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Feld at SUPERBOOTH17

Feld were unusual, but very welcome guests at SUPERBOOTH17. Their energetic music is created in a three-part band with guitar, bass and drums. With his bass guitar, Konstatin lays the sonic foundation for the landscape of the obscure melodies created by Chrsitian with...

Tyler Thompson for WMD @SUPERBOOTH17

WMD did a very nice Gesprächskonzert with their wide range of products at SUPERBOOTH17. Tyler Thompson from WMD is performing a hardware techno session on a modular synthesizer with the new Arpitecht and Chimera modules by WMD. A perfect example of how to use a...

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What about … colorful mixing?

With analog and modular synthesizers people are often trying to find a kind of vintage sound with a certain expression that might harder to create in a digital environment. Often it is about desired imperfections that that are hard to achieve in our...

What about … Dual Function Generators

Today we have a look at three modules that can be described as Dual Function Generators - the Make Noise Maths, Befaco Rampage  and the Serge Dual Universal Slope Generator (DUSG) by Random Source. Dual Function Generators follow the same core principal - they can do...

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NAMM 2018 – Vermona

Thomas Haller showed us the final version of Vermona's Random Rhythm at the NAMM show 2018. The module will be out in a couple of weeks. Random Rhythm features two channels, which generate drum patterns by chance. In detail, users can determine the probability of 1/4,...

Video: Modular synth workshop with Tobi Neumann and Fadi

In November Tobi Neumann and Fadi turned Schneidersladen showroom into a (private) lesson on how to use a modular synthesizer not only as inspirational or improvisational tool but as an instrument that seamlessly integrates within a professional studio environment and...
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Video: Walker Farrell of Make Noise – Workshop at Schneidersladen

Make Noise workshop in full feature-length! Grab some sweets or a beer and make yourself comfortable to watch the next workshop video from Schneidersladen. Walker Farrell of Make Noise held a workshop on the Shared System, new products and the company in general. This...
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Video: Richard Devine and Surachai – Workshop pt. 2

Richard Devine and Surachai visited the showroom at SchneidersLaden the day after their concert at Berghain. The best thing about it is that they have made a whole workshop out of it. Richard Devine showed his live rig and explained his unmistakable approach of...
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Video: Richard Devine and Surachai – Workshop at Schneidersladen

Richard Devine and Surachai visited the showroom in SchneidersLaden the day after their concert at Berghain. The best thing about it is that they have made a whole workshop out of it. Richard Devine showed his live rig and explained his unmistakable approach to...
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Video of Surgeon Workshop at SchneidersLaden

Herr Schneider is back with something new. During the next weeks there will be different releases of videos about workshops and performances from SUPERBOOTH17 and SchneidersLaden. Especially the workshop videos represent recent developments in the culture of Berlin’s...
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NAMM 2018 – Frap Tools

Simone Fabbri brought the final version of his Fumana filter bank to the NAMM show 2018. The module isn't just some multi-mode circuit or equalizer, but a spectral editor which can be used as a vocoder as well. Fumana features two fully analog channels with 16...
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NAMM 2018 – Empress Effects

Empress Effects introduced a digital modular system in pedal format at the NAMM show 2018, the Zoia. Audio, MIDI and CV / gate signals can be flexibly routed to oscillators, several types of filters, modulators, step sequencers and so forth. One of the Empress Effects...
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NAMM 2018 – Malekko

Malekko presented the final version of the Manther synthesizer at the NAMM show 2018. According to Josh, the synthesizer will be available in a couple of weeks. The Manther's VCO is based on the CEM 3340. - An original, not a cheap knock-off. It generates several...
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NAMM 2018 – Deckard’s Dream

Replicants are not clones - The Black Corporation showed Deckard's Dream at the NAMM show 2018, an eight-voice polyphonic synthesizer designed by Roman Fillipov. Even though the instrument isn't brand-new, it was, most likely, the first chance for many people to lay...
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NAMM 2018 – Vermona

Thomas Haller showed us the final version of Vermona's Random Rhythm at the NAMM show 2018. The module will be out in a couple of weeks. Random Rhythm features two channels, which generate drum patterns by chance. In detail, users can determine the probability of 1/4,...
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NAMM 2018 – Rossum Electro-Music

Dave Rossum and Marco Alpert from Rossum Electro-Music showed the latest Version from the next upcoming Module, the long expected : ASSIMIL8OR Multi-Timbral Phase Modulation Sampler module is the latest incarnation of Dave Rossum’s decades-long pioneering of...
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NAMM 2018 – Delptronics

