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Wednesday, June 05, 2024

SuperBooth Berlin by the Sine Community

video upload by Sine Community

"The Sine Community has travelled from New Zealand to Berlin to visit the yearly expo named SuperBooth.

During this three day event we had the opportunity to interview Andreas Schneider to learn more about the history, what makes SuperBooth unique and why you should attend next year.

A Sine Community production, directed by

Sebastian Vidal Bustamante

Produced by:
Sono Audio Visual (​⁠​⁠ @sonoaudiovisual )
Synthesizer New Zealand (​⁠​⁠ @synthesizernz )

Special thanks to:
Schneidersladen GmbH (​⁠​⁠ @schneidersladen_berlin )
FEZ Berlin ( @FEZBerlinKanal )
Miller Zillmer Foundation ( @miller-zillmerfoundation9861 )
SuperBooth Berlin GmbH (​⁠​⁠ @superboothberlin )"

Joranalogue Audio Design // Eurorack Manufacturing

video upload by Sine Community

"In a small rural town close to Antwerp, Belgium we find a passionate team of engineers dedicated pushing the boundaries of analogue circuitry, designing 21st century synthesizers.

The brand offers a novel series of high quality eurorack music synthesizer modules with a utilitarian aesthetic providing versatility and precision.

All of their products are designed and manufactured in Belgium, keeping in mind their commitment to the art of analogue whilst designing functional tools to create sound.

A Sine Community production, directed by
Sebastian Vidal Bustamante

Produced by:
Sono Audio Visual (⁠​⁠@sonoaudiovisual)
Synthesizer New Zealand (​⁠​⁠@synthesizernz)

Zure Beer

Special thanks to Joranalogue Audio Design (@joranalogue)
Joran van Gremberghe
Boris Uytterhaegen
Frits Jacobs"

Tuesday, May 14, 2024


Press release follows:

Los Angeles, CA, May 14th 2024 - PERCUSSA is set to return to Superbooth and is introducing its new eurorack module to the market, the XMX, at Superbooth 2024 in Berlin, this week.

"The XMX is the smaller brother of our succesful SSP (super signal processor) eurorack DSP module, which has found its way into recording studios and live on stage around the world over the past years, enabling eurorack modular synthesists to build compact and powerful systems, for sound design, synthesis, effects processing, recording and live performance", says Bert Schiettecatte, Founder of PERCUSSA.

With the XMX, PERCUSSA aims to make the synthesis and effects modules and features of the SSP available to a wider audience at an affordable price and smaller form factor.

The XMX is available through PERCUSSA's website at an introductory price of $499, starting on May 16th, the first day of Superbooth 2024. PERCUSSA plans to start shipping the XMX in early July. Eurorack dealers wishing to stock the XMX are welcome to contact PERCUSSA for dealer pricing and ordering.

Similarly to the SSP, the XMX combines a number of functions into one module:
* a digital modular synthesizer engine with built in patching system
* a multichannel direct to disk recorder / sampler / playback engine
* a multichannel audio interface via USB
* MIDI-to-CV conversion for USB MIDI controllers
* preset management system

Hardware wise, the XMX has the following specs:
* 28 HP width, less than 30mm deep
* ~500mA @ 12V, ~100mA @ -12V, no 5V supply needed
* aluminium CNC machined and anodized front panel
* 4 aluminium knobs/encoders with push button feature
* 8 audio/CV/trigger inputs, +/-5V
* 2 audio/CV/trigger outputs, +/-5V
* stereo headphone output with analog volume control
* all I/O 24bit resolution and 48/96kHz sample rate
* 10 function keys with soft touch and silent action
* 2.4inch full colour IPS wide angle/visibility display
* quad core ARM Cortex A35 CPU @ 1.3GHz running Linux (64-bit)
* USB 2.0 Host and Device ports for MIDI (including MPE) controllers and multichannel USB audio
* microSD card slot
* expansion connector w/ I2C port

The XMX ships with nearly all of the SSP's factory modules, including:
* 3D wavetable oscillator
* stereo reverb
* simple and stereo delay
* granular
* 8 channel sample player
* step sequencer
* arpeggiator
* quad virtual analog (SVF) filter with HP/BP/LP/PK/NT outputs
* comb filter
* physical modelling drum/membrane
* signal switcher
* quad VCA
* bit crusher
* macro module
* envelope generator
* quad envelope follower
* bus
* USB midi input w/ MPE support
* LFO and audio rate square/sawtooth/triangle/sine oscillators
* input and output including USB audio channels
* variable frequency noise generator
* microtonal quantizer
* DC voltage generator
* waveshaper

The XMX uses the same preset format as the SSP. Users can build and save patches on the XMX and exchange patches with SSP users.

The XMX comes with a fast microSD card and factory firmware and boots from microSD similarly to the SSP. The XMX allows the user to build patches including multiple instances of the above modules in any combination. The XMX runs the same software as the SSP, with an improved and simplified patching system.

