Friday, January 24, 2020

Don't Miss Synthplex TM March 28-31, 2019!

All systems are go for Synthplex TM on March 28-31, 2019

Encino, CA June 13, 2018 – We are pleased to formally announce the launching of Synthplex which is a new annual “all things synthesizer” event that will feature; Trade show exhibits/ Educational & technology based seminars/ history lesson seminars/ Master Q&A Sessions with Legendary icons/  Hands-on DIY Synth build workshops/ Live synth concert performances every evening/ Pop-up synth museum and a Saturday evening sponsored Dinner Banquet with house band & key note speaker.

WHO WILL ATTEND? Synthplex is open to consumers, artists, manufacturers, music stores and their buyers, studio owners, music schools and their students and Synthplex will feature synthesizer related products from most today’s premier manufacturers.

WHY? In this age of on-line social media, there is no substitute for people coming together face to face.  One on one relationship building is the reason for having such an event…  We have an excellent community of synthesizer enthusiasts and we look forward to when we can meet up, interact and learn new things about synthesis. Until now, California had nothing like Synthplex and therefore we have launched it right here in the heart of the music business world.  In our synth community, there are many great people and great friendships that already exist, and at Synthplex many new friendships will be created, and Synthplex is where likeminded people come together for the love of all things synthesizer. 

WHERE? Los Angeles/ Burbank/ Hollywood is the ideal location and we have selected the LA Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center as the prime location. Synthplex Burbank will take place in the heart & soul of the west coast music industry.  The LA Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center is rather large and has a rather large convention center next door.  The hotel has plenty of quality rooms & suites (488 total) for those traveling to Synthplex from outside of the area.  

LA Marriot Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center 2500 North Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505 

WHEN? The dates are now secured & contracted for March 28-31, 2019. Note: We carefully selected Synthplex to be in late March, to offset, by 6 months, from Knobcon in Chicagoland.  Late March also keeps us from conflicting with electronic music performers who may be booked for SXSW in Austin and this puts us a couple weeks ahead of Coachella. Furthermore, we would not be conflicting with Moogfest, which is slated for April 25 – 28th in 2019. Nor do we conflict with Superbooth in Berlin, which runs in May. Their 2019 dates have not been announced yet.

GEAR EXHIBITS: Our Synthplex exhibit hall has over 20,000 square feet, and it will be set up in three adjacent rooms to help curb noise levels and to group exhibitors by types of products.  One room for MODULAR, another room for HARDWARE synths & accessories and a third room for SOFTWARE virtual synths.  This gives us three separate exhibit hall areas and will allow visitors and exhibitors to interact in a quieter environment.   We also have a “silent area” for exhibitors who wish to communicate with their customers using only headphones & headset microphones.  This is in our SILENT LOBBY area.  

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS: At Synthplex we believe it is critically important that we continue to educate and train the newer generations so that the love for synthesizers does not die out.  We will have experts giving technical seminars to the attendees all weekend long.  We will provide seminars for all levels, beginner, intermediate and experts. By providing these basic beginner synthesis topics, we can do our part to grow & seed the younger generation coming up in the synth world.

HOW TO PATCH EURORACK SEMINARS: We will offer seminars on Eurorack gear and how to utilize certain modules and how to create unique patches using CV and sequencers and clock sources.  We believe that many more people would jump into the Eurorack market if they had a better understanding of the technology… This is a deep subject area and there will always be a need to educate those end users in the techniques of how to use the various modules in conjunction with each other.  

SYNTH RELATED COMPANY HISTORY SEMINARS: At Synthplex we will have seminars on the history of synthesis, synthesizers and their manufacturers. This first year, we have recruited Marc Doty, who is now with Buchla USA.  In the future we will call upon other moguls like; Dave Smith, Tom Oberheim or Roger Linn, and a whole host of others.

POP-UP SYNTH MUSEUM: Each year Synthplex will curate a pop-up museum featuring a wide range of unique and rare vintage synthesizers.  Our Synthplex Pop-up museum will allow visitors to play these vintage instruments and have a museum docent there to guide them and teach them.  The Pop-up museum will be a big draw for all synthesizer fans near and far. Each year, the proceeds to this Museum will go to a music-based charity and we will soon formally announce in a press release who are charity is this first year.

