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

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.