The XMX supports the same open source plugin SDK as available for the SSP, which 3rd party developers can use to develop their own plugins. The XMX is a linux platform and just like the SSP, also supports development of standalone software which can replace the factory firmware.

Additionally, The Technobear, one of PERCUSSA's active community members and SSP users, has developed an alternative firmware for the XMX called Trax, which he plans to release over the coming months. He has also adapted his popular plugins for the SSP, to run on the XMX, and will be presenting his work in a video to be released during Superbooth.

With the XMX, PERCUSSA brings the power of the SSP to a wider audience, in a smaller form factor and an affordable price point. Come by the PERCUSSA booth at Superbooth 2024 for a personal explanation and demo from Bert Schiettecatte, Founder of Percussa.


Friday, April 26, 2024

Testing Nakst Integrate - Classic Hardstyle Lead

video upload by Eyezer Productionz | Synths & Audio

Note Nakst was first introduced a year go.

"Introduction (from the manual):

As technology has improved, it has become possible for manufacturers to produce increasingly complex synthesizers. This has led to the creation of synths that trade off easeof-use for maximum sound design potential, spreading hundreds upon hundreds of options and parameters throughout dizzying interfaces, full of tabs and menus. They provide oscillators and filters with such immense algorithmic precision that any soul or character is stripped away before it has a chance to flourish in the sound. Integrate is not like that.

Integrate has been designed with the goal of creating an old-school virtual analog that has just as much personality as any of the classics, paired with a fantastic user interface that makes exploring the sonic possibilities an effortless pleasure. It cannot do everything, but this is intentional; limitations breed creativity. No longer will you spend hours scrolling through lists of wavetables, paralyzed by the impossible task of deciding which is the best to use – a question that has no right answer. Instead, Integrate has a simple two-page layout where every parameter has been selected for its unique axis of inspiration. Every dial, slider and button is waiting to delight you as you delve into a world of aural possibilities.

Many thanks to fdigl for providing me a NFR license for this plugin! Next video will feature some custom patches made by me."

video upload by nakst

Integrate — Factory ROM Demo (unscripted, no talking)

video upload by nakst

00:00 — Arps
01:17 — Basses
04:00 — Drums
04:30 — Effects
05:16 — Keys
06:40 — Leads
14:42 — Organs
15:15 — Pads
18:32 — Plucks
19:34 — Synths
23:08 — Trancegates

"The old-school virtual analog synthesizer: reimagined and perfected, optimized for creativity. Integrate follows in the footsteps of the virtual analog classics we still love today, bringing together a straightforward user interface with an intricate and colorful sound engine."

"The old-school virtual analog synthesizer: reimagined and perfected.

A synthesizer optimized for creativity.

Integrate follows in the footsteps of the virtual analog classics we still love today, bringing together a straightforward user interface with an intricate and colorful sound engine.

Four mighty oscillators.
The four main oscillators come equipped with a selection of 74 waveforms and a flexible noise generator.
The traditional waveforms (sine, sawtooth, square and triangle) all have a specially chosen parameter that can be modulated, allowing you to creating evolving sounds. The noise generator has tweakable color, and it also supports key tracking for an effect reminiscent of early game consoles.
Also featuring FM, RM and hard sync, there's a world of possibilities waiting to be unlocked in these oscillators.
There's also a sub oscillator sporting three waveforms, ready to quickly beef up your patch.

Have it your way.
Integrate lets you configure the character of the oscillators, giving you the power to shape the sound of your patches from the very start of the signal path.

Pick between the “Clean” rendering mode for a modern touch, or the “Digital” mode to add a gritty punch to your sound.

Make anything super.
Oscillators A and B both sport a unison section, letting you turn a simple waveform into a 7 voice beast. Configure the detune and mix, or enable “Stereo” to spread the voices across the channels. You'll soon discover how much of a monster Integrate is at fat, anthemic sounds, perfect for mesmerizing listeners of any genre.

The latest technology.
Integrate is available in the new CLAP plugin format, boasting advanced features like non-destructive polyphonic parameter modulation and note stacking. We're proud to join its community of developers who are pioneering the latest in audio technology.

Information, only when you need it.
To keep the interface compact and free from distractions, Integrate keeps extra information about parameters neatly tucked away in popups that only show when you're interacting with the relevant controls.

Waveforms, envelopes, frequency spectrums all pop up as soon as you need them, and then instantly hide away once you're done with them.

Explore new territory.
Integrate isn't an emulation of an existing synth. Instead, it's a brand new design, waiting for you to explore what it's capable of. Dive into a world of characterful oscillators, screaming filters, chaotic LFOs, and dreamy reverbs. There's bound to be something that'll captivate your imagination.

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Behringer Introduces MS-5 Synthesizer Modeled on the Classic Roland SH-5 for $599

A Legend Comes Back to Life - Introducing MS-5 video upload by Behringer

"Video & Music created by Patrick with the Behringer MS-5."

"Rock the stage with tremendous bass tones and mesmerize the crowd (and your band) with the Behringer MS-5. Couple that with a purely analog signal path and you’ll be pushing out fiery riffs perfect for that next sci-fi masterpiece.

