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SOOPERtalk tonight at NAMM

SOOPERGrail & SUPERBOOTH21

The new year brings us the certainty that nothing is certain. It remains difficult to predict how the pandemic will develop. For this reason, the SOOPERGrail guitar trade fair and exhibition will not celebrate its premiere in April 2021.

Live tonight from 11pm:

As part of a virtual version of the American trade show NAMM tonight, Andre Kaufmann and Andreas Schneider, as organizers of SUPERBOOTH21 and SOOPERGrail, introduce themselves to the mostly American audience and answer questions in the livestream.

Join here.

Under the given circumstances, the planning of the new fair is more complex than that of the established SUPERBOOTH21, and the organizers are also taking into account the cautious booking behavior of guitar builders and partners from the surrounding European countries. Andreas Schneider comments:

“It is with a heavy heart that we postpone our premiere for the World of Guitarists, probably until late summer. SUPERBOOTH21 in May still remains our goal and is in active preparation. If it is possible and justifiable, we will be hosting the event. The booking status for this year, with mainly European exhibitors, is already satisfactory. Any cancellations that are still expected will be quickly filled by new participants. For this, we would already like to expressly thank the established and new exhibitors for their constructive cooperation.”

The robust concept of SUPERBOOTH21, as Safety First Edition at FEZ Berlin, with about 120 exhibitors, three stages and the spacious area around it, was adapted to the changing conditions over months. With this concept and a hoped-for improvement of the permission and the hygiene situation in Germany, the organizers can make a safe realization of SUPERBOOTH21 possible.

The planning includes, in addition to the development of large areas in the outdoor area and booking of new areas in the FEZ, also the semi-virtual integration of presentations of selected areas of the event via livestream. This will also include a daily talk concert by a selected manufacturer from overseas – on a projection screen in front of an audience.

Andreas Schneider pleads for a pragmatic handling of the extraordinary situation and in case of a postponement of both events:

“If a cancellation of the event in May is unavoidable, the Board has decided to take an alternative date for SUPERBOOTH21 in the summer. For this purpose, we will be happy to welcome all the exhibitors already booked, as well as some of the corresponding artists of SOOPERGrail, as our guests at SUPERBOOTH21. This can then be seen as a first step of synergy between these two worlds, for which we are personally enthusiastic.”

Despite all the uncertainty, one thing remains certain: Andreas Schneider and his team will remain busy. With this in mind, they would like to point out another date:

  • SOOPERRadio: For the first time SOOPERRadio will be broadcast on the terrestrial frequency 88.4 in Berlin and Potsdam for 2 hours on 11.2.2021 from 5 pm. Of course, it is the subject SUPERBOOTH21, but also about the music and its instruments. Andre Kaufmann and Mareen Nagel, who is responsible for booking the artists for SUPERBOOTH21, will moderate.

NAMM TV with JakoJako, Sacha Ketterlin and Gammon

The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble from Vienna in sunny California – almost: Right now, the largest music trade show – NAMM – takes place usually in Anaheim, California – this year as a sophisticated online event with an additional 48 hours of “Believe in Music-TV” programming: concerts, interviews, presentations, workshops and much more.

For this streaming program three of our friends were asked to participate. We will see JakoJako, Sacha Ketterlin and Gammon with his Modular Systesizer EnsembleBelieve TV on Friday, 22 January at 13:22 (MEZ)

Register here for free access to the event: https://attend.believeinmusic.tv/

This is what you will hear about in the movie:

The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble is a regular guest in Berlin at the most extraordinary synthesizer festival under the sun: The Superbooth. Together with the Berlin actors of Superbooth and Schneidersladen 3 musicians* were invited to present the Modular Synthesizer from their specific perspectives.

Sacha Ketterlin from France gives an insight into his way of working with the instrument and plays a short live set. Gammon from the Modular Synthesizer Ensemble from Vienna shows that getting started with modular sound generation is by no means mysterious, complicated or elaborate, but that it is also possible to make flaky music with substantial sounds in a very simple way. JakoJako is a sought-after techno live act from Berlin. She impressively tells why the Modular Synthesizer is so special and why the instrument can also develop its own personality. The Modular Synthesizer Ensemble is an internationally sought-after workshop and performance project by Gammon. The project is an equally exciting and unique musical and socio-acoustic experience for interested people without any prior knowledge as well as for experienced musicians, Modular Enthusiasts.

NAMM 2021 – Believe in Music Week with Alex4

Visit the virtual Alex4 NAMM booth!

NAMM Believe in Music week is starting on Monday and registration is open now. Get signed up for one of the biggest virtual fairs for musical instruments yet, and then stop by the Alex4 NAMM booth to see news and session videos by Doepfer, Buchla, Neuzeit Instruments, Animal Factory Amplification and many more.

As the NAMM show usually is a members-only event, you’ll have to be registered for the show. The good news is, this year anyone can register for free to be part of Believe in Music Week. The links below only work if you are registered and logged in.

Here is an overview about some interesting live sessions (all in CET):

Endorphin.es – Modular Techno Live: Julia Bondar

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Buchla Easel Command Overview & Music Easel Announcement

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM

EOWAVE: Domino, Fluctuations Magnétiques, Quadrantid Swarm

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Neuzeit Instruments – Orbit

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Doepfer: The Polyphonic System

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM

AJH Synth: Wave Swarm, Next Phase, Entropic Doom, Lunar Module

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM

TouellSkouarn: Eurorack Modules And Pedals

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM

UDO: Super 6 – polyphonic synthesizer

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Animal Factory Amplification: Orobas & Tannhauser Gate

Thursday, January 21, 2021 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Humble Audio: Quad Operator & Algo

Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Supercritical Synthesizers – Neutron Flux

The new stereo multi-mode-multi-character filter from Finland showed up a couple of weeks ago – we took it for a test ride! Check out the video!

The filter features an analog core with digital control, this allows the core to be shaped almost endlessly, taking on the character of almost any classic filter and providing the ability to explore sounds that are not common and extend the sound palette of your system!

Obviously the Neutron Flux can be used to master the everyday tasks in a modular system, but it is especially useful to filter stereo sound sources such as drum machines or VA synths and add some serious drive! It is possible to change the filter slopes of each character (Fat, Crisp, Liquid, Sour and Mean) on the fly, allowing for very complex filter sweeps and sheer endless possibilities.

In this video we paired the Neutron Flux with the Demon Core Oscillator and Demon Expander to create a complete monophonic / paraphonic stereo synth voice!

