Join Ferris Lists Us as 42 Places to Learn Something New


Thanks to Join Ferris, a start-up looking to turn people onto things to do in Boston, we’ve been listed as one of 42 places to “learn something new in Boston.”

Boston might be known as a college town that draws some of the brightest students in the country, but there’s also plenty of incredible classes offered by small businesses.

We’re building a complete guide to the best places to learn something new in Boston, that aren’t major universities. From cultivating your culinary creativity to learning to work with clay, metal, and 3D printers, this list is sure to have something for everyone.

Alongside cool places like Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and Artisan’s Asylum, and our pals at Brooklyn Boulders, JoinFerris has your options for learning something FUN in your spare time.


But PS: We’re the most fun!

Roland Launches Its First Music Game App

TRRECHere’s something has been a long-time coming:

Roland is pleased to announce the launch of the TR-REC GAME on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. TR-REC GAME is a rhythm entry game app for smartphones and tablets that incorporates the rhythm programming schemes used in Roland’s TR-808 and TR-8 rhythm machines.

Players can enjoy programming authentic dance music in a fun game setting. TR-REC GAME features 16 original dance music pieces, and 48 stages in all. Players receive points for tapping in the rhythmic elements correctly, and receive bonus points for completing a pattern.

To download the TR-REC GAME, click here.

Want to get your hands on a real Roland? That’s sort of the final boss of our Master Program, which ends with a course in live music synthesis. More info on that can be found here. Payment plans available!

Top 5 Things You Can Buy on #CyberMonday

Cyber Monday Sale

ICYMI: We’re having a major sale in honor of Cyber Monday. Just what can you get at such a discount? Let’s pick 5 things.

1: Gift Certificates


You can email Sarah to get 20% off any amount of Gift Certificates! Have a young one interested in music? Throw this in their stocking this holiday season.

2: Music Synthesis Course

People have all sorts of fun playing with the state-of-the-art synths and drum machines inside our lab:

People have even used it to start up band projects:

3: Summer Camp!

What’s your child up to next Summer? Start them out or enhance their musical knowledge through the technology they know and love. You never know, they might go onto play the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum!

4: The Master Program

For the best overall value, the biggest discounts come at the Master Program level. Ableton made news most recently on Charlie Rose, where Diplo and Skrillex talk about working with Justin Bieber. Watch that online here.

If Justin Bieber uses Ableton, shouldn’t you? That’s what we do.

5: A Corporate Event

Our lab can come to you! For holiday parties, build-a-beat contests or DJ battles, our Corporate Events have put a fire under many a different team throughout the Greater Boston area.

Simply go here and pop in your email?

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4 Years 4 M’s

Jon Hopkins, who played our launch party.

Four years ago, the music, art, and technology festival called Together Boston had a storefront location in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge. Inside they held discussions, hosted a series of DJ in the live lab, and generally had an open space where music lovers could gather, chat, and chill. As we were closing down and moving out, we heard from a number of people that they were unhappy. No one wanted to see the space closed as it was a benefit to the community at large.

That’s when Managing Director Alex Maniatis and Creative Director David Day turned and looked at each other.

They said, “Why can’t we just do this all year?”

And Mmmmaven was born.

With the distinctive 4 M’s (each M represents 4 beats, so for M’s = 4/4 time signature) we went in search of investors, and met a lot of quizzical faces. We were told numerous times that “EDM” is just a fad (pro tip: We don’t really deal in “EDM”) or that there wasn’t an interest in the Boston music community.

“Why open this in a ‘rock town’ like Boston?”

The answer, of course, is that Boston has a passion for music and always has. With a wide array of musicians who could learn Ableton, or newly-graduated students looking to DJ, or simply Boston’s lengthy history of a passion for music, there’s not another city that makes more sense.

Eventually, with the help of our valiant General Manager Corina Hernandez, we launched a kickstarted and found a way to open. Some of our first instructors were close friends like Erik Pearson (aka Baltimoroder) or Ableton super-gurus like Encanti (a/k/a Ben Cantil).

Baltimoroder – Mmmmix #1 for @mmmmaven by Mmmmaven on Mixcloud

Soon, we were graduating students. These students would go to find bonds, and make their way up the ladder. What Alex and I really didn’t anticipate, however, was the community at large that would form.

Matt Rohr, Alex Maniatis, Corina Hernandez, and myself in the Boston Globe.
Fens, Alex Maniatis, Corina Hernandez, and myself in the Boston Globe.

Soon the team recruited Sarah Hoffman, who answered a Craigslist ad looking for a Business Development Director. More would join up, everyone from award-winning Boston DJ Leah V to Berklee and Ableton whizkid Wigbert “Wigz” Caro. Charles Mazzola, Andrew Hlynsky, DJ Rugged One, Polina Starobinets, the list goes on and on.

And that’s just the instructors. As I mentioned it was the larger community, the alumni, those who would attend a workshop or Make It New, that formed an extra-wide group of people …

all of whom share a passion to see the worlds of music and technology not only grow, but thrive.

So to anyone reading this sentence who has contributed in any way over the last four years, I hope you’ll consider this video below a result of you and your time and your effort.

Thank you.

See you tonight!