List Price: $599 (in stock and immediately shipping from our factory)"

"For decades now there's been a notable community of online synthesists asking for this legendary and rare synth to be brought back in it's full analog glory, and it's about time someone answered their call."

00:00 Intro
00:33 MS-5 Intro Song
01:20 Prologue
01:52 Return of a Legend
03:35 Oscillator Demos
04:48 Osc Sync Sounds
05:21 Ring Modulation
05:41 Techy Demo
07:27 Jam Licks
08:59 Arp Mash
11:02 Beta Tester Thoughts

"Analog Synthesizer with 37 Full-Size Keys, 2 VCOs, Multi-Mode VCF, VCA, 2 LFOs, 2 Envelopes and Ring Modulator

Rock the stage with tremendous bass tones and mesmerize the crowd (and your band) with the Behringer MS-5, a pure analog synthesizer based on the original “SH-5” – making it a versatile and nuanced synth which can easily make its home in any setup.

The Behringer MS-5 is a faithful reproduction of the original “SH-5” circuit and it comes with 37 semi-weighted keys with velocity functionality allowing you to vary the intensity of a note with how hard or soft a key is pressed. Couple that with a purely analog signal path and you’ll be pushing out fiery riffs perfect for that next sci-fi masterpiece.

The MS-5 comes equipped with two VCOs and LFOs that come with 4 switchable waveforms each plus an array of tone shaping options such as modulations pulse width, pitch, rate and delay time."

Monday, December 11, 2023

Surfing the Feedback

video upload by Todd Barton

"Thanks to Modular World for putting out the Reverb Challenge.
Here is my offering from yesterday's marathon, Buchla 275 Dual Spring Reverb in Feedback mode. The only other modules are the 281 Function Generator controlling reverb depth and panning of the 207 Mixer. Here is audio only: See all participant offerings here:"

Patch-On // REVERB (Patch-challenge tribute to reverb!)

video upload by Modular World

"Our patch-challenge series returns to Modular World with a celebration of REVERB.
50 artists from 15 countries perform 5-7min sets expressing their love for reverb as they see it.
You will see it ALL on this remarkable marathon experience."

Friday, December 08, 2023

Erica Synths Interview // Synthesizers with Passion

video upload by Sine Community

"The Sine Community had the opportunity to interview Girts Ozolins and the team at Erica Synths in Berlin, Germany. Get an inclusive insight and learn more about the people behind this Latvian Eurorack manufacturer based in Riga.

The Erica Synths team is made of visionaries, engineers, musicians and our most important employee – Tuna the cat. Over the last couple of years Erica Synths has been working hard to create Eurorack modules and desktop instruments that make a difference in your workflow, whether for production in the studio, live performances on stage or educational goals in the classroom. They strive to offer the highest possible quality, aesthetics, sound and function.

Directed by Sebastian Vidal Bustamante ( @sonoaudiovisual )
Production of the Sine Community ( @sinecommunity )
Supported by Synthesizer New Zealand ( @synthesizernz )
Music recorded live at SuperBooth ( @superboothberlin) performed by KODEK ( @KODEK4444 )
With our special thanks to the team at Erica Synths ( @EricaSynths )"

Sunday, October 08, 2023

Synthfest UK 23 New Videos

video uploads by sonicstate


1. Synthfest UK 23: MyVolts - Nifty USB Power Solutions
At Synthfest UK 2023, we caught up with Caroline from MyVolts, and they've added to their panoply of useful power solutions for musicians. MyVolts showcased their new product, the Alchemist power distribution hub, which harnesses the versatility of USB-C to deliver various voltages from 5V to 20V. This means you can power a range of equipment, from vintage synths to modern gear, with one device. They've also taken their USB power innovation to the next level with a step-up 12V power tip, allowing users to draw 18W from USB to power gear like the Electron Analog Four on the go. MyVolts aims to simplify power management for musicians, addressing issues like earthing and noise, and they're actively seeking input from the community to fine-tune their solutions.

In addition to the Alchemist power hub, MyVolts will be releasing their own power banks, USB-C power cables with wattage indicators, and a range of power tips compatible with various voltages. This expansion means users can power a wide range of devices efficiently and conveniently. These products are expected to be available around February or March. MyVolts encourages you to fill out their survey to help them better understand and solve the unique power challenges musicians face.

2. Synthfest UK 23: Rides In The Storm - SED CSM Synth Voice
At Synthfest UK 2023, we caught up with Uwe from Rides In The Storm to get a glimpse of their upcoming modular synth voice module, the SED CSM. This module is a powerhouse of sound design possibilities, offering a wide range of features packed into a single unit. With two oscillator sections, three waveform options, pulse width modulation, and a wave folder, there's plenty of sonic flexibility on tap.

The SED CSM also includes a robust mixer section, a ring modulator, wave folder, noise source, and an external input, expanding its sound-shaping capabilities. Uwe demonstrated how the module can be used for lush soundscapes and dynamic modulation with its various features. SED CSM offers envelope generators with loopable modes and versatile LFOs and filter options.