Lets have a look at the Eowave Domino synth voice

Today lets have a look at one of these small but capable full synth voice modules that give you great functionality in a limited space. With a couple of synth voices in your rack you can free up some space for interesting sequencing, effects and modulation – the real fun part. Today we look at the Domino by Eowave – a full synth voice in only 10hp.

While being small and pre-wired it features a lot of modular functionality with lots of inputs and outputs. For example, you can use the oscillator independently, due to the single waveform outputs, same is true for the envelope. Blend the saw and square wave with a dedicated mix knob, or replace one or both waveforms with external signals through the Mix 1 & 2 inputs. While not being a clone of that famous acid synth in any way, the Domino can be the favorite acid synth voice in your rack.

The Domino delivers classic, analog results and lots of modular flexibility – in this video we explore some of its sounds and capabilities.

Video: The new Doepfer A-174-4 3D Joystick

Since its announcement at NAMM 2020, Doepfer’s new module has already generated quite a lot of attention, and rightly so. An exciting module with 10 CV outputs and one gate output that can set an entire system in motion.

The Doepfer A-174-4 is an innovative 3D Joystick featuring three axis. It allows to control three control voltages at once (X, Y, Z). The joystick offers the classic X and Y axis, as well as a third axis (Z), the rotation of the joystick. The button on top activates a gate.

The module outputs normal and inverted CV, including offset adjustment for each inverted output. Additionally it features four quadrant outputs (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4) with adjustable overlap. A quadrant voltage becomes positive when the joystick is positioned in the quadrant in question.

The 3D joystick allows physical control of any Eurorack module with CV inputs. In this video, we show various patch examples where we use all three CV outputs from the Doepfer A-174-4 to control parameters of Doepfer modules (oscillators, filter and phaser), Cwejman Res-4 or SM-1.

Update: Digitalanalog – all videos now online!

Update: The Munich-based Digitalanalog Festival has now uploaded the complete gigs – all streams as videos, cut together without breaks and possible dropouts. Here you can watch one of the different stage streames embedded, all streams can be found here!

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Alex4 and SchneidersLaden are part of the digitalanalog.org show program again! DigitalAnalog is an event for the next generation of musicians. In normal years there is a lot of live music in Munich’s Gasteig for two nights of the event. But … due to corona the event will be online only this year – the good thing abut this: This is your opportunity to participate from home!

Do not miss the show with Dieter Doepfer, Tom, Arno and Sacha Ketterlin for SchneidersLaden and plenty of other good old friends on their (virtual) F-KK stage and have a nice weekend. Here’s the full plan.

New video: North Coast Synthesis – MSK 013 Middle Path VCO

This video shows the Middle Path VCO combined with the Leapfrog Filter also made by North Coast Synthesis and combined with a Natural Gate by Rabid Elephant – to get some classic lowpass gate sounds from this massive dual VCO.

North Coast’s complex VCO is comfortable on a journey to the East or the West. It contains two triangle-core VCOs, each with four waveforms and standard V/octave control. As basic VCOs running independently these can be the heart of a traditional subtractive East Coast synthesizer. But the Middle Path’s oscillators can also be used together, with or without sync, to drive its unique multi-output Gilbert-style sine shaper. The shaper, which can also take external input, offers wave shaping, distortion, folding, phase modulation including through-zero, and imitation stereo. These effects take the sound into West Coast territory.

A very nice complex/dual VCO with a massive sound and very solid build quality.

Update: Sacha Ketterlin live at Digitalanalog 2020

Update: Here is the second video by Sacha Ketterlin from Digitalanalog 2020:

With the second part of his live performance for the Digitalanalog Festival, Sacha Ketterlin presents a journey through melodic but also danceable techno.

At 128 BPM, he lets the legendary TR909 swing the beat to accompany the tempting synth lines he creates with his unique modular system. It is equipped with rare Macbeth modules that give it its special absorptive, richly structured electronic sound.
A Macbeth Micromac-D semi-modular synthesizer and a Buchla Easel Command are also used.

For real-time processing, all signals pass through Ableton, where they are further shaped by MIDI controllers.

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Last weekend it was time for another edition of Digitalanalog Festival in Munich. For many years SchneidersLaden and Alex4 were part of this festival for modern and new music. The many concerts and shows had to be streamed online this year as there was no audience allowed. SchneidersLaden and Alex4 contributed several videos of live performances and presented some of the most interesting electronic musical instruments.

This is the first video is showing Sacha Ketterlin playing a short ambient set with his setup consisting of mostly Macbeth synthesizers and eurorack modules, accompanied by a Buchla Easel Command and Ableton live.

Tokyo Festival of Modular – live November 14th 12pm

The TFoM2020 takes place this year on November 14th as an online event, streaming from the TFoM YouTube channel. It will include exclusive interviews with Richard Devine and Anthony Baldino for example and Dieter Doepfer will show some of his latest modules with a video message from his workbench! Also there is a rare interview announced with Émilie Gillet from Mutable Instruments.

Lots of things to look forward to! Watch the live-stream on YouTube or directly here:

A look at the new Analogue Systems RS-650 Echo Reverb

Here we have a new module by Analogue Systems. With a long history of building analog and digital delay, reverb and chorus effects Analogue Systems now created a module that blends easily between echo and reverb sounds – the RS-650 is now available!

RS-650 is an echo/reverb module based on the two Analogue Systems classics RS-310 and RS-440 – it can be used as a delay or reverb, with delay times from 70 mb to 200 ms and 2.5 ms to 150 ms in reverb mode. The circuit is based on a bucket brigade device with six parallel delay tabs with different levels and delay times. The summation of the six tabs creates the dense reverb. Due to the traditional design of the circuit, the clock frequency in the delay is audible in the output signal. Therefore it is recommended to use a lowpass filter after the RS-650 to reduce the clock noise.

All in all the RS 650 brings a great vintage bucket brigade sound to the table. If you want it to, the RS 650 can strongly color the sound that you feed it with, here is a video to give you an idea about its sound.

A look at Ouroboros Electronics – Alea

Alea is a two voice semi-modular analog synthesizer with sine wave oscillators, waveshapers, low pass gates, LFOs and a stochastic shift-register based sequencer.

An interesting concept and beautiful wooden banana synthesizer worth a closer look. Here is a short video with some of the sounds and sonic textures you can expect from this elegant synthesizer. For more detailed information, please refer to the excellent product description by SchneidersLaden.

