form idea and turned into a longer piece because, well--because I was having fun."

Thursday, January 05, 2023

How your synth would sound in the post-apocalypse [Fairfield Circuitry Roger That]

video upload by Jameson Nathan Jones

"Fairfield Circuitry sent me their new pedal, Roger That to check out, and it's really......something. After the initial shock and urge to burry it in my backyard wore off, I started to think of actual ways I could tame it. The results were surprising (hint: a Moog Matriarch always helps).

FREE Basics of Synthesis Workshop:

0:00 - initial excitement/surprise
0:50 - oh ok
1:48 - feature explanation and raw sounds
6:37 - today's setup
8:48 - taming it with Matriarch
10:38 - arps with bad reception
12:57 - stereo filter sweeps with bad reception
13:53 - pad swells with....well, you know"

Fairfield Circuitry Roger That

video upload by Matt Lowery

"An exploration of Fairfield Circuitry's newest release: Roger That. Roger That is a crazy little modulator/demodulator pedal that can be subtle or can tear a hole in the fabric of the universe.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: This demo gets pretty loud and will expose you to some intense upper-spectrum audio. Please listen at a safe and reasonable volume and take breaks if needed."

See the dealers on the right for availability.

"Fully embracing sputtery and bizarre artifacts, Fairfield Circuitry's Roger That is a distortion pedal inspired by FM radio transmitters and receivers—and all of the noise that comes along with them. The core of Roger That is a simple JFET preamp, but by then including an FM modulator and demodulator circuit, the pedal becomes an interactive sonic playground with a wide range of sounds to be uncovered in every corner. The basic controls include Dry and Wet levels, Drive for the preamp circuit, and a Tune control for dialing in the FM character. Roger That is highly responsive to audio input, so different sources will yield very different results. For more variety you can explore Shift to destablize the tracking of Tune, select between two different Tuning ranges via the R switch, or apply a bandpass filter with F. Tune also features a CV input to be externally controlled by modular synthesizers or other control voltage sources. Get into the noisier side of life with Fairfield's Roger That.


Distortion pedal inspired by FM radio
Dry and Wet signal level controls
Drive for JFET preamp
Tune control sweeps through frequencies of internal FM modulator/demodulator scheme
Shift modifies the accuracy of tuning
Extended Tune range available via R switch
Voice filter applied with F—bandpass filter from 300Hz-3kHz
CV input for Tune"

Monday, November 07, 2022

Sound Sample: Loudest Warning Sing To Me (instrumental drone)

video upload by Matt Lowery

"Hi friends! Today I’m here with a pretty simple, short video showcasing the Loudest Warning Sing to Me panel. It’s a beautiful instrument, and combines a pair of Buchla 258’s with a small selection of serge modules in a single panel. The truth is, this was a video I captured as an Instagram post, but I was having such a nice time that 1 minute turned into 8 minutes pretty quickly! I remember when I was researching this format, there wasn’t a ton of content or sound samples of Sing To Me, so I figured I’d toss this out for posterity. A touch of reverb and delay were added in post. Have a great day."

Note this is the first post to feature a demo of the panel. One was listed for sale back in Nov here.

Some info & pics via Loudest Warning

"There are quite a few version of this around, some have different names.

258 VCO -> Triple Wave Shaper implementation: Above the 258 VCO’s is a Serge Triple Wave Shaper, normally this has three sections, but on panels with the above design the left hand shaper is one section, the right hand is two sections in series with VC 1 input tied to both of teh two sections simultaneously – configuration:

Bonus mixer between SSG and DTG: This is a simple unity gain mixer with two inputs and one output. On the other side of the DTG (between it and the Dual VCA) are two more outputs which might be labelled PEAK/TROUGH, MIN/MAX or AND/OR, these are all different names for the same thing, that is minimum / maximum outputs derived from the two inputs to the bonus mixer. Some mixers also have a Full Wave Rectifier output.

Most / all other modules are stock and info about use of these can be found on the internet, but here are some interesting things here:

Great information on Serge in general and the Wave Multipliers in particular!"

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Patch From Scratch! Qubit Nautilus, Mannequins Just Friends, Monome Teletype

video upload by Matt Lowery

"Hi, hello, good day. Here's a very chill video in which we create a fun generative sequencer with Teletype+Just Friends that is being clocked and processed by the Qubit Nautilus. It's awfully pleasant. I also drink tea, talk about Cormac McCarthy, and almost swallow the dynamic mic that I chose for this informal recording. What's not to love?

00:00 Intro
02:15 WTF Is Teletype?
10:14 Nautilus Overview
27:40 Cormac McCarthy Plug
30:42 Jam with no talking"

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Spitfire Audio and Present: Tape Synths

video upload by Matt Lowery

"What a beauty of an instrument! One of my favorite people/artists ( is teaming up with the absolute best in the sample instrument game (Spitfire Audio) to create Tape Synths. It's a remarkably beautiful collection of analog and digital synthesizers, processed through tape machines, modular, and more. It's a sample library just oozing taste, tone, and beauty.