SED CSM Price: around £390
3. Synthfest UK 23: Analogue Solutions - Ample Desktop Pin matrix
We returned to the Analogue Solutions booth to chat again with Tom who showed us the second synth he’s released this year, Ample. Ample is a 3 VCO synth which combines some of the greatest bits of other Analogue Solutions synths, including a patch pin matrix similar to the Vostok, a sequencer taken from the generator, an interval generator similar to that on the Fusebox, and a 24dB filter akin to that of the Pro One. It even has the same delay circuit from the new Maximus.

There are 3 types of pin for the pin matrix with resistances of 0 ohms on the black pin 10k ohms on the red one and blue giving a value of 100k, which allows for more flexibility in attenuating the signals you patch. Tom told us that Ample is particularly suited to percussion, with its snappy filter, and various clock sources available, and though Ample is in a desktop format, Tom has given us plenty of space between the controls so no accidental knob bumping can occur.

Available October 23

Ample Price: around £2000 plus vat
4. Synthfest UK 23: Expert Sleepers - Analogue Modules
At Synthfest UK 2023, we had the chance to chat with Os from Expert Sleepers, known for their versatile digital modules. However, Os has been exploring the analog side of modular synthesis and has introduced a range of eight analog modules.

Among the analog modules, Os showcased a squelchy filter, oscillators with unconventional sine wave cores, and an intriguing octave fuzz effect. He emphasized that these analog modules offer a different approach to sound generation and signal processing compared to their digital counterparts. Os also pointed out that once an analog module is designed and built, it's a finished product, offering a sense of completeness that's distinct from the continuous updates often associated with digital modules.

Expert Sleepers Analogue modules Prices: from £159
5. Synthfest UK 23: Yamaha - DM3 - Super Compact Digital Mixer
At Synthfest UK 2023, we caught up with Chris from Yamaha to take a look at their latest offering, the DM3 digital mixer. This compact 16-input mixer packs some impressive features into a small footprint, making it suitable for a variety of applications. With a focus on pro audio and audio versatility, the DM3 boasts brand-new microphone preamps inspired by Yamaha's high-end CL and QL series, ensuring top-notch audio quality. Operating at 96 kHz, the DM3 offers pristine audio resolution. We have to admit, we're all Gassing for this one...

The DM3 boasts a touchscreen interface, complemented by touch-and-turn knobs for tactile control. This innovative combination allows users to efficiently navigate and control the mixer's parameters. The DM3 can also serve as an audio interface, providing 18 in and 18 out over USB, making it an excellent choice for recording and streaming applications. With a compact and portable design, this mixer is versatile enough for live gigs, corporate events, podcasting, and studio work.

DM3 Standard Model Price: Around £1,500

DM3 Dante-Enabled Price: Around £2,000
6. Synthfest UK 23: Tone Science - Triple Cross - Chance Delay
At Synthfest UK 2023, we caught up with Ian Boddy from DIN Records, known for his prolific work in the electronic music scene. While DIN Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, Ian has expanded his creative endeavors with the release of two modules under the sub-label Tone Science in collaboration with AJH Synth. The Triple Cross module offers versatile signal manipulation capabilities, enabling crossfading, morphing, panning, with non-synchronous LFOs and DC-coupled outputs. The Chance Delay module introduces a unique concept of probability-driven gate delay. Musicians can control the likelihood of triggers passing through, allowing for rhythmically intricate and ever-changing sequences. These modules are designed to enhance the performative aspect of modular synthesis, providing musicians with dynamic tools for evolving soundscapes and rhythmic complexity.

Triple Cross Price: £260

Chance Delay Price: £175
7. Synthfest UK 23: 1010 Music - Bluebox Eurorack Edition
At Synthfest UK 2023, we had the opportunity to chat with Steve from 1010 Music about their latest creation, the Bluebox Eurorack Edition. This module was born out of customer demand, as users of the original Blue Box desktop unit clamored for a Eurorack-compatible version. The Bluebox Eurorack Edition packs all the power and versatility of the desktop version but with a few key differences. It offers mono inputs and outputs that can be combined into stereo, six CV inputs for mapping to various parameters, and two dedicated USB-C ports—one for MIDI and the other for USB audio. This means you can connect your Blue Box to a Mac, PC, or iPad, send and receive audio tracks, and still record all 12 tracks, plus a master track and two effects sends, separately on a micro SD card. An upcoming firmware update will also bring stereo audio in both directions to the Blue Box Desktop Edition, offering even more flexibility in routing and recording. With its compact 30 HP size and thoughtful design, the Bluebox Eurorack Edition also offers a clock output bridging the gap between hardware and software seamlessly.

