Musikmesse Frankfurt 2015 Report – Part 3

Let’s round up our report on the Musikmesse Frankfurt (part 1 – modular systems and part 2 – synthesizers) by supplying you with further information in the synthesizer field and ending our report with some details about an exciting e-piano concept …

First across the Atlantic and to Dave Smith Instruments. The PROPHET-6 is a brand-new polyphonic analog synthesizer with real VCOs …

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The overall setup (including the wooden case, Prophet-5 switches and internal PSU) lends the instrument a professional touch. Not to forget that classic (Sequential) silver name-plate !!!

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The PROPHET-12 remains a hot tip for polysynth-enthusiasts. Its hybrid concept features digital and analog oscillators …

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Back in Europe and over to Italy. Many aspects of the Studiologic SLEDGE synthesizer concept (now on its second run) have been refined.

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We bypass Clavia with no pangs of conscience: fine products with a long tradition …

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MacBeth ELEMENTS: this Scot is in a class of its own. Purists insist that its sound is unsurpassed (not really cheap, but can do you expect for good quality?) …

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Waldorf is in a league with Clavia and we praise it for the same reasons: selective product refinement around Blofeld, Pulse 2, Rocket, 2 Pole and Streichfett …

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A quick drop into Berlin and over to Manikin Electronics. Here’s a picture for puzzle fans: can you see the difference between this Memotron and its earlier versions?

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Correct! There are 2 (two) additional keys in the bass area. A small upgrade on the compass of the original Mellotron …

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The MFB Dominion 1 had the bad luck to be given a niche off the beaten path. This DELUXE synthesizer has a fabously good sound. It often serves as an alternative to the …

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Moog SUB37 …

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Vermona has awakened from the land of Sleeping Beauty (where it spent the last year) and has come up with a new analog synth with a keyboard! The details of this ’14 (so it is called) are promising …

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But the company rightfully also continues production of the Mono Lancet and the 4-voice synth Perfourmer MKII, which have a lot of fans …

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These boxes from Soulsby Synthesizers illustrate a simple (and remarkable) concept. They are identical – one and the same box – with optional overlays and optional software – that function equally as a synthesizer, a drum computer, a sequencer, or as a …?

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One of these boxes is the 8-bit monosynth Atmegatron. Looks exciting. Or how could you better describe 32 VCO waveforms, 15 filter-types, 16 LFO waveforms, …?

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If you’re looking to optimize your studio acoustics, consider an acoustic panel. There’s Vicoustic, for example …

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Last, but not l _ _ _ _, we veer off in an unusual direction for pianists. For pianists of the real type. Then only YOU are aware of the problems evolved in electronic pianos. They are undoubtedly a blessing, their sound is ok, you can afford them (they’re a lot cheaper than a concert grand), and they are easy to transport. Still, a pianist can easily hear the difference in sound and feel the difference in playing an e-piano.

ALPHA Pianos is determent to eliminate these weaknesses with one brilliant solution. The Alpha Piano sports a Renner-Mechanik as found in the best acoustic pianos in the world …

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That means an authentic hammer mechanic and, with it, the tactile quality known hitherto only in traditional concert instruments …

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The hammers don’t hit strings, of course, but small pins equipped with sensors. This, in turn, allows each played key to be electronically analyzed individually …

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Logically, these e-pianos focus on the professional stage- and studio-world. And also logically, they aren’t cheap. Think in terms of 20 000 Euros! But high-quality justifies an equally high price …

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So much for the Frankfurter Musikmesse 2015. We’re already looking forward to next year …

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