The 2016 Northern California / Bay Area Synth Meet October 11 2016

The 2016 Northern California / Bay Area Synth Meet is on! Please join us on Saturday October 22nd from 2 till 6pm, when we open the shop up again and give you an opportunity to talk with the reps and check out some incredible gear. Like last year, there will be live Synth music next door at Vinyl Dreams. This is a free synthesizer event that you will not want to miss. 

2 till 6PM Saturday October 22nd 2016

Where:

ROBOTSPEAk

589 & 1/2 Haight St (@ Steiner in the lower Haight section of San Francisco)

San Francisco CA 94117

Phone: 415-554-1977

Email: Info@robotspeak.com

Who will be attending:

You

2hp come check out the new clock divider module + mystery prototypes.

Dave Smith Instruments -  Marvel at Carson Day's hair as he shows off the Latest from DSI including the OB-6, Prophet 6 and more!

Elektron - In house will the; Analog Rytm, Analog Keys, Analog Heat (New Release!) & 1 or 2 pieces of vintage gear to show off our interconnection solutions.

Make Noise  - James Cigler will be representing Make Noise once again this year and previewing the 0 coast and the latest greatest and most everything in between.

Moog Music - Jake Widgeon will be in from Asheville and bringing a Minimoog Model D, Model 15 Legacy Moog Modular, Mother 32 Rack!

Noise Engineering - Previewing the CI: Cursus Iteritas is Noise Engineerings new oscillator based around three different sets of orthogonal functions. It is 1v/8va and offers 6 tone controls and the MS: Mimetic Sequent the new CV recorder and randomizer with optional expander. 

Pittsburgh Modular - Richard Nichol of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers will be featuring our new Percussion Sequencer module, Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox desktop modular synthesizer, and an assortment of our eurorack modules and Structure cases.

Qu-Bit Elektronix - Qu-Bit will be showing off the latest Releases including the Rhythm, Chord And Wave!

Rossum Electro-Music - Rossum will be showing their Evolution Variable Character Ladder Filter, the recently released Control Forge Programmable Universal CV Generator, along with near-release versions of the Morpheus Stereo Morphing Z-Plane Filter and Satellite Universal CV Generator. - Qu-Bit will be showing off the latest Releases including the Rhythm, Chord And Wave!

Teenage Engineering - David Mollerstedt, Head of Audio, will attend from Teenage Engineering, showing the range of synthesisers, the classic OP-1 and all six Pocket Operators! 

Tenkai

Toppobrillo

Vinyl Dreams-Mike B being the great guy he is and owner/founder of Vinyl Dreams will again this year make it possible for us to do the synthmeet AND have live synthesizer performances a few feet away from ROBOTSPEAk in his shop-- Vinyl Dreams. The performers this year are: r beny, Nasty Nachos, James Cigler, JD, Andrew Ikenberry, redstripedown, Devon (elektron), Candescent, NormAlien & ? Please check in for specific times.

WMD Devices - Alex from WMD will be showing of a few brand-new releases including the Performance Mixer and its expand modules which adds up to be a 10 channel (6 mono, 4 stereo) mixer with full CV control, Cue Mixing, Mutes, 2 Auxiliary sends and more.  WMD will also have the new TRSHMSTR which was a collaboration between WMD and MSTRKRFT.  The TRSHMSTR is essentially a distortion and wah pedal in one module with full CV control and routing options which allow each section to be used individually or in either order you desire.  

 

 I/O 

The Vintage Synth Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sync 01 February 11 2016

Please join us for this Remote Modular synthesizer event that is sponsored by Audio Damage. We will be closing the shop on Saturday March 5th for an afternoon of community, conversation, and cables with Eurorack and synth manufacturers.
Live performances from James Cigler, Rodent, Bana Haffar, and Tyler Thompson. Free to attend this all-ages event in San Francisco!