Bluebox Eurorack Edition Price: $699
8. Synthfest UK 23: Nonlinear Labs - C15 - Software Updates
At Synthfest UK 2023, we had a conversation with Tim from Nonlinear Labs, the creators of the highly expressive C15 synthesizer. Tim shared some exciting updates that have recently been implemented with the inclusion of LFOs via looping envelopes providing musicians with more sonic versatility. The C15's unique concept, based on a two-operator FM synthesis engine, remains intact, but these new LFO capabilities expand its sonic palette. Tim also showcased the expanded key tracking options, which can stretch pitches to create unique tonal textures. Furthermore, he highlighted the new twin-engine feature, which allows for cascading delays and creating captivating stereo soundscapes. Tim also hinted at future developments that owners of this expressive synthesizer can look forward to.

C15 Black Price: 4,300 Euros (incl. VAT)

C15 Cherry Wood Price: 4,750 Euros (incl. VAT)
9. Synthfest UK 23: Kenton - LNDX Midi Line Driver
At Synthfest UK 2023, we caught up with John from Kenton Electronics to check out their latest offering, the LNDX Line Driver, a handy solution for extending MIDI signals over long distances. Designed to address the challenges of maintaining stable MIDI connections in large venues and studios, the Line Driver utilizes Cat5 cables to transmit MIDI signals up to an impressive 500 meters. It's an ideal tool for live gigs in massive stadiums or situations where the control center is far from the performance area. The Line Driver features LEDs to monitor both the incoming and outgoing MIDI signals, providing essential feedback for troubleshooting and ensuring signal integrity. This straightforward and robust solution adds reliability to any MIDI setup, whether it's in the music industry, broadcasting, or even unconventional applications like flight simulators. With its opto-isolation and straightforward connectivity, the Line Driver is set to become an essential tool for professionals seeking rock-solid MIDI signal transmission over long distances.

LNDR pair Price: £127.92
10. Synthfest UK 23: Sweet Discrete - Synth Panel Restoration
At Synthfest UK 2023, we had a chat with Craig from Sweet Discrete, a company specializing in unique synth restoration and custom creations. Craig showcased their latest endeavor, which goes beyond their well-known synth overlays. Sweet Discrete has taken on the ambitious task of restoring classic synths like the Jupiter 8 to their former glory. These aren't just simple restorations; they're meticulous, artisanal processes, involving lead loading to remove rust and imperfections, followed by precise silkscreening. What's more, Sweet Discrete manufactures exact replica shells for various synth models, offering three versions for the Jupiter 8 alone. They've even delved into MIDI mods for the Jupiter 8, bringing modern convenience to these vintage gems.

Beyond their cosmetic work, Sweet Discrete is exploring the possibility of delving into electronics and design for synthesizers. With a keen focus on quality and precision, they're making a name for themselves in the world of synth restoration and custom solutions. To learn more about their offerings and explore the range of products, visit their website
See the SYNTHFEST UK label for more coverage of this year's event.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Modular Synthesizer Ensemble at Superbooth 23

video upload by Sine Community

"The 'Modular Synthesizer Ensemble' is a social-acoustic and participative music project and offers the possibility to make music together in an ensemble without any previous musical knowledge.

The project makes it possible to design the process of creating electronic sounds with the analog Modular Synthesizer. The participants experiment, improvise and compose together and perform the results live in public.

In collaboration with the Miller-Zillmer Foundation which supports people regardless of their social and national background and promotes projects that are sustainable, that empower and create education, while adding value to the broader community.

Driven by a cultural led philosophy delivering interesting visions. We stand up for human rights and integration, for social inclusion, respect and tolerance, world openness and the protection of cultural assets. A foundation for important works of collaboration and engagement.

A transcript of the interview prior to the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble performing at SuperBooth 2023 can be found on the Sine Community website at

Made by: Sine Community
Produced by: Sono Audio Visual
Powered by: Synthesizer New Zealand"

Sunday, May 07, 2023

Seaboard RISE 2: Ask me anything Q&A Session

video upload by ROLI

"Seaboard specialist and Head of Film and Music Production, Heen-Wah Wai, addresses the top 10 frequently asked questions from our community regarding the RISE 2. Whether it's through forums, social media, or support channels, our creators are constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance their music-making experience with the Seaboard. In this insightful breakdown, Heen provides expert answers and valuable guidance to help you achieve your musical aspirations.

▬▬ Contents ▬▬
0:00 — Intro
Preset: SWAM Cello

0:19 — What do I need to make music with RISE 2?
Preset: African Congalog, Ice Keys, Double Bass - Standard (Equator2)

3:43 — How do I layer tracks with RISE 2?

4:33 — How do I use a Kontakt instrument with RISE 2?
Preset: Jazz Guitar (Kontakt)

10:11 — How do I use a SWAM instrument with RISE 2?
Preset: SWAM Cello (Audio Modeling)

14:18 — How do I use Equator2 as a VST?

15:08 — Why do the sliders not control the current note played?
Preset: Smoky Rhodes (Equator2)

17:24 — LIVE 11: Not able to find the ROLI plug-in, it's blank?