Huettendorf of SUPERBOOTH21 fully booked

Andreas Schneider today announced that the special exhibition area “Huettendorf” for SUPERBOOTH21 is already fully booked. The small enclave in the park around FEZ Berlin will host an interesting community including Doepfer, E-RM, Vermona and more. This makes this part of the exhibition an attractive goal for all visitors of next years synthesizer related spring-time highlight.


HerrSchneider: “So our idea to let you have a smart walk in the park while checking out all news and products for electronic musicians has made a big step further to become concrete.”

The video was already created more than a year ago and – for obvious reasons – is not addressing the hygiene concept and the plan to use the Huettendorf as an exhibition and concert area. Nevertheless, the video gives a brief overview about the area and shows the potential to be a favorite outdoor-place for the guests of SUPERBOOTH21.

Safety first at SchneidersLaden

On SchneidersBuero HerrSchneider posted a statement about the measures SchneidersLaden is about to take to navigate the shops employees and customers safely through the winter. Some of the measures are known from the first wave of Covid-19 in Germany in spring – the pick-up counter in the stockroom at Ritterstraße will be closed within this week. Customers are asked to order online or over the phone again.

For more complex support inquiries personal visits and auditions in the showroom at the Kottbusser Tor will stay possible (for now), but on appointment only with one of the dear team members. Customers are asked to follow some hygiene rules before playing around on all knobs and buttons in the showroom.

Buying things or pickups will not be possible at Kotti, only repairs and returns can be handled here. The phone support times will be expanded once the measures mentioned above are realized. Additionally the SchneidersLaden team is working on a digital support channel “to share and let you see, what we are showing you inside our beloved showroom.. soon.”

HerrSchneider: “Stay healthy and safe, please, don’t be frustrated and have a good time wherever you are.”

SUPERBOOTH21 & SOOPERgrail

SUPERBOOTH21

Here we go again, for real, seriously. From 5th to 8th of May 2021 a fulminant SUPERBOOTH21 will take place again in the FEZ Berlin. The trade fair for electronic musical instruments and music will then again present itself as a real event with a modern concept adapted to the new times, with attending guests and attractive exhibitors, almost as usual – with an additional day of events.  

As a selective international representation of a special industry for creative tools, Superbooth Berlin GmbH will present for the first time in 2021 a second event with similar ambitions.

SOOPERgrail

From April 30th to May 2nd, 2021 the FEZ Berlin will also host SOOPERgrail, an international conference, trade fair and exhibition for guitar builders, luthiers, craftsmen and other innovative manufacturers. For several years now, guitar builders and synthesizer manufacturers from all over Europe have been meeting regularly at their own events in Berlin. Events where people exchange ideas about craftsmanship, discuss remarkable products, present them, or sell them. Long before both events had to be reduced to the virtual world in 2020, the idea of a common, larger platform for musical instruments and their users was already under discussion.

HerrSchneider: “We as organizers (Superbooth Berlin GmbH) are looking forward to the coming year. We see the current situation as a challenge and chance. With the friendly support of the European guitar builders, we now see the unique opportunity to prove that for a successful trade show it has to be about quality not quantity.”  

Exhibitor and visitor numbers for the two events are strictly limited due to the changed circumstances. The well-known high quality of the discussions, meetings, concerts, demonstrations and workshops can only benefit from this. The calmer environment should also improve the situation when testing and exploring the exhibited products. For absent manufacturers, special concepts for digital and interactive integration into the event are in the makings.

Up to 150 exhibitors at SUPERBOOTH21 and 90 at SOOPERgrail meet a maximum of 500 visitors simultaneously in the building. Through a smart swap system, this number is doubled daily, allowing a total number of visitors of 4000 for SUPERBOOTH21 and 1000 for SOOPERgrail.

The hygiene concept for both events is already in the approval process. There are additional event areas in the green, further buildings around the FEZ Berlin and a space concept with tours and one-way routes through the exhibitions located in the buildings. This will ensure the most generous distribution of visitors on the exhibition grounds.  

An additional exhibition day reserved only for the professional visitors of SUPERBOOTH21, as well as the Labour Day as conference afternoon, exclusively for exhibitors and invited guests of SOOPERgrail, support thereby the special character as a unique meeting and experience space for all participants.

What remains to be said

This year, many of the previous exhibitors have helped SUPERBOOTH21 to stay within the realm of possibility, for which the Superbooth Team would like to express their most sincere thanks once again. All in all, SUPERBOOTH21 will be able to present itself internationally again, with a flexible and sustainable concept the organizers can react to changing circumstances.

We are slowly internalizing, individually and as a society, the routines that enable us to find a way to deal with the global pandemic. Concrete hygiene concepts are being tested, we are getting used to the changed way of dealing with each other and we now know better than in May 2020 how to behave in order to enable a safe social interaction. Until spring 2021 we will continue to learn and new insights will be incorporated into the planning of SUPERBOOTH21 and SOOPERgrail – for two safe and unforgettable events.

Modular Karussell at Festival Für Selbstgebaute Musik

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Our „mobile modular“ was on tour during the weekend. On saturday September 12th we joined the “Festival für selbstgebaute Musik” (festival for self-build music) held at RAW estate in Berlin Friedrichshain with our Modular Karussell.

 

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We were located in the entrance area of the skating hall and shared space and sound with each other. The festival melts alternative ideas of creating sounds into urban spaces. Ranging from accoustics to electronics the event was an inspiration not only for kids and adults new to this approach, but also for those already into music and sound creation.

The festival makers decided not to take any entrance fee and had a strong approach to integrate themselves into other cultural projects and initiatives. With its cozy and family-like atmosphere this event is a definite recommendation to anyone interested in music making!
Thanks a lot to all the organisation team around Lea, Hajo and Manu! It was really a pleasure being invited here!

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Touell Skouarn – Interview and module announcement

Strakal Silisiom

Touell Skourn is an expert for distortion, fuzz and overdrive in eurorack – both with or without tubes. Now there is a new module announced the Strakal Silisiom. It features two different Fuzz circuits sharing the same controls and the possibility to morph between the two circuits (CV controlled). The all analog cicuits are built around russian nos silicon transistors. The 8hp module will be available at the end of September. Here are some sound examples:

Touell Skouarn Strakal Silisiom

Interview

TouellSkouarn was founded in 2010 in Plougastel-Daoulas, near Brest. All modules and stompboxes are named in Breton language (brezhoneg) and are made by hand using discrete high-quality components aimed to distort and scream louder than the ocean waves washing the cliffs on the coast of Brittany, France.

