International Synth Day Live Stream May 22 2019

Live Stream In Conjunction with Fault Radio!:

May 23rd, 2019, Robert Moog’s birthday, will mark the third synthesizer day worldwide. Fault Radio is participating in Synth City - International Synthesizer Day 2019 together with other global radio stations like Red Light Radio, Worldwide FM, Departamento and many more to celebrate this day with a special broadcast: A 24H audio/video cosmic celebration of live music events and radio broadcasts from different locations around the globe.

For all you Bay Areas! Join us on this day as we peek into the mind of American engineer, musician, and founder of the synthesizer company Sequential, Dave Smith. To help out with interviewing and exploring the mind of this electronic music pioneer we are enlisting the help of San Francisco based sound artits, Ose, followed by a private performance by Carson Day from Sequential’s office. We will close the day with an after-celebration at Robotspeak featuring live performances by M.0, Musicalfungus, and Roy Shade.

We encourage you to check out what other stations have prepared for you! Participating this year >> 8K.NZ - Independent Radio from New Zealand // Skylab Radio // Fauve Radio from Hong Kong // from India // Kiosk Radio from Brussels // Noh Radio /w Zozo from Istanbul // from Athens // Red Light Radio from Amsterdam // Dekmantel from Amsterdam // Worldwide FM from London // TEDER.FM from Tel Aviv // Departamento from Mexico City.

Bay Area Schedule

14:00(PST) OSE interviews with Dave Smith

14:20(PST) Carson Day from Sequential's office.

18:00-20:00 (PST) OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Synth Day Celebration at Robotspeak featuring LIVE performances by M.0, Musicalfungus, and Roy Shade.

A special selection of synth records by Vinyl Dreams, AIAIAI listening station, and Sensel booth.

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Subtractive Synthesis through the Roland SH101/SH01a May 03 2019


This class happens at 11AM on Sunday July 28th 2019. 

It will be in the shop and will run about 3 hours and cost $100


We are revisiting our Analog Synthesis class for the second time in 2019.  This at its core, is a class in Subtractive Synthesis that uses the SH101 (in this case the ROLAND Analog Modeling SH01A boutique module) to offer a bit of hands on while the instructor is talking about what is in the class description.

We have done very few classes in the last 3 years. This SH01A installment will be 2nd one in 2019. The original Subtractive Synthesis class we did was similar to this except we were using a Korg MS 20 Mini as our hands on device so the students could follow along with what was being covered. The MS 20 Mini was current at the time but the gist of the topic at hand like what is covered in this installment, was Subtractive Synthesis. 
The last class went well and we will be offering classes more often. Breaking down the shop to make way for the attendees and some other elements have caused this lapse in what was for years, a frequently updated and rotating class schedule. This is the price of having a small shop and too much gear setup-breaking it down for the class.
We are not complaining-the gear is why we do this in the first place.
To all of you who have been asking about the classes and received little or no useful information--sorry about that!
We know that these classes are the most requested.
Introduction to Modular Synthesis
Modular Synthesis
Analog Synthesis: The next level
The class is coming up at 11AM on Sunday July 28th 2019. 
It will be in the shop and will run about 3 hours and cost $100
Instructor Alex Rudis (who has taught our both our Modular and Analog Synthesis class in the past) will be the instructor. LX knows more synthesis related theory/facts both technical, obscure and history wise than anyone I know. You may have seen him perform here during our Church of the Super Serge live show or maybe attended one of his classes in the past.
Thank You!
Analog Synthesis Through the ROLAND SH01A
WHEN: 11PM-2PM Sunday July 28th (a 3 hour class) 
COST: $100 Call the shop at 415-554-1977 with payment info to lock it in. I won’t take any $$  till a week before the date. If this description below seems like something you would like to be part of please call or email us!
 Space is Limited!
The SH-01A is a meticulous reproduction of Roland’s SH-101,
one of the most popular analog synthesizers ever made. 
The new SH-01A has several unique features that go beyond the capabilities of the original SH-101: it is 4 voice polyphonic, its memory can store 64 of your favorite sounds and it has several updated performance features that make it a bit more flexible in live performance than the SH-101.
The SH-101 can be heard on many hits from the 80s, and continues to be a sought-after instrument to this day.  Its straightforward design is great for learning synthesis, and is also extremely fast and intuitive in use. Sound creation and performance techniques learned on the SH101 [SH-01A] are easily applied on other analog synthesizers. 
In this class, we’ll use the SH-01A as a learning tool to study the ‘building blocks’ of subtractive synthesis and we will learn how to combine these elements to create our own unique sounds.  We’ll briefly go over the history of analog synthesizers and subtractive synthesis.  We’ll also do a bit of hands-on work, practicing techniques used to develop original sounds or create a sound similar to another instrument.
The modules (and features) of the SH-01a that we will cover in class include:
Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO)
  sawtooth waveform
  variable width pulse waveform
  sub-octave waveforms
   frequency modulation
   pulse width modulation [pulse only]
Audio Source Mixer(MIX)
Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter (VCF)
  Cutoff Frequency 
Envelope Generator (ADSR)
    gate and trigger modes
Low Frequency Oscillator(LFO)
  Square waveform
  Triangle waveform
  Ramp waveforms 
  Sample/Hold [patched to NOISE]
Polyphony Modes
Memory Storage for sounds and sequences
MIDI implementation

