SUPERBOOTH16 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 1)

Perfect weather, a beautiful city, lots of culture, happy people: SUPERBOOTH16. The synth expo was a great success. Andreas Schneider (Schneider’s Laden) and his team organized a perfect event. SUPERBOOTH16 has exceeded our expectations …

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There were billions of modular-synth exhibitors. And there were the BIG PLAYERS in synth industry, too: Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Moog, Oberheim, DSI and many more …

A quick tour through SUPERBOOTH16 …

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Jörg Sunderkötter (www.keyboards.de) and Dieter Doepfer (www.doepfer.de)

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Tobias Muenzer (Tubbutec.de) developed fantastic MIDI interfaces for Roland SH-101, Juno-6/60, Korg Polysix and Mono/Poly. Some of his products use StereoPing controllers, some don’t. Wanna have UNISON Mode in your Juno-60? Ask Tobias …

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Ah yes, Tubbutec just released a general MIDI inrterface for old (very old) drum machines. Now it’s possible to synchronize goodies like Roland TR-55, Korg Minipops-120 and many others …

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Unmistakable: synth pioneer Ken MacBeth  (www.macbethstudiosystems.com) …

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Modular elegance: Endorphin.es (http://endorphin.es) …

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The most beautiful analog sequencer ever? Komplex Sequencer by Koma Elektronik (http://koma-elektronik.com) …

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Dave Rossum is back (www.rossum-electro.com). His modules remind us of the glorious EMU Modular System …

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Who is Smegg???

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Continue with part 2 of our SUPERBOOTH16 report

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