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Friday, December 08, 2023

3rd Wave Update // PPG mode + Prophet VS waves

video upload by Starsky Carr

"As the spiritual successor to the PPG Waves the 3rd Wave has some secret sauce hidden under the hood to give us the same vintage vibes as the original PPG. And it just so happens this also works for the Prophet VS waves. The way the samples are processed gives us all the lovely 80s musical artefacts that make the classics so special.

Here I demo the Prophet VS waves and show how to load PPG style wavetables. So ... effectively we have a Waveterm - we can load any 128 sample based wavetable that has 64 waves.,

Check out my wavetable vid for some tips on how to do that." [posted here]

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Mariana - The Moog That Never Was

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Deep Dive ('sea' what I did there ... twice!) into the Mariana from Moog. It's like a synth that should've, but never existed. It feels like an emulation of a real synth rather than a brand new soft synth... because of some strange design choices and limitations. Odd, but rather compelling.

It's fun with Moogerfooger plugins as well."

Monday, November 27, 2023

Roland Fantom EX // ACB vs Zen-Core ABM

video upload by Starsky Carr

"For the first time we have ACB and Zencore models in the same synth. In this video I compare the new ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour) synth models in the Roland Fantom to its existing ABM (Analog Behaviour Modelling) Zen-Core Model Expansions.

In this I demo how the SH101 models differ from my vintage original, and show how the Jupiter 8 models have different functionality.

ACB is more processor intensive for your more extreme solo sounds, whereas ABM gives us more polyphony and layering options. To keep it simple in the video I refer to the ABM versions as Zen-Core, but just remember they are their own technology that is different to the standard Zen-Core synth engine"

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Synclavier Regen // The 7 stages of ownership

video upload by Starsky Carr

"It's not like other synths... it's part of music history... it's complex.. it's unique... it sounds amazing... it's a thing. I've had this for a few months now, and created a couple of tracks, made a patch bank, tried re synthesis, samples, additive synthesis, single cycle samples... whole sessions and complex partials.

Here's a rundown of my experience, what it is, how it works and how to get the most out of it. We go through a number of phases
Fascination and intrigue, confusion, understanding, discovery, exploration, acceptance before finally landing on enjoyment"

Monday, October 30, 2023

What is Analogue Solutions Maximus?

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Analogue Solutions has done it again.. gone and made another MASSIVE synth. Maximus is its first poly synth... and what a synth.

Here's a review and demo showing how all 8 voices are almost a complete synth including their own sequencer, with global control ensuring it can work as a poly.

I've been having too much fun using it like an 8 track analogue workstation!

For exclusive patches, samples and tutorials:

Some nice patch banks and samples etc:

Here's the MIDI master clock:"

0:00 Demo track 1
0:40 what is it
2:33 Demo Track 2
3:29 Overview
7:07 Poly Mode
11:40 Global Controls
15:07 Individual Voices
18:39 Filters
20:49 Sequencers
23:27 Envelopes
24:14 BBD
25:29 Wrapping Up
27:26 Demo Track 3

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Cherry Audio Introduces PS-3300 Virtual Analog Recreation of the KORG PS-3300 Synthesizer

video upload by Cherry Audio

"PS-3300 is an exactingly faithful virtual analog emulation of the colossal and ultra-rare semi-modular analog polyphonic synthesizer released by KORG in 1977. Cherry Audio has pulled out all the stops to accurately recreate and update this mythical monster synth, from its massive stacked sonic character and signature multiple‑resonator sweeps to the considerable patching capabilities that distinguished the PS-3300 from all other polysynths at the time."

Introduction to Cherry Audio's PS-3300 - Hosted by Tim Shoebridge

video upload by Cherry Audio

"To get users up and running with PS-3300, Cherry Audio and Tim Shoebridge of Sound Mangling have again teamed up to create an introductory tutorial video walking users through the history and extensive features of this massive virtual synthesizer instrument.

00:00 - Introduction
02:57 - The KORG PS-3300
04:38 - Cherry Audio's PS-3300

User Interface Basics
05:41 - Signal Generator Panels and Master Panel
06:33 - The Oscillators
08:15 - The Filters
09:22 - The EGs
10:54 - Keyboard Tracking
11:21 - The Resonators
13:00 - Modulation (LFOs)
16:45 - Temperament and Tuning Controls

Semi-Modular Patching with Virtual Cables
18:14 - Patching Basics
20:58 - Mod Wheel Patching
25:20 - Conclusion

Cherry Audio PS-3300 - a massive demo and tutorial for a massive synth

video upload by CatSynth TV

"Today we present the new PS-3300 from our friends at Cherry Audio, in partnership with the good people at the Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project (EMEAPP). The original Korg PS-3300 is a massive polyphonic semi-modular analog synthesizer with three independent polyphonic synth voices, each of which has a multi-waveform oscillator, low-pass resonant filter, a unique three-band resonator, independent tuning of each note of the scale and more. Cherry Audio's version recreates the look and sound of the original, and adds some additional modern features.

