DSI is helmed by legendary instrument designer and Grammy-winner Dave Smith, the original founder of Sequential Circuits in the mid-70s. Dave designed the Prophet-5, the world’s first fully-programmable polyphonic synth—and the first musical instrument with an embedded microprocessor.
Dave is generally known as the driving force behind the generation of the MIDI specification in 1981. It was Dave, in fact, who coined the acronym. In 1987 he was named a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) for his continuing work in the area of music synthesis. After Sequential, Dave was President of DSD, Inc, an R&D division of Yamaha, where he worked on physical modeling synthesis and software synthesizer concepts. He then started the Korg R&D group in California, producing the Wavestation products and other technology.
Author, Musician, Producer
Craig Anderton is a well-known authority on electronic music and music making technology and he has written an astonishing 26 books on music and has contributed more than a thousand articles for magazines such as; Electronic Musician, Keyboard, Sound on Sound, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, and many more publications. In the mid 80’s, Craig co-founded Electronic Musician magazine and he continues to write articles for several industry magazines and contributes often to music related websites. Craig has played on, produced, or mastered over 20 major label recordings, did studio session work in New York City during the 70’s, playing both keys & guitar. Craig has played Carnegie Hall which is every musicians dream, and most recently, he has mastered well over a hundred tracks for a variety of artists.
Craig has also been a forerunner in the online community with his "Sound, Studio, and Stage" Forum and that has been going strong with over a million posts since 1995. It is currently hosted on www.harmonycentral.com, where Craig is the Editorial Director. Craig has given speaking engagements on music technology in 38 out of 50 states, in 10 countries, and in three languages. Anderton maintains an active career doing; mastering, writing, video production, mixing, and performing, and he still finds time to be an Executive Vice President for Gibson Brands.
Session: Breaking the Rules of EDM
Craig will take you on a journey exploring ways to carve out your own niche sound and give you insight on how to break all the rules of EDM music making.
Emmy Award winning Sound Designer
Russell Brower is an American music composer and three-time Emmy Award-winning sound designer who has created sounds for Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs and Batman: The Animated Series, and video game music for games including Joint Operations, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II and Diablo III. He was previously the Director of Audio/Video for Blizzard Entertainment, the sound designer/editor at Warner Bros. Animation and DiC Entertainment, the Audio Director at NovaLogic, and the Principal Media Designer and Music Director at Walt Disney Imagineering.
"Invincible", from his score for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, made its first appearance in the Classic FM Hall of Fame Top 300 in April 2014 at no 52. It was Brower's first appearance in the Hall of Fame.
Michael Lehmann Boddicker
Co Founder of Synthplex
Dr. Michael Lehmann Boddicker is a composer, producer, synthesist, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and a founding member of Synthplex. He currently produces & composes music and audio for film at Sol7Post.com in Encino, CA. Sol7Post has mixed & dubbed projects such as Motley Crue’s The End, The 33, Southpaw, Herb Alpert’s Grammy-nominated Human Nature, as well as his most recent single Copa Cabana. Michael has scored major theatrical films, written for commercials, designed/programmed sounds, and has produced and played on thousands of records, movies and advertising. He has owned sound design companies, recording/mix facilities, and musical instrument rental companies in Los Angeles and Nashville. He sits on the board of The Society of Composers & Lyricists and is The Chair of The Hollywood Sapphire Group, the predecessor to the AES. Dr. Lehmann Boddicker gives educational presentations around the world for IMSTA, Broadjam, Gearfest, Knobcon and now, Synthplex. Michael is still very much on the forefront of all-things-synthesizer, both as a creative force and an ambassador for synthesis and the music industry as a whole.
Session: The Basics of Additive Synthesis
Michael will present an in-depth session for beginners on the basics of synthesis.
Buchla Historian and Product Specialist, Synthesizer Aficionado.
Marc Doty is an electronic musical instrument historian, music educator, & composer who has spent the last 33 years teaching about the history & functionality of synthesizers. Marc is degreed in both music education & composition and after graduating, Marc worked as a composer for theater, sketch comedy, and commercial music.
Marc started his vintage synthesizer & music education channel in 2006, called Automatic Gainsay on YouTube. Automatic Gainsay was one of the first synthesizer demo channels, and today viewership exceeds 10 million.
In 2011, Marc was hired as Archive & Education Specialist for the Bob Moog Foundation where he put his extensive knowledge of synthesis and synthesizer history to use and he played a role in preserving and promoting Bob Moog’s incredible legacy. At the BMF Marc was able to study documents directly from Bob Moog’s personal archive. With this experience, Marc became an true expert in the history of Bob Moog and the Moog synthesizers.
Marc has lectured, sat on panels, and moderated panels at; NAMM, Moogfest, Knobcon, SOS Magazine’s SynthFest, Asheville Electro-Music Festival, as well as on the Internet at macProVideo.com.. Marc has also written articles for Keyboard & Performer Magazines.
Session: Electronic Music as Performance Art: The Fascinating History of Buchla
An exploration of the fascinating history of Don Buchla, and how he worked to create musical instruments for the expressive performance of Electronic Music.
LA Based Composer
Guy Moon is a Los Angeles based composer. His Film Scores include John Grisham’s “Mickey”, “The Crash (2017) “The Way She Moves”, “The Brady Bunch Movie” and “A Very Brady Sequel.”
Additional score credits include “Mystic Pizza”, Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report”, “Fight Club”, and “Black Knight”.
Song arrangements can be found in Films such as “An American Tale”, “Pagemaster” and “Doctor Doolittle II.”
Scoring Credits for Television Series include Dreamworks' "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle", Nickelodeon’s “Fairly Odd Parents”, “Back at the Barnyard”, “Big Time Rush”, “100 Things To Do Before High School”, “Danny Phantom”, “Tak and the Power of JuJu”, “Chalk Zone”, Cartoon Network's "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”, Hanna-Barbera’s “Cow and Chicken”, “Johnny Bravo”, “The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest” and “The Addams Family.”
Moon has garnered 4 Prime Time Emmy® Nominations, 3 Daytime Emmy® Nominations, 7 BMI TV Music Awards, 1 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, an ACE Award Best Song nomination for "Glory, Glory", 7 Annie nominations and a win for “Outstanding Music in a Television Production” for “The Fairly Odd Parents”, and won Best Score Award in the 168 Film Festival 2017.
Guy Moon Scoring Credits on IMDB
Session: Scoring For Animation In & 'Out Of The Box'
Discussing the process, challenges and benefits of scoring for Animation with only a computer