18:18 — How do I assign modulators in Equator2?
Preset: Sine Wave Lead (Equator2)

23:44 — How do I create my own Playlists in Equator2?

24:41 — How can I use a sustain or expression pedal with the RISE 2?
Preset: Acoustic Piano (Equator2)

26:24 Outro"

Sunday, April 03, 2022

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #122: Yamaha TX81Z - Song 1

video upload by Christian's Sonic Spaces

"This is the first song with the Yamaha TX81Z. It's an 8-notes, 8-part multitimbral FM synthesizer from 1987. In contrast to the DX-7 it use 4-Operators instead of 6 but supports additional waveforms other than just a sine wave.

This song is based on 'My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home' by John Dowland who lived 1563–1626.

I used for the recording the following FX chain: TX81Z - DigiTech Ventura - Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe - GFI System Specular Reverb 2. Depending on the recorded track some FX are deactivated

The signal went through a Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 into the PC via USB for recording. To create the complete song I recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track.

Well, I decided to go back to the basics, but at the same time make something useful for the synth community and do a kind of competition (I like competitions;-). What's my best synth for ambient music :-)"

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Sputnik Variable Waveform Generator

pic via @Noisebug

"The Sputnik Variable Waveform Generator is a Buchla inspired discrete triangle core oscillator. One major change is the inclusion of a hard sync vs. the typical triangle core soft sync. The module features 5 dedicated audio outputs (sub, pulse, sine, saw and triangle) and various animation controls such as built-in waveshaper, saw animator and drive circuits with attenuation amount inputs. It also has a vco/lfo switch, both linear and exponential FM inputs with attenuators and very good tracking."

For those that may not know, Sputnik is Roman Filippov's (of Black Corporation) other brand.
And a video overview by DivKid:

video upload by DivKidVideo

"Here's the new Variable Waveform Generator from Sputnik Modular. It's a discrete Buchla style triangle core oscillator with individual waveshaping animations, sub oscillator, linear and exponential FM, hard sync and LFO mode.

In this video we take a look at 19 patches to break out of the basics with your oscillators, looking at more advanced patches that demonstrate a variety of synthesis/oscillator functions and look at adding dynamic animations to your sounds right at the core of the patch. While this video focuses on the Variable Waveform Generator specifically you can apply these patches to other oscillators and wave shapers, so give them a go and feel free to let us know in the comments what's working for you.

Patreon supporters will have access to totally exclusive patch not featured in this video and an extended patch breakdown from one of the patches here (coming soon). Gain access to an awesome community and get access to exclusives here //

00:00 Hello & patch previews
02:09 Raw sound demo and feature run down
04:17 Super Stereo Oscillator
05:36 Fold & Drive as VCAs to silence the oscillator
06:42 Audiorate Wavefolding - um, yes please!
07:40 Supersaws & Spectral Sub Bass
08:52 Overdriving Triangles
09:50 Driving triangle arpeggios with mixed modulation
10:16 Unique waveforms with sub oscillator waveshaping
11:46 FM Synthesis
13:21 Rubber band twang with Feedback FM
14:21 Complex LFOs
15:37 Edge & Centre PWM
16:28 Bulbous Bouncing PWM Bass
16:50 Audiorate PWM - lovely stuff
17:43 How to make a noise oscillator
18:56 Hard sync - how it works and modulated sync tones
20:16 Percussive Sync Tone Sweeps
21:33 Dancing tearing sync tones
22:52 Pseudo Ring Modulation with AM Synthesis
24:13 Dynamic AM synthesis & layering oscillator tones for performance"

Friday, December 17, 2021

Aodyo Instruments Anyma Phi: Version 1.0 Sneak Peek

video upload by Aodyo Instruments

"This trailer shows some of the new features of the upcoming version 1.0 update for the Anyma Phi, the physical modelling synthesizer by Aodyo Instruments. Among the new features, you will find: drum trigger and timbre follower modulators, tools for paraphonic patches, granular processor, three exciters, snare drum resonator, internal arpeggiator, MIDI clock sync, microtuning support with onboard editor, patch randomizer, and much more.

Read more about the new features and download the public beta here: [captured below]

Anyma Phi blends the classic ingredients of electronic music, like oscillators and filters, with physical modeling technology, allowing it to simulate acoustic sound sources, such as strings or reeds, as well as resonating structures, like wood, glass, or metal."

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

New Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synth

Arcano Synthesizers

"This is the Kickstarter campaign video for the Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synth. The NES Poly is a polyphonic MIDI synthesizer module that allows musicians to create NES-style chipmusic. Back the Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production run and receive an Arcano NES Poly Chiptune Synth as a reward.
Kickstarter Campaign Link:

Note previous incarnations of the Arcano NES Chiptune Synth date back to 2015.

"The NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer is the polyphonic successor to the Arcano NES Chiptune Synth R3 and features many improvements on its predecessor including:

more sound parameters
greater volume-envelope bit depth
full 128 MIDI note range
additional audio waveform (8-bit sine)
3 additional vibrato LFO waveforms (triangle, square, and sawtooth)
quantized note slide effect capability
additional pitch bend depth setting (+/- one octave)
detune effects capability
rugged, die cast aluminum enclosure
Help fund the next production run.

