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Make Your Own Synthesizer

  • Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center 8230 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD, 20910 United States (map)

Shnth-building Workshop

Join us October 18th for an all-day synth-making workshop in which participants will assemble their own Shnth, a completely customizable music synthesizer designed by Ciat-Lonbarde's  Peter Blasser. You play the Shnth by pressing, squishing, caressing or breathing on its bespoke wooden case which is extremely sensitive to your every gesture. All resulting sounds are synthesized in real time by the Shnth's embedded ARM microprocessor into a 16-bit stereo output. Every aspect of the Shnth's performance can be customized and instantly re-programmed via USB. It even comes complete with its own easy-to-use graphical programming environment (Fish). The Shnth is highly portable, includes a rechargeable battery pack, and can store up to 256 presets to be recalled as needed 'in the field'. For more information about the Shnth, please visit

In this workshop you will build your own Shnth and learn how to program it to explore the rich world of electronic music. The workshop consists of two parts:
11am - 2 pm:  Here you will receive your kit and build it. 
3pm - 6 pm:  Here you will learn to use your Shnth

Cost: The cost of the workshop, which includes a complete Shnth kit and all materials, is $220. That's more than a $100 savings over the Shnth's $323 selling price plus you will learn how to make the instrument yourself and get hands-on instruction in how to use it. No previous experience is required. You WILL leave with a complete working instrument!
All proceeds from this workshop will be used to support the opening of RhizomeDC, a new community space for art, learning and DIY culture in the Takoma/Silver Spring Neighborhood. 

Workshop leader: Steve Korn. Together with Peter Blasser, Steve was a co-founder of Shbobo and worked with Peter on the creation of the Shnth. Steve has hand-built over 100 Shnths to date, wrote the manuals for both Fish and Justints, and produced Shbobo's tutorial videos for the Shnth.

Space in the workshop is limited to 10 participants! 

SOLD OUT - please email us if you would like to be notified when this workshop is offered again.

Check out the workshop flyer