Such a beast of an instrument deserves a beast of a video, almost an hour in length, packed with details about the history of the instrument, how each part of the synth voice works, how to use all three together, the global and effects sections, and factory presets."

00:00 Introduction
00:26 History of the Korg PS-3300
01:33 Overview
02:39 Single voice - oscillator
05:40 Low pass filter
10:42 Resonators
13:56 Amplitude and frequency modulation (single voice)
17:56 More global modules
19:55 Temperament and intonation
23:48 Multiple voices
25:57 Multiple resonators and low-pass filters
34:27 Cross-voice modulation
39:23 Different temperaments on each voice
41:33 The effects section
48:48 Factory Presets
57:15 Conclusion

**NEW** Cherry Audio PS3300 // 3 polyphonic synths in a semi modular box

video upload by Starsky Carr

"This is one CRAZY synth!! 3 full polyphonic synths in one big box. Here's my review, demo and walkthrough of the Cherry Audio PS3300. It's a replica of the Korg of the same name from 1977. This is a great example of a unique and characterful synth from the days when they were figuring out how best to create and control the tones.

Each voice has a single oscillator, lowpass filter, ADSR envelope and 2 LFOs. The resonators are a great addition - 3 resonant BP filters per voice - gives a lush or crazy phasing effect.

Follow all this with Cherry Audios FX, and the scalable interface, MIDI control etc etc and you end up with something well worth picking up. Have a cheese sandwich for you dinner and pick this up instead of a pizza!"

0:00 what is it?
2:35 Oscillators
4:52 Filter
6:20 Envelope
7:22 Polyphony
7:41 Keyboard Volume Balance
8:18 Resonators
9:50 Amp Modulation
10:27 Keyboard CV Outputs
11:08 Mixer
13:08 CV Processors
15:23 Sample and Hold
16:21 CV Processors Signal Invert

Monday, October 09, 2023

Create Wavetables From Anything For Anything ... For free

video upload by Starsky Carr

Here I put the Prophet VS waves into the UDO Super 6, Waldorf M, Arturia Microfreak and Pigments using just a DAW and Audacity. It's a super flexible method and following this you should be able to sample any wave from anything you have to create a wavetable - the tricky bit was getting the cycle length sample accurate. Some require

Buy the packs here:

Or become a Patron:"

0:00 Making Wavetables isn't always easy
3:21 Tuning the Source Instrument
5:16 Create the Initial Samples
6:07 Fine Tuning the Samples
7:45 Creating the Single Cycles Sample in Audacity
10:26 Exporting Individual Files
11:22 Creating Wavetables
15:54 Take Care!
16:48 Changing the Cycle Length
17:39 Export as a Wavetable
18:24 Importing into the Microfreak
19:07 Change the Number of Samples per Wavetable
19:56 Change the Bitrate
20:55 Final Test - The Working Wavetables

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Can your Grandmother be a Prodigy?

video upload by Starsky Carr

See this post for details on the layoffs at Moog.

"It's got loads more functionality but has it got the raw tone? And what about playability of that infamous sync? Is it close enough or will you keep the Prodigy and get those 40 year old niggles fixed?

for the Prodigy sample pack:

0:00 A word about Moog
2:05 NOT a comparison... (well sort of)
3:53 Do the oscillators sound the same
5:28 What about the filter?
8:05 Sync.. the BIG Prodigy tone
11:29 What about long-term ownership?"

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

What's New? | PolyBrute - Firmware 3.0

video upload by Arturia

"Matt Pike gives you a guided tour of the fresh creative features, sonic enhancements, and useful fixes arriving with PolyBrute's firmware 3.0, from built-in distortion to new tuning options."

Playthrough | PolyBrute Firmware 3.0 - Presets

"Enjoy a sonic preview of PolyBrute's revamped preset library, courtesy of firmware 3.0, with sound designer Matt Pike. Each preset is designed to delve deeper into PolyBrute's unique expressivity, alongside the firmware's new features."