The stock from the first two low-volume production runs of the NES Poly (completed earlier this year) quickly sold out. The primary objective of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds for a third, higher-volume production run of the synth. (Producing a larger volume of synths will help lower the per-unit manufacturing cost.) Hopefully, the campaign will also facilitate the sharing of music and custom NES Poly Chiptune Synth patches created by the community of backers.

The NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer is a MIDI-controlled polyphonic synth that emulates the sound of the Nintendo Entertainment System video game console, allowing musicians to create NES / Famicom style chipmusic by simply connecting a MIDI controller.

The NES Poly Chiptune Synthesizer is designed to work with a variety of MIDI controllers, including keyboards, sequencers, and most other MIDI devices that feature a standard MIDI DIN output. Musicians can even control the synth with a laptop or desktop computer via a MIDI interface cable."

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

MB Sound Design #2: "Project Blue Beam"

Published on Sep 25, 2018 Kris Lennox

"Aliens descend :) In terms of sound design, it'll likely take years before the full potential of the MB's sound design possibilities are fully realised by the musical/sound community, what with the modulation possibilities. Even with patches like this one, I'm only scratching the surface. Sound design potential is one of the true strengths of the instrument, and one of the main motivating factors for my own purchasing the MB. There aren't many standalone monos with the same level of sound design potential; working with the MB in this style is likely the closest one can get to working with a full modular rig/setup.

Personal taste RE tone of analog monos will always be subjective (i.e. Moog/Arturia etc), but sound design on the MB will, objectively, likely remain in a league of its own for quite some time.

The included patch is quite involved. You'll initially hear microtonal drifting on the voice-like treatment of VCO 3's sine wave. The drifting works well to create the 'other-worldly' effect (check out Penderecki's music for fine acoustic examples of microtonal drift). There are numerous modulations on VCO's 1 and 2, plus an envelope on the blue noise."

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Behringer to Re-introduce an EMS SYNTHI and More, Much More

The list:

ARP 2600
Octave CAT
Roland SH-101 (3 colors)

Details on each (no new pics in yet, but you might remember the MS-101 here):

Friday, August 04, 2017

Percussa Super Signal Processor (SSP) Now on Kickstarter

Percussa's Super Signal Processor (SSP) eurorack module is now on Kickstarter here. If you haven't been following progress on the module, be sure to see the Percussa label for previous posts including demos with the prototype. The label does bring up everything featuring Percussa in reverse chronological order, so just scroll down to find them.

The following is the official press release:

"(August 4th, 2017, Los Angeles, CA) Today at 8am los angeles time our kickstarter project, the Percussa Super Signal Processor (SSP) Eurorack module, is going live.

It's the result of interaction with the eurorack community since we launced the Percussa Engine and Synthor System 8 at the Winter NAMM 2017 show in Anaheim, CA.

The SSP is very similar to the Percussa Engine, the synthesis platform we showed at the NAMM show, but comes with additional input and output connectors, featuring eurorack-compatible voltages, and will fit in a 60HP wide space in a eurorack system.

Among features of the SSP that are important to note, are a quad core ARM Cortex A17 processor @ 1.8GHz, one of the fastest ARM processors available, offering over 20,000 DMIPS of computing power (typical eurorack modules use cortex M4 or M7 processors which stay under 500 DMIPS), and high end ADC and DAC chips by AKM, supporting sample rates up to 192kHz and 32-bit resolution.

The SSP will feature 8 outputs and 16 inputs, and will support running multiple software DSP modules in parallel on multiple cores. The SSP comes with the same features of the Percussa Engine, featuring its rule-based patching system, preset storage and recall, and DSP modules such as:

Wavetable Oscillator with true 3D morphing (XYZ) and cloud features
Sampler with Layering features
LFO with multiple waveforms (sine, saw, square, triangle)
Variable Frequency Noise
DC generator
Enveloped Generator with Exponential A and DR
Comb Filter
State Variable Filter
Step Sequencer
Important to note is that the Percussa SSP will support loading your own software DSP modules, which can be programmed in the C++ language. The SSP comes with the same wide-screen IPS display of 1600x480 pixels as the Percussa Engine and will feature an optimized user interface and workflow for eurorack users. The buttons and encoders will be located around the display for increased usability.

In terms of connectivity, the SSP will offer USB host and device ports for connecting a laptop for direct digital audio recording, or a USB MIDI class device for controlling the SSP. Storage wise the SSP will run of a microSD card, and a 16GB professional grade card is included in the main kickstarter pledges for the product. The SSP comes with 2GB of internal RAM which is especially useful for loading large WAV files.

One of the interesting features of the SSP is that it offers the same sampling features as the Percussa Engine, allowing you to record audio direct to SD card as WAV files, and then immediately use those WAV files as wavetables for the wavetable oscillator and sampler modules, without having to load them into software on a computer first. Everything can be done directly on the eurorack module.

