SUPERBOOTH18 – Synth Expo Berlin (Part 1)

225 exhibitors were at the Superbooth18 from 3.-5. May in Berlin. The event took place in the so-called FEZ (leisure and recreation center). This year it was two weeks later than 2017 and so the surrounding Wuhlheide Park was full of spring – green through and through. A very pleasant setting for the concerts on the floating stage, in the beer garden behind the FEZ and in the cafés.

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Superbooth is primarily a trade fair for electronic musical instruments and once again focuses on modular systems.

A huge number of (new) companies now build modules for Doepfer’s long-established Eurorack format. One gets the impression that everyone even slightly involved in this industry wants to build modular stuff, reckoning that it will surely pay off. Take a standard effect pedal. As a “guitarist’s pedal” it might cost 200 € (with robust metal housing and power supply), but as a Eurorack module, it could go for twice as much.

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It’s almost a trademark of Superbooth: all those colorful spaghetti-cables …

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The modular scene so strongly dominates that even the big companies feel compelled to be present. So there they were: Yamaha (with a well-respected museum department – including CS-80, VP-1, DX-1 – see report part 2), Roland (with new Malekko modules), Korg, and, finally Behringer with a whole bunch of new synthesizer clones (RB- 808, MS-101, Odyssey, Pro 1). No “news” though from Novation, Elektron, Waldorf or Arturia.

But now let’s get on with the first part of the tour …

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Dave Smith Instruments surprised the community with the brandnew Prophet X – a very good sounding 8-voice stereo sampler. Each of its voices consists of 2 oscillators with digital waveforms and 2 oscillators with sampling. The filters – Ladder filters – are used here for the first time for an instrument by Dave Smith.

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Continue with Part 2 of our SUPERBOOTH18 photo report …

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Lesindes ist einer der großen Synthesizer-Experten und Klangkünstler unserer Zeit. Er lebt in Berlin, im Schnittpunkt der elektronischen Musikszene ... _________________________________________________________ Lesindes is one of the great synthesizer experts and sound artists of our time. He lives in Berlin, in the heart of the (German) electronic music scene, so to speak ...

1 Comment

  1. Dimitriii

    Hello Theo,
    Great photo report, really pleasant to see. Next year in Berlin (promise for myself) !
    Many thanks,
    Cheers !

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