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.

AVP Synth: the Russians are coming!

We guess you might know some of the legendary Russian synthesizers: the mystique Formanta Polyvoks, the huge ANS Synthesizer, the color-knobbed Aelita? Now there are new, fresh instruments from the east. Tiny analog (or virtual-analog) machines: the VAS-100 (the synthesizer) and the ADB-5 (the drum machine).


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GRP R24 Sequencer – pre-orders now opened!


The GRP R24 is a 8×3 analog step sequencer firmly based on the mighty sequencer of the GRP A8 and GRP A4 analog synthesizer. The new R24 offers access to “both worlds”, it comes with CV/Gate, USB and MIDI! Hardware-wise, it is a self-powered stand-alone unit, with hardware compatibility for mounting the R24 in a 5U modular system. That means you can use it either as-is (with its case and internal PSU), or you can install the R24 in a Dot.com, COTK, Moon Modular system (and use the empty case for other 5U modules).GRP-R24-Sequencer-10

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New MIDI (Sys-Ex!) for Oberheim OB-SX

Rolf Meurer (a synth repair man and synth enthusiast who lives in Duesseldorf, Germany) developed a new MIDI interface for the Oberheim OB-SX. MIDIcontrol is simply attached to the 37-pin Oberheim port and that’s it! No extra modification required – the synth remains original!

MIDIcontrol turns the OB-SX in a fully programmable synthesizer (with some hidden functions) …


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Release Premiere of “I Dream Of Wires” in Berlin

On Tuesday July 28, I DREAM OF WIRES will celebrate it’s release premiere in Berlin, followed by a live performance by the legendary Morton Subotnick. Taking place at Babylon Kino Berlin, Morton Subotnick, accompanied by his frequent collaborator, video artist Lillevan, presents FROM SILVER APPLES OF THE MOON TO A SKY OF CLOUDLESS SULFUR REVISITED: VI, marking Subotnick’s first live appearance in Germany since 2011.

Here are some impressions of the DVD “I Dream Of Wires”:

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Analogue Solutions POLYMATH
– sound of the 70s

Analogue Solutions’ Polymath synthesizer carries us on a journey to unknown or long-forgotten destinations.

Destinations at which the musician still makes his own music, at which a humming spring reverb is still a matter of good taste, at which sound still is created from the ground up and at which fantasy and technical skills still count. Destinations full of roadies with lots of heavy stuff to carry, at which screwdrivers are an essential part of the equipment (tuning!) and at which synths are only synths if they come with big handles.

In many ways, the Polymath is the Renaissance of the 70s …

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Komplex Sequencer – pre-orders opened!

KOMA Elektronik is happy to announce that the Komplex Sequencer is in production and pre-orders have been opened on their website (and at selected dealers worldwide).

Price is 1699 Euros (incl. 19% VAT).

This new step sequencer lets you construct complex musical patterns, via both MIDI and CV/Gate. Built around four full-featured 16-step sequencers in a compact and light enclosure, the Komplex Sequencer is a powerful tool both live and in the studio.

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Analogue Solutions – Polymath

The Polymath is one of the most beautiful analog synthesizers on the current synth market. It’s not cheap, true, but it sounds amazing. And it feels great. This 4-VCO synth has an interesting poly-mode similar to Korg’s classic Mono/Poly (arpeggiator / sequencer and incoming MIDI data can run all 4 VCO’s at a time or cycle through each voice per note)! But the Polymath is far more flexible! It is patchable, has a fantastic multimode VCF, step-sequencer, arpeggiator and spring reverb. Ah … and MIDI plus CV/gate … of course.

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Roland JD-800 – best (vintage) digital pad synthesizer?

Since we usually talk about analog (or virtual-analog) keyboards, our attention to this sample & synthesis instrument might surprise you. Be that as it may, its analog surface, analog-like sonical richness and overall sound quality enables the JD-800 to fit perfectly into a modern sound & recording studio. And, personally, it’s my favourite synth. I consider it more of an analog than a digital instrument. Strictly speaking, it IS digital, but it behaves like an analog machine …


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Musikmesse Frankfurt 2015 Report – Part 3

Let’s round up our report on the Musikmesse Frankfurt (part 1 – modular systems and part 2 – synthesizers) by supplying you with further information in the synthesizer field and ending our report with some details about an exciting e-piano concept …

First across the Atlantic and to Dave Smith Instruments. The PROPHET-6 is a brand-new polyphonic analog synthesizer with real VCOs …


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