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Monday, November 20, 2023

Unlocking '90s Magic: Grooving with the Roland MC-303!

video upload by Electronisounds Audio

"The MC-303 came out in 1996 and the Factory Patterns are are exploding with 90's flavor!

I wanted to make sure everything still works ok before putting it up for sale, and while doing so, I got inspired by the factory patterns to pair it up with my 'Dub Techno Deep Dive' sound bank for the 1010 Music Blackbox Sampler/Groovebox and make some housey nineties inspired beats.

You can check out the Dub Techno Deep Dive sound bank here:"

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Quasimidi Sirius Synthesizer w/ Custom Copper/Gold/Bronze Knobs

via this auction

"Quasimidi Sirius, Synthesizer, Groove-Box and Vocoder in excellent condition including microphone.

The Sirius is a keyboard groove-synth and vocoder, featuring a subtractive hybrid-tone-generation synthesizer referred to as DTE ('Difficult To Explain') synthesis introduced in 1997 by Quasimidi. It features a both real-time and step sequencer with pattern and song modes, capable of acting basic drum machine, groove-box, or sound-module. It is 7x multitimbral and has 28-voice polyphony across it's 7 tracks, with track selecting a (track-specific) sound within 96 sounds (per bank) of preset- or user-writeable sounds."

Access Virus Rack Synthesizer SN H10000127

via this auction

Note the display isn't backlit in the images below. Anyone know if these have the ability to switch it on and off?

Studio Electronics C.o.d.e. 8 w/ CS-80 filters and fuzz

via this auction

"Among the worlds most powerful analog poly synth flagships

This unit boasts six different filter types (see pics) including the CS-80 filters on each of the eight voices. There are eight fuzz distortion boards, one on each of the eight voices, globally turned on and off on the front panel switch. This thing is pretty dang fully expanded.

Analog sound designers dream, add an eventide and you're on the moon."

Oberheim Xpander 6-Voice Desktop Synthesizer

via this auction

"Mint Oberheim Xpander purchased from the producer TJR, who originally got it from ToneTweakers a few years ago. They future proofed it"

Seuential Circuits TOM with Tauntek TOM16 extansion

video upload by ohm_studi_ohm

"The Sequential TOM was already a great drum machine at the time it was released, with a lot of nice features, especially regarding MIDI implementation. You could play, record, synchronise the machine over MIDI and adjust sample direction, volume, pitch and pan of every sample either on the device or over MIDI, in real time and for every step ! That gives you lots of possible variations. Not many drum machines could could achive that at the time.

And now thanx to another amazing engineering by Tauntek you can have 16 kits in the instrument at all time, without the need to switch cartridges. And even more important: you can swap the internal kit samples as well as the cartridge ones, enabling for any combination of 2 kits you wish. This is impossible with cartridges or other upgrade available, and only possible thanx to Tauntek firmware. And that makes a huge difference. Note that you can only have 15 sounds at hand not 16. The 8th pad from the cartridge layer is always a trigger out message and won't trigger a sound, even if the loade kit has 8 sounds.

You can even make your own kits if you have access to an Eprom programmer.
Check Tauntek dedicated page for more info (
This unit also had its RAM maxed out, expanding the internal 8k to 32k and thus bringing the stock 2,300 notes capacity to a whopping 10,400. And believe me you run very quickly out of memory if you make some complex patterns with different variations.

So here is the demo, i didn't make patterns demos for each of the 16 kits but you'll get the idea, and I didn't go too deep into external MIDI playing/programming but bare in mind you can record instrument tuning pitch, volume, pan and sample direction (reverse) for every instrument on every step.

