About Synthplex

Exhibits + Seminars + Live Electronic Music + Pop-Up Synth Museum + DIY Synth Build + Gala Banquet

Synthplex is a brand new annual “All Things Synthesizer” festival/ event that you have been waiting for! Synth enthusiasts rejoice! We are bringing you great experiences and events such as; Trade Show Exhibits (where you can buy gear!!), Educational & Technology Seminars, Synthesizer History Lectures, Master Q&A Sessions with Industry Legends (synth & keyboard performers, soundtrack composers, sound designers, legendary synth designers, etc.), DIY synth building workshops, Live Synth Concerts all weekend long, a Pop-up Synth Museum featuring some rare synths that you can touch and also a Gala Dinner Banquet with live performances and a key note speaker.



What to Expect at Synthplex

Even in this age of online social media, with myriad synthesizer-related social groups, YouTube performances and tutorials, there is still no substitute for having a physical location where like-minded, synth people can come together and meet face to face/ear to ear. The West Coast has an amazing (and LARGE) community of synthesizer enthusiasts, who all look forward to the times when we can meet up, hang out, break bread and learn new things about synthesis. Enter Synthplex™.

"Synthplex will be an incredible bonding experience for the whole synth community. I can't wait for it!" ~ Skyler King, Analogue Haven
“We’re looking forward to finally having a synth event of this scale in our area”. ~ Nate Jasmin, Novation

Electronic Music In Many Genres

At Synthplex™ we are going to do our absolute best to give you music from as wide of a basis as possible. We are all about synthesizers and synthesizer music… We will strive to have artists who play in a variety of genres such as; Ambient, Breakbeat, Disco, Downtempo, Drum and Bass, Dub, Electro, Electroacoustic, Electronic Rock, Electronic, Ethnic Electronic, Hardstyle, Hi-NRG, Hip Hop, House music, Industrial, IDM, Jungle, Modbap, Post-disco, Techno, Trance, Psy Trance, Modular noise, Experimental and whatever else we discover that is desirable to you.

We have an advisory board of 12 members who are from all ages and from diverse tastes in electronic music… Besides their ideas, we also want to hear your ideas for artists and we ask that you use our Facebook page for such interaction. If you want us to check out a potential electronic artist… post a link to their work on our Facebook page and we will check it out! We already know that we won’t be able to please everyone, but each year we will curate a group of artists, that are as diverse as humanly possible.

Make New Friends, Meet Old Friends

One to one relationships are the real reason to have such an event as Synthplex™. Here on the west coast, we have arguably the world’s largest community of synthesizer enthusiasts when you combine the music business element and the movie business element… and we all look forward to the times when we get to meet up, hang-out, listen to great synth music (from many genres) and learn new things about synthesis. Until now, California had nothing like Synthplex™ and finally our synthesizer community will have a large gathering place, where you are sure to meet many new people and reconnect with your longtime friends. We are all so busy these days, that we truly need Synthplex™ as an excuse to hang-out with each other. At Synthplex™ you are going to find many opportunities to make new friends and establish new business connections. We are certain that Synthplex™ will become the new hot spot where likeminded synth people will come together year after year… for the love of all things synthesizer.

We Welcome Everyone

At Synthplex™ we will not discriminate against anyone. We will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our events or operations… We love everyone the same! We strive to create a unified & loving community of synthesizer fans, who are all working together and are kind and tolerant.

Hands-on Experiences

There will be many opportunities at Synthplex™ to get hands-on with a lot of synthesizer gear and much more. In the exhibit halls you will discover new products and you will get to dive deep into these products and experience them for yourself. All weekend long there will be equipment vendors giving demonstrations, and there will be daily DIY synthesizer building workshops (modular and other formats) going on in the morning and the afternoon.