>> Manufacturers 
Audio Damage 
WMD 
Makenoise 
Rossum Electro-Music 
Toppobrillo 
Mordax 
Dave Smith Instruments 
ROGER LINN
Industrial Music Electronics (formerly The Harvestman) 
Blue Lantern 
Noise Engineering
>> Retailers 
ROBOTSPEAk
I/O Music Technology

>> Performers 
Rodent 
Bana Haffar 
James Cigler 
Tyler Thompson
When:
at 4 PM - 8 PM
Where:
Codeword
917 Folsom St, San Francisco, California 94107


Alive concert at ROBOTSPEAk: The PRO One VS. The PRO 2 Date: 9.6.2014 from 6PM till? August 31 2014

In conjunction with the September Lower Haight Art Walk

Please join us for this free electronic music event when Jonah Sharp (AKA Spacetime Continuum) and Carson Day have an all out synched to clock fight for supremacy that just may push us to the verge of extinction.

They will be armed with two Synth monsters from different ERA's:

-Jonah Sharp with his Analog Beast the olde school Sequential Circuit's PRO One

-Carson Day with its distant hybrid relative and latest from Dave Smith, the PRO 2--abusing it like no one on this planet can !

This will be a bloodbath minus the blood and dismemberment... so, what does this leave then?

Just a bunch of great music being improvised whilst the accompanying drum machines and synthesizers grapple for the upper echelons of sonic perfection, attempting to avoid the possibility of even the slightest hint of wrongness. 

Translation:

Lower Haight Art Walk Saturday 9.6.2014--time: from 5-9PM.

PRO ONE VS PRO 2 showdown at ROBOTSPEAk: 9.6.2014 from 6PM till?

ALive Electronic Music Event

BYOB

Free


The Church of the Super Serge-Free Monthly Modular Synthesizer Performance April 01 2014

 Back in late 2012 we started the Church of the Super Serge at ROBOTSPEAk. The Church was at first a workshop in which people could attend and build their very own Serge Modulars --right in ROBOTSPEAk! Each month students could come in and complete another part of their panel. This workshop was wrangled into existence by Dimitri Ponce who has since gone on to build Serge Modulars for a living (www.COA-MODULAR.com). The Church was and is a homage to Serge Tcherepnin who back in the day, built his amazing Modular synthesizers about 100 feet from ROBOTSPEAk!!  Over time the Church morphed into into a free monthly Modular Synthesizer performance heavily featuring on Serge Modulars and recently some monsterous eurorack systems.
This is an ongoing free modular synth event that happens on every 3rd Saturday at either 2 or 3PM. Check out ROBOTSPEAk on Facebook (I know) for performers and exact time. 
BYOB and free at ROBOTSPEAK in the Lower Haight San Francisco CA.
Church of the Super Serge Saturday 8.15.2015
Chickenneck Palace & Control Group
    

Off The Grid Gear! January 05 2014

We love to take gear with us to the woods, cabin or wherever our occasional moment of relaxation takes us. An acoustic guitar has traditionally been the staple of this type of jammin' but as technology gets more sophisticated and portable, we are seeing more and more unique devices that make music making possible anytime and anywhere you choose.

This page offers up some cool battery operated gadgets that will keep you entertained and calm that thing that has been staring at you from behind the trees.

Critter and Guitari (everything but the Eurorack Melody Mill)

Korg Volca Beats, Keys & Bass


Ableton Push Clinic October 08 2013

Join us for a second look at this powerful controller on Saturday November 2nd from 2 till 3:30!

Ableton and Robotspeak partner for an upcoming Push presentation led by Ableton Certified Trainer Antonio Sage, who will amaze and enlighten you with a detailed demonstration of what Push is capable of - including a first-hand look at the new melodic step sequencer, just announced for Live 9.1. If you’ve never experienced Push first-hand, this is your chance to get up close and see how to make beats, compose melodies and harmonies, improvise with song structure and more.
ITS FREE!

Synth Meet at ROBOTSPEAk October 06 2013

Join us on Saturday October 26th from 2 till 6pm for the first annual ROBOTSPEAk Modular Synth Meet! We have invited vendors to show their Modular synthesizers and answer any questions you may have.

Modular Synthesizer performances will be held all day by our co sponsor and next door neighbor, Vinyl Dreams. Be sure to Step down into ROBOTSPEAk and check out the latest from METASONIX, TIPTOP AUDIO, PITTSBURGH MODULAR, TOPPOBRILLO, COA-MODULAR, MAKE NOISE and more TBA.

