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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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In memoriam of Ikutaro Kakehashi (1930-2017)

Notice of death of one the most impressive personalities in synthesizer history. Ikutaro Kakehashi, who died on the 1st of April 2017 at the age of 87, had an amazing life.

After completing an apprenticeship as a watch-maker, Ikutaro, who was fascinated by the American sound of the 50s, started to build home organs. Following his first company Ace Electronic, he founded ROLAND in 1972. That’s THE Roland – one of the most famous synthesizer names today.

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Impressions of the Roland System-8

In short: Roland’s new Synthesizer flagship – the System-8 – is amazingly powerful. Ok, ok, today’s “synthesizers” are light-weight plastic boxes (a fact that we probably have to accept), but in terms of musical output, the System-8 offers a whole universe. And – ! – Roland’s great step-sequencer can now be transposed via the keyboard. Something users of the JP-8000 and JD-XA would love to have at their disposal.

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Vermona ’14 – PERfourMER MKII: how they differ

One aspect of the ’14 soundfiles available up to now has always fallen short: the special singing quality – the soul of the bard – isn’t really transmitted. So we have something to make up for – and, indeed, to offer – concerning the central question of what technical and (above all) acoustic differences exist between the Vermona PERfourMER MKII and the ’14 Analogsynthesizer.

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Roland System-700, ARP 2500, EMS VCS3 on eBay

You could call it the “Schmidt” effect. Suddenly, all sorts of vintage instruments have risen from the dead, now available for sale. It’s very well possible that the collectors are sacrificing these beauties so they can afford a Schmidt. Or just a big, modern modular system. Or neither the one nor the other. Because trimming down is actually a good step to take somewhere in life.

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Impressions of the NEW Minimoog

The best idea Moog has had in years. The original Minimoog! Now that the first units have been delivered, it’s time for a first feedback. The handcrafting is excellent (what else would you expect from Minimoog?), that great sound is as it was (or … at least almost … sensitive eary might hear little discrepancies in the envelopes, but … who cares).

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