Vintage Synth Recording Workshop, Los Angeles, Saturday, July 11, presented by Deep Signal Studios

Vintage Synth Recording Workshop, Los Angeles, Saturday, July 11, presented by Deep Signal Studios

Deep Signal Studios will hold its first Vintage Synth Recording Workshop in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 11, 2016 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, at the Handbag Factory in Downtown Los Angeles. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop, headphones, and audio interface to track vintage synthesizer parts for their midi sequences or live keyboard playing. This workshop is a unique opportunity for producers to use highly-sought after vintage hardware synths for their music productions. This is a free event.

UPDATE: We have announced a 2016 event. Details here.

UPDATE: See photos and videos of this 2015 event.

USB-MIDI interfaces will be available for attendees to use. Or they can leave their laptops at home (or for those who work desktop-only) and bring midi files on a USB drive and have the synth parts tracked by Deep Signal Studios’ engineers from any of the synths through a UA Apollo interface into Ableton Live, Logic, Pro Tools and then transfer the audio back to the USB drive for home-mixing for a nominal fee. Attendees will also have the chance to hang out, meet fellow producers and enjoy refreshments. RSVP on Facebook.

Software emulators are great but they do not capture the nuances of real hardware synthesizers. Analog synths are currently enjoying a second renaissance with the Eurorack modular and vintage reissue explosion after 15 years of softsynths being used in mainstream productions. As more producers realize the power of analog synthesizers, prices for vintage pieces continue to rise, and those who have them tend to hold on to them. For the bedroom producer, going to a studio to access hardware synths might seem kind of audacious, so we want to make it a little easier and more casual. We’re providing what might be the first experience for some producers to hear the difference between softsynths and hardware synths.

at: (the) Handbag Factory
1336 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, California

Info line: +1-562-285-7029

Synthesizer and effects processors that will be on hand for attendees to use

  • Roland Jupiter 8 with MIDI to DCB
  • Roland SH-101 with MIDI to CV
  • Roland Alpha Juno 1 and PG-300
  • Roland Juno 60 with MIDI to DCB
  • Roland MKS-70
  • Fender Chroma Polaris
  • Arp Odyssey with MIDI to CV
  • Crumar Bit One
  • Elektron Sid Station
  • Sherman FB2
  • Oberheim Matrix 1000
  • Kawai K3m
  • Jomox XBase 09
  • Electro-harmonix Memory Man
  • Electro-harmonix Big Muff
  • Electro-harmonix Q-Tron

Who should attend?

  • Producers using GarageBand that have wondered about hardware synths
  • Producers of electronic music who have only used software synths
  • Sound designers
  • Beat makers
  • Synth enthusiasts
  • Guitar players,drummers, singers, or players of any other instrument that want to meet synth players, remixers, producers, and engineers
  • Remixers
  • Anyone who has played with an analog synth in a music store and has wanted to just borrow it for their track
  • Engineers and producers who mix with Pro Tools and are working on a track that needs a special something
  • Producers who use Ableton Live and only work "in the box"
  • Keyboard players who are working on a song with their engineer and producers and are in the middle of producing a song but need a special sound for their synth solo
  • and anything in between...

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