On February 22nd, 2015 a disparate group of individuals descended on Huddersfield University with one shared purpose – to bring the murky world of modular synths out from the shadows.
The facilities laid on for us were amazing, with each table having its own set of powered Genelec studio monitors – all within a light and airy atrium space. Cue the arrival of tens-of-thousands of pounds worth of electronics, from Eurorack to 5u, in addition to the University’s own vintage synth collection (EMS Synthi, Roland System 100m..)
I had this event in mind when setting the timescale for launching Matttech Modular, and was determined that I would be in attendance, along with something really special to intrigue the assembled parties. I decided that a full AJH Synth Minimod system – their patchable Eurorack Minimoog Model D clone – would be just the ticket, and it certainly provoked a lot of interest.
Those in attendance included: Zoe and Nina from Transistor Sounds Labs, showing off their new Stepper Acid sequencer; Steve from Thonk Synth DIY, manning a pop-up shop; Ross Lamond of Lamond Design, tempting folk with sexy wooden modular cases; and Paul Darlow from Krisp1 – builder of the beautiful Oakley 5u modules – dwarfed by a large white Digisound system.
A massive shout out to Ben “DivKid” Wilson, who organised the whole affair, and to Huddersfield University for providing such outstanding support.
Ben put together a short video of the event, using photos and footage from the day. Keep an eye out for further similar events in the future, which will be highlighted in the Matttech Modular NEWS & EVENTS section.