Polybrute Firmware V3 Update

video upload by Starsky Carr

"The Polybrute gets better and better.. Arturia have given us another surprise firmware update for the Polybrute. Lots of nice little additions in here, in particular the 7 new distortions plus FX routing, VCO tuning options and unison detune... and a fair bit more."

0:00 7 Distortions
1:13 FX Routing
2:31 VCO Tuning
3:14 Unison Detune
4:15 Poly Unison
5:04 Duo Pitch Bend
5:53 Stereo Layers
7:05 Arp Glide
7:53 Step Record Page Follow
8:32 Generate
9:03 Visuals and Misc

Distortion mode

Color and crush your polyphonic patches with a new page of effects: Distortion. This includes 7 types of crunch: Subtle Tape, Classic Distortion, Soft Clip, Worn Out Tape, Germanium, BitCrusher, and DownSample.

Flexible effects routing

Dig deeper into PolyBrute’s signal chain and rewire its effects to suit your sound design flow; both the Insert and Send modes can now be adjusted in terms of order.

New Stereo Layer mode

Allocate one voice to the left channel and one to the right to add increased natural width to PolyBrute’s sounds.

Enhanced tuning

A wider range of tuning options lets you adjust PolyBrute’s musical role in your projects, from tuning individual oscillators more deeply to transposing the keyboard to suit a particular track or style.

PolyBrute Connect

Communication between PolyBrute and its software counterpart is now quicker, smoother, and more intuitive, also accommodating other new features from firmware 3.0.

Workflow & expression improvements

Numerous fixes and much-requested additions to PolyBrute’s feature set, from reloading your last saved preset on startup to more features & parameters displayed on-screen in real-time.

Over 350 new presets

PolyBrute’s library has been totally reworked with new & enhanced presets that emphasize its expressivity, analog power, and new features like Distortion and Stereo Layer mode; hear the new library in action in Matt Pike’s dedicated playthrough video.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

The GODFATHER from Enjoy Electronics

video upload by Starsky Carr

"4 track mixer, with delays, compression, filters, LFOs, reverb all put together in a very sexy little package. The Godfather from Enjoy Electronics fits the Moog Studio rack and complements the Mother32, DFAM and Subharmonicon perfectly.

In this I build a track from a simple arpeggio using all the main features piece by piece, which should give a good overall impression of how it all works, and what it all does.

For patches, samples, and free stuff:"

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Roland TR-8S v3.0/TR-6S v2.0 Firmware Update Adds Roland CR-78 & TR-808 Chromatic Bass Instrument

Overview video upload by RolandChannel

"The TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performers continue their sonic evolution with TR-8S v3.0 and TR-6S v2.0 updates. These free upgrades add new instruments and features to the Rhythm Performers, including the legendary Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm and TR-808 Chromatic Bass. Plus, the TR-EDITOR gets a refresh with compact mode for smaller displays.

In this video, you’ll learn about the new enhancements added with the TR-8S v3.0 and TR-6S v2.0 updates:
00:00 Introduction
00:50 CompuRhythm CR-78 ACB Model
05:26 TR-808 Chromatic Bass

The original CR-78 CompuRhythm was launched in 1978 as the first mass-produced programmable rhythm machine. Now, the TR captures that magic with pristine ACB CR sounds, including 14 instruments and original preset patterns, as well as updated advanced patterns to pepper your beats with CR-78 zest. Plus, discover an array of new parameter controls to push the CR-78 into new sonic dimensions.

Tuned 808 basslines are a staple in genres like trap, hip-hop, electro, and other styles of electronic music. The new 808 Chromatic Bass instrument allows you to use motion recording to tune basslines with legit 808 bass sounds directly from the TR-8S and TR-6S—no DAW required.

To learn more about the TR-8S v3.0 update, please visit:

To learn more about the TR-6S v2.0 update, please visit:

To read about the CR-78 history, please visit:"

*NEW V3.00* Roland TR8S & TR6S (V2) with CR78 and Chromatic 808

video upload by Starsky Carr

"NEW FIRMWARE for the TR8S gives us an ACB model of the classic CR-78 in addition to a tuneable 808 kick. Use CTRL to tune by semitones for super easy 808 subs.

The CR78 tones are all tweak able, with decay and tuning plus attack on the kick, snappy on the snare and a metallic clang on the hats.

