August Events with Switched On: Holly Herndon (4AD, RVNG Intl.) and Patricia (L.I.E.S., Opal Tapes, Spectral Sound)

Tomorrow (August, 4th 2015) in Austin, TX Holly Herndon (RVNG Intl.) will be performing at The Parish.  Switched On is proud to be a co-presenter in the event along with Transmission Events. 

From Red Bull Music Academy:

"Whether studying for her PhD at Stanford or spending all night in a Berlin techno party, Holly Herndon is obsessed with the intersection between mind and body and beat and technology. On releases like Movement and the Chorus EP, she tackles her complicated relationship with the internet, the NSA, Max/MSP software, and her own voice; creating a unique brand of cyber-pop that is equally beautiful and frightening, academic and dancefloor-ready."

Holly Herndon is considered to be at the fore front of electronic and experimental music. You may have caught her lecture for RBMA in Tokyo or read her interview on The FADER. Her music is a visionary experience that merges experimental sound design, techno, futuristic rhythms, vocal soundscapes, and fierce visuals to accompany.

See for yourself below...

Ticket Price: $15

Doors: 8PM

Austin, TX producer Corduroi opens. Check out them out here:

Pre-sale tickets are available to purchase HERE.

Facebook event HERE


This weekend on Saturday August, 8th we will be hosting a special in-store event with modular wizard and techno producer Patricia (Spectral Sound, L.I.E.S., Opal Tapes). Things get started at 6PM. 

Check out his tunes HERE

He also gave a fantastic demo of the recently revived Moog modular:

Later that night XNOR MEDIA and Patricia will be going late night at Tamale House East, which operates as Mexican/Peruvian restaurant by day but has been hosting some of Austin's best  house and techno events at night

Also on the bill is Austin's own Oaxaca, The Viewer, Pagan Cops, and DJ Sets by Malika and Deep Creep.

Facebook event is HERE and official flyer is below! 




Switched On in New York Times Blog

Switched On received an honorable mention in the New York Times blog as one of actor and synth enthusiast Jason Schwartzman's influences. 
The actor and musician Jason Schwartzman, who costars in the film "The Overnight," out this weekend.

From Schwartzman:
“It’s a synthesizer store in Austin. I was just in Austin and went there straight from the airport, and then stopped there again on my way back to the airport. They have beautiful synthesizers — new and old. Most music stores, there’s kind of a feeling that you shouldn’t ask to play anything. But Switched On is very for the people and everything is plugged in and armed, so anyone can play anything at any time.”

One of the many great things about operating a store front such as Switched On is the interesting people that come through to visit us. Glad we can help to inspire such a broad community of talents. Thanks Jason!

Read the full article HERE


NMASS 2015: June 11th-13th at Salvage Vanguard Theater

Switched On is proud to be a sponsor of this years NMASS


NMASS stands for New Media Art and Sound Summit and it is exactly that. Three days of electronic and experimental performances, sound installations, film screenings, and a synth meet!

NMASS takes place at the Salvage Vanguard Theater (2803 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722) 
Tickets are $40 (3-day pass) and can be purchased in-store at Switched On or directly through the NMASS site HERE. 



Switched On Arturia Clinic

Switched On is excited to announce that Arturia will be in-store to demo and discuss their diverse line of devices. Arturia will also be giving away a BeatStep sequencer and controller to a lucky attendee!
Also available to demo will be the upcoming BeatStep Pro edition with expanded connectivity, more steps, and many other features. 
Date: May 21, 2015, 4pm-6pm
Arrive anytime and it is 100% free.
Parking is on the west side of the building.
Join the Facebook Event.
The clinic will focus on the following devices: 
A modern classic and fully featured analog mono-synth.
(MiniBrutes are now discounted to $399 new as well!)
A compact follow-up to the MiniBrute. Features semi-modular patchbay and a sequencer. 
An intuitive sequencer and controller for MIDI, USB, and CV/Gate application. 

