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.

Arturia MatrixBrute: a modest raise in price

We have to be fair: this step was to be expected. The Arturia MatrixBrute – a high-quality and flexible analog synthesizer – will be more expensive as of July 1st 2018. Which is not so much a question of why the price is going up, but rather why that synth has been so cheap so far. At less than 2000 Euros, an instrument of this potential (3-VCO-2-VCF engine, performance sequencer, modulation matrix, CV-patchbay, MIDI + USB, etc.) is a bargain indeed.

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Studiologic Sledge BLACK Edition
– a panther to be tamed

Studiologic Sledge 2 / Sledge 2.0 / Sledge Black Edition test report.

Dramatic stories are exciting. Sometimes. Not smooth (boring) stories, but unfathomable stories. Stories that surprise you. My experience with Studiologic Sledge belongs to this latter category.

It’s been many years since I first played the YELLOW Sledge (Version 1.0). And turned away in horror. What a shiny plastic box! What a wobbly keyboard! But things change. Today the Sledge Version 2.0 or Sledge BLACK Edition offers lots of new goodies, including a decent Fatar TP/9S keyboard. Which looks (and feels) much better!


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Upgraded White Beast: The New MODOR NF-1

The MODOR NF-1 is still an insider tip. And it’s a rarity. After all, it’s an European synthesizer “Made in Belgium”. Although its sound is powerful, inspiring and versatile, NF-1 had a difficult start. Users quickly critizied the slightly mediocre hardware (wobbly knobs). And the noisy audio signal. Anyway, MODOR now modified the NF-1 with a respectable hardware upgrade …


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SynthFest France: 30.3. – 1.4. 2018

Maybe you happen to be in France end of March? Then you might call yourself a lucky guy who can participate the SynthFest France. We’d wish to be there! SynthFest France takes place in Nantes, a small, yet beautiful town located at the Atlantic coast. Many exhibitors, company representatives, synthesizer specialists and music lovers are expected.

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Waldorf Streichfett
– Magic Vintage Sounds

Waldorf Streichfett test report.

Let’s start with some good, sound advice. For free. “Recommendations from close friends should NOT NECESSARILY be ignored.” This could greatly highten the quality of life for those of you who otherwise always do what they are told.

Obviously, I’m not one of those obedient guys. Three years ago, a friend told me “Go and buy a Waldorf Streichfett” – so, of course, I didn’t. And spent three empty years without those glorious fully polyphonic choirs and zippy string pads that I had refused access to my studio.


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NAMM 2018: Sonicstate Awards

To be honest: we’re a littlebit proud. Quite a few German companies were honored with the Sonicstate NAMM Award 2018. Companies such as Doepfer, Radikal Technologies or Waldorf. A glorious end of a glorious mega-event!

“[…] another NAMM is over, this one was the biggest one we’ve been to, the sheer physical size of it with the addition of two extra halls keeping the team on their toes – quite literally.” (sonicstate.com)

Dieter Doepfer received his award for the new A-100 Polyphonic Modules:

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