Knobs & Wires 2018 – Synth-Festival Munich

In 2018 things really get going: NAMM, Frankfurt Music Fair, SynthFest France, SuperBooth, Moog Festival, currently Happy Knobbing. And soon also Munich. On June 2nd the KNOBS & WIRES Synthesizer Festival will take place – with exhibition, vintage exhibition, workshops and of course with live program. Place of the festival is the Kreativ Quartier München (Import Export & Mucca Halle), it starts on Saturday at 10 o’clock in the morning and ends Sunday at 2 o’clock in the morning.

Munich is not only a remarkable city, but also a historical place around synthesizers. “I Feel Love”, the first track recorded exclusively by electronic means, was produced here in 1977 by Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer. But 20 years earlier, electronic music pioneers such as Ligeti, Kagel, Boulez, Riedl, Pousseur, Cage, and Stockhausen had been exploring the basics of electronic sound synthesis in the Siemens Studio Munich.


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SUPERBOOTH18 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 1)

225 exhibitors were at the Superbooth18 from 3.-5. May in Berlin. The event took place in the so-called FEZ (leisure and recreation center). This year it was two weeks later than 2017 and so the surrounding Wuhlheide Park was full of spring – green through and through. A very pleasant setting for the concerts on the floating stage, in the beer garden behind the FEZ and in the cafés.

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ARP 2600 – CMS Upgrades (Phil Cirocco)

Whether the loss of those ARP 2600 loudspeakers is aesthetically acceptable or not, is up to you. The truth is that the upgrades offered by Phil Cirocco are technically and musically outstanding.

Since the modifications have to be done in the USA (at CMS), customers from Europe / Asia / … need to send their ARP 2600 overseas. Which is not cheap, but still nothing compared to the 5000+ USD that a full-blown CMS upgrade costs. In other words: Classic vintage analog synthesizers are a costly affair in all respects.

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Behringer plans own System-100M

Behringer plans for a new line of Eurorack synth modules, based on the classic Roland System-100M. The modules are intended to be in Eurorack format – nearly half the size of the original Roland modules.

Can anything good come out of this? Well – we hope so! Even if the Behringer modules were smaller, they’d be beneficial not only for the Eurorack community, but also for owners of the original System-100M.


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Top 40 Synth Blogs & Websites To Follow in 2018

FEEDSPOT has selected the top 40 blogs / websites from thousands of synthesizer blogs. As we can say with pride: Great Synthesizers has reached #3. The blogs were evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

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Malekko Manther – Analog CEM / SSM Synth

Malekko’s analog synthesizer Manther is a compact desktop groovebox with built-in 64-step sequencer and delay effect. The instrument is based on the Roland SH-101 synthesizer and retains – with exception of the traditional keyboard – all the essential features of the original synth. There’s even more: A comprehensive step sequencer, an array of CV connections and illuminated faders. That doesn’t sound bad.

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