Stop by Vinyl Dreams (next door to RS) to see performances on Serge (both vintage and custom) and Eurorack Modulars. See below.

METASONIX

Eric Barbour of METASONIX will be demonstrating two new Eurorack modules which have not been announced or demonstrated to the public yet. This is your first chance to see this continuation of the Metasonix vacuum-tube synthesizer revolution.

COA-MODULAR

Dmitri & Elise will demo a COA built Serge Modular Music System with a performance at Vinyl Dreams. A recently acquired 1978 built paperfaced system will be at ROBOTSPEAk for the day.

PITTSBURGH MODULAR

Richard from Pittsburgh Modular will be on hand to showcase the complete line of Cell Desktop Modular Systems along with a few new surprises.

 

TOPPOBRILLO

Josh Thomas will show off the latest Modules from Toppobrillo and answer your questions. 

DAVE SMITH INSTRUMENTS

Dave will most likely never make Eurorack Modules but what would a ROBOTSPEAk Synth Meet be without this Bay Area Synthesizer designers latest contributions in our shop for this gathering? An oversight on our part. So-Join Ex ROBOTSPEAker Carson Day and RS for the FIRST SHOWING OF THE PROPHET 12 and MOPHO SE in the Western Hemisphere!! Carson will also have his Tempest to check out.

MAKE NOISE

James Cigler on hand with a Make Noise rig and field any questions you may have. So stop by and check out the latest from Make Noise!

TIPTOP AUDIO

 Tiptop Audio's Tomio Ueda will be showing off some new eurorack weapons for music construction: the TOMS909 and MIXZ. Of course, we gladly welcome you to come by to demo these modules for yourself - all catalogued modules will be on the floor to try out including the new Trigger Riot, z4000 Envelope Generator, and BD909 to name a few. Shortly after, electronic music producer Tomio Ueda will be performing a short modular + vinyl set bridging the gap between analog synths and analog music.

 

PERFORMANCES (Next door at Vinyl Dreams)

COA-MODULARS Custom and vintage serge modulars with Dimitri and Elise performing as Slope 114

LX RUDIS Performing on his Serge 

TOMIO UEDA Tomio Ueda will be performing a short modular + vinyl set bridging the gap between analog synths and analog music.

Please RSVP info@robotspeak.com

We hope to see you there !!!

ROBOTSPEAk

589 & 1/2 haight St @ Steiner

San Francisco CA 94117

415-554-1977

 

VINYL DREAMS

593 Haight St @ Steiner 

San Francisco CA 94117


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Fartbarf and SD&T Live August 31st at 7:30 PM August 25 2013

Fartbarf and SD&T Live at ROBOTSPEAk

Returning in full glory, Fartbarf and SD&T make it back into the underground sound bunker of ROBOTSPEAk. If you haven't seen either of these acts, you are missing out. This will be an early show=early start early end, So, unless you have a good excuse, there is no excuse.

Last time around it was over the top=Neanderthals from space ripping out sick bass lines and leads on Analog Synths, coupled with vocoded vocals and Live drums--all sounding perfectly mixed in the RS sound bunker.

And SD&T as always, uses his hair to embellish his sound and forge new levels of his mastery of improvised sonic Analog Madness....? 

NEXT SATURDAY AUGUST 31st

FARTBARF=8:45PM

SD&T=7:30PM


Prophet 12 and Tempest 1.3 Update Clinic, 8/3/2013 August 02 2013

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 and Tempest 1.3 update clinic.

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at 2pm

Stop by the shop on Saturday August 3rd at 2PM for another view of what Dave Smith calls his best synthesizer yet AND get the latest on what the Tempest's version 1.3 update adds to this sick Analog drum machine.

Former ROBOTSPEAker Carson Day (now employed full time with DSI), is back from a European DSI Prophet 12/Tempest tour. Carson will be in the shop to answer any questions you may have about the Prophet 12 and Tempest as he Demo's/jams on both of these electronic musical instruments.

It's free !

Please RSVP info [at] robotspeak.com