After Alex4 had taken part at SynthFest France, a cozy and engaged meet up all around electronic music spiced with workshops, demonstrations and concerts in the culturally rich city of Nantes back in 2019, Gael Loisson of TouellSkouarn invited one of their product specialists to visit him in his house in Brittany. This was a good opportunity for Tom to get to know Gael better and talk about all sorts of music related stuff. Getting in touch personally is still the best when it comes to build solid relations. Finally Gael agreed to record a little interview where he talks about his musical background and his way of working.

Video: Noise Lab – Eurorack Modules from Stockholm

Noise Lab is a newly founded synthesizer company based in Stockholm, Sweden. They are starting with six modules forming an interesting synthesizer voice with lots of tricks up its sleeve. Besides the standard modules VCO, VCF, VCA Noise Lab also offers a spectral mixer a very versatile Wave Shaper and a super-fast envelope. At the end of this page you’ll find a video featuring all Noise Lab modules. First, here is a short overview about the new Noise Lab products. 

Prime Mover is an advanced and versatile Voltage Controlled Oscillator based on the renowned 3340 chip. Four primary sound outputs generate Saw, Triangle, Pulse and Sine while individual wave shapers, one for each waveform, expands the sonic possibilities even further.

The Wrinkler consists of a primary wave folder circuit and a secondary “creaser”, both controllable via knobs and CV. Generally, wave folders only work with low harmonic content such as Sine or Triangle waves but this one comes with circuitry which can fold and wrinkle ANY waveform you feed into it, including square waves!

The Beautifier is a flexible OTA based filter, featuring a lowpass/bandpass switch and a selectable slope of 24db and 12dB.

Augmentor features two independent amplifiers with linear response, can also be employed as a signal splitter and works great to create ring-modulator sounds as well with CV control over both audio and CV signals.

Contourist is a general purpose Envelope Generator with three outputs (one inverted) and three time ranges. From short and snappy (50 msec) to several minutes long contour curves.

The Fourcaster is a unique 4-channel analog crossfader a.k.a. interpolating scanner. Once you start working with it, you’ll soon discover how you can create very complex sounds simply by fading between sources.

In this video we’ll have a look at the whole product line by Noise Lab and have the chance to hear the modules in a musical context.

Eowave – Fluctuations Magnétiques

Looking at the Eowave Fluctuations Magnétiques you quite quickly realize that this module has a lot of functionality to offer that you wouldn’t usually expect in a filter module. By offering four identical multimode-filters and numerous ways to sync and route, you have a big sonic playground right at your fingertips.

The Eowave FM is composed of four filters arranged in pairs (A/B and C/D). The circuits feature high-pass, band-pass and low-pass modes with a slope of -12 dB per octave. Routing options allow serial or parallel operation. Level potentiometers at the input stages make it possible to generate asymmetrical distortion, which really expands the palette of possible sounds. By connecting several of the VCFs in series, users can create filter types with a slope of up to -48 dB per octave. For modulations, there are several CV inputs.


The basic character of the module is gentle and very musical. However, with high input level settings, it is also possible to achieve beefy, rather rough results. The circuits can’t self-oscillate, unless the user patches a feedback loop, but it is possible to ping the filters for some very nice percussive sounds, some f them can be heard in the video below. In this video we explore various scenarios, from classic filter duties to fourfold filter pings!

Frequency Central – Monograf / Continuum Phaser II / Stasis Leak

In this video we are having a look at three of the latest modules by Frequency Central – Monograf Synthesizer / Continuum Phaser II / Stasis Leak.

Monograf Synthesiser is a 20HP hardwired synth voice for fast set up times – it is a fixed signal path monophonic synth voice with many handy features, including a number of patch points for flexibilty within a modular setting – and it sounds huge!

Continuum Phaser II looks and acts rather like a VCF, in fact that’s exactly what a phaser is, an all-pass VCF. There’s far more to phasers than just sweeps up and down from an LFO, so Continuum has two CV inputs. This way you can use a variety of CV sources simultaneously – here we used two envelopes.

Stasis Leak is a 6HP 48kHz DSP effects module, providing a choice of stereo chorus, stereo plate reverb and tap tempo delay. Stasis Leak is based around a Belton ABE-FX sub board, which in turn is based around a Coolaudio V1000 chip.


Check out schneidersladen.de for more information.

Robert Lippok and the Modular Karussell

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On the 30th of june Robert Lippok performed on the Karusell during late afternoon at Adam Chalks cozy galerie space GH36 located in Berlin’s Mitte district.

This was only his 3rd engagement on a larger modular synthesizer. It was very interesting to see how quickly he anticipated and found his way to play the Karusell.

Listening to the recordings afterwards proofed again how well it works out often to just let yourself go for a while, tape everything and browse the recordings later to see what you can find to involve into your musical work.

We all had a beautiful afternoon there with Adam and Robert and look forward to share more sessions with you! Enjoy the video below.

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Video: North Coast Synthesis – New Modules

Behind North Coast Synthesis Ltd. is Matthew Skala, who got into hobby electronics as early as the 1980s. Later he studied computer science and spent about 15 years in academic research and teaching at universities. In 2017, Matthew abandoned academia and established North Coast Synthesis in Toronto. So, you can expect some thoughtful and creative designs, like the Leap Frog VCF, which provides the steepest filter slope we have seen: 61 dB/octave – and for quite some time it was the only module North Coast Synthesis offered. Now there are three more modules available, the MSK 009 / 011 / 012. While the MSK 009 is another filter, the other two are a transistor-based mixer and an ADSR – all with promising design choices.

The MSK 009 multi-mode filter and rectifier packs an entire nest of sound-shaping features into compact filter module. It’s a two-pole state-variable filter based on a unique integrator design which stores energy in both inductors and capacitors depending on the frequency range. It offers warm sounds with a wide foundation and ever-shifting timbres. This is a somewhat unpredictable filter, it’s a lot of bite for the buck, and for the rack space.

The MSK 011 is a utility mixer with versatile sound possibilities and a minimalist design featuring just six transistors. The module is suitable for both audio and control voltages, with bonus features like positive and negative offset; simultaneous DC- and AC-coupled outputs; maximum gain a little over unity that extra push. It can also function as a transistor distortion effect, by offsetting the signal until it clips – this also allows for creating some interesting waveforms by mixing and offsetting different input signals – as seen in the video.

The MSK 012 is a traditional ADSR envelope generator module that also covers percussion notes like an AR envelope, organ notes like an ASR -always musical, with lots of possible applications within a modular synthesizer.

