We will have, as we did last year, a Synthesizer Petting Zoo. This allows attendee’s to check out special and/or unusual gear in a safe and secure environment, with headphones.
Please check the list below to avoid unnessesary duplication and then fill out the form and submit for each instrument you plan on displaying in this space.
:::PLEASE PLAN ON BRING A STAND FOR YOUR SUBMISSION:::
NOTE: This is not the place to dump junk or to feature things you want to sell, unless they are special, unusual and/or unique.
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|Folktek||Terran Therasynth||Tabletop Electro-Acoustic Instrument||Al Baldwin (Pallid Mask)||A touch synth built into a custom hardwood box with an intentionally aged touch-plate. The touch-plate reacts to the players body capacitance to trigger the internal oscillators. The result is a piece capable of drone or synth lines and nasty noise. The layout of the touch plate is designed to make it easily playable in a percussive manner.|
|Novation||UltraNova||Keyboard||Chris Wikman||7-key Synthesizer, USB Controller & Audio Interface with Touch-sensitive Encoders, Built-in Vocoder, and Gooseneck Microphone. Analog-modeled synth with Automap. Wavetable synthesis, 14 filter types, six envelopes, a trio of LFOs, and effects.|
|Buchla||Music Easel||Suitcase Synthesizer||Mike Hunter (Ombient)||he new incarnation of the 1973 Buchla Music Easel is a portable, performance-oriented instrument as close as possible to the original. We have used the same circuits, mechanical design and graphic theme that made the original an ergonomic dream to grab hold of and create organic electronic music from the soul.
The Music Easel is comprised of 2 units: a 218 Touch Keyboard Controller and a 208 Stored Program Sound Source, both housed in a rugged carrying case. Together these modules allow both real-time control from the keyboard pads, knobs, sliders, switches and patch points. Additionally the Music Easel supports the included original Program Cards (user-defined presets using resistors, 1973-style!) as well as future interface cards with more modern patch storage/editing/control/interfacing.
|Electro-Comp||EML-101||Vintage Keyboard||Mike Hunter (Ombient)||The EML-101 is a patchable (1/4'' patch cords) semi-modular synth with a pre-wired voice path that can be over-ridden via patching.
It has 4 oscillators with multiple sweepable waveforms. It is also Duophonic. It includes a 12DB/ocy sweepable multi-mode filter with
resonance, two envelope generators, ring/amplitude modulator, noise, and sample-and-hold. In addition, the 101 makes no distinction between
control voltage and audio paths allowing just about any source to be patched to any control or audio input in any order.
|Soma Laboratory||Lyra-8||Tabletop Synth||Mike Hunter (Ombient)||8 discreet, individually tunable, analog oscillators with strange routing and modulation options and an LFO (with ANDing and ORing) modulatable dual delay.|
|Moog Music Inc.||Model D (Re-issue)||Keyboard||Mike Hunter (Ombient)||The synth that started it ALL.|
|John Bowen||Solaris||Keyboard||Robert Dorschel||http://www.johnbowen.com/ The Solaris is a boutique high-end digital keyboard with a processor built in that's clocked so high, the unit sounds analog, digital, and everything in between. With six screens and assignable knobs per function. Designed by John Bowen, father of vector synthesis, who has worked for Moog, Sequential Circuits, and Korg all in their prime. At last count, there are less than 350 of these in the world. (Note from Robert: in my opinion, this is the precursor to the Prophet X, with less focus on sample manipulation)|
|Roland||System-8||Keyboard||Robert Dorschel||This is a love/hate synth for many players today. But in Robert's opinion, it's a keeper solely on the basis of having not only it's own modern System-8 synth engine, but three classic models, all built in: The Jupiter-8, Juno-106, and now the JX3P with the most recent OS update. The hidden gem in this synth is that you can use the sequencer portion to automate any parameter. This is a future classic. Robert also "tricked it out" with the custom aluminum side panels, so it resembles the original Jupiter-8.|
|Novation||Peak||Tabletop Synth||Robert Dorschel||The Peak is the latest synth to come from Novation. It’s an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesiser with three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice. The synth has a resonant multi-mode analogue filter for each voice, and three distortion points in an analogue signal chain. If all that sounds like Greek to you, here's the short version: It sounds awesome.|
