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.

GRP A4 – Series 2015

Paolo Groppioni never dreamed that his GRP A4 synthesizer would be such a success. The synth is now in its 4th edition. To be honest, that doesn’t mean that thousands and thousands have been sold: really, truly, less than 150 GRP A4 have been built up to now. Handcrafted thru and thru, of course …


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ARP 2600
- holy grail of analog?

The ARP 2600 has fascinated the electronic music world for 45 years. Only a few synthesizers exude this sense of exclusivity and magic, only a few instruments generate such a desire for doing spontaneous musical performance and sound design. However, one ARP 2600 is by no means like another ARP 2600 …


Besides taking a closer look at the different ARP 2600 versions, we will also discuss their individual musical strengths. Finally we’ll debate about whether an ARP 2600 is worth its currently astronomically high price or not, leading to the question of whether other instruments might serve as adequate substitutes. What about the original ARP Odyssey? What about the TTSH (Two Thousand Six Hundred) 2600-clone or a small Eurorack’s modular system with the possibilities of an ARP 2600? Wouldn’t these instruments be great-sounding, cost-effective substitutes for the “Holy Grail of Analog”?

These considerations are all the more important since KORG has just released the “new” ARP Odyssey. And since the booming Eurorack modular market has reached a remarkable peak.

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Studio Electronics – BOOMSTAR goes modular!

The Studio Electronics BOOMSTAR series impresses us with its fine analog sound. Although the various instruments (BOOMSTAR SEM, CE80, 3003, 4075 and 5089) don’t look spectacular, their sonic power is superb! But they are not cheap: each instrument costs approx. 1000 Euros.

SE is going a step further, and is now presenting Eurorack Modules / Eurorack Modular Systems based on the BOOMSTAR technology. This new modular series is called MODSTAR …


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KOMPLEX sequencer – a magic performance tool!

Just one glance and you’re itching to get in there yourself … to do magic and create complex things. That elaborate sequencer (well, really, those 4 sequencers tied up in a neat elaborate package) from Koma Elektronik is a breath-taking baby. Tons of features packed into a 19” rack (7 units high).

A closer look reveals a very special detail: a small cv-recorder with 7 channels (in addition to those 4 sequencers), which can serve as the master of the whole unit.


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Moog SUB 37 – TRIBUTE EDITION snapshots

Moog SUB 37: This synthesizer looks amazing! It’s a mixture of Sub Phatty, Little Phatty and Voyager. And it’s the first compact Moog synthesizer with on-board step sequencer. The control panel is full of control elements, providing 40 knobs and 74 buttons. The Tribute Edition even comes with fine wooden side panels.

Some snapshots of the SUB 37 Tribute Edition. Pictures by Sven Rahmoun!


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Book Recommendation: KEYFAX Omnibus Edition

Admittedly, there aren’t many encyclopedias around that are dedicated to synthesizers. One of those few is Julian Colbeck’s KEYFAX. To be exact, we’re talking about a series of books that started in 1986 with “Keyfax 1″. The “Omnibus Edition” introduced here is a compilation of synthesizer history between its beginnings at the end of the 60s and publication in 1997.


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