The video covers only a part of the sonic possibilities but should give a good impression of what you can expet from the three new North Coast Synthesis modules.

Nik Neves nominated by American Illustration

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Nik Neves visited SchneidersLaden lots of times during the past months (while it was still possible) and created a series of illustrations of the shop, the instruments and the people. His great work was acknowledged not only by HerrSchneider, who made them part of the new SchneidersLaden website, but also by American Illustration.

This organization annually honors artists around the world for outstanding work and honors them with the publication of a book of the best works of the year. One of Nik Neves’ illustrations from SchneidersLaden (above) will be part of this publication in 2020. Congratulations!

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Nik Neves (São Paulo, Brazil, 1976) works with comics and illustration for more than 17 years. He is a visual artist and traveler, did his master in Illustration at EINA (Universidade Autónoma) in Barcelona. After that studied lettering, typography and comics at the SVA (School of Visual Arts) in New York and now lives between Berlin and Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Learn more about his work on the official website – here.

Check out  Nik Neves Instagram and the AI nominated work here.

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SchneidersLaden: Pick-up of your order or purchases with card payment now possible

Pick ups and purchases by card payment (without product advice) are now possible from 10 am to 6 pm at Ritterstr. 3, 10969 Berlin. (Very close to Kottbusser Tor.) Unfortunately, we cannot offer you any customer advice here.

We have rearranged our rooms in order to being able to guarantee a safe visit here. We look forward to seeing you again, but we are still working on a solution for personal consultations in our showroom at Kotti, please be patient.

We will reopen the showroom on June 2nd. – In order to protect the health of our customers and employees, access is only granted after prior arrangement by telephone or e-mail. This way we make sure that not too many people are in the shop at the same time and you get the advice you need.

Thank you and see you soon!

A look at the new Vermona MeloDICER

With the MeloDICER Vermona created a sequencer concept that inspires and invites you to interact with your modular. It is Vermona‘s vision of a sequencer with the perfect balance between stochastic and deterministic creation of rhythm and melody. Its algorithms generate random values, following the rules you set with the controls. This combination of determined and undetermined conditions results in an inspiring and intuitive experience.

The melody sequencer offers twelve faders for setting the note probability (from C to B), and two faders to set the range (lowest and highest note). The rhythm is controlled by the four knobs. The two DICE buttons allow to randomly change the melody and the rhythmic structure on each press.

In the first video we get an impression of the basic functions of the sequencer in DICE mode. It controls the Doepfer A-111-3 Micro Precision VCO paired with the A-106-5 SEM Filter.

The second video takes a closer look at MeloDICERs generative abilities, where it generates melodies continuously.

Video collection with Polygogo and new Verbos, Vermona and Flame Modules!

In the past weeks there have some interesting videos been released on HerrSchneiders Vimeo channel that we will have a look at today. These videos show some new designs and recently released modules. Lets start with a nice stereo synth made of the E-RM Polygogo with two Verbos Amp & Tone and a Flame FX16-CV.

E-RM Polygogo with Verbos Amp & Tone and Flame FX16-CV

The E-RM Polygogo stereo oscillator is the first digital stereo oscillator to feature the brand-new Polygonal Synthesis technique. Based on complex two-dimensional amplitude shaping of sine waves, the polygogo is a performance-oriented, high-quality instrument which allows you to explore fascinating sounds and shapes alike.

Thanks to the combination of Polygonal Synthesis, two internal modulation sources and a fully-analog overflow stage, the module is capable of generating an extremely wide array of animated spectra, ranging from lush drones, massive basses and even sounds reminiscent of acoustic instruments.

In this video we hear the sound spectrum of the polygogo through different patches. The module is always recorded in stereo using two Verbos Amplitude & Tone Controller for filtering and VCA duties, and the Flame FX16-CV module for reverb.

Flame – Automix with Verbos Noise & Filter and Vermona ∑42

The Flame Automix module is a compact three-channel mixer with recording function. It allows to automate the mix level of each channel using its volume knob. Just hit the record button and move the potentiometer to record an automation! In this video, we use a drum loop coming from an external drum machine.

The Verbos Electronics Noise & Filter module splits the signal in four different frequency ranges. Two of them (high frequencies) are mixed together with a synth voice using the Vermona ∑42. The resulting signal and the mid and low frequencies from the Noise & Filter module are then mixed and automated thanks to the Flame Automix.

AJH Synth – V-Shape & Doepfer A-138i

The AJH Synth V-Shape is two modules in one, a wave twister and a distortion / wavefolding module. Both sections of the module are fully analog, and they can be used independently or in series.

In this video, we use it in conjunction with the Doepfer A-138i Interrupting Mixer to create various combinations between the original sound and the two outputs of the V-Shape module.

The Doepfer A-138i allows several mixing configurations thanks to single outputs A and B which remove the individual signal from the sum (A) or keep it in the sum (B). In addition, the dual mix output allows to easily send the signal to two VCAs for stereo use.

Vermona – Amplinuator 3 & ∑42

At first, the Vermona Amplinuator 3 seems like a simple three channel attenuator, but it reveals to be a tone-shaping weapon by combining different stages and outputs!

The Amplinuator can attenuate, invert or amplify incoming signals by factor two. There is a summing section as well, allowing the module to work as 3-in-1 mixer.

In this video we look at the wave-shaping and saturation capabilities of the Amplinuator 3 paired with the ∑42 to change the character of a simple sine wave.

Genki Instruments Workshop Video

Genki Instruments from Island have brought us a motion controller for MIDI devices and a eurorack module that translates these signals into control voltage. Wave is the ring that allows musicians to easily control sound, shape effects and send commands with the motion of their hands. It offers six functions that can be used individually or combined in any way you like: Tilt, Pan, Roll, Vibrato, Tap, Click. The ring is named Wave and a dedicated eurorack module Wavefront. The combination is an easy and reliable gestural controller for everyone who is interested in wireless control of his or her synthesizers! In this workshop Ólafur from Genki Instrumens gives you an overview about Wave and Wavefront.

Superbooth20 Home Edition – Thank You & More Videos!

The Superbooth20 Home Edition was a great success and the organisers would like to thank everyone for their participation – the artists and brands who contributed videos, the media partners for their creative and informative contributions and of course everyone who followed the event on Thursday or at any other time. All single videos are now available on Vimeo and the official SuperBooth-Movies ( listen / learn / study / enjoy ) are also available from the official Youtube-Channel now.

