Work in digital, but dream of tubes? You’re the target audience for the Vacuum Tube Valley Audiophile and Music Expo. Apparently, the fall show just took place in Arcadia, CA, but the spring will bring the tubes to my neck of the woods: North Brunswick, NJ, just outside of New York City. This retro-looking show is devoted to “high-quality sound.” Of course, “quality” got redefined by the raunchy folks at Metasonix with their new synth. But don’t let anyone tell you modern sound gear has gotten dull: from audio-geek-chic high-end tube gear to synths behaving badly, tubes live on.

Thanks, Michael, for turning me on both to the new instrument and the show.