Thee 2017 Northern California Synthmeet is on! September 27 2017

It is almost that time again! We are officially inviting you and yours to join us for our 5th Northern California Synth Meet at ROBOTSPEAk! We will clear out the shop to make way for thee Synthesizer vendors at our 2017 Synth Meet. Wall to wall Modular and Analog Synthesizers and the magical sound that goes along with them. Last year was the best gathering yet and we expect this year to be no different.
Please join us on Saturday October 28th from 2 till at least 6 PMish to check out the latest greatest from the attending Modular and Synthesizer experts. As always it’s free. This year Binary Society will be helping us out with the Live music scheduling as Mike B once again generously offers up his space next door at Vinyl Dreams for a Day of Live synthesizer music.

1010music-(Los Angeles) 1010music builds innovative musical instruments that combine the best of digital signal processing with intuitive touch screen interfaces.
WMD-(Denver) Check out the  Chimera and Arpitecht as well as displaying progress on our Trigger Sequencer Prototype.
Pittsburgh Modular
Soma Laboratories-Lyra-8 Analog Synthesizer
Noise Engineering- on hand will be the soon-to-be-released Manis Iteritas and Integra Solum. Also the old favorites including Basimilus Iteritas Alter, the original Loquelic Iteritas and the recently released Loquelic Iteritas Percido and Cursus Iteritas. In addition to these, Noise Engineering will bring along the other modules that they released in August (Horologic Solum + Horologic Uter, Variatic Sequent + Variatic Multium, Extra Mullet, and Xerest Pola).
Moog Music-Asheville NC- Mother 32 Multiple Rig,  Model 15,  Minimoog Model D

Expressivee-(Paris) TOUCHÉ controller

Elektron-Elektron Music Machines started in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1998 with the SIDStation, a hardware MIDI synth powered by the vintage Commodore 64 computer sound chip.  Since then, they have created such landmark products as Machinedrum, Monomachine, Octatrack, and the DAW-integrated Analog Series of machines.  Elektron is proud to participate in ROBOTSPEAk's 2017 Synth Meet and will be demoing our newest products, Analog Heat, Digitakt, and the much anticipated Octatrack MKII.  See you there!

Dave Smith Instruments

Zetaohm-(SF) - FLXS1 Sequencer

Dreadbox-(Athens, Greece) - Abyss, NYX, and Erebus desktop synths and couple of White Line Eurorack Modules.

Make Noise-Check out their latest modules: the Morphagene, Contour, and DynaMix



This year BINARY SOCIETY will be organizing the 100% live synth lineup as Mike B once again generously hosts the show next door at Vinyl Dreams. Performances will be from 2:30pm - 7:00pm with Binary Society-curated music original submissions playing between sets.

r beny
Patrick O' Brien
Haptic Synapses
James Cigler & Tomio Ueda
Alex Anderson & Matt Tanner aka Nasty Nachos (WMD)
Mark Camp

Live visual performances by Tim Thompson & Bill Wiatroski.

The line up and times of the players and the Synth vendors who will be attending will be updated as they come in so, stay tuned and we will see you in October.
Officially opened to the public in October 2002. If the math is correct that is 15 years entrenched in Synthesizers.
Stop in to celebrate our 15 year mark and the continuing resurgence of Modular and Analog synthesizers!

Dave Smith Instruments Rev2 Clinic May 17 2017

Please join us at ROBOTSPEAk for the first unveiling of the newest from Dave-The Prophet Rev2! Monster Clinician Gerry Bassermann will be in house showing off the features of this Analog Poly Synth from DSI. This Clinic will also highlight the Pro 2, OB 6 and Prophet 6 -going heavy on this latest release, the Prophet Rev2. As always it's free and we will have units on hand for you to take away after your mind is blown.

Date: Saturday June 3rd 2017
Time: 4PM

Synthesis Technology West Coast Tour March 08 2017

Please Join us on Friday March 24th 2017 when we open up the shop for the Synthesis Technology West Coast tour. Paul Shreiber will be sweeping though the west coast to show off the full Synthesis Technology Eurorack Modular Synthesizer line. In addition to the demonstration, there will be prizes (modules) and trivia (a module) that will be given away.
Please RSVP
Friday March 24th 2017


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



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

San Francisco CA 94117

Phone: 415-554-1977


Who will be attending:


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! 



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.  



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 
Rossum Electro-Music 
Dave Smith Instruments 
Industrial Music Electronics (formerly The Harvestman) 
Blue Lantern 
Noise Engineering
>> Retailers 
I/O Music Technology

>> Performers 
Bana Haffar 
James Cigler 
Tyler Thompson
at 4 PM - 8 PM
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. 


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



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 ( 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