Here are some official words by HerrSchneider:

Dear Visitors, Guests, Partners and Friends,

The SuperBooth20 Home Edition indeed gave an authentic impression of the missing real event to plenty of new visitors and all of us over the internet, it was a real success. Apart from the uncounted product introductions, technical updates and wonderful performances from all over the world we would like to let you listen to our very last words from two experienced artists and friends to keep these in mind for your next steps back into the wonderful world as it is. 

Resuming plenty of talks and discussions on Sonic State, Hainbach’s all day long YouTube streams and our own movies and interviews we had the impression to have formed the worldwide community a little bit stronger with what we did.

Exactly this was the job we were given in an online interview by Jean-Michel Jarre from France who could not join SuperBooth in time because his good friend Christophe who sadly passed away just a few days ago. 


The second “last word” was brought to us by our friend Daniel Miller for the “Miller Zillmer Stiftung” supporting artists and activities worldwide as a foundation now, also supporting the “modular synthesizer ensemble” reminding us to please support the next generation of upcoming artists with good ideas especially now.

The four blocks of the official SuperBooth-Movies ( listen / learn / study / enjoy ) are also available from our Youtube-Channel now, but if you follow the discussions we had, you will understand that the better way to watch them could be somewhere else. So please find everything including all single clips from Vimeo with texts on our website (https://www.superbooth.com/en/home-edition.html), thank you. 

And now please listen to Daniel Miller and Jean-Michel Jarre here or on www.superbooth.com, spread the words and stay home well, looking forward to welcome you all on board in Berlin again next year,  

With warmest regards,   

Andreas Schneider 

Embedding of individual videos possible on request. Please use the official Superbooth website to get in contact with the Superbooth team.

Modular Caroussel at GH36 Gallery

As part of the SuperBooth20 Home Edition we have found a temporary home for our beloved Modular Karussell at Große Hamburger Strasse 36 in Berlin Mitte at the gallery GH36 operated by Mr. Adam Chalk.

Our vision is to provide a privat space for everyone to explore the karussell and the surrounding instruments, such as the Haken Continuum as a field of experiementation and exploration.

Wether you are based in the modular scene, the intrumental side of music making or DJing does not matter. You can pick up your intrument and feed it through the Modular Karusell or run your vinyl collection through it. Many different scenarios are possible. One can always record their sessions and take them home. A video synthesizer and a beamer are also installed so that the combination of instrumental, electronic and visual becomes possible in one small and cozy place!

It is also possible to play a gig for the street as we have installed a speaker on the outside of the gallery. To set up a privat appointment contact Mr. Adam Chalk via ac@gh36.de. Two people will be allowed in for each session.

There is no general booking fee required while a small donation to the gallery is welcome.

Schneidersladen Sample Pack for Superbooth20 Home Edition

SchneidersLaden created a sample pack for the Superbooth20 Home Edition – with all those noises and sounds that we all know from our visits to the showroom. Here is the video we made about it:

SchneidersLaden and especially the Showroom in Berlin Kreuzberg have a special atmosphere – as we can‘t experience this during these times we decided to bring some of the atmosphere to your home for the Superbooth20 Home Edition.

Download the sample pack at HERE and create something with it. Give your tracks some of that SchneidersLaden flavor with these raw sounds from the showroom.

IO Instruments @SchneidersLaden – workshop video

Despite IO Instruments being quite new to the scene, the whole team has lots of experience in the business, some members have been working for companies like MFB and ACL for example.

IO presented their products at Superbooth 2019 and aim to bring the audio quality of the 500 series modules into eurorack.

This workshop is an introduction to the brand and their first line of modules – lots of excellent sounds in there and some inspiring design choices.


SchneidersLaden presents SUPERBOOTH21

VanTa – Workshop On Video Synthesis @SchneidersLaden

Visual developer and visual artist VanTa showed us the world of video synthesis, how to generate and process video signals – among other things with the help of modules by LZX Industries.

This workshop is about the basics of modular video, the characteristics of the composite video signal and different techniques to create audio reactive visuals with eurorack modules. You can use modules especially designed to work with video signals, but there are some audio modules that can handle video signals or can modified to do so. And to learn more about VanTa visit his website vanta.xyz or Instagram account.

Here is the full workshop video:

Superbooth20 Home Edition – April 23.

The year 2020 without Superbooth in Berlin? There are many topics that are certainly more important right now. Nevertheless, we don’t want to let the Superbooth days pass by. We invite everyone who wants to be there under our (virtual) roof – on April 23rd, for the Superbooth20 Home Edition.

SUPERBOOTH20 Home Edition

Thursday – April 23rd – 2pm CET – www.superbooth.com

Many of the artists who would have performed at SUPERBOOTH20 play exclusive short concerts and provide insights into their studios. HerrSchneider invites guests to his digital table and some exhibitors show – in self-made videos – what they would otherwise have presented in Berlin. Furthermore, our media partners will tell you about the specials they are planning. After all, there will be many new developments announced from the most diverse areas, which we are all very excited about.

We present the whole event on www.superbooth.com – the videos are released according to a public schedule and are then individually available on our Vimeo and YouTube accounts.

With Superbooth20 Home Edition it is important for us to show that this unique community stands together and presents itself together even in difficult times. Without the help of many exhibitors and partners, this would not have been possible – we would like to thank you once again for your great support.          

New workshop Video: Radikal Technologies – Delta CEP A

Jörg Schaaf aka Radikal Technologies was in Berlin to present his latest synthesizer designs like the Delta Cep A. He is responsible for some modern classic synth designs made in Germany – like the Spectralis and Accelerator. In the past years he mainly developed eurorack modules like the RT-311 Swarm Oscillator, RT-451 Dual Filter, RT-1701 Effexx or the semi-modular synthesizer Delta Cep A which is also availabe as a desktop version.


His complex designs always bring a lot of functionality to the table and they can sound amazing.

Find the Delta CEP A at SchneidersLaden!


SchneidersLaden presents SUPERBOOTH21

New webshop for SchneidersLaden!

It has been a while since there was a significant update to the SchneidersLaden webshop. While some people loved the simplicity, there were a few flaws about it that could be described as annoying – or charismatic, if you want to use a nicer word. Here are some official words:

Yes, it’s true! Our vintage online shop is entering a well-deserved retirement. We have used the last days (months) to build a completely new shop. Have fun with it! -> SchneidersLaden.de

In order to prevent Covid-19 from spreading, our showroom will stay closed until further notice. You can reach us via phone or email as usual. Our logistics team is in good health as well and works diligently on your orders.

