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SteamSynth - Personal project of SSL's owner Doug Slocum, this large modular synth was inpired by the SteamPunk art movement and his love of old technologies. It's also the inspiration for this web-site's name.

The panels use black printed circuit board material, allowing real copper foil lettering. Standard knobs are decorated with buttons from a fabric store. Patch cords were hand made with cloth covered wire to complete the illusion.

The electronics behind the scenes are a combination of SSL custom designs, and those from YuSynth (Yves Usson), MFOS (Music From Outer Space), PAiA Electronics, Ken "Cat Girl" Stone, Marc Bareille - Papareil Synth Labs.

The PC keyboard was hacked with fabric store buttons and a brass plate that accentuates the retro-style jeweled lense function lights. The basic design was borrowed from a clever artist on the Internet. The brass plate is also the design inspiration for the navigation menu selections for this web-site.



Probably the most ambitious project taken on by SSL in the late 1970's was the fully custom "Orphius" synthesizer. This machine featured:
  • fully polyphonic design
  • remote "wearable" 3 octave keyboard
  • pitch bend ribbon control
  • multiplexed keyboard and control signals
  • two independently tunable ranks
  • independently adjustable envelopes for eack rank
  • 4-pole Moog style lowpass filter with ADSR envelope
  • switchable chorusing effects
  • rack mounted voice and control unit
Built for a musician in Staten Island NY, unfortunately its current location, owner and disposition is unknown.



This custom drum performance synth was built for Jazz-fusion violinist Michael Urbaniak.

November 21, 2014
New 1 MU Steiner Filter Now Shipping! Crazy goodness, with a hidden "warm" feature!

July 16, 2014
Quad LFO - Improved version shipping now. Wider low frequency range.

July 16, 2014
5-Pulser / Analog XOR - New run now shipping!

June 24, 2014
Finally! EURO version of our popular 5U Segwencer module is now available! Hot, Hot, Hot!

November 10, 2013
It's been a long wait, but our much anticipated 1230 VC ADSR Envelope (in 1 MU!) is finally available!

June 22, 2013
The tease is over - (this time). SSL's newest module, the 1510 Octal Linear VCA was formally announced today by our friend 'Mecanikill' at the Chapel Hill Synth Meet in North Carolina.

June 6, 2013
Have you been following the "New Module" teaser over the past few weeks? We're almost to unveiling!

May 18, 2013
New Ian Fritz "5-Pulser" module announced. And Quad LFO's back in stock.

Apr 28, 2013
We are working hard on new runs of out of stock modules. Please be patient!

Apr, 2013
New Mystery 5U module treaser

Jan 20, 2013
SSL owner Doug Slocum to demo a special MiniMoog at the Bob Moog Foundation booth at this year's NAMM 2013 in Anaheim CA. Click link below.

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