MASTERS SESSIONS WITH INDUSTRY LEGENDS: Synthplex will have a Q & A interview/ talk with a couple different industry legends each year, and just some of the local legends, whom are in our sights are; Mark Mothersbaugh, Gary Numan, Ben Burtt (Star Wars sound designer), Hans Zimmer, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith, Roger Linn, Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL), Steve Duda, Erik Norlander, Diego Stocco, Martin L. Gore, Gene Stopp, Brian Kehew, etc…  We will have a moderator/ host that will have prepared the questions in advance and we will live stream these Master Sessions out onto the interwebs. 

DIY BUILD YOUR OWN SYNTH SEMINARS: Each year, Synthplex will draw upon a few synth manufacturers, to sponsor and offer DIY building classes, where people can build their own synth module, be it a Eurorack or some other small format desktop design, and the class sizes will be likely limited to 12 to 24 people per session. 

THE SPONSORED BANQUET: Saturday evening Synthplex plans to have a sponsored (Insert company name here) Gala Banquet with a key note speaker, who could be; the Company President, the Head Engineer/ Designer or one of your legendary performing artists. Additionally, the sponsor will provide entertainment with their “house band”.  This gala banquet will also have fabulous raffle & door prizes from the sponsor. Free raffle tickets will be handed out as they enter the banquet room.  Based upon available space, attendance to this event is currently limited to 300 attendees and tickets are be sold separately. 

OUTDOOR BBQ WITH MODULAR ON THE SPOT: Each day, Synthplex will have an outdoor lunch service in the Courtyard, located in between the Hotel & Convention Center, where we will serve; fresh street tacos, burgers (meat & veggie), hotdogs, Caesar salads (with or without chicken) and other choices for all dietary needs. Modular on The Spot will have artists performing live Eurorack sessions during the lunch hours. MOTS schedule is daily from 11am to 2:00pm. These outdoor sessions are free and open to the public. 

LIVE SYNTH MUSIC EVERY EVENING: Every night we will have live synth and DJ music going on that is both up-beat and mellow and going on in different rooms.  So, you can easily chose what vibe you wish to experience at that time.  We plan to offer as much diversity in electronic musical genres as possible.  We have a wide range of artists on our hit list and we are developing our artists roster over the next few months.  We will be continually making formal announcements on our Facebook page as each new artist is booked.

LIVE INTERNET BROADCASTING - VIDEO & RADIO: We will have a live channel feed on YouTube or Facebook showcasing the various events, such as; new products, live performances and some of the seminars.  We also are in contact with Dublab to have them broadcast live from Synthplex and have them conduct interviews with our various guests and have them DJ synth-based music out onto the interwebs.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

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Introducing the Nord Wave 2 Performance Synthesizer

Nord’s new Nord Wave 2 is an innovative Performance Synthesizer combining a layer-focused interface and advanced performance features with 48 voice polyphony and Virtual Analog, Sample, FM and Wavetable synthesis. With its dual OLED displays, intuitive controls and compact, 61-key platform with Aftertouch, the Wave 2 is the most versatile and powerful synthesizer ever produced by Nord.

Each of the Nord Wave 2’s four layers offers Analog, Wavetable, FM and Sample oscillators. The new Group feature combines 2, 3 or 4 layers and processes them through the same Filter, Envelope, Arpeggiator, LFO and Effect settings.

The Wave 2 features an extensive range of morphable parameters. Its controls are grouped to ease the creation of complex layered sounds and tweak them on the fly while the new streamlined Nord Sample Editor 3 for Mac and Windows lets you map,loop and transfer samples to your Nord Wave 2 in a breeze.

A Filter section with 6 Filter types comes equipped with a full ADSR envelope and a dedicated LFO offers a choice of waveforms for each layer. The Amp section also features a full ADSR envelope and a powerful new Transient Attack mode.

The Nord Wave 2 is a rhythmical powerhouse with both a classic arpeggiator and a Polyphonic mode with editable patterns. The brand-new Gate mode chops your sound up in a rhythmic pattern with adjustable depth. The Pattern mode contains a wide selection of Rhythmic Patterns or you can create your own.

Each layer has its own Effect section with high-quality, tweakable stereo effects as well as an EQ with Drive. All effects are controllable via Control Pedal (or other Morph sources) and can be synchronized to the Master Clock for rhythmic effects. Separate Reverb sections on each layer offer five different sizes (Booth, Room, Stage, Hall and new Cathedral), Bright and Dark modes and a new Chorale effect for lush modulation.

The Nord Wave 2 is handmade in Sweden by Clavia DMI AB and scheduled for shipping in Spring 2020 with pricing to be announced. All specifications are subject to change without further notice. 
Audition this amazing new Performance Synthesizer in Booth 11113, Hall A at NAMM 2020.

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