We met Dave Smith. The famous synth pioneer is very agile and inventive, and he doesn’t seem to become older! He proudly presented the Prophet-6, OB-6 and Pro-2 – the current first class instruments of DSI. I had some questions regarding the family’s prehistoric ancestor Prophet-5, but Dave was not very much interested, which is, admittedly, quite understandable. True pioneers don’t live in the past. They look ahead!
Perfect weather, a beautiful city, lots of culture, happy people: SUPERBOOTH16. The synth expo was a great success. Andreas Schneider (Schneider’s Laden) and his team organized a perfect event. SUPERBOOTH16 has exceeded our expectations …
There were billions of modular-synth exhibitors. And there were the BIG PLAYERS in synth industry, too: Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Moog, Oberheim, DSI and many more …
The Two Voice Pro: not just another synth! To be exact, THE hype American mono/duophon analog synth. The reincarnation of the LEGENDARY Two Voice of 1975. And Tom Oberheim’s personal synth favourite. The modern Two Voice: something for PROfessionals.
Whereby PRO pertains to those little and big differences between the 70’s original and the update of today. The SEM modules haven’t really been changed at all (so we’ve still got that wonderful sound), but in the sequencer- and performance-department, the new Two Voice is a (no, it’s two) giant steps. Continue reading
The audiowerkstatt mini-midi-step-seq is a MIDI-sequencer (no gate/CV), which is based on a classic analog step-sequencer:
- Programming with potentiometers (no endless-dial and no detent)!
- Only one track!
- No pattern-storage!
- No internal clock (only usable as MIDI-slave)!
- No display!
It is optimized for live use, especially jam-sessions, but can also be used to give you new ideas, if you are stuck in your main sequencer.
SUPERBOOTH16 is an international synthesizer expo that takes place at the historic “Funkhaus” in Berlin, Germany. Get in touch with Yamaha, Roland, DSI, Native Instruments, Ableton, Doepfer and many others – over 100 exhibitors are registered! But SUPERBOOTH16 is more than a synth expo. It’s an electronic music festival as well …
The color BLACK denotes “classic” and “exclusivity”, whether it’s in the fields of fashion or in the fields of technology. Following the increasingly frequent request, Doepfer now offers certain A-100 modules in black.
The modules come with appropriate silver–black buttons and – if desired – in a tasteful, black rack. Welcome to the A-100 VINTAGE version … an instrument for purists!
Korg handled it very well. While all those rumours about the new ARP 2600 were circulating, the innovative Japanese company slipped the minilogue onto the market. And we’re all enamoured. Well, most of us are …
The word “minilogue” itself is simple, but nonetheless genious. MINImoog and anaLOGUE, voilà: MINILOGUE. That’s what we think that they were thinking. In any case, to tell the truth, the new Korg has not all that much in common with Moog. It is an exceptional and – new – analog(ue) synth in the mid/lower price category.
Current Mono Lancet owners are in a relaxed position: Vermona’s new Mono Lancet ’15 differs only slightly from its predecessor. The LFO has been expanded (6 waveforms instead of 3) and USB has been added (for firmware upgrades). That’s it! Ah, yes … the Mono Lancet ’15 now uses a DC adapter.
This beautiful GRP A8 belonged to German musician Uwe Rottluff. Using his synthesizers LIVE on stage, he was tired of trying to drag the massive (wooden) A8 around. So he designed a new, slim aluminium housing (and removed the internal PSU, now srewed into an external box) – voilà: the unique GRP A8 “SILVER” was born … a one-off!
Very rare, truly luxurious: the EMS VCS3. Here’s a VCS3A on eBay, one of the first ever. Hard to find, it will cost you a furtune in case you’re really interested (asking price is 19,000 USD). The instrument’s casing shows the “typical” VCS3 problem: a cracked wooden corner. Nevertheless, the photos are interesting, as they show how the VCS3 looks inside!