Furthermore, Synthplex™ has an extremely special Pop-Up Synth Museum, where you can experience firsthand many rare and valuable synthesizers with the guidance of museum docents. You don’t just get to listen and see these instruments, you actually get to tweak some knobs and play them! Note: Admission into the Pop-UP Synth Museum is a separate pass from the Synth Expo pass, as all profits from the Pop-Up Synth Museum will benefit the Children's Music Fund. Each year we will feature a new recipient for this donation.

Networking

Synthplex™ is all about networking. You’ll meet countless people who will inspire you and give you encouragement. Synthplex™ will have several music industry associations and their staff present to help you with understanding why joining their association will be beneficial to your success. We will also have professors and faculty members from various music education institutions, to help you cultivate your creativity and expand your knowledge of synthesis. This is the place where you can learn about getting your music out to the masses.

Great Fun!

For fun, Synthplex™ has live synth & DJ style electronic music happening all weekend long, and in the widest possible variety of genres. There is sure to be something for everyone! Synthplex™ expects 150+ vendors exhibiting their latest products, MANY OF WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! What’s more fun than buying new gear? So how does the following sound; hanging out with your synth friends, checking out all the latest gear (GAS), listening to awesome live synth performances each night, being in sunny Southern California by day… sounds like a dreamy waveform filled weekend to us.

Great Food!

Fun and Food are our two favorite F words! Funk is also a righteous favorite as well…

For food, Synthplex™ will have an outdoor cook-out each day at lunch and while you’re eating lunch outside, you can enjoy Dublab DJ's spinning records of a variety of electronic music. In the hotel and convention center there are multiple bars, coffee barista, snack shop, and we will have a Synthplex™ merchandize shop located in the convention center lobby. Furthermore, multiple sponsors will be offering hospitality suites with food and drink throughout the weekend. The Marriott is also home to two top-notch restaurants and bars for you to unwind at. There are several great breweries, pubs, restaurants and fast food restaurants right nearby! On top of all that, Saturday night is the sponsored Synthplex™ Gala banquet, complete with a gourmet meal, amazing live electronic music, and a keynote speaker.

Event Schedule

This is the updated schedule as of 3/26/19.

Thursday, March 28th

7:00AM - 9:00PM

Exhibitor registration and check in (badge pickup)

These are the hours that registration will be open for exhibitors.

7:00AM - 5:00PM

Exhibitor booth setup

All exhibitors will set up their booths at this time.

9:00AM - 7:00PM

Event registration and check in (badge pickup)

These are the hours that registration will be open.

11:30AM - 4:00PM

Educational and other seminars

Educational and other seminars will be on-going in various classrooms.

2:00PM - 9:00PM

Hotel registration & check in

This is the time you can check into your hotel and register for the event.

3:00PM - 9:00PM
Pup-Up Synth Museum

Pop-Up Synth Museum

Open for visitors. Proceeds benefit the Children's Music Fund.

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Host Reception Party for exhibitors

This is the reception party for all exhibitors with live music and free wine coupon & free Hors d'oeuvres (hosted by Synthplex™). Cash bar for additional drink types.

5:30PM - 10:30PM

Concert Hall Concerts

These shows will be in the Concert Hall.

7:45PM - 10:00PM

City Quad Concerts

Featuring various artists with both modular and DJ gear.

Friday, March 29th

8:00AM - 6:30PM

Event registration and check in (badge pickup)

These are the hours that registration will be open.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Exhibit halls open for sales & demos

Visit our exhibit halls which will be open for sales.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Educational and other seminars

Educational and other seminars will be on-going in various classrooms.

1:00PM - 5:00PM
Dublab

Dublab Radio Live Broadcast

Dublab will broadcast live from the Concert Hall stage.

11:00AM - 2:00PM

Lunch in the Courtyard

Choices include BBQ or various food trucks

4:00PM
Tom Holkenborg

Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL

Keynote Speaker

The Audience will be able to ask Tom questions about his work and his love of synthesizers. He loves to talk about synthesizers!

5:00PM - 7:00PM

After-show mixer

With live DJ Set.