We also have the original CR78 rhythms... Bossa Nova here we come... :)"

And the press release:

"Free Updates Add an ACB Model of the Classic CR-78 CompuRhythm Drum Machine and a New TR-808 Chromatic Bass Instrument

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 12, 2023 — Roland announces significant system updates for the popular TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performer products. Available as free downloads, TR-8S Version 3.0 and TR-6S Version 2.0 feature an authentic ACB model of the CR-78 CompuRhythm—an influential Roland rhythm machine from the late 1970s—plus a new TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument for creating basslines. The companion TR-EDITOR app has also been updated with a compact UI option for more efficient operation on smaller displays.

The TR-8S and TR-6S carry on the long-running legacy of Roland rhythm machines, bringing legendary sounds together with the latest technologies and a host of fresh performance tools for today’s musicians, producers, and DJs. These powerful instruments feature authentic models of important TR products from the company’s history, including the TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, TR-727, and TR-606. With the addition of the CR-78 CompuRhythm, the TR-8S and TR-6S now offer the most complete collection of classic Roland rhythm machines available in hardware form.

TR drum machines have driven music culture for decades, forming the backbone of hip-hop, pop, and electronic styles and defining the sound of multiple genres and subgenres. Introduced in 1978, the CR-78 was a direct predecessor of the TR-808 and the first mass-produced programmable rhythm machine. Its distinctive sound has left its own indelible footprint on pop classics from the 1980s and beyond, and it remains highly sought-after in the vintage marketplace.

Brought to life with Roland’s ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology, the CR-78 model offers every sound and nearly all preset patterns from the original analog hardware. It also includes new patterns and advanced sound design capabilities made possible with the modern ACB approach.

Along with the CR-78, the TR-8S and TR-6S updates add a newly developed TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument. The sound of the TR-808 bass drum revolutionized popular music with its deep, rich sub-bass and punchy quality. Clever producers began using samples of this revered instrument to play the sound chromatically, creating a new hybrid voice that fills the role of both kick drum and bass. The TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument puts this ability at the user’s fingertips, allowing them to create tuned basslines with the versatile TR-808 bass drum in the TR-8S and TR-6S.

The free TR-EDITOR for macOS and Windows significantly enhances the workflow of the TR-8S and TR-6S, providing an easy-to-use graphical interface with expanded visual controls and organizational tools. The latest version includes a compact UI option that frees up screen space for using the editor along with other applications on small computer displays.

Availability & Pricing

The Roland TR-8S and TR-6S are available now for $749.99 and $399.99, respectively, in the U.S. The Roland TR-8S, TR-6S, and TR-EDITOR updates are available now for free."

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Analogue Solutions AMPLE // The BIG REVIEW review and demo

video upload by Starsky Carr

"A full walkthrough off the functions of Analog Solutions AMPLE. Its a 3 oscillator mono synth with its own version of a sequencer ... the PATTERNATOR. Not a knitting obsessed android from the future, but an unique take on an analog sequencer. All tied together with a pin matrix and with some extra control form the interval generator.

If you've ever wondered how you'd use something like this you've come to the right place. I demo the sound engine, how to use the matrix (it's not like a VST!) and put together some idea for the patternator, Snare Drum Noise and the beat pulses.


patches, samples and free stuff:

1:20 The Synth Engine
1:44 BIG 3VCO tone
2:46 Give me a P... Give me a W.. Give me an M
5:25 F to the M
7:05 VCO 3 as an LFO
7:44 Ring Modulator
8:53 Filter
15:01 Oscillator Sync
17:21 4 modes of the Patternator
26:17 More thoughts on using the pin matrix"

Analogue Solutions AMPLE

Thursday, September 07, 2023

Analogue Solutions AMPLE Demo by Starsky Carr

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Its Big, It's Fat & It's Beautiful - First Look at AMPLE the new synth from analogue maestro's ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS

A more in depth demo is coming soon, but here's a quick taster."

See this post for additional details on Analogue Solutions' new AMPLE synthesizer.

Analogue Solutions New Synthesizer Teaser: AMPLE

video upload by Analogue Solutions

Update: demo by Starsky Carr posted here.

Ample can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be: We have given this synth a large and diverse number of controls, that alongside the patch sockets, will give even the best and most experienced synthesist endless possibilities.

We have presented the controls in a user-friendly and familiar synth layout that, together with this manual and other resources, enables even the new guy to get great sounds.


"Ample is a compact analogue synthesizer. Analogue - as in really analogue. Aside from the MIDI chip (which has to be digital), everything else is totally analogue using real transistors and op-amps. There are no CPU-stabilised and quantised circuits, no DCOs, no digital LFOs and no digital EGs, as found on other so-called analogue synths. The circuitry is based on designs dating back to the mid-1970s. So Ample has a genuine old sound. The Best of all Ample combines the best elements of several of our recent products. -The sound elements of Fusebox -Jack patch points of Concussor Eurorack -Patch pin matrix of Vostok -Echo from Dr Strangelove -Sequencer and CV touch pads of Generator It shares all this yet still has its own sound!

