Whereas the marvellous Sequential Prophet-5 was called “most sexy synthesizer in the world” (I would equally call Roland’s Jupiter-8 the same), poor Jupiter-4 was the ugly duckling. No one fell in love with it, and as Peter Forrest points it out: “All technology eventually goes cheesy, but the JP-4 went cheesy quicker than most.”
Während jedoch dem Prophet-5 die Bezeichnung “most sexy synthesizer in the world” zustehen dürfte (ich würde an dieser Stelle sofort den Roland Jupiter-8 mit einschließen), wird das “hässlichen Entlein” Jupiter-4 mit viel Glück gerade noch den “blechernen Kaktus” als Preis erhalten. Nur wenige polyphone Analogsynthesizer sehen derart unspektakulär und veraltet aus, oder, um es mit den Worten von Peter Forrest zu sagen: “All technology eventually goes cheesy, but the JP-4 went cheesy quicker than most.” Continue reading
Both the MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer and MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer sound great! They are quality instruments with lots of features for experimental electronic music. Arturia now offers them in a new, limited version: RED! Looks superb – just like the good old red Roland SH-101. Cult!
Buchla and Moog started it all with their modular synthesizers in the 1960s. Doepfer made it affordable in the 1990s by introducing the Eurorack standard. Today, the Modular plug-in from Softube makes the modular synthesizer truly accessible to everyone.
Softube Modular – the first truly expandable software modular system that looks, works, and sounds exactly like its hardware counterparts. Both as an effect and as an instrument, Modular is simple to use, with a massive preset library and clever Utility modules.
The story of Sequential Circuits, the leading synthesizer manufacturer of the 1980s. One of the great American synthesizer companies, founded and led by San Francisco electronics and computer graduate, Dave Smith, Sequential Circuits Inc. paved the way for music of the future. Smith brought easy, affordable and powerful polyphonic synthesis to all levels of music production in the form of the ground-breaking Prophet-5 synthesizer.
AION Modular recreates the legendary classic Moog Modular modules scaled down to the Eurorack format. Both sound and ergonomics have been taken into consideration to deliver best sonic results without compromise.
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!
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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!
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.
SUPERBOOTH16 is an international synthesizer expo that takes place at the historic “Funkhaus” in Berlin, Germany. Get in touch with Yamaha, Roland, DSI, Native Instruments, Ableton, Doepfer and many others – over 100 exhibitors are registered! But SUPERBOOTH16 is more than a synth expo. It’s an electronic music festival as well …