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.

These Hopeful Machines: six-part series on electronic music!

James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music – and meets some of the people who made it happen. In six content-rich episodes of These Hopeful Machines he looks at over 100 years of recording techniques, electronic instruments and gizmos, and their use in popular music, art music and their position in Western culture.


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ELECTRONIC SOUND launches on all platforms

Electronic Sound, a UK magazine app about electronic music, is now available on all tablets and smartphones, and can be read on desktop computers too. The title is also launching a new technical section, focusing on accessible and fun reviews of kit and tutorials for the keen synthesist.

Electronic Sound launched in March 2013 exclusively on the iPad and soon found a voracious international audience for its high quality mix of contemporary and heritage electronic music coverage. And now people with Android tablets, Android phones and iPhones can also enjoy the magazine.


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Novation KS-Synthesizer – a true insider tip

Although already more than 10 years on the market, and thus well beyond its electronic teens, the KS-synthesizer family is still good for a lot of surprises. Novation KS4, KS5, KSrack ans the little K-Station are high-class sound- and performance-tools. Released in 2003, they were ment to be a good alternative to the Clavia NordLead and Access Virus. But in fact the concepts of these instruments are quite different. To be specific, the Novation KS-synthesizer is a comprehensive performance tool, containing a 4-part synth engine, an arpeggiator and drum sounds! The character of the synth sounds is typical for the late 90s and early years of the new millenium: Techno!


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New EMS synthesizer interfaces by Digitana Electronics

Isn’t it great when classical synths have been upgraded with lovingly handcrafted interfaces? Steven Thomas – the guy behind the little company Digitana Electronics – has gone to great lengths to extend the possibilities of the legedary EMS synthesizers with new interfaces that can be connected directly to MIDI, CV/Gate or to the greater modular world (Matrix interface).


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MFB Dominion 1
- a DELUXE analog synth

To tell the truth, I’ve stolen the expression DELUXE from someone else. I stumbled over the idea that the MFB Dominion 1 synthesizer should actually be called “Dominion Deluxe” while reading a short description on the Schneiders Büro website. And Andreas Schneider kindly gave me permission to spread this idea among our faithful readers. So the new MFB offspring will now be called DELUXE – a noble attribute it well deserves.


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Vintage Keyboards & Used Gear

Various instruments and accessories for sale. Analog, digital, hybrid synthesizers, drum machines, effects pedals, keyboards, etc. Some rarities, too, some true collectors items. All prices in Euros, excl. shipping costs. For reservations, or in case there are any questions: contact info is below …

Company Instrument Description Accessories


Casio VZ-1 Phase-Distortion Synthesizer with frequency modulation, display is very dark (sadly) Various cartridges + power cord


EDP Wasp Deluxe Very good condition, rare (only approx. 100 built) PSU


EML 101 Rare 3-VCO semi-modular synthesizer à la ARP-2600, runs on 220 Volt, good condition


GEM / Generalmusic S2 Turbo Delicious digital synth, real-time controllers, excellent display Case + sound discs + power cord

Kawai K3 – everything under control

After presenting the new Stereoping hardware controllers we take a closer look at the K3 programmer and its operation. First, the Kawai K3 must be set to “SysEx Receiving” mode > master menu parameter 44 / value 5 (with the Korg DW-8000 this would be parameter 82 / value 2). Well, that’s it! Now the K3 reacts to every knob you tweak …


Connect an external sequencer / computer to the programmer’s MIDI IN port for additional tweaking support. Data is merged and sent directly to the K3.

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