Synth Geekery 236

In episode 236 we talked about Ableton 12! Plus all the usual segments! Funny Side, News from the Geekery, Price Watch, Name that Synth …

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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.

Your Host

Ranzee (Ranz Adamson) is your show host. He’s based in Perth, Western Australia and has been a hobbyist musician and technologist for most of his life. More information can be found about him here.




This week’s video guests are:

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.


Andy is a musician and technologist from the bay area in California. He has an amazing collection of music tech gadgets and a large knowledge of synthesizers.


Chris – Maikshifter

Chris is a musician and technologist from Perth, Western Australia. He’s always had a love for creating and tinkering with music electronics and has recently embarked on a new journey creating eurorack modules.


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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:


Teia Synthesizers SkipLog

3 Channel 8HP Rhythmic Probability Processor designed for inventive rhythmic exploration in modular setups. Introduce unpredictable rhythmic possibilitis to your creative flow.


  • 3-Channel Gate and Trigger random probability processor
  • Manual Probability control knob
  • CV Probability control (+5/-5)
  • 3-Channel Sequence Recording and Looping
  • Adjustable loop Length from 1 to 16 or 32 steps (selected on the back) per channel
  • Mute channels individually
  • Invert channels individually
  • Choke sets channel priorities
  • Selectable Gate or Trigger output (+5V)
  • Gate to Trigger converter
  • Adjustable trigger size 2ms or 20ms (selected on the back)
  • Easy Firmware updates

Price: $199


Modular Grid:

Behringer Spring Reverberation 636

The 636 is an analog spring reverb based on the 1960’s with an authentic reproduction of the original Grampian Reverberation Unit Type 636 circuitry. The unit has a built-in spring reverb tank with dual mechanical springs. There’s an overload circuit for analog overdrive. The spring reverb decay time lasts for approx 2 seconds. The module is desktop or eurorack mountable.



Behringer UB-Xa Mini

Behringer teasing another “mini” synth. This time it’s the UB-Xa Mini. Based on the UB-Xa voicing.

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Behringer CZ-1 Mini

Behringer teasing another Mini synth – this time they’re announcing the CZ-1 Mini has been tooled at the factory and ready for beta testing. They are expected to sell for $99

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Price: $99


Behringer RD-78

Based on the Roland CR-78 drum machine, but made using the same form-factor as the RD-6 TD-3 chassis/system. The RD-78 has been teased on Behringer’s Facebook page.

RD-78 is now up and running!

We are in the last stages of pre-production and are working closely with our beta testers to ensure the unit sounds spot on.

And for those who love the technical details, we have incorporated the exact same circuitry into the design, including the original coils and LC filters.

The team is filled with excitement about this legendary drum machine.

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Price: TBA (expected to sell for the same as the RD-08/RD-09)


Analogue Solutions Maximus

Labelled as a “true polyphonic” synthesizer. The Analogue Solutions Maximus is now shipping for 22,500 GBP. The 16 VCO / 8 voice semi-modular stereo polysynth woos passer-by’s with it’s massive visual presence. What you get:


  • 2 VCO
  • 1 Mixer
  • 3 12dB filters – LP, BP, HP
  • 2 Full ADSR envelopes
  • 1 16 step note/modulation loop sequencer
  • 1 BBD style retro echo
  • 1 Main out VCA
  • 1 White Noise
  • 1 Sub Osc
  • 1 Portamento / Glide
  • 1 VCO tune Vernier dial
  • Generous selection of cross modulation controls.


  • 1 VC LFO
  • 1 LFO with delay
  • 1 LFO
  • 8 channel stereo mixer
  • 2 Real spring reverbs
  • 3 Master control knobs : tune, detune, cutoff
  • 1 Poly MIDI to CV converter
  • 4 Key modes
  • 2 MIDI Sync modes
  • MIDI in, out, thru
  • 4 key assign modes
  • 1 Multiple
  • Generous modulation routing


  • Metal cabinet
  • Birch ply real wood
  • Healthy set of jack sockets for patching on all panels

Price: 22,500.00 GBP


IOLabs Particles

Particles offers the possibility to create music using our creative physics engine. Add particles, animated surfaces, portals, black holes and generate gates on collisions, CV output voltages & quantized melodies! Each particle can have entirely unique physics parameters including acceleration, velocity, mass & gravity! All interact in your simulation to create collisions and XY positional data that can be mapped to generate musically useful gates, voltages & notes. Collisions for some particles may even be switched off so that they move freely around the screen without colliding with other simulation elements. Multiple quantize zone maps can be used simultaneously to create chords and multiple particles may be mapped to the same output to allow transposition of melodies. CV outputs can be set to send a transposed voltage from another output for easy chord generation. One particle can control all outputs or all particles (up to 50) can control one output, and anything in between. As with Flux, we have aimed to keep the module as flexible as possible. All simulations can be drawn from scratch using the touchscreen or simulations can also be crafted in fine detail by inputting exact values in the UI.

Price: 419 GBP (via Kickstarter)


Moog Animoog Galaxy on Apple Vision Pro

Price: $29.99 (USD)


Price Watch

Find below images and links to the items we showed for the price watch segment.

Kay Rhythm Machine
Oberheim UB-X

Name That Synth

No name that synth this week – send one in!

If you are after more information about Name that Synth – please check out this page here.

Saturday Sonority

This week’s Saturday Sonority we talked about Ableton 12.