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Cindy Reichel

She/Her

[x]

First Synthesizer

Yamaha DX27

Musical Background

I've been fascinated by electronic music and synthesizers for as long as I remember. My first band was in 7th grade - I tried to sing but quickly realized keyboards were my forte. I was raised on a steady diet of prog rock and disco which led to a love of 80's new wave, punk and eventually techno, industrial and experimental electronic music. My current studio is a mix of modular (both 5U and Eurorack), synthesizers, drum machines, and software. In addition to playing in the studio and performing live, I am passionate about teaching and introducing others to the joy of synthesizers.

Dream Setup

My dream setup includes a really deluxe mixing desk, a layout that lets me access all of my modular and synth gear easily, and enough patch bays to allow me to reconfigure connections quickly and easily. Must-have modules would include a Rossum Assimil8or sampler, Mutable Instruments Plaits, Make Noise DPO, Instruo Arbhar, and an Industrial Music Electronics Stillson Hammer.

Music Goals

Ultimately, I think finding my unique voice that makes my music stand out and cultivating that in a series of releases and performances is my long-term goal. I also would love to collaborate with like-minded folks on some fun projects that expand my musical horizons

D&D Alignment

Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Tom Butcher

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

Roland Juno-60

Musical Background

I grew up with music around my household from childhood with my mom singing and my dad playing piano. I always wanted to be able to control and play the sounds myself, even from when I was a 3-year-old. I took piano lessons and sang in the school choir, but hearing talkbox, synthesizer, and vocoder on the radio inspired me toward the sound of synthesizers and music technology. I got a job at a pizza shop when I was in high school so I could start saving toward a synthesizer studio, and little by little I was able to collect some synths. I grew up in the 80s and 90s, so synthpop and acid house became my goals for music. Those influences still persist in my musical compositions, though its great to hear all the amazing innovations brought by fusing together R&B, electronics, soul, pop, and whatever else.

Dream Setup

Ive been collecting synthesizers for so long that I probably already have my dream setup. But that doesnt mean its ideal. I think currently my dream setup is a small set of powerful and inspiring synths, and I do love my vintage - so PPG Wave, Prophet-VS, Juno-60, Pro-One, and Minimoog. But pair that with a killer mixing desk like the SSL Origin and an array of vintage samplers, like the Emulator-II and MPC3000. I guess I cant leave out the drum machines, which for me are the TR-909, TR-808, LinnDrum, and TR-727 as mainstays. Its tempting to add more and more, but Ive found in my experience the tighter the better! So perhaps Ill leave it there, except for the requisite analog preamps and compressors for vocals and digital multiFX like the H3000D\/SE and Lexicon PCM80\/90. Oh, and I absolutely need a full-size, weighted keyboard controller with 88 keys!

Music Goals

Ill always create music for my own enjoyment, but I do love sharing my creations with other people. Some of my music is reflective and contemplative while other recordings are aimed to make you dance and have fun. In a way Im living my dream already, working with people who want to get into music-making or advance their studio system with synthesizers. Anything that gets me playing and into the groove is going to bring fulfillment and enjoyment to my day. I just strive to get that feeling of inspiration and groove, and when I do thats all I need!

D&D Alignment

Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Nick Bigelow

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

MicroKorg (returned after I realized I needed something to record it in Ableton, whoops)

Musical Background

I started out playing trombone in 6th grade, which I played until the end of high school. Along the way, I did Jazz Band from 7th to 12th grade, playing trombone and bass guitar, as well as Marching Band from 9th to 12th grade. I started jamming more in college with the bass guitar with some friends and also started picking up more guitar and keys, but was mostly playing around in Ableton, mixing soft synths with guitars and bass, and trying to make beats with Maschine 1.5. After college, I got a drum set and taught myself drums, and continued more down the route of hardware synthesizers and sequencers. I've played in a few bands with friends here in Seattle, but mostly am playing music in the synth scene with eurorack and standalone hardware.

Dream Setup

Honestly, I'm living the dream setup, the main issue is just having everything plugged in and ready to go, so my dream setup would be a studio where I could have all my synths organized and all the cables nicely tucked away, everything synchronized and easily mixed. Though a 5U system would be sick…

Music Goals

The ultimate musical dream is happening, one of my passions is teaching and helping out other people, especially in the realm of technology and music. To have found Patchwerks was perfect, because it's amazing how talented and receptive everyone is, both in terms of my coworkers and customers. By creating a space for people to come in and play around with synthesizers and assure folks there actually aren't dumb questions and this world is more accessible than it seems is amazing. It fills me with immense pride to help people find that passion, whether it be just putting together a fun setup for creating weird sounds and exploring, or helping people realize that connecting with other synth folks and performing isn't as daunting as it seems.

D&D Alignment

Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Matthew

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

MicroKorg

Musical Background

Grew up studying guitar and singing in bands. Went to school for music production. Started trying to build a band-in-a-box and found myself with a plethora of modular and samplers. Now I run a music YouTube channel with a focus on live performance under the name EZBOT.

