About Theo Bloderer

“Es genügt, einen Ton schön zu spielen” sagte der Komponist Arvo Pärt im Jahre 2005. Diese Aussage ist ebenso einfach und - wie ich finde - exzellent: Es braucht kein Meer an Tönen, denn entscheidend ist der Klang. Dass so mancher Vintage-Synthesizer der 70er und 80er Jahre teils unerreicht hochwertige Klänge liefert, steht außer Frage. Doch tatsächlich leben wir “heute” in einer nahezu perfekten Zeit. Einerseits hat man – mehr oder weniger – noch Zugriff auf die Vintage Analogen, andererseits wird auch bei Neugeräten die wichtige Komponente des hochwertigen Klanges wieder zunehmend berücksichtigt. Doepfer, Cwejman, Synthesizers.com, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Studio Electronics, COTK, John Bowen und andere Hersteller bauen hervorragende Synthesizer, die den “Klassikern” in nichts nachstehen. All diesen (alten wie neuen) “großartigen” Instrumenten ist Great Synthesizers gewidmet. _________________________________________________________ In 2005 composer Arvo Pärt said: “Playing one tone really well is enough”. In other words, it is sufficient to play one tone 'beautifully'. I agree with that. All musical efforts are focused on the sound itself. Although I studied classical music (piano and drums), it’s the electronic sound that inspires me. Synthesizers are the epitome of new sounds and exciting tonal spheres. Today, many companies produce high-quality - excellent! - synthesizers: Doepfer, Cwejman, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Synthesizers.com, COTK, Studio Electronics, John Bowen and others. It's their products I'm really interested in ... apart from Vintage Synthesizers, which I have been collecting for 20 years. Subsequent to our former websites Bluesynths and Blogasys, Peter Mahr and I have now created GreatSynthesizers. We hope you like it.
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SUPERBOOTH16 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 2)

We met Dave Smith. The famous synth pioneer is very agile and inventive, and he doesn’t seem to become older! He proudly presented the Prophet-6, OB-6 and Pro-2 – the current first class instruments of DSI. I had some questions regarding the family’s prehistoric ancestor Prophet-5, but Dave was not very much interested, which is, admittedly, quite understandable. True pioneers don’t live in the past. They look ahead!

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SUPERBOOTH16 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 1)

Perfect weather, a beautiful city, lots of culture, happy people: SUPERBOOTH16. The synth expo was a great success. Andreas Schneider (Schneider’s Laden) and his team organized a perfect event. SUPERBOOTH16 has exceeded our expectations …

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There were billions of modular-synth exhibitors. And there were the BIG PLAYERS in synth industry, too: Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Moog, Oberheim, DSI and many more …

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Oberheim Two Voice Pro
– the analog dream-synth?

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The Two Voice Pro: not just another synth! To be exact, THE hype American mono/duophon analog synth. The reincarnation of the LEGENDARY Two Voice of 1975. And Tom Oberheim’s personal synth favourite. The modern Two Voice: something for PROfessionals.

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Whereby PRO pertains to those little and big differences between the 70’s original and the update of today. The SEM modules haven’t really been changed at all (so we’ve still got that wonderful sound), but in the sequencer- and performance-department, the new Two Voice is a (no, it’s two) giant steps. Continue reading

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Mini MIDI Step Sequencer by Audiowerkstatt

The audiowerkstatt mini-midi-step-seq is a MIDI-sequencer (no gate/CV), which is based on a classic analog step-sequencer:

  • Programming with potentiometers (no endless-dial and no detent)!
  • Only one track!
  • No pattern-storage!
  • No internal clock (only usable as MIDI-slave)!
  • No display!

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It is optimized for live use, especially jam-sessions, but can also be used to give you new ideas, if you are stuck in your main sequencer.

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VINTAGE Version of the Doepfer A-100 System

The color BLACK denotes classic” and “exclusivity”, whether it’s in the fields of fashion or in the fields of technology. Following the increasingly frequent request, Doepfer now offers certain A-100 modules in black.

The modules come with appropriate silverblack buttons and – if desired – in a tasteful, black rack. Welcome to the A-100 VINTAGE version … an instrument for purists!

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Korg minilogue
– stepping stone to a pro’s synth?

Korg handled it very well. While all those rumours about the new ARP 2600 were circulating, the innovative Japanese company slipped the minilogue onto the market. And we’re all enamoured. Well, most of us are …

The word “minilogue” itself is simple, but nonetheless genious. MINImoog and anaLOGUE, voilà: MINILOGUE. That’s what we think that they were thinking. In any case, to tell the truth, the new Korg has not all that much in common with Moog. It is an exceptional and – new – analog(ue) synth in the mid/lower price category.

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Rare EMS VCS3 on eBay

Very rare, truly luxurious: the EMS VCS3. Here’s a VCS3A on eBay, one of the first ever. Hard to find, it will cost you a furtune in case you’re really interested (asking price is 19,000 USD). The instrument’s casing shows the typicalVCS3 problem: a cracked wooden corner. Nevertheless, the photos are interesting, as they show how the VCS3 looks inside!

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