MacBeth M3X and MacBeth Elements!

February 23, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Nearly 15 years ago came my first commercial product…theE MacBeth M3X…..seen here now with my 2015 blaster, the MacBeth Elements Synthesizer! The M3X is doing the bass stuff- the Elements most of the lead stuff. There is much Tape Delay Simulator and Spring Reverberator stuff going on here…as for say, apologies as usual for the second rate keyboardmanship….but as you possibly can tell, in the hands a of a skilled player….it’s some machine!

Continuous note shaping on the acoustic piano

February 23, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a demonstration of the magnetic resonator piano, an electromagnetically-enhanced acoustic piano that allows the pianist to continuously control the volume and timbre of every note.

McPherson’s Magnetic Resonator Piano preserves all the sounds and techniques of the acoustic piano, while expanding its vocabulary to include:

  • Infinite sustain
  • Crescendos (including crescendos from silence)
  • Harmonics on each string (8 to 16 harmonics are usable on the lower strings)
  • New timbres which can be shaped in real time
  • Subtle pitch bends

In contrast to the conventional (hammer-actuated) piano sound, the sounds of the MRP are pure and ethereal, emphasizing the fundamental frequency of each string over its high partials.

All the ghostly sounds that are lost when you compress to mp3

February 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

“moDernisT” was created by salvaging the sounds and images lost to compression via the mp3 and mp4 codecs. the audio is comprised of lost mp3 compression material from the song “Tom’s Diner”,
famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests to develop the MP3 encoding algorithm.
Here we find the form of the song intact, but the details are just remnants of the original. the video was created by takahiro suzuki in response to the audio track and then run through a similar algorithm after being compressed to mp4. thus, both audio and video are the “ghosts” of their respective compression codecs. version one.

Elektron Overbridge with Cenk aka Dataline

February 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron Product Specialist Cenk aka Dataline walks us through the version of Elektron Overbridge shown at NAMM, which despite being labeled a ‘work in progress’ looks remarkably slick and stable.

Overbridge is Elektron’s first foray into computer software and will be a free add-on for Analog Four, Analog Keys and Analog Rytm. The key features of Overbridge are full VST/AU control—essentially the ability to treat your Elektron hardware like plug-ins—over the compatible products, bi-directional USB audio streaming at 24-bit quality, and total recall of analog sounds and sequences, where settings for your Elektron hardware are automatically recalled along with your DAW project.

Mellotron 4000D Mini First Look

February 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mellotron 4000D Mini First Look

The M4000D MINI Mellotron was developed to meet the needs of keyboardists who want a small, light digital Mellotron. The Mini is also designed to fit perfectly on top of the regular M4000D to make a dual-manual Mellotron.


  • High-quality semi-weighted Fatar piano style keyboard with velocity sensitivity. No aftertouch.
  • Lightweight sheet metal cabinet, fits perfectly on the M4000D, total weight only 21 pounds (9.5 kg).
  • Same output signals as the M4000D, but only unbalanced 1/4″ connectors.
  • The weight is 9.5 kg instead of 17.5 kg for the regular M4000D.
  • Dimensions: 807x329x76 mm

For more information: Mellotron site.

Elektron Analog Rytm Live Demo

February 22, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Elektron Analog Rytm Live Demo
Only Elektron Analog RYTM

KOMA Elektronik Komplex Sequencer: MC-202 Jam

February 21, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Here, we are controlling a Roland MC-202 with the Komplex Sequencer. The MC-202 runs through a KOMA ELEKTRONIK BD-101 pedal. The Komplex Sequencer also clocks the Korg Volca Beats. Sequencer A of the Komplex Sequencer controls the CV/Gate of the MC-202, and Sequencer C CVs the Delay Time of the BD-101. The clocks of all sequencers are patched together. In the second half of the video, Sequencer B CVs the Sequencer Start Point of Sequencer A, while Sequencer D CVs the Transpose function of Sequencer A. The Sequence Length, Play Mode and Division are changed by hand to further complicate the pattern playing. Feel it!

More information on the KOMA Elektronik KOMPLEX Sequencer and all the other devices we make:

Verbos Electronics Touch Keyboard in DIY case

February 21, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A new DIY case with all at the moment available Eurorack Modules of Verbos Electronics including the new Touchplate Keyboard. (plus some Doepfer modules with red knobs)

KORG ARP Odyssey (2015) vs. ARP Odyssey MK.III (1978) comparision test

February 21, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


c) 2015 synthesizer demo by RetroSound
supported by UVI:
comparision demo KORG ARP ODYSSEY (2015) vs. ARP ODYSSEY Mk.III (1978)

Here is the A / B comparison test. It is very important to say that compared to my old ARP Odyssey Mk.III from 1978. The synth is 100% technically ok, calibrated and in practically in mint condition.

On the new KORG ARP Odyssey are three different filter types (Rev.1 to Rev.3) available and only filter type III is used here in the test. The owner manual for this filter is to comply with the 24 dB/oct low-pass filter (filter 4075) of the Odyssey Mk.III. Furthermore, the Drive function of the new ARP Odyssey is deactivated because it is not this the original. In order to maintain absolute equality, the audio samples were recorded directly via the same audio input without any external effects, compressors or equalizers and then recorded on HD.

In the audio examples, it was not aware of keyboard acrobatics, the focus was more on the key features of sound production as basic sound of the oscillators including pulse width modulation, the filter, ringmodulator, the VCO sync function and especially the speed of the envelopes to make a meaningful comparison to get.
If the old ARP some sounds louder sounds than the KORG, then is that the result of all the parameters.
For example, the sound filter in position III thinned at a high response from KORG out much more and loses its foundation as the old Odyssey MK.III. On both synths is the VCA fader on top position. The sound of the new KORG ARP is more clean, especially in the bass spectrum. The old ARP is a bit noisy and sounds a bit more organic.

some sounds are sequenced over cv/gate with the Doepfer Dark Time step sequencer.

Highland ambience – Roland SH-1 & Eventide Space

February 21, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Someone here recently asked me which of my synths was my favourite – I’d probably say the Roland SH-1, followed by the Micromoog perhaps. This is a re-recording of something I uploaded 3 years ago, and I initially posted this on my other channel ‘tomorrowthecure’, but since so few find that channel I thought I’d upload it here too. The outdoor footage is from the highlands of Scotland, the camera was old, and youtube compression has made it look even worse, but the the sounds and images are connected in my mind, so there it is.

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