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2024 Seminar & Demo Programme
12:00pm - Jason Miles - A Life With Synths
One of the 'go to' keyboard players of the 80s. Jason Miles was at the cutting-edge of an audio revolution, creating incredible soundscapes for a Who’s Who of artists and producers that included Miles Davis (Tutu), Michael Jackson (History), Marcus Miller, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and many more. Jason will describe how he created some of the synth sounds and play them live.

2:00pm - Iconic Drum Machines
Oli Freke from Synth Evolution takes us on a guided tour of some of the most iconic drum machines that shaped music in our time.
He'll be joined on stage by Michael Eden who will demonstrate some of the drum machines in his collection.

3:30pm - Talk to be announced.

5:00pm - DivKid presents 'Patch From Scratch'
Join Ben Wilson "DivKid" in this seminar as he takes us through a basic modular synthesizer voice and shows how to expand that voice by patching in new layers from the existing modules and articulating those with new rhythms.
A range of techniques will be used such as the use of sub octaves, divided rhythms, AM and ring modulation, waveshaping, panning and mixed modulation sources.

Manufacturer demos will be listed nearer the date of the event.


Watch the seminars from the 2023 event below...

From Leon Theremin to Bob Moog

We are privileged to present a talk by Lydia Kavina who was taught by Leon Theremin himself and represents a living connection back to the inventor. Lydia will demonstrate the T-vox and Claravox instruments and then be joined by Roy Palmer who will demonstrate the Moog Theremini with its library of sounds and MIDI control.


From DX7 to MODX+ - 40 Years of FM Synthesis

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Yamaha DX7, Sound On Sound podcaster and music technology journalist, Rob Puricelli, will reflect on the history and legacy of this game-changing instrument.


Rob will be joined by celebrated FM programmer from America, Dr. Manny Fernandez, who will demonstrate the impact of FM synthesis and how it has been implemented over the last four decades using a range of classic and modern FM synthesizers on stage.

MIDI Innovation Award Winners

In this two-part presentation The MIDI Association fly in from the USA to showcase some of this year's MIDI Innovation Award Winners. Expect to see some interesting, weird and highly innovative hardware and software instruments at the cutting-edge of music technology.


In part two, members of the MIDI Association will be talking about 40 years of MIDI and what's new in MIDI 2.0.At the time of writing voting is still in progress and the winners will be announced in September.

We reserve the right to cancel or change the programme of talks, demos and performances at short notice.

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