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.

Ensoniq Fizmo – the TRANSWAVE synthesizer

Ensoniqs last attempt to build a perfect synthesizer? The Fizmo came on the market in 1998. It’s a very interesting music instrument with a character of its own, but mediocre hardware and design flaws (power supply problems) make this a risc investment, from today’s perspective.


That being said: the Fizmo sound is exciting and fascinating! Listen to the attached music files …
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Doepfer Dark Energy I and Dark Energy II – Forbidding Powers

“Forbidding Powers” – that sounds like a Hollywood spectacle. Russel Crowe with a leading part, maybe Tom Cruise (assuming he survived “War Of The Worlds”), and Angelina Jolie, beautiful actress and political activist in one.

Gigantic space ships hovering over the capitols of the world, threatening aggressors on the horizon, the goal the destruction of the planet. And after those first unavoidable losses the ralley to the call! Humanity is no push-over. And, yes, we can be assured of this: the good old USA will save the world. All’s well that ends well.


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Musikmesse Frankfurt 2014 Report – Part 1

From year to year it gets harder to decide whether or not to go the “Musikmesse” in Frankfurt. There’s just too much stress there. Everything’s much too loud, there’s not really enough time for anything … and it’s expensive: parking fees, eating out, and so on and so on. So it’s amazing that every year I’m again glad to have been there. It’s not so much the instruments, it’s the musicians, it’s the people round about, it’s the special atmosphere of being one freak among many freaks, all afflicted with the same incurable illness. A great feeling …

We’ll begin our 2014 stroll at Synthesizer Magazin (a German magazine). A nice collection of (surprise, surprise!) synths to be seen there … most of them vintage instruments.

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Sequential Six-Trak
- the unsung hero of MIDI-CC

The Sequential Circuits Six-Trak is one of the few (small) analog synths that really took me by surprise! Sadly enough, I had just decided to part with the instrument when I discovered its enormous potential! There was a small chance that the buyer might loose interest in the deal, but of course … he didn’t!

So I’ve spent the last few days with my Six-Trak, recording samples for a review. With each soundfile, I became more aware that selling this beauty was one of my biggest mistakes.



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iVCS3 – The Official EMS VCS3 Emulator

There it is! Alessandro Petrolati developed this VCS3 for the iPad. Presets and the ability to morph between “scenes” are certainly improvements over the original. And the the replica of the pin-matrix is beautiful …

Well, and the sound? Is it “… pretty much the same” as the original VCS3 …? Hm, we’re not sure about that (well, we are! It is not the same, of course) … BUT: this app costs a modest 15 USD … so you can’t go far wrong.


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GRP A4 – The 3rd Series

Well, it remains to be seen whether the GRP A4 is currently the best “non modular analog synthesizer” with an integrated sequencer – or not. Our opinion: Yes, it is! The high demand for this instrument speaks for itself. Even “Master” Jean Michel Jarre has bought one. The first 55 units were built in 2012. The second edition in 2013 was again composed of 55 units. The current third edition has started with a modest 35 pieces. Which has to do with the fact that GRP is presently involved in the development of new products – to be specific, we’re talking about the R24 stand-alone MIDI/CVgate sequencer.


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Anyware Instruments Tinysizer – new demos

Javier Zubizarreta created new Tinysizer demo songs. This compact modular synthesizer has a monster sound based on Oberheim S.E.M. circuits, and monstrous possibilities of sound creation. The system contains a patch bay with 350 patch connections, and a variety of really useful modules, like sub oscillators, ring modulator, sample and hold, waveshaper, multiples, etc.

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RCA Theremin and Oberheim 4-Voice for Sale!

Rare instruments are a very scarce commodity on the market these days. We’d like to introduce you to two extremely unusal items: an original RCA Theremin from 1929 and an Oberheim Four-Voice.

To the RCA Theremin: there are probably no more than 50 of them scattered around the planet. The RCA Theremin was originally powered with 117 V, but it comes with an external adapter for 240 V. Two outputs enable connection to an external amp / loudspeaker system. Themerin’s unusual sound has a pleasant rawness to it. A true analog instrument with lots of tubes inside!

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