|Roger Linn Designs||LinnStrument||Midi Controller||Robert Dorschel||The LinnStrument (created by Roger Linn) is an expressive controller, offering three dimensions of expression using just your fingertips. The best way to play is as if you are playing a violin--wiggle your fingers back and forth, or slide left to right. The note layout from row to row is identical to a guitar; so if you know guitar chords, you have an advantage in learning how to play a LinnStrument. Please keep in mind this makes no sounds of it's own, it just sends out controller data to any attached synthesizer; it's the synth that makes the sound.|
|Elektron||Analog Keys||Keyboard||Ron Homes||The Elektron Analog keys is a 4 voice synth capable of mono or polyphonic timbre. It has (up to) a 64 step sequencer that can be applied to each of the 4 voices. And each voice can have it's own effects (chorus, delay, and reverb) applied to it. Trigger locks on each step of every sequence allows you to apply any effect on just that step or several adjoining steps. You can create your own patches (sounds) , save and easily recall them when needed. You can set up a bank where, by pressing a button, it loads in all 4 voices with their effects instantly. This allows you to create and pre-load several banks so you can switch sounds very easily during your performance. In Song mode several sequences can be strung together for performance allowing you build up a song and then tweak the number of bars played, transpose, etc in real time. In Performance mode you can assign knobs to various elements (pitch, envelopes, filters, effects) so you can change the sound during performance without having to menu dive. It has 2 envelopes and 2 LFO's which can be routed to any destination. Audio from other sources can be routed into the instrument to provide effects for that external source. And it has 4 Cv/Gate jacks to control external modular gear with control voltage.|
|Alesis||Ion||Keyboard||Tom Bruce||The Ion has 8-voice polyphony with 3 oscillators per voice, and is 4-part multi-timbral. It offers continuously variable wave shapes (sine waves can morph into square waves), plus osc-sync and FM synthesis. 16 filter types are included, along with two LFOs, Sample & Hold, and an Arpeggiator-all of which sync to MIDI clock. A powerful and intuitive modulation matrix is built in, as well as a 40-band vocoder that does not use up any polyphony. External stereo audio can be processed through the filters, effects, or the vocoder. Though not a true analog like the Andromeda A6, the Ion is capable of creating a wide variety of sounds from warm thick analog pads all the way to gritty monophonic leads and basses, as well as some funky and realistic sound effects. The Ion also simulates the best of the classic analogs such as Oberheims, Roland Jupiters, Arps, Moogs, etc, largely due to its great filters.|
|Access||Virus Indigo||Keyboard||Tom Bruce||The Indigo is a successor to the Virus B, with builtin keyboard and a few other goodies.|
|Moog||Sub-37||Keyboard||Tom Bruce||Perform in Mono or Duo modes • 37-note velocity sensitive keyboard w/ aftertouch • 2 modulation busses w/ assignable source and destinations • DAHDSR (Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release) looping envelopes with sync • 256 Presets -16 banks of 16 patches • Syncable Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer • Classic Moog Ladder Filter with resonance, MultiDrive, and selectable filter slopes. The Sub 37 Tribute's new features include Duo Mode, which allows oscillator 1 and oscillator 2 to be played independantly, programmable arpeggiator/step sequencer, two modulation busses with assignable source and destination options, access to 256 presets, and a 37-note velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch. A fully featured mixer section contains dedicated controls and mutes for each sound source, as well as a level control for External audio input and Feedback - which feeds the output of the filter directly back to the input of the mixer. Also included are the powerful DAHDSR envelopes from the Sub Phatty with panel control of each extended function.|
|Korg||MicroKorg||Keyboard||Tom Bruce||The microKorg is a very cool and retro-looking version of the MS2000 analog modeling synthesizer. This compact keyboard is designed for portability and can run on batteries! But inside the microKorg is the exact same synthesis engine and sounds found in the killer MS2000 and MS2000R synths|
|Roland||Juno 106||Keyboard||Bill Fox||Highly lauded for its programmability and classic analog sound, the Roland Juno-106 has earned a place in the hearts of synth-lovers everywhere since its release in 1984. Boasting six-voice polyphony, fantastic flexibility thanks to its MIDI capabilities, a hands-on interface for super-productive workflow, and "digitally controlled" analog oscillators for tuning stability along its analog signal path, the Juno-106 carried on the legacy of its predecessors, the Juno-6 and the Juno-60.|