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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Modal Electronics 001
– a great British duophonic synth

The Modal Electronics 001 synthesizer – we’ll call it the Modal 001 – is a small miracle of creative technology. And its crystal-clear wavetable-sound brings back memories of the good old PPG Wave. Powerful and flexible.

True, it doesn’t quite meet up to the original PPG synthesizer (“The one and only” – see PPG Wave 2.2 / 2.3 test report) in terms of audio quality. But its sound is excellent and its clever synth architecture is state-of-the-art.

001: The little miracle.
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Korg PS-3100: The Emperor’s New Clothes

First, the title is not quite correct. The Emperor in H. C. Andersen’s famous tale is … well, naked. Anyway, “new clothes” is what our story is about. Second, this is a very personal project that will be completed in summer 2018. A project including two Korg PS-3100 and the recently introduced JH-3200, as well as other instruments.

Replacing the original PS-3100 fake-wood cabinet is only one of the many steps in this project. The new cabinet is made of beech, and it’s slightly larger than the original.

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Pioneer/DSI AS-1 Synthesizer: Comparable with …

… a Sequential Pro-One? You might come to this conclusion when listening to the attached video. (Possibly) surprising result: Soundwise, there is very little difference between the two instruments.

However, it is important to notice that the sounds in the video are (more or less) basic analog sounds. Basses, filter sweeps, leads – that’s it. And that’s why the Pro-One <> AS-1 comparison falls a little short. No weird FX-noises, no elaborate modulation-sounds, yet rather plain bread- and butter-sounds. Sounds that can be produced rapidly and compared easily.

 

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Baloran THE RIVER – the new mega-synthesizer?

Ok, ok … mega-synthesizer may sound a bit (too) visionary. Let’s call THE RIVER the new luxury analog poly-synthesizer from France. It is certainly not a Schmidt, but a charming Frenchman with stunning sounds and a (definitely!) very interesting concept. THE RIVER offers 8 voices, multi-timbrality, comprehensive layer-options, an arpeggiator, a (simple) sequencer, MIDI, USB and a vast array of CV/Gate-outputs. Its built-in keyboard is a Fatar TP/8S, one of the best available.

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Roland D-05 – Walkthrough with Legowelt

Legowelt (Danny Wolfers) introduces the boutique synthesizer Roland D-05, a reincarnation of the classic D-50. That revolutionary instrument helped define the sound of the late ‘80s with its instantly recognizable mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms, plus built-in chorus, reverb, and EQ. The new D-05 impresses with its minimal size, authentic sound and joystick controller. In addition, there’s a 64-step polyphonic onboard sequencer, and an arpeggiator.

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Book Recommendation:
PUSH TURN MOVE (by Kim Bjørn)

PUSH TURN MOVE – one of the best and most comprehensive synthesizer books ever. And one of the most unusual ones. Strictly speaking, PUSH TURN MOVE is not just about synthesizers, but about all kinds of sound machines and controllers for electronic music. And strictly speaking, it is not so much about the musical strengths of the instruments, but about their FUNCTIONALITY and DESIGN.

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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.

Juergen Haible JH-3200 Synthesizer

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