Monday, August 28, 2023

Not just for bleeps and blops Pocket Operator Modular 400

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Playing big, brash and melodic lines with other eurorack compatible kit. The Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Modular 400 is so good at experimental and evolving ambient soundscapes using the onboard sequencer (which is much more flexible than it looks), that there's a whole lot of that already here on YouTube.

The pocket operator modular series has been reduced in price - enough to tempt me into buying the 'big' yellow 400 to see what it's all about.

I'm using it here with the Analog Solutions Colossus - just to have a listen to how well the little yellow one stacks up sonically to something with an undisputed quality tone. It does very well sequenced by the Arturia Keystep Pro, showing not only that it works with other kit, but also that its possible to pay melodic tracks with it, so thought demoing something big, brash and melodic would make a pleasant change"

Sunday, August 06, 2023

Boss DM101 vs MoogerFooger MF104

video upload by Starsky Carr

"2 analog BBD effects pedals - the Boss Dm101 is the new kid on the block and the moogerfooger 104M was discontinued a few years ago but commands very high prices on the used market.

If you're not interested in the modular capabilities of the Moogerfooger and just looking for that tone - can the Dm-101 match it? The Boss in 'classic' mode is along the same lines, but it does have 11 other modes including 6 stereo delays... so there's a lot more choice from that perspective. The Boss also has 127 preset slots and can send MIDI as well as receive it.

So.... that's the info - what abut the sounds.....?"

Thursday, August 03, 2023

UNO Synth Pro X // review and demo

video upload by Starsky Carr

"The Evolution of the IK Multimedia UNO... Its grown knobs!! ... and buttons.. and is a lot better for it. It's the new Uno Synth Pro X. Here's my demo and review, but if you know the channel you'll know I'm a fan of this analog synth. Its predecessors never looked like they sounded - this not only looks the part, but sounds it too.

Any reservations anyone had about the UNO Synth Pro were not about the sound, just the interface. So this is a very welcome update."

0:00 The UNO Evolution
2:50 Hardware & Interface
9:38 Uno Pro vs Uno Pro X
10:42 It's got 2 Oscillators
15:16 It's got 2 Filters
21:03 Modulation
22:55 Effects
31:52 Demo - Ambient Pads
34:16 Arpeggiator
35:29 Sequencer
37:23 Bassline Mode
38:41 Round-up
39:54 Some Presets

Click here for additional posts on the UNO Synth Pro X.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Osmose // The 7 Stages of Ownership

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Don't be scared - The Osmose isn't like other synths... but its nothing to be afraid of! In fact it feels like we're entering a new more enlightened era. One where we can show more emotions... let's not call it a woke synth though, I could get in all sorts of trouble ;) Would it wear a pink cowboy hat if going to watch barbie? who knows - but it does display A LOT of emotion and dynamics.

Just for fun I've swapped the 7 stages of grief to the 7 stages of enlightenment - because you do go through a process as you play with it. I haven't whitewashed over the negatives either as its all part of the journey. The software can be a b*tch at first, and its so frustrating that a few tweaks to the manual would've saved me a day or so of headscratching.

Overall though... phwoar!!

There are free patches and samples and stuff to buy here:

0:00 1 Shock - overview of the hardware
2:11 2 Realisation - whats MPE and how does it work
12:22 3 Conceptualisation - how to use it & controlling the sensitivity
15:21 4 Understanding - getting to grips with the Haken Editor
24:58 5 Rejection - some minor issues and some bigger ones
32:29 6 Acceptance - integrating into your studio
33:12 7 Enlightenment - Sunny Uplands of Synthershire"

Monday, July 17, 2023

Biggest Pad EVER! 216 VCOs **FREE SAMPLES** Analogue Solutions Colossus

video upload by Starsky Carr

"How on Earth would you use a monster analog modular powerhouse in practise? Imagine squeezing one into your massive studio and having to meet a deadline for your latest blockbuster soundtrack. Incorporating such a retro-tech monster piece of kit into a modern workflow and studio always intrigued me. A couple of weeks with it and all is becoming clear.

It's a source of sounds and inspirations.... so sample them!

The sample packs are available here:"

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Two New Cherry Audio Octave Cat Videos

Videos by CatSynth TV and Starsky Carr have been added to the announcement post here.


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

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