In terms of pledges, the kickstarter offers normal production units, special pledges for early birds, customization options and special low serial number editions, as well as an interesting Godfather and Godmother pledge (only one of each), wich allows you to donate 5 Percussa SSP modules to 5 schools of your choice, giving students access to this powerful eurorack module.

More information about the Percussa SSP can be found here"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Futuresonus Parva 8-Voice Analog Synthesizer - Limited Black Matte & Black Knob Edition

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via this auction

You can find a demo of it at the listing and previously posted here.

"Futuresonus Parva 8-Voice Analog Synthesizer - Limited Edition with anodized matte black aluminum case and all black knobs making it the "ParVader" edition. Feel the darkside of the force!
3 Digitally-controlled analog oscillators per voice (Think Juno-106)
Sawtooth, triangle, and PWM waveforms
Variable-width saw waves
Tunable +/- 5 octaves
Hard Syncable
Independent level controls
4 4-stage (ADSR) envelopes per voice
Exponential curves for punchy attack and natural decay
Linear mode also available
Loopable evenelopes
Routable to >40 destinations
4 LFOs per voice
Sine, sawtooth, triangle, and square waveforms
Random sample-and-hold
Stepped LFOs
Free-running or key-synced
Routable to >40 destinations
Polyphonic Aftertouch
2 configurable voltage-controlled filters per voice
24db or 12db low-pass or high-pass modes
12db bandpass mode
Filter FM
Inputs / Outputs
Individual 1/4" stereo line-level outputs for each voice
1/4" left and right main outputs
Stereo 1/4" headphone jack
MIDI input and ouput
USB port for MIDI input and output
USB Host port for direct connection of USB MIDI controllers
LIKE NEW with the latest Operating System versions installed, many custom created patches and a unique look without the waiting list to get one new from Futuresonus. This is serial #006 if that makes any difference to you and it is a lovely polyphonic synth. Multimode makes it able to produce 8-separate analog tones at the same time, and unison is seriously for the brave as the thickness of the sound is amazing. Want a unique and continually being expanded and developed synthesizer? This may be for you. The community of users is great too!

This unit comes with all of the original packaging, USB cable, the power supply and the silver knobs I took off in case you want to make it look like the typical Parva panel."

Monday, December 14, 2015

Voltan Telepathy V2 for iOS and Mac

See the video for iOS posted here. The following is the press release for the official press release:

"Telepathically Integrated Synthesis Suite for iPad, iPhone & OS X Audio Unit

• After 2 years of development, VotanDSP is proud to present the next level for its
Votan Telepathy Synthesis Suite, o ering a perfect blend of traditional algorithms
and cutting edge integration.

• Votan Telepathy v2.0 presents a powerful subtractive synthesis engine, with
nothing to envy to the best hardware synthesisers.

• Cloud and control synchronisation elegantly bridge the gap between iOS and your

Votan Telepathy is a powerful synthesis engine built on top of The Votan Platform. It is available as an iOS (iPhone/iPad) app and also as an 32/64 bit Audio Unit. Users can experience Telepathy with either of these platforms alone, but when they are used together is when the real magic happens.

Telepathy iOS and Telepathy AU (Audio Unit) are seamlessly linked via The Votan Platform Cloud and Control features, o ering near zero latency control over an infinite series of Telepathy AU instances direct from the iPad touch screen. Users can create new a sound on iOS that instantly integrates into their DAW session.

A perfect blend of traditional algorithms and cutting edge integration
Votan Telepathy has a subtractive synthesis engine containing quad arrays (4x) of Oscillators, Filters, LFO's, Envelopes, and FX Blocks. These sound shaping modules are built around an 8 Slot Modulation Matrix which routes the modulators to any Telepathy Synth or FX parameter destination. Of particular delight is the free flowing nature of the Oscillator section. It unlocks the normally static oscillator frequency parameter from standard MIDI key tracking. When users switch o the Amp Envelope they have free playing waveforms at their fingertips which combined with the dual oscillator FM, o er some serious dimensions in audio rate wave modulations normally only seen on modular analogue synthesisers.

Telepathy is joy to use, be it on the way to work or whilst professionally constructing the tracks in the users favourite studio DAW. Telepathy will fill the gaps between. Everything the users build on iOS will telepathically appear in their DAW session ready to rock the next tune.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

An Interview with Barry Schrader

Hi everyone! As you know Barry Schrader will be giving his farewell concert at CalArts on September 26. The following is the beginning of my interview with him. I opted to post the questions and answers as they come in.  New QAs will get a new post so you do not miss them and they will be added to this post so we have one central post for the full interview. This should make it easier for all of us to consume in our busy lives, and it will allow you to send in any questions that may come to mind during the interview process.  If you have anything you'd like to ask Barry, feel free to send it in to  This is a rare opportunity for us to get insight on a significant bit of synthesizer history, specifically with early Buchla systems, and I'd like to thank Barry for this opportunity. Thank you Barry!


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