00:00 Intro/Controls
02:12 ADSR controls
03:48 Pads
08:10 Keys
12:39 Arps
14:45 Presets"

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Float, by Old Blood Noise Endeavors

video upload by Matt Lowery

"Float is a stereo multimode filter by Old Blood Noise Endeavors. In this video, we briefly explore its features and controls, and then spend a fair amount of time running different instruments through the pedal.

00:00 Intro
01:00 What's a filter, anyway?
02:40 LFO control
03:15 LFO sync
03:40 LFO phase
05:20 with Lyra-8
06:10 Shoegazey Guitar (pt. 1)
06:54 with norns
08:53 with Plumbutter 2
10:20 with Soma Enner
12:18 Shoegazey Guitar (pt. 2)
14:30 with Brenso"


Turning our predilection for parallel signals toward the world of filters and widening out to full stereo, we are pleased to unveil OBNE’s first digitally-controlled-analog pedal.

Float boasts two independently controllable filters and copious capabilities for motion. Utilizing the two filters in tandem can create stereo movement, linked reactive elements, and modulations that approach harmonic tremolo and phaser, as well as classic filter sounds.

Float features:

Two independent filters, each with control over filter type, cutoff frequency, LFO rate, envelope sensitivity, LFO shape, resonance, and volume

True stereo, parallel mono, or series mono operation via top-mounted jacks

Min/max toggle for precise sculpting of LFO and envelope range

Sync toggle to link the LFO or envelope elements of Filter 1 to Filter 2

Expression jack to externally control Cutoff or Rate for each filter

Soft touch switching with true relay bypass

Hidden settings for LFO phase and envelope speed

Pedalboard friendly size

Requires at least 100mA 9VDC center negative power"

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

New Boredbrain Monitr, UniFX, and Xchangr Brief Introduction & User Demos

video upload by Boredbrain Music

"Three new eurorack modules focused on interconnectivity: Monitr, UniFX and Xchangr are briefly explained by Boredbrain's founder Adam Harding."

Boredbrain Music: Unifx, Exchangr, and Monitr overview and demo

video upload by Matt Lowery

"Today we're taking a look at three stellar modules by boredbrain music. We'll talk about the feature set of each, and look at some use cases as well.

00:00 Intro
00:45 unifx Overview and Uses
02:44 Feedback Looping
04:35 Processing Desktop Instruments
05:20 xchangr overview/uses
07:15 monitr overview"

The EASIEST way to start your Eurorack journey (Boredbrain Unifx, Xchangr, and Monitr)

video upload by Jameson Nathan Jones

"Eurorack modular can be a daunting thing to get into - both figuratively and literally. These three new modules from Boredbrain will make your transition into eurorack a smooth one, as they make sure your rack plays nice with all the gear you already own.

0:00 - why eurorack is hard to get into
0:55 - how I chose to begin the journey
1:25 - very professional explanation of output levels
1:53 - the solutions
2:42 - Unifx makes your pedals modular
3:25 - Unifx sound examples and CV control
5:13 - CV control for the Gamechanger Light Pedal
6:15 - creating feedback fx loops with Unifx
8:00 - Xchangr for noise-free stereo effects
9:45 - GR-1 granular goodness through Xchanger
10:51 - Monitr is a mixer/output and has VCAs
12:10 - putting the VCAs to work with Planar2
14:29 - a little about the eqx5 and why it's so cool
15:06 - have these organ samples for FREE
16:05 - all together now"



2-channel stereo VCA mixer with CV per channel
Master volume control and dual 5-segment VU meter
Headphone amp with level and 3-way selectable cue source
System mute switch for convenient output silencing
Low-noise balanced pro line-level outputs at +4 dBu



Single-channel effects loop with bi-directional level conversion
Routes eurorack thru pedals or instrument thru eurorack
Effects mix crossfader with CV input
Feedback capable and functional as VCA



Ultra-low noise buffered level scaling designed for stereo effects pedals
Two stereo sends with selectable -12/-18 dB attenuation
One stereo receive with selectable +12/+18 dB amplification
Functional as auxiliary line-level audio input and output

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Eyesy Video Synth + Buchla Easel Command: A Test Run

video upload by Matt Lowery

"I’m working on a reactive visual setup with the Eyesy Video Synthesizer, and this was a test run. It’s not perfect, and there are some things I’ve already tweaked. BUT, it is kind of fun, so I thought I’d share.

It’s a fairly simple setup. I’ve laid a sheet of semi-opaque acrylic on top of an old TV, and am running Eyesy into its HDMI port. I think I’ll try a projector next.

Sound source is the Buchla Easel Command 208c, being sequenced by a Torso T-1. In the DAW, some granular stuff is added via Pitchloop89, and I also round-tripped the audio through a Joranalogue Enhance 2.

Hope you enjoy this weird little field trip."

Monday, May 23, 2022

Chase Bliss Habit: Good For Synth?

video upload by Matt Lowery

"This video was not supposed to be about the Chase Bliss Habit. It was supposed to be about CXM 1978. But as I started playing, Habit really took center stage.

