The Playroom

A place to enjoy synths

Presentation

The Playroom is the creative space of the smem. Built in 2018 after a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the smem allows the amateur, the pro and the curious to play on some of the rare and legendary instruments of our collection. The Playroom is open every Saturday for the Playroom Sessions and on request for special events, artistic residencies and more. Finally, the Playroom is also the place where we host most of our conferences and workshops.

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2022_09_Young Gods Conference
2021_HSLU Workshop
Access map

Playroom Sessions 

A Playroom Session offers everyone the opportunity to discover the world of synthesizers and other electronic music instruments. The sessions last four hours and include an optional tour of the collection of about an hour. For each session, a qualified member of our team will be there for supervision and to provide suggestions, advice and help if needed. Soundcards and headphones are at your disposal but we encourage you to bring your own recording and listening gear if you wish to record your productions.

Practical informations

An entry for a Playroom Session (tour included) costs CHF 50.00 or CHF 25.00 for the reduced price (student, AVS, AI). The Playroom is open on Saturdays and the Sessions start at 13:00 and end at 17:00. To find the Playroom, check the access map in the slideshow above. The Playroom can be spotted on site thanks to its big red garage door. The address is: smem, Passage du Cardinal 1, 1700 Fribourg.

Below, you can find a list of the instruments available at the moment in the Playroom. The selection is regularly updated throughout the year. Please note that we cannot provide other instruments during regular Playroom Sessions. As each of the elements on the list has to go through tests – and eventually repairs – before entering the Playroom, the only way to cover those extra costs and ensure quality is to ask for a special request by filling the form below.

Residencies, rentals and special requests

As mentioned, the Playroom also hosts artistic residencies and can be rented for private or professional sessions. The price are as follows:

  • 1/2 day (4h) : CHF 300.00
  • 1 day (8h) : CHF 500.00
  • 2 days : CHF 900.00
  • 3 days : CHF 1100.00
  • 4 days : CHF 1350.00
  • 5 days : CHF 1600.00
  • 6 days : CHF 1800.00
  • 7 days : CHF 2000.00
  • 8 days : CHF 2200.00
  • 9 days : CHF 2400.00
  • 10 days : CHF 2600.00

For each additional day above ten days, add CHF 100.00. For example, a 14-days rental costs CHF 3000.00 (2600+4*100).

It is also possible to ask for a sound technician to be present during your stay or a part of it. The prices are as follows:

  • For an introduction to synthesis, to a requested instrument, etc. : CHF 150.00
  • For a full presence during your stay : CHF 400.00 per day.

It is also possible to request a specific instrument from our collection that is not available in the Playroom at the moment. The instrument will be fully checked and prepared for you, which implies service costs even for very « cheap » instruments. Please note that, in some cases, the instrument might need some service or repair, which would imply additional costs to complete the request. In that case, you will be informed and asked if you agree with the additional costs before we proceed to the reparation. Of course, we will do our possible to keep those extra costs as low as possible.

The instruments of our collection are divided into three categories of value. Some examples of instrument belonging to each categories are given here to give you an idea of how to situate the instrument you might be interested in. The prices are as follows :

  • Category A : CHF 800.00
    • Note : any instrument from this category requires the mandatory presence of one of our sound technicians (CHF 400.00 per day)
    • Examples : Yamaha CS-80, Mellotron M400s, Fairlight CMI IIx, Roland Jupiter-8, Oberheim Matrix-12, Roland TR-808, etc.
  • Category B : CHF 300.00
    • Examples : Roland Juno-60, Roland Space Echo RE-201, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Yamaha DX-7, etc.
  • Category C : CHF 100.00
    • Examples : Boss Pedals, Roland Alpha Juno-1, Casio VL-1, Korg Poly-800, etc.

If you are interested, please fill the form right below.

