Laurentide Synthworks Is Closing

Shruthi-synthesizerLaurentide Synthworks – maker of Eurorack DIY modules, the Polysynth Formerly Known As Ambika and the Monosynth Formerly Known As Shruthi – has announced that it is closing.

Here’s what owner Adam Armstrong has to say about it:

I have been thinking on this for quite some time and have finally come to the decision to hang up Laurentide SynthWorks.

The batch of Shruthi/Ambika that was just shipped to Modular Addict is the last batch that I will be doing. I will be putting together one more run of VG2 kits together that will also be available at Modular Addict, after that I will be discontinuing it as well as the PRM2.

I also have an unreleased module with full kits already assembled. Those will be for sale at Knobcon in September.

I did not come to decision easily and it took me about 6 months to finally say I’m done. It wasn’t easy to come to terms with, but the reality of it is that it was getting way to difficult juggling family and a demanding day job. Plus, the passion was fading and it was feeling more like a regular job, which is not at all why I started it in the 1st place.

I want to thank everyone for being supportive and totally awesome. I have met a lot of great people over the years and made a ton of new friends. I’ll still remain active in the scene, just no longer as a manufacturer.

Thanks again and I hope to see you at Knobcon one last time.

14 thoughts on “Laurentide Synthworks Is Closing

  1. finally a compay that goes out of business. that is not good, of course, but i have to say that there are way too many synth manufacturers out there, both soft- and hardware. the market is overblown with products. i mean look at the dsi portfolio. all the different prophets, 8, 12 than 6 from sequential, also from smith. that is ridicoulus. now the new oberheim, made by smith. it´s getting out of control imo.

    1. He isn’t closing shop because of no business.

      He’s closing because it was a hobby and he doesn’t enjoy running a company as a hobby anymore.

      As far as other synths, since when is a large selection with different prices and features a bad thing. Next you’ll complain Ford or BMW or whoever makes too many different cars that you don’t like.

  2. i dont’ have any of their products but i’m an ambika user and i love it so much. i would hope that people could have easy access to this synth.



  3. Shruthi/XT/Ambika kits are available from TubeOhm (Germany) for anyone who’s interested. Still the best way to get into DIY 🙂

    1. To be fair we should mention that Ambika and Shruthi, both excellent, were designed by Olivier Gillet from the French company Mutable Instruments. They are not Laurentide’s designs, but are manufactured with Olivier’s permission and blessing.

  4. This is one of those companies that I’ve just followed with admiration and interest. When a designer/developer makes a product that “hits all the right notes” it tends to stay on my radar. I imagine this is a very difficult business to stay in– both in terms of the energy/effort required, and just staying viable against “the biggies” and software instruments. Wishing Adam the very best in his future endeavors.

    It would be cool to see his work somehow preserved for future generations.

  5. Adam is a beast! It’s a sad day… really, nobody is getting rich off of this stuff and it’s a lot of work done out of love. Sometimes the love of family outweighs the love for synthesis. Best wishes to Adam!

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