The Synth Library

S1, in partnership with 4MS Company, is home to the Synth Library, a publicly-accessible resource in Portland, Oregon. Since spring 2016, the Synth Library has hosted regular workshops to educate and empower new people and communities to engage with modular synthesis.

After attending a sliding-scale introductory workshop, participants can sign up for open library hours to access any of the modular rows and other gear available in the space. A facilitator will always be in the room to help answer any questions that come up during your exploration.

The Intro to Synthesis course (or an equivalent competency exam) is required before gaining access to the Synth Library; this course costs $25 and includes one month of membership. Monthly membership is $15. Scholarship opportunities are available for those unable to pay.

We’re committed to representing and empowering all types of people and providing the opportunity to learn comfortably from and alongside peers. To this end, we offer female/non-binary-only courses, as well as open enrollment courses available to all.

Artists-in-Residence at S1 will have the opportunity to check out gear from the library to compose and perform pieces. We will begin accepting applications for our residency program soon.

Sponsors: Control Voltage

Donors: 4MS, Ableton, ADDAC System, AI Synthesis, Anti-Matter, Bastl, Befaco, Bird Kids, Ciat-Lonbarde, Control, Erica Synths, Glow Worm Cables, Hexinverter Électronique, Koma Electronik, Ieaskul F. Mobenthey, Make Noise, MFB, Malekko, Meng Qi, Moffenzeef Modular, Mordax, Moog, Mutable Instruments, Mystic Circuit, Noise Engineering, Novation, Pittsburgh Modular, Snazzy FX, Sputnik Modular, STG, Toppobrillo, Verbos, Warmstar Electronics, WMD.