Synths in the playroom

 
Brand
Model
Year
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
D-50 Digital LA Synthesizer
Year:
1987
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Drum machine
Model:
TR-808 Rhythm Composer Digital Drum Machine
Year:
1980
Brand:
Drawmer
Type:
Effect
Model:
DL 241 Dual Auto Compressor
Year:
1985
Brand:
Oberheim
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
OB-8 Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer
Year:
1983
Brand:
The Division Department
Type:
Drum machine
Model:
01/IV Drum Computer
Year:
2020
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Effect
Model:
SRV-330 Dimensional Space Reverb
Year:
1993
Brand:
Oberheim
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Matrix-1000 Analog Sound Module
Year:
1987
Brand:
Sequential Circuits
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Pro-One Synthesizer
Year:
1981
Brand:
Doepfer
Type:
EffectSequencer
Model:
Doepfer MAQ16/3 Midi Analog Sequencer
Year:
1993
Brand:
Yamaha
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
CS-50 Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer
Year:
1976
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Controller
Model:
PC-160 Midi Keyboard Controller
Year:
1996
Brand:
Soma Laboratory
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Soma Lyra-8 Synthesizer
Year:
2019
Brand:
Alto
Type:
Mixing Desk
Model:
802 Professional Live 8 Channel USB Mixer
Year:
2000
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
SH-101 Analog Monophonic Synthesizer
Year:
1982
Brand:
Boss
Type:
Effect
Model:
DM-1 Delay Machine Pedal
Year:
1977
Brand:
Norlin
Type:
Effect
Model:
Maestro MFZ-1 Fuzz Pedal
Year:
1976
Brand:
Musitronics
Type:
Effect
Model:
Mu-Tron Micro V Envelope Filter Pedal
Year:
1974
Brand:
Arturia
Type:
Drum machine
Model:
Drumbrute Impact Analog Drum Synthesizer
Year:
2018
Brand:
Boss
Type:
Effect
Model:
PH-2 Super Phaser Effect Pedal
Year:
1984
Brand:
Playtime Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Blipblox Toy Synthesizer and Drum Computer
Year:
2019
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Controller
Model:
Edirol PC-160A Midi Keyboard Controller
Year:
2000
Brand:
Novation
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Peak 8-Voice Polyphonic Desktop Synthesizer
Year:
2017
Brand:
Boss
Type:
Effect
Model:
DF-2 Super Feedbacker & Distortion Effect Pedal
Year:
1984
Brand:
Boss
Type:
Effect
Model:
BF-1 Flanger Analog Effect Pedal
Year:
1977
Brand:
Sequential Circuits
Type:
Drum machine
Model:
Drumtraks 400
Year:
1983
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Juno-60 Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
Year:
1982
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Effect
Model:
RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay and Reverb
Year:
1974
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Effect
Model:
SVC-350 Analog Vocoder Rack
Year:
1979
Brand:
Sequential Circuits
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Prophet VS Rack Synthesizer
Year:
1986
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Custom Modular System
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Graphic VCO Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Pico Voice Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Pico VCF Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Black VCA Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Black Dual EG/LFO Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Black Modulator Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Pico Multi Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Pico Random Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Pico Trigger Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Pico Drums Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Pico Drums Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Black Stereo Mixer Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Black Hole DSP Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Erica Synths
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Pico Output Module
Year:
2018
Brand:
Novation
Type:
Controller
Model:
61SL MkIII Keyboard Controller
Year:
2018
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Custom Modular System
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Yarns Midi Interface
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Links Multiples and Mixing
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Plaits Micro-Oscillator
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Tides Tidal Modulator
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Warps Meta-Modulator
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Ripples Liquid Filter
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Kinks Mingling and Mangling
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Mutable Instruments Veils Quad VCA
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Ears Contact Microphone
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Elements Modal Synthesizer
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Blinds Quad VC-Polarizer
Year:
2015
Brand:
Mutable Instruments
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
Clouds Texture Synthesizer
Year:
2015
Brand:
Doepfer
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
A-143-3 Quad LFO Modulation Oscillator
Year:
2018
Brand:
Boss
Type:
Controller
Model:
PS-5 Super Shifter Effect Pedal
Year:
1999
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
System-100M Custom System Modular Synthesizer
Year:
1978
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
System-100M 191-J Modular Synthesizer
Year:
1978
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
System-100M 112 Dual VCO Modular Synthesizer
Year:
1978
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
System-100M 110 VCO/VCF/VCA Modular Synthesizer
Year:
1978
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Modular Synthesizer
Model:
System-100M 140 DUAL EG/LFO
Year:
1978
Brand:
Roland
Type:
Controller
Model:
System-100M SY-184 Polyphonic 4CV Synthesizer
Year:
1978
Brand:
Boss
Type:
Effect
Model:
CE-1 Chorus Ensemble Pedal
Year:
1976
Brand:
Electro-Harmonix
Type:
Effect
Model:
Big Muff Pi Bass Fuzz Pedal
Year:
1980
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-12 Rhythm Pocket Operator
Year:
2018
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-14 Sub Pocket Operator
Year:
2018
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-16 Factory
Year:
2018
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-20 Arcade Pocket Operator
Year:
2018
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-24 Office Pocket Operator
Year:
2018
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-32 Tonic Pocket Operator
Year:
2017
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-33 KO! Pocket Operator
Year:
2018
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-28 Robot Pocket Operator
Year:
2018
Brand:
Teenage Engineering
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
PO-35 Speak Pocket Operator
Year:
2018
Brand:
Moog
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Minimoog Model D Analog Monophonic Synthesizer
Year:
1971
Brand:
Korg
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
Mono/Poly MP-4 Analog Synthesizer
Year:
1981
Brand:
Boss
Type:
Drum machine
Model:
DR-110 Dr. Rhythm Analog Drum Machine
Year:
1983
Brand:
Casio
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
VL-1 VL-Tone Monophonic Synthesizer
Year:
1979
Brand:
Korg
Type:
Synthesizer
Model:
MS-20 Analog Monophonic Synthesizer
Year:
1978

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