I/O Synth Meet this Sunday!

Have you heard of the latest trend? Modular synths. All the cool kids are doing it, so why aren’t you?

OK, we’re just kidding — sort of. If you’re not an electronic music producer, you might not know that, in the past five years or so, modular synths have taken the world by storm.

What is a modular synthesizer, you ask? Picture in your mind’s eye a “classic” synthesizer — let’s say the Korg microKORG for example (http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/microkorg/) — which consists of a keyboard to play the notes and a bunch of knobs to tweak the kind of sound you’re going to get. (Getting very technical, but bear with us.)

The sounds of different synthesizers obviously vary based on the different kinds of components they’re built from.

A modular synthesizer gets rid of the all-in-one approach and instead, takes a Lego approach: a modular synth is built from various individual modules and components, all of which can be endlessly configured and re-configured to the delight (or horror) of the end user. In short, it means the possibilities with a modular synthesizer are simply endless.

We’re teaming up with I/O Music Technology, an Oakland-based modular synth shop, to host the first I/O Synth Meet here at Public Works this Sunday, from 1 p.m. til 7 p.m. It’s FREE with RSVP by emailing contact@io-mt.com with “RSVP” in the subject line and your name in the email body.

We’ll have an assortment of modular gear set up to explore and listen to, and experts on hand to give you the scoop on the latest. Producers are welcome, of course, but so are fans, hobbyists, and listeners — anyone who’s interested in how electronic music is made, no matter how filled your Eurorack is (and if you don’t know what a Eurorack is, that’s fine too).

Come one, come all, and listen to the exotic sounds of some very exciting gear!