Dream Setup

More of it all! More modular, more keyboards, more guitars, more microphones, more pedals - I love them all so much!

Music Goals

Never stop making music no matter what!

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Good

Favorite Tracks

Rae

They/Them

[x]

First Synthesizer

Roland SH-201

Musical Background

As a kiddo I loved playing violin & viola solo, quartet, and orchestral music. At some point I fell in love with rave music and hip hop and eventually started making my own computer music. I made the dive into modular after an inspiring Decibel Festival workshop and haven't looked back! I went on to study Audio Engineering in college and am really into instrument design, specifically the intersection of human expression and physical hardware.

Dream Setup

A MIDI Violin, a stack of synths including a Juno + RE-201 Space Echo, a modular case filled with ER-301s, everything Elektron has ever made including specifically a Monomachine, a proper mixing console, two turntables, and a microphone. Aaaand maybe most importantly, everything set up ready to go at the flip of one switch <3

Music Goals

#1 have fun. Would also love to tour with friends :)

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Jesse

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

(Plug-in) NI Massive, (Hardware) Novation Bass Station 2

Musical Background

Studied in college and self taught

Dream Setup

Having a studio with access to any piece of hardware or software.

Music Goals

Having a studio with access to any piece of hardware or software.

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Steven

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

Moog Mother 32

Musical Background

I grew up playing the violin and guitar. I studied audio engineering at Edmonds Community College and have been an electronic musician for the past 11 years.

Dream Setup

My dream setup is to have a small studio space where I can just host jam sessions with my friends.

Music Goals

My goals in music are to put out a full comprehensive LP and to also play out live more often. I'd also like to eventually have my own mixing and mastering studio.

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Drew

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

Volca FM

Musical Background

Touring Drummer/Guitarist Emery 2012-2013 Kings Kaleidoscope 2009-2019 Propaganda 2017-present Composer for Games 2018-present TURIAN 2015-present

Dream Setup

Synthstrom Deluge/OP-1/SP 555/Empress Zoia

Music Goals

Just to have fun and share experiences with people!

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Connie

She/Her

[x]

First Synthesizer

Korg Minilogue

Musical Background

Making scores for art performances

Dream Setup

a cozy studio with natural light and space for my bunnies

Music Goals

to make and listen to music that I like with friends n_n

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Thomas

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

Roland JP-8000

Musical Background

Grew up playing guitar in metal and hardcore bands in the mid 90's through the early 2000's. Got really into eurorack modular synthesizers around 2009 and was instantly hooked. Since then I've been primarily producing dnb/jungle and techno.

Dream Setup

Just continue building up my eurorack setup and picking up drum machines. There really is no dream or perfect setup for me, it's constantly changing.

Music Goals

Just write good music

D&D Alignment

Dungeon Master

Favorite Tracks

Karl

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

Roland GAIA

Musical Background

violin was my first instrument when I was little, trombone in school band, playing guitar since I was 13, recording with DAWs and using MIDI since I was 16, studied sound design at Indiana University, been in countless bands, released solo music

Dream Setup

cabin in the woods with a studio

Music Goals

Make music for a Cartoon Network show. Tour internationally as a musician. Own a home studio. Play a music festival. Continue to improv with friends every chance I get. Find the elusive magical chord or note that solves hair loss.

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Ryan

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

MicroKorg

Musical Background

Background

Dream Setup

Everything on King Crimson's stage ...Mellotrons specifically.

Music Goals

Music Goals

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Good

Favorite Tracks

Jon

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

A MicroKorg back in 2006

Musical Background

I'm a self taught musician and have been playing in bands since high school. I currently play guitar in the Seattle band Dreamdecay and bass in the band U Sco (from Portland).

Dream Setup

Abbey Road studios

Music Goals

Continue working with friends and artists who inspire me and always be actively working on new music.

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Justin

He/Him

[x]

First Synthesizer

MicroKorg

Musical Background

Band geek, drummer, audio production

Dream Setup

Studio space plus ability to have a full-sized piano

Music Goals

Play the Digitakt like a boss, make some tasty entrees with my spaghetti cables

D&D Alignment

Lawful Neutral

Favorite Tracks

Ellie

She/Her

[x]

First Synthesizer

Prophet Rev2

Musical Background

I’ve been playing piano since I was 8, and really got into synths around when covid started

Dream Setup

A rack of modules (idk which haha), Moog Matriarch and grandmother, octatrack, hydrasynth explorer, polybrute and ob-6

Music Goals

To make an ambient album

D&D Alignment

Chaotic Good

Favorite Tracks

Peyton

He/Him/They/Them

[x]

First Synthesizer

Roland SE-02

Musical Background

Musically curious

Dream Setup

Digitakt, Octatrak, Peak. (maybe 2 of each ;p)

Music Goals

I wanna play music on stage and vibe tf out with everyone who came to jam.

D&D Alignment

Neutral Good

Favorite Tracks