Here is the timeline:
00:00 stock kit patterns
02:28 TR808 kit patterns
03:56 TR909 kit patterns
05:08 TR606 kit patterns
06:25 CR78 kit patterns
07:17 sound preview of all the kits included in the box
11:18 quick realtime patterns programming using external pads

list of the kits included in the TOM16:
SCI Internal
SCI Basic Percussion
SCI Contemporary
SCI Latin Percussion
SCI Special Effects
Drumware Rock Drums
Drumware Techno Drums
Drumware Orchestral
Drumware Percussion 3
Drumware Hippefex
Drumware Analog Drums
Roland TR808
Roland TR909
Roland CR78A
Roland CR78B
Roland TR606"

METACONFORMER Combiner Tutorial (SOMA labs)

video upload by Vlad Kreimer

"The manual:"

See the announcement post here for an additional demo, pics and details.

Boredbrain Xcelon and XP3 brief introduction

video upload by Boredbrain Music

"It’s finally here! Adam briefly introduces Xcelon, a new fully-featured eurorack mixer from Boredbrain, along with its companion the XP3 channel expander.

Xcelon is an all-analog six-channel stereo audio mixer for eurorack modular systems. With an interface designed for immediate hands-on control and visual feedback, plus extensive CV and expandability, the module is a powerful mixing tool for both performance and production.

- Six stereo/dual-mono channels with low-noise analog circuitry
- Two stereo FX sends and two dedicated FX returns
- Two stereo output mix busses selectable per-channel
- Variable input gain for both modular and line-level sources
- Long-travel volume faders with responsive LED indicators
- Balance controls with pan law curve and dual-mono crossfade mode
- Clickless mutes and VU meters on all channels
- Twenty-six discrete control voltage inputs
- Configurable jumpers for pre/post-fader FX and meters, plus volume VCA mode
- Expansion ports for channel expanders, direct outputs, and more"

Ableton Push3, Air & Roland JP-8080

video upload by Akihiko Matsumoto

Sequencer:Ableton Air (
Synth: Roland JP-8080
Ableton Push3 Standalone

Behringer's UB-Xa Arrives

video upload by Behringer

"The long wait is over. The UB-Xa is ready to be unleashed.

After 6 years of intense development, what started as a labor of love morphed into a development of the most complex and versatile platform to serve not only the UB-Xa but all our polyphonic synthesizers we have planned.

'A special thank you goes to all our engineers and beta testers who spent years with us designing, engineering, testing, and fine tuning this beautiful instrument. We are immensely grateful for all your contribution.' - Uli

Music and Video created by Patrick with the UB-Xa."

Update: "List Price: $1,499 (stay tuned for a little surprise)"

Behringer notes it will be available on Amazon of all places.

"Classic Analog 16-Voice Multi-Timbral Polyphonic Synthesizer with 8 Vintage Modes, Dual VCFs and 61-Key Poly After-Touch Keyboard

Embrace the legacy and make your mark on history with the UB-Xa from Behringer. More than just a recreation of a classic synthesizer, we’ve made sure that the UB-Xa has all the bells, whistles and characteristics that came with the original, but it’s also filled to the brim with modern features such as velocity and after-touch, 512 user program memories and comprehensive MIDI implementation. This makes for a well-rounded synth that’ll make friends with anything in your setup.

Faithful Recreation and More
To recreate its iconic growl and sizzle, we dove deep into the inner workings of the original OB-Xa and brought them into the 21st century including all its original factory patches that made the 80s roar. Thanks to its VCOs and VCFs heavily based on the original 3340 and 3320 chip designs, 16 voices and the ability to split its keyboard so you can layer 2 different sounds, the UB-Xa is capable of conjuring up massive sounding riffs.

An Icon for the Icons
The UB-Xa is a synth like no other that stands on the shoulders of giants! Its legacy is what gave birth to the 80s most iconic hits from the world’s most famous artists! From Rush’s Geddy Lee, The Police, Prince to Van Halen, and even the iconic Terminator theme composed by Brad Fiedel, the UB-Xa’s lineage is filled only with the greats and now you can make your own mark on history as well."

Soon to be available on Amazon.

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