MATRIXSYNTH: TRASH_AUDIO SYNTH MEET 14 Muff Wiggler Event, Portland Oregon Pics via MATRIXSYNTH

Sunday, May 25, 2014

TRASH_AUDIO SYNTH MEET 14 Muff Wiggler Event, Portland Oregon Pics via MATRIXSYNTH

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My set of pics from the event. A funny side note is that this is the first synth event I've been to where I didn't hear a single synth sound. No joke. The event was held at the new Muff Wiggler store front, and it was jam packed with both people and gear, so understandably everything was hooked up to headphones so people wouldn't drown each other out. I was planning to check out the gear and take some direct audio video but I ended up spending the entire time chatting with people. I do have to say, that actually is the best part of events like these for me. You get to meet people you only know online face to face. You get to talk shop and just about life in general with like minded individuals. The gear is great, but it's the people that actually make the event. If you ever have a chance to go to a synth meet, do it. You won't regret it. That said, enjoy the pics and see if you spot anything you haven't seen before. The pics always speak for themselves. MATRIXSYNTH is a log of everything synth in the synth community and events like these are a reflection of not only the current scene, but the venue. This was a TRASH_AUDIO event for the grand opening of the new Muff Wiggler storefront in Portland Oregon. As you can see, eurorack dominated. It's crazy to think that when I started this incarnation of MATRIXSYNTH back in 2005 (1st incarnation started back in 1997), eurorack was pretty much limited to Doepfer, Analogue Systems, and Analogue Solutions. Modcan/Cynthia, Moog/, and MOTM 5U dominated with Serge Transform Systems and Wiard format. The new Buchla 200e just launched and posts featuring them were few and far in between. Buchla bongos and banjos were a bit of a synth meme back then. That said, everything you see here is relatively new in the world of synths. The number of eurorack manufactures has skyrocketed. You can see a list of the new manufacturers of 2013 in my 2013 New Years post here. I've been tracking new manufactures this year as well, and the current count is 66. Not all eurorack, but most are. I believe the oldest synth at the event was the PMS Syntar from George Mattson who currently runs Mattson Mini Modular. Kudos goes to Division 6 for the full on synth bling Vegas style signage.

HUGE THANKS TO TRASH_AUDIO and specifically Surachai for making these events happen!

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