About Theo Bloderer

“Es genügt, einen Ton schön zu spielen” sagte der Komponist Arvo Pärt im Jahre 2005. Diese Aussage ist ebenso einfach wie ich auch 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.

Korg Prologue-16 / Prologue-8: A new analog era?

A new analog era? Well, maybe! “These instruments are capable of sounds that go beyond existing analog synthesizers” … Korg’s own words. They sound promising.

The Prologue-16 and Prologue-8 look extremely interesting. And highly professional. Back are the good old wheels (pitchbend / mod wheel) we’re all used to, back is the internal PSU (thanks, Korg!), back are standard-sized keys (thanks as well …!).


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Doepfer A-173-1/2 Micro Keyboard / Manual Gate

The Doepfer A-173-1/2 is a module combo that is used to generate a manually controlled 1V/Octave CV signal and up to 15 manually controlled gate/trigger signals.

The handy micro-piano might be of great value to many Modular users. The “keys” can be manually tapped and routed to any destination via separate Gate outputs (and a global CV-out). So you can quickly transpose sequences without the need of an external keyboard, and much more.


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Roland Jupiter-8
– the grand master of synth-pop

Roland Jupiter-8 Synthesizer: The name alone is magic to many musicians’ ears. And as much a desired object today as in 1981. Next to the Sequential Prophet-5, this synthesizer represents one of the milestones in the history of polyphonic analog synthesizers.

Listening to the Jupiter-8 these days may impress you, while at the same time you could deem it a tick less spectacular than others of its famous contemporaries.


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E&MM: The Spectrum Synthesiser

The Spectrum Synthesiser: a mixture of EMS Synthi, Sequential Pro-One and Roland SH-5. It’s simply one of the most outstanding monophonic analog synthesizers in history. A synthesizer with some big plusses and some (smaller) minuses. Its sound is strong and full of character. Its modulation possibilities are incredible, partially even unique. And then: It’s a true DIY kit-synthesizer.

“Originally published (Mar – May 81) in the first three issues of E&MM, the Spectrum hit some sort of trouble (perhaps connected with the supply of kit parts not coming on stream?), and was held over and repeated, with improvements in two large instalments in Jan/Feb 1982.” 

(Peter Forrest: The A-Z of Analogue Synthesisers, Part Two, p. 204)


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John Bowen Solaris – Version 1.4.0 OS Released

Operating System 1.4.0.: a real Christmas present for the Solaris. John Bowen and programmer Jim Hewes did all the arduous work to allow this significant update to become reality.

The new OS 1.4.0 includes SysEx functionality for all (!) parameters, improved modulation- and parameter-settings, and a spectacular “Poly Chain” feature. The latter features allows you to have multiple Solaris slaved together for increased polyphony. Good old Kawai K3 and K3M synthesizers offered a similar function (“voice spillover”) way back in 1986.


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