Team Delptronics presented some rather unusual gear at the NAMM show 2018. First of all, there is the There-Morph, a photo theremin with DCO, transistor ladder low-pass filter and VCA. Additionally, a LFO and an AR envelope were implemented. Thanks to MIDI as well as...
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NAMM 2018 – Qu-Bit

Qu-Bit prepared three new modules for the NAMM show 2018. First of all, a new version of the Nebulae granular synthesizer was announced. Compared to its predecessor, tons of new features have been added. For instance, it is now possible to record audio material in...
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NAMM 2018 – Touell Skouarn

Two new Touell Skouarn modules were introduced at the NAMM show 2018. Strakal Orsel is a tube distortion circuit with voltage controllable gain parameter. The sound character is angry. - No, wait... The sound character is brutal. - No, wait… What comes after brutal?...
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NAMM 2018 – Verbos Electronics

Mark Verbos presented his new Multi-Delay Processor at the NAMM show 2018. The module features eight echo taps. Its delay time can be set via a potentiometer. Additionally, there are two CV inputs with attenuators. The amplitude of the dry signal as well as each tap...
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NAMM 2018 – Doepfer (Modular)

Doepfer goes polyphonic! - After releasing the A-111-4 Quad VCO a couple of months ago, Dieter Doepfer now presents four-voice filter, VCA and envelope modules. By combining the circuits, you can set up a full-blown polyphonic synthesizer within your Eurorack setup....
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NAMM 2018 – Mordax

Mordax is developing a granular synthesis system called GXN. Audio material can be recorded directly via two inputs (L / R). Alternatively, it is possible to feed existing files to the module via a microSD card slot. The GXN works with a resolution of 32 Bit. In use,...
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NAMM 2018 – Moon Modular

Gert Jallas alias Moon Modular invited us to his booth and showing us his 3 huge Cases full of fine 5 U modules – looking like a damn good set up to knock some walls down. The cases could also be seen as basic setup for his M500 P Powered Tolex Cabinet as a pure...
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NAMM 2018 – Pittsburgh Modular

Pittsburgh Modular came to the NAMM show with a huge (yet compact) surprise: A semi-modular desktop synthesizer named Microvolt 3900. Its concept is somewhat similar to the Make Noise 0-Coast, as it combines east coast and west coast philosophies. In detail, however,...
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NAMM 2018 – Erica Synths

Girts, head of Erica Synths, showed us a pile of new modules at the NAMM show 2018. First of all, he and his team designed a new version of the Graphic VCO. This module allows you to draw your very own waveforms and arrange them in wavetables respectively wavetable...
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NAMM 2018 – Eowave

We met Marc from Eowave today. He showed us 3 new Modules and the Quadrantid Swarm desktop Synth which should be all available within this spring. The Capsule Titan MK2 is huge Module and the multiplied x2 Version of the former version with 2 TITAN discrete...
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NAMM 2018 – 4ms Pedals

Hello to 4ms pedals ,  its always a pleasure to meet them at NAMM. This year Hugo showed us their 5 new Modules. First their new Monster Module the: The six voice polyphonic Spherical Wavetable Navigator. You could say its a big VCO with 6 voices – but that wouldn‘t...
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NAMM 2018 – Radical Technologies

Jörg Schaaf of Radical Technologies gave us a demo of his new synthesizer voice Delta Cep A. - It was way too loud! That said, it should be noted that this semi-modular instrument is quite impressive. The results can be huge! Audio is generated by a Swarm oscillator....
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NAMM 2018 – WMD

The WMD guys showed a new drum module called Fracture at the NAMM show 2018. First and foremost, it is meant to produce clap sounds. However, thanks to its multi particle synthesis, it can do much more. Fracture generates sound based on granulated recordings. - The...
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NAMM 2018 – Strymon Magneto

Strymon presented the final version of their first Eurorack module at the NAMM show 2018, a tape delay and spring reverb emulation called Magneto. The effects unit shines with clean, high-resolution sound. In addition, it is extremely flexible. At the input stage,...
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NAMM 18 – Doepfer Dark Energy III

Doepfer introduced their version of the Dark Energy semi-modular Desktopsynthesizer - Dark Energy III. The main differences between Version  II and III are an improved VCO (no warm-up period, additional triangle waveform, wider frequency range), resettable LFOs,...
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NAMM 2018 – Noise Engineering

Around the corner as always the nice people from Noise Engineering coming up with five new eurorack modules this spring . This time it got more busy in the tool corner and they have a bunch of little helping friends with them: Bin Seq a 4 HP switchable gate sequencer....
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NAMM 2018 – Intellijel

