In-depth Guide to the SSL 1660 The Matrix Algorithmic Composer Module


Synthesist John L Rice shared this complete guide to the latest Synthetic Sound Labs module, The Matrix Algorithmic Composer model 1660.

The Matrix is a deterministic algorithmic sequencer, inspired by the rare Triadex Muse from 1969.

The SSL module was designed by Doug Slocum and programed by Harold Screven, and is based on the Triadex Muse, which was created around 1969 by Edward Fredkin and Marvin Minsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). The Triadex Muse was designed to be a part of a generative music and visualization system, and was one of the earliest digital music sequencers.

Topics covered:

0:00 – Beginning/Introduction Reel

1:48 – Brief Layout Overview

3:12 – Interval Controls and Binary Basics

5:33 – Normal vs Rest

6:10 – Scale Quantizer

6:45 – The C3 and C6 Difference

8:00 – Distraction and Audio Out Processing

9:00 – Back To Rests Plus Resets

10:41 – Partial Review Before Moving On

13:56 – Theme Controls and Shift Register Basics

17:42 – The Linear Feed Back Shift Register

20:42 – LFSR Pattern Watching

22:15 – Patch Example 1 – Clock Dividers and Quantizers

24:31 – Patch Example 2 – Audio Out as Modulation Source

27:51 – Patch Example 3 – External Shift Register and Quantizers

31:53 – End

The Matrix is available now for $425.

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