Legendary instrument designer and Grammy-winner Dave Smith founded Sequential Circuits in 1974. In 1977 Dave designed the Prophet-5, the world’s first fully-programmable polyphonic synth—and the first musical instrument with an embedded microprocessor. Sequential released many innovative instruments and drum machines over the next 10 years. Dave is known as the driving force behind 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 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 and other technology.
He took over as President at Seer Systems and developed the first soft synth for Intel in 1994, followed by the first professional soft synth, Reality, which was released in 1997. Realizing the limitations of software, Dave returned to hardware and started Dave Smith Instruments, starting with the Evolver hybrid analog/digital synthesizer in 2002. The product lineup has grown to include the Prophet X, Prophet Rev2, Prophet-6, OB-6 (with Tom Oberheim), Pro 2, and Prophet 12 synthesizers, and the Tempest drum machine (with Roger Linn). In 2018 DSI changed its name to Sequential, bringing Dave’s legacy full-circle.
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: Mystic Pizza, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, Fight Club, & 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.
Session: Scoring For Animation In & 'Out Of The Box'
Discussing the process, challenges and benefits of scoring for Animation with only a computer
Author, synthesis teacher & synth guru
As a teenager in the 1970s, Chris Meyer took lessons on piano, bass...and modular synthesizer. He went on to work for Sequential Circuits, Digidesign, Marion Systems (Tom Oberheim), and eventually to be chief engineer at Roland R&D US. Projects he was involved in include the Sequential Prophet 2000, Prophet VS, and Studio 440, Digidesign Q-Sheet, and Roland DM-80, although he is perhaps best known for developing Vector Synthesis.
He wrote numerous articles for Music Technology Magazine plus a column for Keyboard, and was technical chairman of the MIDI Manufacturers Association, where he created MIDI Timecode, the Sample Dump Standard, and other extensions to the MIDI specification. After a few-decade detour in the video and film industry, he has returned to modular synthesis, creating videos, courses, and articles under the name Learning Modular. In addition to his own LearningModular.com web site, he has channels on YouTube, Patreon, and Facebook. Most recently he co-wrote the new book on modular synthesis, Patch & Tweak.
Session A: The Secret History of Modular Synthesis
Take a humorous, insightful, and occasionally controversial trip through time, learning what early developments shaped the instruments we play today – and which good ideas we seem to have forgotten.
Session B: Vector Synthesis and the Prophet VS
Hear how Vector Synthesis came to be, including the inside story of how the Prophet VS was developed – the good, the bad, and the regrets.
LA Based Composer & Multi-Instrumentalist
Fletcher Beasley is a composer who writes music for film, television, commercials, video games, and interactive exhibits. His credits include Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, Cartoon Networks’ Scooby Doo: Mystery, Inc., Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, and the Emmy award winning mini-series World Without End. A pioneering video game composer, Fletcher started his career writing music for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. He has released two albums of cinematic electronic music which are available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon and other music streaming services.
Fletcher has played in ensembles varying from jazz to classical, rock, R&B, and the avante garde and worked as a composer, producer, player, synthesizer programmer, orchestrator, arranger and mixer. He teaches courses on film composition for UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring Program where he was named 2015 Outstanding Instructor. He also teaches courses in sound for film and music production at Santa Monica College and Cal State Long Beach. He is a board member of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, the oldest organization for media composers in the United States, where he serves as chair of the seminar committee.
Session: Ten Tips to Make You Faster and More Efficient on Your DAW
Modern DAWs are powerful instruments for making music. But their complexities can derail the creative process and impede artistic flow. This talk provides specific techniques for keeping you productive.
Producer, Educator & Ableton Certified Trainer
Producer and educator Lawrence Grey founded Young Producers Group in 2013 to bring music technology into K-12 schools and bring disparate communities together in the process. After working at an alternatives to incarceration center in Brooklyn called the Center for Community Alternatives, Lawrence saw how different socioeconomic backgrounds and life experiences can bring people together when they're working on a piece of music. With electronic music already serving as connective tissue between the youth in all corners of the world, Lawrence saw an opportunity to make this connection tangible and productive with YPG. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in music from NYU with a focus on electronic music composition, he went to UCLA and got a masters degree in education. Today, Lawrence works with his team to bring music tech programs to 11 schools and 5 nonprofits across Los Angeles with several new programs in the works.
Lawrence also puts out records and regularly DJs around Los Angeles. Whether it's through techno or setting up programs in schools, Lawrence's focus is always around using music to fight ignorance, bring people together, and revel in the infinite beauty of music production.
Session: Ableton Live 101
Learn how to use Ableton Live music production software to make original music.
Ableton Brand Manager & Push Expert
Javad Butah is a Los Angeles-based musician, composer, producer, and educator. Javad holds a Masters Degree in Music from the California Institute of the Arts.
Javad has toured for over 20 years, performing as a solo artist as well as accompanying world-renowned musicians in distinguished venues domestically as well as abroad. The Los Angeles Times has called Javad "…a young, flashy, spectacular tabla player..." and the New York Times described Javad as being "...in virtuosic form…"
As an educator, Javad has built successful music programs based on not only teaching the practical applications of music production using the latest technology, but also integrating music theory, which he believes broadens their knowledge of the creative process.
Javad uses Ableton Live to create a blend of music that borrows from his love of both classical world music as well as contemporary sounds and techniques. As a brand manager for Ableton, Javad tours the United States giving lectures and demonstrations.
Session: Diving Deep into Ableton Push
Javad will take you deep into the capabilities of Ableton Push 2, wavetable synthsis and surround sound.
Adventurer, Composer, Musician, Filmmaker
Chuck Jonkey is an adventurer/composer/musician/filmmaker who transforms his wild experiences into sound, music, and film. Chuck's exotic adventures have taken him to the furthest reaches of primitive worlds. Referred to as an "ethnomusicianthropologist" Chuck travels around the world in search of adventures among the world's most isolated tribal groups. His expeditions have taken him to the deep Amazon and rainforest of Thailand, Costa Rica, Borneo, Guatemala, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru, Papua New Guinea and Mexico. Chuck's travels have also taken him to West Africa, French Polynesia, Russia, China, India, and many other countries.
Chuck is the owner of the independent record Label Sonic Safari Music. He has produced and published over 110 CD's of exotic music as well as producing several TV shows and documentaries. Heis an active member of the Los Angeles "Adventurer's Club." Chuck has invenred many exotic musical instruments.
Chuck recently composed 5 hours of oricinal music for Disneyland, Shanghai's "Adventure Island". He also worked on "Pandora" The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Chuck performed with the Manhattan Transfer on their CD "The offbeat of Avenues" (they recorded one of his songs - "The Quietude"). The same song was re-recorded with a full orchestra on the manhattan Transferer's CD "The Symphony Sessions". He was invited by RAVI SHANKAR to play with him at the National Cathedral in Washingtonm, D.C.
Session: Tribal Percussion: The Original Organic Synthesis
Explore new concepts of rhythmic composition by examining tribal traditions. Create your own organic instruments from wood, glass, stone, bamboo & even balloons.