5:00PM - 12:00AM

Concert Hall Concerts

These shows will be in the Concert Hall.

5:30PM - 11:00PM

City Quad Concerts

Featuring various artists with both modular and DJ gear.

Saturday, March 30th

8:00AM - 7:30PM

Event registration and check in (badge pickup)

These are the hours that registration will be open.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Exhibit halls

Open for sales & demos

9:00AM - 5:00PM
Pup-Up Synth Museum

Pop-Up Synth Museum

Open for visitors. Proceeds benefit the Children's Music Fund.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Educational & other Seminars

On-going in various classrooms.

9:00AM - 12:00PM

DIY Synth build with Zlob Modular

Zlob Modular build the Minimix

11:00AM - 2:00PM

Lunch in the Courtyard

Choices include BBQ or various food trucks

1:00PM - 4:00PM

DIY Synth build with Buck Modular

Buck Modular build the Benjolin Module

1:00PM - 5:00PM
Dublab

Dublab Radio Live Broadcast

Dublab will broadcast live from the Concert Hall stage.

5:00PM - 7:00PM

After Show Mixer

With live electronic music and cash bar

6:30PM - 9:30PM
Thomas-Dolby

Roland & Synthplex Sponsored Dinner Banquet

With Thomas Dolby performing & BT introducing Thomas.

5:00PM - 11:00PM

Concert Hall Concerts

With Mark Isham & Vinnie Colaiuta Headlining

Sunday, March 31st

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Event registration and check in (badge pickup)

These are the hours that registration will be open.

10:00AM - 3:00PM

Exhibit Halls

Open for sales & demos.

9:00AM -5:00PM
Pup-Up Synth Museum

Pop-Up Synth Museum

Open for visitors. Proceeds benefit the Children's Music Fund.

9:00AM - 4:00PM

Educational & other Seminars

Are on-going in various classrooms.

10:00AM - 11:00PM

Electronic Mass

Join us for Synth Church.

11:00AM - 2:00PM

Lunch in the Courtyard

Choices include BBQ or various food trucks.

12:00PM - 2:00PM
Dublab

Dublab Radio Live Broadcast

Dublab will broadcast live from the Concert Hall stage.

2:30PM - 4:15PM
OP1 and Chill

OP1 and Chill Meet-Up in VINE

Hosted by Joshua Farr

4:00PM - 10:00PM

Concert Hall Concerts

These shows will be in the Concert Hall.

5:30PM - 10:00PM

City Quad Concerts

Featuring various artists with both modular and DJ Gear.

Sponsors & Partners

These companies help make Synthplex Burbank a reality.

These companies have graciously provided us with studio monitors, live sound systems & headphones for demonstration.

Venue Information

Where to find us

Location

Synthplex™ is taking place in beautiful Burbank, at the Marriott Convention Center, which is conveniently located adjacent the Hollywood Burbank Airport (previously known as Bob Hope Airport). The Marriott Hotel and Convention Center provides gorgeous facilities and rooms in addition to great bars and onsite restaurants. You are going to love this place. See map below for location.

Transport

Walking distance from the Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), which is relatively small, extremely convenient, and easy to get in and out of quickly. Los Angeles Int’l/LAX (28mi) or Ontario CA Int’l/ONT (52) can be a one-hour Uber or taxi ride away depending on traffic. The Hollywood Burbank Airport is so close you will not need a rental car. Everything you need will be right at the Marriott which offers a complimentary shuttle.

Hotel

At the LA Marriott Burbank Hotel, we have secured special discounted room rates of; $179 for a standard room or $229.00 for a suite (single or double occupancy). Click the appropriate link to select your desired room type. If you happen to call in to make your reservations at (800) 736-9712, you must mention Synthplex™ to receive this special discount and please note that you are seeking reservations at the Burbank Airport Marriott (BURAP). All reservations must be made on or before Friday, March 1, 2019. Don’t delay, rooms will sell out quickly!