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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Juergen Haible JH-3200 PolyKorg Clone

The JH-3200 PolyKorg Clone was made by Juergen Haible, the ingenious analog synth guru, who sadly passed away in 2011. Haibles designs and ideas are still alive, though – see http://jhaible.com for some details.

Haible created the JH-3200 in 2002 and 2003. Inspired by Korg’s massive polyphonic synthesizers, he designed a unique instrument that features the best out of PS-3100 and PS-3200: 2 VCOs per voice, triple resonators, programmability (64 memories), full polyphony and MIDI are just a few of the wonderful JH-3200 features.

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E-MU AUDITY – the ultimate analog synthesizer prototype

How nice would it have been IF … Well, IF in 1980 Sequential Circuits would have continued license fee payments for the Prophet-5 (E-MU patents on keyboard scanning, SSM circuits) and thus wouldn’t have stopped the wonderful E-MU AUDITY project.

That 16-voice E-MU synthesizer would have become the most powerful polyphonic synthesizer of all time. At an astronomical price, of course: the AUDITY should have cost approx. 60,000 USD (or more). A sum that only few musicians worldwide would have been able to afford.

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FUSEBOX – a 3-VCO-Synth by Analogue Solutions

FUSEBOX is a compact true analog mono synth in a neat, smart, small package. We call it “little brother” of the POLYMATH. Aside from the MIDI chip (which has to be digital), everything else is totally analog using real transistors and op-amps. The synth has been designed by Tom Carpenter, CEO of Analogue Solutions, a musician and a big fan of electronic music. He knows how to program a synth and what should be expected.

FUSEBOX was not designed by an engineer or steered by committee or men in suits. This is a musician’s instrument …

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GRANULAR Synthesizer Tasty Chips GR-1

Well, that sounds exciting. No talk of “oscillators here” and “filter there”, no: this is a GRANULAR synthesizer, the Tasty Chips Electronics GR-1. A hardware musical instrument, offering hands-on controls to create characteristic textures and pads.

A sample and a few knob tweaks is enough to make something beautiful …

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Schmidt Synthesizer – the THIRD series

Axel Fischer of Schmidt Synthesizers has informed us that a 3rd series of 25 units is being planned.

„Last year, we assumed that the 2nd Schmidt series would also be the last one. The electroncis behind Schmidt Synthesizers is very elaborate and the prices for the components have been going up steadily for years. But since the 2nd series of 25 units (to bexact: 27 – we did order some extra components) was sold out within 14 months, those component prices are still acceptable.

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GRP A2 and R24 – noble analog performance in classic rack format

First, the very good news: The GRP A2 Synthesizer is available since mid-August 2017. First units have already been shipped to customers (and selected music stores). Now the even better news: That A2 looks fantastic in combination with the R24 sequencer. Nothing unexpected, of course, but in real life it’s a tasteful eye-catcher. Noble analog performance (with MIDI and USB) in classic rack format.

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Book Recommendation: Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations: A History of Electronic Musical Instruments

This bilingual book presents a selection of the hardly ascertainable variety of electronic musical instruments in large-format illustrations to convey an insight into the most significant stations of the development of electronic instruments. Essays from the current state of academic research illuminate the evolution and reception history of this young group.

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Arturia MatrixBrute
– a French icon of luxury

Arturia MatrixBrute – a fabulous instrument. This synthesizer, available since the beginning of 2017, will some day count among one of the REALLY BIG instruments of the decade. A TOP synth. Assuming, of course, that „Made in China“ is no big obstacle.

At the moment, we find no such detriments to its quality. In fact: After presentation of the prototype in 2016, Arturia even did a little additional pepping up … now the synth has gorgeous aluminium wheels instead of those original plastic wheels. And since its recent software update (mid 2017) – others are certain to follow – the MatrixBrute is about as perfect as you could even wish.

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