Synth Geekery 163

In episode 163 we are discussing why we love that ARP sound! We’re also going over a stack of new products announced at Superbooth 2022! Plus all the usual segments!

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About the Synth Geekery Show

Synth Geekery is a weekly podcast/live stream (YouTube) show about everything synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, sequencers, eurorack and music technology. We take the “one of the masses” viewpoint, where we are also users of gear just like you (read: we’re not influenced by commercial product placement).

The show relies on the generous contributions of the synth community. You can contribute in many ways including supporting us via our YouTube Channel Membership or Patreon. We also have regular and special video guests: if you would like to take part in future shows – please contact me via email on the about page here.


This week’s video guests are:

Andrew Brooks


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Andy resides in the UK and has been a regular member of the show since 2020. He has performed live and offers a wealth of knowledge for live electronic music setups and small studio configurations.

Daren T. Housse

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Daren resides in the UK and is one of the first video guests on the show since 2019. He has a large amount of tracks on his youtube channel plus a great album collection over on BandCamp.



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Funny Side

The funny side segment is a collection of memes that are somewhat relevant to the synth geekery community. Some of these images are taken from Facebook, Instagram and other social media sources. Please respect the creators. Hope you enjoy this week’s selection:

News from the Geekery

This week we have a big list of new synths and gear:

Ritual Electronics Aranea

5×5 Active Matrix Mixer with attenuverters. Column mixes, diagonal mixes. CV patching is also DC-coupled.


Price: TBA

X1L3 Manipulator

This interesting looking module is a 22HP manual control cluster. It features two joysticks and twelve momentary push button gates. You can also use the two joysticks as push button gates.

The joysticks output CV across x and y axis (can be calibrated to bipolar or monopolar and range can be set). The gate is activated by pushing the joystick in (button press).

The buttons can output high on key press and low on release.

You can use this to control anything – from drum gate triggers, to modulation control. The uses are endless.

Price: 250 GBP – available now



We are being teased this incredible new desktop synth called Nina. The full details will be released at Summer NAMM 2022. From what we can see in the video it has motorized potentiometers and a very retro-futuristic interface with the 70’s-style red buttons.

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Price Watch

This week, we are looking at some interesting auctions and used gear for sale. Here are the images/screen shots:

Name that Synth

This week’s Name That Synth segment has been provided by _____! Thanks so much 🙂 How did you go?

Saturday Sonority

Saturday Sonority is the early show and after show content of the live stream.

Why we love the ARP sound

ARP 2600