After releasing mostly digital modules over the last couple of months, Intellijel now overhauled three of their analog classics: Planar, Rubicon and Korgasmatron 2. The basic concepts are the same as before. However, due to some clever additions, all modules are now...
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NAMM 2018 – Catalyst Audio

David Small added some new modules to his line of Buchla 100 series clones for Eurorack. Model 114 is a dual square wave oscillator. At first glance, the design may looks limited, but let me assure you: It is awesome! Thanks to several inputs and outputs per VCO, you...
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NAMM 2018 – Five12

Five12 showed a prototype of the eagerly awaited Vector sequencer at the NAMM show 2018. The module features eight parts with up to 64 steps each. Pitch, gate events and velocity values can be notated. Additionally, there are lots of complementing parameters, for...
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NAMM 2018 – Steady State Fate

Andrew Morelli from Steady State Fate gave us a quick demo of his new modules at the NAMM show 2018. Bantam is a high-end synthesizer voice with two regular oscillators, a Mod VCO, noise generator, mixer, multi-mode filter and VCA. Furthermore, an ADSR envelope, a...
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  • STROMKULT is our platform for updates and news on SCHNEIDERSLADEN and SUPERBOOTH, selected electronic musical instruments and events related to modular synthesizers, sequencers, competent drum machines, analog modular systems, midi tools, controllers, converters and related products of all kinds. You can find all kinds of events related to these topic in our EVENT CALENDAR. Also on this site you will find lots of videos from SUPERBOOTH – the world’s largest trade fair for electronic musical instruments, news about events and workshops at SCHNEIDERSLADEN.
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Events & Workshops

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NAMM 2018 – Deckard’s Dream

Replicants are not clones - The Black Corporation showed Deckard's Dream at the NAMM show 2018, an eight-voice polyphonic synthesizer designed by Roman Fillipov. Even though the instrument isn't brand-new, it was, most likely, the first chance for many people to lay...

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What about…

is our category to give you ideas about products and their uses. It is a series of hopefully inspirational texts that are NOT supposed to be reviews.

What about … colorful mixing?

With analog and modular synthesizers people are often trying to find a kind of vintage sound with a certain expression that might harder to create in a digital environment. Often it is about desired imperfections that that are hard to achieve in our...
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Haken Continuum – new firmware and new features

The incomparable Haken Continuum Fingerboard is a musical instrument that allows unprecedented realtime performance control. There has been a new firmware released recently: The Version 8.50 release is now available, with many new System Presets and new EaganMatrix...
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What about … Sampleplayer?

Sampleplayer should not to be confused with samplers. The main difference is, sampleplayer can only play back samples that are somehow stored inside the module. Sometimes this storage is an internal memory that is more or less fixed and you have to work with the...
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Sequencing in eurorack – CV, trigger and gates //part 2

In part 1 of this series we had a look at more classic ways to do your note sequencing in eurorack. We found out that there are some very interesting new approaches, which use long-known methods of sequencing and add some exciting new aspects. Here we are focussing on...
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MIXERS: Arrel, Doepfer, Endorphin.es, Frap Tools …

In eurorack it is often overlooked that you can go way beyond simply mixing audio signals, but with the right mixer you can do so much more. Nowadays there is a huge variety of mixing solutions available. The range of mixer products for eurorack goes from simple...
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What about … Verzerrer? (distortion / overdrive / fuzz)

What do you expect your modular synthesizer to sound like? Warm, bright and clean, maybe? What about harsh, destructive and aggressive? If that is your goal then a dedicated module for this task should be in your rack. In this post we are talking about some candidates...
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Break free! -> Micro tonality and “other” tunings

Musicians tend to not always comply with the norm and that's a good thing, where else should innovation come from? Who else but the artists in our society should move borders? Nevertheless, most musicians still go through this one door that ties them to a norm they...
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Instant Lo-Fi Junky by ZVEX

There are many many modules available these days but there is nothing quite like the Instant Lo-Fi Junky by ZVEX. The circuit has been on the market for some years as a guitar pedal and was adapted as a eurorack module later. The functionality remains the same and...
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TouellSkouarn Sonveskan Feedback Mixer – Model of 2017

We received another batch of the incomparable TouellSkouarn Sonveskan! This is the new 2017 version which is equipped with bigger coupling capacitors than the predecessor – The result: More bass! Sonveskan is a three-channel mixer, all three channel strips feature...
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Classic sequencing – CV, trigger and gates //part 1

Looking back a few years ago, it was difficult to find more than two or three dedicated sequencers that could be built into your rack. And they were basically all 8-step sequencers. Nowadays there are a lot more options available and lots of creative ideas have been...
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