Here is the thing: it's amazing on synths as a weird delay. Collect mode opens it up even farther."

With the Vermona Perfourmer MKII.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Soma Synths Jam: Lyra-8, Pulsar 23, Enner, and Ornament-8

video upload by Matt Lowery

"A low key jam performed on my collection of Soma equipment. Lyra-8 is sequenced by Ornament-8, and is on drone duty. Pulsar 23's filters are pinging away, and sent into its stereo delay. For the most part, I am performing on Enner using its built in oscillators, piezo, and auxiliary input."

Sunday, December 05, 2021

Ciat-Lonbarde Sidrax + Cocoquantus: Ambient Dream Team

video upload by Matt Lowery

"An ambient melody I noodled around with from an unpatched Sidrax (an instrument by Ciat-Lonbarde). The sidrax is playing into a Cocoquantus, and I feel like this combo is the ambient dream team.

From there, the chain is Bitmap 2, Tensor, and Ultrasheer."

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

optx, injectr, & eqx5 by Boredbrain Music

optx by Boredbrain Music: Overview and Demo
video upload by Matt Lowery

Update: new videos added below.

"Come check out optx- a new ADAT Eurorack module that connects your modular synth to your computer.

In this video I give a brief overview of the module, and a few use cases for how I use it in my studio. I'm a huge fan of what Boredbrain has put together here, and can wholeheartedly recommend the module for those who like working with Eurorack in the DAW."

injectr by Boredbrain Music: Overview and Demo

"Injectr makes it super simple to bring guitar (or any other ¼ inch instrument) into your modular system for processing, and also to derive useful control voltage from your signal via its envelope follower and gate generator.

In this video, I give a brief overview of the module, and then demonstrate its incredible musical value. I really love this thing."

eqx5 by Boredbrain Music: Overview and Demo

"This is eqx5, by Boredbrain music. Eqx5 is a five band equalizer, offering 12 decibels of boost or cut per frequency band, at a slope of 6 db/oct. It features stereo input and output, a handy summing output, as well as control over the master volume level and stereo image.

Eqx5 offers cv control over parameter on the module, and allows the artist to push into deeply creative territory by sending control rate or audio rate modulation into some or all of its cv inputs."

Boredbrain Injectr and EQx5 - Guitar and Modular

video upload by Sound Isles

"New from Boredbrain: the Injectr an instrument interface for eurorack and the EQx5 a 5-band stereo equalizer. Two incredibly powerful tools for sound shaping and creation.

Gear / modules used:
Gretsch electric guitar, Thermae - Chase Bliss Audio, Arturia Microfreak, Injectr, EQx5, Rings, Data Bender - Qu-Bit Electronix, FX Aid XL - Happy Nerding, Instruo - ochd, Intellijel Buff Mult, Monsoon. Happy Nerding OUT.

The two video clips of the falls/cliff with forest and the salmon run were shot by my friend while in B.C. Canada. All other videos were captured by me and were not found online."

Boredbrain OPTX ADAT Interface module review

video upload by Molten Music Technology

"OPTX offers 8 analogue inputs and outputs to and from ADAT. It could be a perfect way of expanding your audio interface into your modular for audio and CV shenanigans provided you have ADAT ports. Want to know more? Then watch this video.

I'll be using Bitwig Studio running on a Microsoft Surface Pro and an Arturia Audiofuse to show what the OPTX can do.

Index - 0:00
Intro - 0:00
Patch breakdown - 6:39
Back to basics - 13:26
Bitwig CV output - 14:23
Getting sound back into Bitwig - 18:51
Modulating from Bitwig - 19:46
This is awesome - 23:05
Sequencing modular from Bitwig - 25:00
Triggering drum modules with the Bitwig Drum Machine - 31:30
Adding software effects over the modular - 36:57
Multitrack recording - 38:30
Modulating synths in Bitwig from your modular - 42:14
PolyGrid to modular - 45:49
Conclusions - 45:49"

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Coffee and Drones: Soma Lyra-8 and Ornament-8

video upload by Matt Lowery

"I drink a delicious Ethiopian Yirgacheffe while the Lyra-8 rips a hole in the space-time continuum.

Lyra-8 is being sequenced by Ornament-8. What a hoot.

I added a touch of space echo and Valhalla Vintage Verb in post for width."

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Soma Pulsar 23 Stereo Delay Exploration (No Talking)

video upload by Matt Lowery

"So, I had no idea before today, but apparently the Pulsar 23 gives you two discrete delay lines if certain conditions are met. I wanted to explore some sounds, so I thought I'd invite you along. You brought ice cream, right?"

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Soma Synths Pulsar 23 Patch From Scratch: Offbeat Textural Rhythms

video upload by Matt Lowery

"Listen: things get a little weird today. I want to talk about how to make a beat that's hard to dance to. In face, calling it a 'beat' is kind of misleading. More like a big steamy bowl of drum gumbo. Drumbo.

It's also maybe just a chance for you to see the Pulsar 23 in action. Stick around and hang out.

If you want to hear this technique in a musical context, check out my track 'Erstwhile' on the Mapsquest compilation:"


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