We have done very few classes in the last 3 years. The last one we did was similar to this except we were using a Korg MS 20/ Mini as our hands on device to 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.
If all goes well 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
Analog Synthesis: The next level
The class is coming up at 11AM on Sunday May 19th.
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.
Analog Synthesis Through the ROLAND SH01A
WHEN: 11PM-2PM Sunday May 19th (a 3 hour class)
WHERE: ROBOTSPEAk 589 & 1/2 HAIGHT ST SF CA 94117
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. 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)
variable width pulse waveform
pulse width modulation [pulse only]
Audio Source Mixer(MIX)
VCO SUB OCTAVE
Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter (VCF)
Envelope Generator (ADSR)
gate and trigger modes
Low Frequency Oscillator(LFO)
Sample/Hold [patched to NOISE]
Memory Storage for sounds and sequences