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From the SchneidersLaden Newsletter

Update: SUPERBOOTH20 had to be cancelled – New date: 6.-8. May 2021

Respecting the current situation this years SUPERBOOTH2020 is officially cancelled. The organizers were already able to talk to the venue and to find a new date: May 6th til 8th, 2021 in the wonderful FEZ Berlin again.

Superbooth Berlin expresses its thanks to the exhibiting partners and companies for their trust and for demonstrating solidarity, for offering their financial support now to let Superbooth “survive” this complicated situation. Andreas Schneider states: “Without this we could have run into real problems with this cancellation, thank you again. Also we would like to say thank you to all the Artists, active Partners, Suppliers and the whole staff team for their support already until now. We are very sorry, we had to go this way now. Asap we will get in touch with you to clear up the final settings and start planning 2021 soon.”

HerrSchneider is not resting, he is already planning some workshops online in the days where SUPERBOOTH20 could have happened once the situation will allow that, definitely without any audience.

And there are more news by HerrSchneider: “Starting now SchneidersLaden will be closed for visitors, cause who needs modulars? We will go ahead online, will help you on the phone and will deliver as long as stock lasts and as long as the Paketfritzen will ship it to you, who knows whats next?”

We are already looking forward to 2021 when we can all meet again at the worlds biggest synthesizer event – Superbooth Berlin.

This was the original SUPERBOOTH20 announcement:

SUPERBOOTH20 will show all the latest developments in the fields of electronic musical instruments, synthesizers, audio effects, drum computers, music software and all sorts of bizarre and innovative products from April 23-25. About two hundred exhibitors from all over the world will bring the latest developments for the production of electronic music to Berlin.

Most of the exhibitors of the last few years are also represented at the fair this year, the list ranges from Ableton to Zoom, from small to large and from analog to digital. Visitors can also look forward to seeing new faces. Among the newcomers are Noise Engineering and Supercritical Synthesizers from the modular synthesizer segment, Chase Bliss from the guitar effects segment and Bettermaker from the outboard segment and many more. For the exhibitor area additional space has been rented in the FEZ Berlin. A daily updated list of exhibitors can be found here. There are also new event areas in the outdoor area, especially for not-for-sale electronic musical instruments and installations – curated by Adam Chalk from the Galerie GH36 in Berlin Mitte.

Program

You can already get an impression of the final concert program by looking at the artists who have already been confirmed. Four large stages offer an exciting mixture of the whole range of electronic music until late in the evening. A special experience is provided by the seaside stage, which will be equipped with a 3D sound system from NewAudioTechnology this year. One of the best theremin players in the world – Carolina Eyck – will be demonstrating her skills on it.

  • The first day promises to be a great experience already – with an experimental set by Headless Horseman, followed by the concert of the British EBM band Nitzer Ebb on the seaside stage.  At the end of the day Techno veteran Surgeon will play in the big K1. Also already confirmed is a performance by Emika – she combines her skills as sound designer, classically trained composer and versatile singer and songwriter.
  • On Friday the seaside stage will be very lively with T.Raumschmiere & FuCKetYbUcKetY. Also on the seaside stage Cosmin TRG shows his skills. Besides further concerts of Nguyễn + Transitory and Kamikaze Space Programme Bernard Rasinger shows an extraordinary laser performance – controlled by his modular system.
  • On Saturday, MATTHS will play (slightly) quieter tunes on the seaside stage, before Lady Starlight performs uncompromising techno. Not to be missed is the A/V show of hackedepicciotto with Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) & Danielle de Picciotto and the concerts of Swarm Intelligence and Kitmun.

This is just a small selection of this year’s concerts at SUPERBOOTH20. On the official homepage new names and times are added constantly, you can find them here.

Education Program

The Education area offers a varied program that brings several school classes and other interested participants closer to the world of electronic sound production and composition. This area is supported by the Miller-Zillmer Foundation.

Gammons Modular Synthesizer Ensemble introduces students to the topic with a dozen smaller modular systems. Together they develop a composition that the school classes perform daily between 1:30 and 2:00 pm in the auditorium. In addition, Leaf Audio offer a workshop on soldering the Microphonic Soundbox. The team of Selbstgebaute Musik invites for a workshop with the Instrumentenautomatenorchester. And the organizers are also pleased to announce the cooperation with the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, who will offer the workshop Creative Sound Safari.

Boat shuttle

The boat shuttles take the passengers to the FEZ in the morning and back to Berlin Mitte in the evening after the event. But by leaving SUPERBOOTH20 the music doesn’t have to stop yet – for the return trips to Berlin Mitte there are concerts and DJ sets on some of the boat shuttles. In order to experience these exclusive events on the river Spree, it is recommended to book your ticket online in time.

The return trips end near the Jannowitzbrücke. From there it is only a few minutes’ walk to the nearby official SUPERBOOTH20 parties at OHM, Melancholie 2 or C-Base.


SUPERBOOTH20 now has its own online shop: In addition to the intended significant simplification in purchasing additional trade fair services, there are already some of the popular T-shirts and other merchandise available: shop.superbooth.com

Pictures from last year’s event can be found here: SUPERBOOTH19

A large part of the video documentation of our concerts and events from previous years can be found here: Vimeo or Youtube.

Livewire AFG’s and Frequensteiner are back

It’s been a while since you could buy a new Audio Frequency Generator by Livewire from a shop – two or three years ago there were a few on the market – since then (and long time before that) you had to be (very) lucky to find one on the used market. Now it is back! Preorder yours here.

The Audio Frequency Generator (AFG) is one of the most comprehensive VCOs in Eurorack format. It is a massive VCO with interesting features like the complex “harmonic animation” section. It provides an enormous variety of waveforms and timbres and allows extensive modulations. And it is designed with expandability in mind – there will be modules which are intended to further expand upon the AFGs sound shaping capabilities!

And more good news: Also the Livewire Frequensteiner will be re-stocked. HerrSchneiders favorite filter is still one of the best filters for that classic acid sounds and it offers one of the nicest band-pass modes on the market. Get yours here!

Workshops: Video Synthesis with VanTa // Modular Beginner Workshop next Thursday

The next workshops at SchneidersLaden will take place next Thursday – March 12th:

  • Modular Beginner Workshop / 6pm -> more info here
  • VanTa – workshop on Video Synthesis / 7:30pm

The 12th of March is reserved for visual artist VanTa. He will show you what he uses to generate graphical extravaganza with modular synthesizers. The focus will be on video synthesizers including modules by LZX Industries that allow your modular synthesizer to generate and process video signals.

