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Following the success of the first SynthFest-UK in 2016 we are pleased to announce it’s back – 7th October 2017.

General Admission tickets (£10) on sale now

Over 30 manufacturers will be exhibiting at the event, ranging from the boutique Eurorack modular brands to mainstream keyboards and a range of soft-synth and virtual instruments. There are also top retailers stocking a wide range of synths and related products, all ready for you to buy and walk away with on the day.
For a full list of exhibitors follow this link.

Last year’s Meet featured some incredibly rare synthesizers from Moog and Buchla, plus unique modules and experimental creations from talented electronics designers. This year the Moog and Buchla are back by popular demand along with who knows what!
Keep an eye on the website page for details as we update in the coming weeks

Just getting started with Eurorack? Or not sure about which keyboard synth might be a good choice? Drop in and talk to the experts at the Help Desk for free advice.


Martyn Ware
Heaven 17 and Human League founder, Martyn Ware, will present a talk at SynthFest UK about his passion for synthesizers.

Deconstructing the Dr Who Theme
In recognition of what would have been Delia Derbyshire’s 80th birthday, current members of the Radiophonic Workshop will discuss her iconic theme music and demonstrate how it was created. Through the playback of digitised original source tapes from the 1960s, Mark Ayres, Roger Limb, Paddy Kingsland and Peter Howell will bring the music to life and talk about their time at the world famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Ondes Martenot
What the heck is this mysterious instrument? Dorien Schampaert is one of the UK’s leading authorities on this bizarre early electronic music instrument invented in 1928. She will talk about it’s invention, how it works and play recordings of its unmistakable eerie sound.

The legendary Mini-Oramics machine makes a rare public appearance at SynthFest UK.
Daphne Oram was the co-founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and is credited with the invention of a new form of ‘drawn sound’ synthesis – Oramics.
In the 1960s she designed a machine which was the size of a large office photocopier, but then in the 1970s she began work on the Mini-Oramics but it was never completed.
PhD student Tom Richards has re-imagined and built a fully working Mini-Oramics machine and will give a talk and demo before allowing visitors to SF-UK to try their hand at drawing their own musical ideas for the machine to play!

Modular Synth performance in Surround Sound
Based on his research into immersive audio systems for live performance, University of Derby music lecturer John Crossley will talk about surround sound performance with modular synths based on the Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D system. The session will end with a live ‘Modular Jam’ through a multi-speaker setup.

VIP Roundtable Discussion
Chaired by SOS writer Gordon Reid – with guests Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), Hannah Peel, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Will Gregory and Steve Levine.

* Note: Seminars are unreserved and seating is on a first-come basis.

For one day only, SF-UK will become the biggest synth shop in Britain, with great prices and deals from retailers Rich Tone Music, Red Dog Music, KMR and Rubadub. Plus many of the boutique modular manufacturers will also have stock at superb ‘direct-to-the-public’ prices. And if it’s rare, second-hand gear you seek, check out the SoundGas stand.

This year we introduce a live music stage in the bar, featuring ad hoc performances.
Joanne Armitage – Live Coding.
SoundGas House Band – Jamming with vintage synths and effects.
More artists TBA.

 TICKETS ON SALE NOW£10 in advance (or £15 on the day).
Students, Registered Claimants and Senior Citizens £9
(Proof of status must be provided at the door)
Children (14 – 18 yrs) £8
Children under 14 Free.

Each ticket allows access to the exhibition and all seminars, talks and demos. (first come first served basis).
Price includes a complimentary bag except for children’s tickets.



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