SUPERBOOTH16 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 2)

We met Dave Smith. The famous synth pioneer is very agile and inventive, and he doesn’t seem to become older! He proudly presented the Prophet-6, OB-6 and Pro-2 – the current first class instruments of DSI. I had some questions regarding the family’s prehistoric ancestor Prophet-5, but Dave was not very much interested, which is, admittedly, quite understandable. True pioneers don’t live in the past. They look ahead!

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Classy “modern analog” synths by DSI

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Just around the corner there was the Arturia MatrixBrute.

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Moog presented its products in a dark room with Hippie atmosphere …

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The first run of the Schmidt Synthesizer is sold out. A second run is in production!

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If there was a SUPERBOOTH award, we’d give it to Modal Electronics

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A Minimoog in eurorack format: the AJH Mini Mod series.

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Yamaha concentrated on their new Montage keyboards …

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Roland hired a DJ for presenting their latest instruments. The sound was way TOO loud. But thank God, this was an exception at SUPERBOOTH16.

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MFB showed their new (white) product line and the classy Dominion-1

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Ah … just a quick impression of Berlin. Interesting decor …

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The weather was fine, and it lacked for neither food nor drink at SUPERBOOTH16 …

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Back to business. Sector Sieben build special suitcases for Eurorack modules.

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What about a graffiti design?

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Vermona showed their “synth of the year”, the ’14 Analog Synthesizer …

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… and the Mono Lancet ’15 …

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Nonlinearlabs currently develops the C15 keyboard (synthesizer), an real musician’s instrument with no compromises …

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C15 is a FM-synthesizer without MIDI (!), aimed for synth PLAYERS. It gives you access to every single aspect in sound. There’s a high-quality 61-note keyboard and two ribbon controllers … and it generates its own network, so you can hook up your iPad (or whatever) for convenient programming via touchscreen …

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Besides the expo, SUPERBOOTH16 offered many workshops, concerts and other events. Actually, it was a comprehensive cultural experience!

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We’re looking forward to SUPERBOOTH17 …

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