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Schmidt Synthesizer – the THIRD series

Axel Fischer of Schmidt Synthesizers has informed us that a 3rd series of 25 units is being planned.

„Last year, we assumed that the 2nd Schmidt series would also be the last one. The electroncis behind Schmidt Synthesizers is very elaborate and the prices for the components have been going up steadily for years. But since the 2nd series of 25 units (to bexact: 27 – we did order some extra components) was sold out within 14 months, those component prices are still acceptable.

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GRP A2 and R24 – noble analog performance in classic rack format

First, the very good news: The GRP A2 Synthesizer is available since mid-August 2017. First units have already been shipped to customers (and selected music stores). Now the even better news: That A2 looks fantastic in combination with the R24 sequencer. Nothing unexpected, of course, but in real life it’s a tasteful eye-catcher. Noble analog performance (with MIDI and USB) in classic rack format.

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Book Recommendation: Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations: A History of Electronic Musical Instruments

This bilingual book presents a selection of the hardly ascertainable variety of electronic musical instruments in large-format illustrations to convey an insight into the most significant stations of the development of electronic instruments. Essays from the current state of academic research illuminate the evolution and reception history of this young group.

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SE-02 Boutique: Roland goes Studio Electronics!

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Cute Minimoog (rack) with step-sequencer?

A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is the debut product of the new Roland Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete analog circuitry to create a synthesizer with a distinctly vintage sound and vast programming options. With an array of high-quality knobs and switches and a uniquely creative onboard sequencer, the SE-02 delivers massive tone and texture with expressive hands-on control.
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SUPERBOOTH17 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 2)

Our first installment was all about pre-wired electronics (synthesizers), but now we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty of our synthesizer-life: the very lifeline of SUPERBOOTH – modules, modules, modules.

Without really counting, I would estimate that there were more modules present than visitors. All those patch cables would certainly have been long enough to circle the earth. Am I exaggerating? Well, maybe a little … Be that as it may, that’s the impression I got.

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SUPERBOOTH17 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 1)

Superbooth 2017. What Schneider’s Laden started as an experiment in 2016 is already a fixed entity in the synth universe. Although nuts and screws seem to dominate, some exhibitors were more keyed to the main stream of the music business (such as Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Akai, etc.). First the big surprise: Superbooth has moved! Although it’s premiere in the Funkhaus Berlin last year was marked by a great atmosphere, those huge crowds in the aisles just got in each others way. They needed something roomier.

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