Conservatory Music Minor Alumnus Jacob Brashears (2016) has had a long-time passion for synthesizers and after 3 years of development has created a modern replica of the Oberheim sound (a discrete analog polyphonic synthesizer).
In January, Jacob unveiled his design at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in Anaheim, California,
Jacob's mother, Cheryl Brashears, has helped him with marketing and creating a company, and she says: "The excitement and attention has far exceeded my expectations. The music press loves it, the forums are abuzz and our new webpage (shearelectronics.com) has had over 6000 unique visitors this week."
Check out this youtube video from Sonic Sound with over 40,000 views, 323 comments, and 1,091 thumbs up!
Jacob is currently majoring in electrical engineering at USC. He was a trumpet player in the VCHS Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Open Air Ensemble for four years at Valley Christian High School. These groups won many awards, most notably the Jazz Ensemble winning the 2016 DownBeat Magazine Top HS Jazz Ensemble in 2016, the 2016 Folsom and Reno Jazz Festival top awards, and the Alberta International Jazz Festival top ensemble award.