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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SE-02 Boutique: Roland goes Studio Electronics!

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Cute Minimoog (rack) with step-sequencer?

A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is the debut product of the new Roland Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete analog circuitry to create a synthesizer with a distinctly vintage sound and vast programming options. With an array of high-quality knobs and switches and a uniquely creative onboard sequencer, the SE-02 delivers massive tone and texture with expressive hands-on control.
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SUPERBOOTH17 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 2)

Our first installment was all about pre-wired electronics (synthesizers), but now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty of our synthesizer-life: the very lifeline of SUPERBOOTH – modules, modules, modules.

Without really counting, I would estimate that there were more modules present than visitors. All those patch cables would certainly have been long enough to circle the earth. Am I exaggerating? Well, maybe a little … Be that as it may, that’s the impression I got.

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In memoriam of Ikutaro Kakehashi (1930-2017)

Notice of death of one the most impressive personalities in synthesizer history. Ikutaro Kakehashi, who died on the 1st of April 2017 at the age of 87, had an amazing life.

After completing an apprenticeship as a watch-maker, Ikutaro, who was fascinated by the American sound of the 50s, started to build home organs. Following his first company Ace Electronic, he founded ROLAND in 1972. That’s THE Roland – one of the most famous synthesizer names today.

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Impressions of the Roland System-8

In short: Roland’s new Synthesizer flagship – the System-8 – is amazingly powerful. Ok, ok, today’s “synthesizers” are light-weight plastic boxes (a fact that we probably have to accept), but in terms of musical output, the System-8 offers a whole universe. And – ! – Roland’s great step-sequencer can now be transposed via the keyboard. Something users of the JP-8000 and JD-XA would love to have at their disposal.

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Vermona ’14 – PERfourMER MKII: how they differ

One aspect of the ’14 soundfiles available up to now has always fallen short: the special singing quality – the soul of the bard – isn’t really transmitted. So we have something to make up for – and, indeed, to offer – concerning the central question of what technical and (above all) acoustic differences exist between the Vermona PERfourMER MKII and the ’14 Analogsynthesizer.

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Roland System-700, ARP 2500, EMS VCS3 on eBay

You could call it the “Schmidt” effect. Suddenly, all sorts of vintage instruments have risen from the dead, now available for sale. It’s very well possible that the collectors are sacrificing these beauties so they can afford a Schmidt. Or just a big, modern modular system. Or neither the one nor the other. Because trimming down is actually a good step to take somewhere in life.

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Impressions of the NEW Minimoog

The best idea Moog has had in years. The original Minimoog! Now that the first units have been delivered, it’s time for a first feedback. The handcrafting is excellent (what else would you expect from Minimoog?), that great sound is as it was (or … at least almost … sensitive eary might hear little discrepancies in the envelopes, but … who cares).

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