New Arrivals: April 23, 2015

Here are some of this week's new arrivals. All photos are click through links to the product pages. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 


Moog Sub 37 Tribute Edition

Also make sure to check out the new firmware release for the Moog Sub37 expected to be out later this Spring. 

Korg MS-20M + SQ1 Sequencer

Korg Arp Odyssey 

Mutable Instruments Peaks

4MS Shifting Inverting Signal Mingler, 4MS Quad Pingable LFO, 4MS Quad Clock Distributor

Oberheim Matrix 6

Yamaha DX7 

Fender Chroma Polaris




Switched On 5th Anniversary Party & Synthesizer Meet

Switched On is turning 5 years old! So we are having a party. Come celebrate with us!
You can also join the Facebook event HERE
6pm-9pm Synthesizer Meet-up.
9pm-12am Records, drinks, and good times. 
Switched On invites you to bring your synthesizer of any format or era. Keyboards, modular, effects, rarities, etc. As always, we want to help encourage and facilitate an environment for music technology and sound. Interesting effects, controllers, or computer aided workflows are also encouraged. Meet and talk shop with the community of musicians, producers, sound designers, and DJs. Show off what is lurking in your studio and share ideas. 
If you are a manufacturer, maker, do it your selfer, hacker, bender, tweaker: Please bring something you have created! 
*Bring your own: power strip, stand, and headphones!
Switched On will be holding a raffle at 11:11 PM. Prizes include a Moog Werkstatt, Moog MiniFooger, and a Korg Drum Machine. 
Complementary refreshments in the form of Moscow Mules will be provided. Courtesy of Main Root & Titos Vodka!
Vegan snacks brought to you by our neighbors Counter Culture will be available as well. 
FREE & All ages
6:00 P.M. - Midnight
Arrive early and stay late.

The Rare Waves Grendel RA-9 Grenadier

Switched On is now stocking the Rare Waves Grendel RA-9 Grenadier. The Grenadier is the third incarnation of the Grendel series, starting with the Drone Commander (2 oscillator droney synth design), the formant filter in Eurorack format, and now the RA-9 Grenadier. The Grenadier is by far the most feature rich and unique thus far. The Grenadier is a single oscillator tabletop synthesizer with a triple bandbass filter bank, a built-in sequencer, and lots of connectivity. Like all Rare Waves devices it is made extremely well and has loads of character. Get all of the details and order HERE.  

Check out the Grenadier in action...

1987 Howard Dumble Overdrive Special

Howard Dumble Overdrive Special

Switched On is excited to offer a 1987 "Howard" Dumble Overdrive Special, complete with 1x12 cabinet, flight cases, and Dumblelator II. This sought after amplifier (serial number 150) was purchased from Dumble in 1987 by its current owner and is in very good original condition. 


Teenage Engineering Now in Stock!

The extremely powerful, portable, and loveable Teenage Engineering OP-1 (seen above) is back in stock at Switched On. The OP-1 is the all-in-one portable synthesizer, sampler and controller. with additional features like a built-in FM radio and an assignable G-force sensor for motion controlled effects, there is quite nothing like it. Its modular architecture enables endless sound possibilities without making the workflow complicated or distracting. The compact design and real physical interface makes it inspiring to create music, no matter who you are or how experienced you are. Read more and purchase HERE. 

Also included in our order was the Teenage Engineering OpLab Musical Experiment Board and the FM Antennae accessory. The Oplab is a "musical experiment board" that allows you to interconnect all of your electronic musical instruments and music software, and use them all together to create your music. Connections include MIDI, DIN SYNC (24ppq for legacy devices), USB, and CV/GATE. Read more and purchase the Teenage Engineering OpLab HERE. 

For those using the OP-1's built in FM radio in remote areas Teenage Engineering offers an attractive antennae design to enhance reception. Read more and purchase the Teenage Engineering FM Antennae HERE. 




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