In this workshop, we will learn the basics of modular video.
Starting with the characteristics of the composite video signal.
A compendium of available system will follow.
Later we will explore different techniques to create audio reactive visuals with eurorack modules.

Here is a little example of VanTas’ work:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5kCezpoUh2/

See and hear for yourself during the workshop at SchneidersLaden.

Thursday // March 12th // 7:30pm // @SchneidersLaden

Participation is free / No registration required

The Modular Beginner Workshop, it is also free of charge and you learn about the basics of synthesis and all you need to know to start with modulars. Find out more here.

MODULAR BEGINNER WORKSHOP – every Thursday at 6pm

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]Hello modular newbies! SchneidersLaden is holding a Modular Beginner Workshop every Thursday at 6pm – participation is free! Here is what you can expect:
“Our goal is that you can confidently make your own first patch afterwards and have a good time and also meet like-minded people! Although we are nerds we won’t get too technical. Along the way we will show you basic patch techniques, the workings of our showroom, as well as tell you some stories about the history of (modular) synths and the ever evolving Eurocrack scene.
Feel free to come by even if you do not want to participate in the workshop, as the showroom will be open longer on Thursdays and you can get drinks at the bar. Not only when starting out with modular synthesizers this is a nice occasion to get some advice by us or other experienced guests, or share your knowledge with us! Try out some patches and have a drink or two. See you soon! Every Thursday at 6pm at the SchneidersLaden Showroom for a workshop – or every weekday between noon – 7pm.”

The weekly workshops at SchneidersLaden are suitable for musicians, artists and everyone interested in the generation of electronic sounds.

No knowledge required – the workshops are free of charge and open to everyone interested. The idea behind these workshops is to cover basic technical concepts – needed to understand the workings of modular synthesizers and synthesis in general and to enable the participants to make their first own patch and start creating electronic music. The modular synthesizer scene is a vibrant, supportive and creative space where new forms of art are experienced and boundaries of electronic music have been pushed. This new (old) way of creating electronic sounds had to be learned and artists around the globe have shown that it is possible to create a global community that shares ideas, skills and knowledge without focusing on profit. Small centers of encounter and exchange, such as SchneidersLaden in Berlin, played a significant role in this development. Every week Modular Beginner Workshops are held here. The workshops offer the opportunity to overcome the first obstacles on the way to understanding this extraordinary instrument. At the same time, the place offers the possibility of exchange, getting to know each other and making music together.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column] [/et_pb_row] [/et_pb_section]

Genki Instruments Workshop Thursday at SchneidersLaden

The next workshop at SchneidersLaden will take place next Thursday – March 5th / 7:30pm – SchneidersLaden is happy to welcome Genki Instruments for this event.

The Wave can be used as a gestural controller ring that allows you to easily control sound, shape effects and send commands with the motion of your hands. It offers six functions that can be used individually or combined in any way you like: Tilt, Pan, Roll, Vibrato, Tap, Click.

You can use Wave with Softwave, a software layer that allows users to intuitively map movements to MIDI messages or host AU/VST3 plugins. Wave also works as a stand alone MIDI controller that connects to your DAW. Each function can be mapped to control different parameters directly.

The Wavefront module is a Eurorack receiver module for Wave that allows the ring to connect to modular synthesizers. With Wavefront you can completely bypass the computer and bring unprecedented sound control, effect shaping and manipulation to modular setups.

In this workshop the makers of Wave and Wavefront will present what is possible with this unique interface for gestural control.

Here is a little example of the Genki Wave & Wavefront in action:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5sKsPhBp2_/

See and hear for yourself during the workshop at SchneidersLaden.

Thursday // March 5th // 7:30pm // @SchneidersLaden

Participation is free / No registration required

A little earlier (at 6pm) SchneidersLaden offers another workshop on Thursday: The Modular Beginner Workshop, it is also free of charge and you learn about the basics of synthesis and all you need to know about modulars. Find out more here.



New workshop series at SchneidersLaden in February and March!

On February 13th SchneidersLaden begins a new workshop series that will run until the end of March. Exciting guests are announced, such as IO Instruments from Berlin, who will open the event series. IO Instruments are a new modular maker with a couple of interesting and affordable new designs, some of them already available.

A week later – February 20th – Jörg Schaaf aka Radikal Technologies will be in Berlin to talk about (and show) his latest synthesizer designs like the Delta Cep A. He is responsible for some modern classic synth designs from Germany – like the Spectralis and Accelerator.

The last workshop in February – on the 27th – is reserved for Frap Tools, who presented their Fumana Filterbank at SchneidersLaden in March 2018. Now, about two years later, they are back with the USTA Sequencer and might also present the resent prototype of Brenso – fingers crossed.

The first workshop in March will be held by Genki Instruments from Iceland – on March 5th! This innovative manufacturer has brought us the Wave and a dedicated eurorack module Wavefront. The combination is an easy and reliable gestural contoller for everyone who is interested in wireless control of his or her synthesizers! This should be an interesting evening!

The 12th of March is reserved for visual artist VanTa. He will show you what he uses to generate graphical extravaganza with modular synthesizers. The focus will be on video synthesizers including modules by LZX Industries that allow your modular synthesizer to generate and process video signals.

March 19th: Michael Menze and 1010 Music will be presenting their eco-system of modules for sound generation, sequencing, effects and sampling.

March 26th: The last event of this workshop series will be by ACL from Berlin. Their Sinfonion module gained a lot of attention and might be the perfect tool to keep larger modular systems in tune. Learn more about this and other amazing modules by ACL in this workshop.


All workshops start at 7:30pm – right after the Modular Beginner Workshop that is on schedule every Thursday at 6pm. Learn more about the modular Beginner Workshop here.

To celebrate the announcement of the next workshop series, SchneidersLaden is releasing the Ableton CV Tools workshop video today. Enjoy!

Superbooth statement on Corona

Here is the official statement by Superbooth Berlin GmbH about the current situation regarding the Coronavirus:

Due to the current situation in the world regarding the Coronavirus, we were asked to state our point of view about this topic. With SUPERBOOTH20 starting in about 8 weeks from now, we prefer to rely on facts rather than speculations about the future.

Please check Robert Koch Institute in Berlin for further information (German/English):
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/nCoV.html

Without any carelessness about health or risks, we basically are very careful with the daily news spreading and panic producing sensational reports.

We are observing the development, but can not say how the situation will change in the coming weeks. If we have the impression that we should act in any way, we will do so. By now we can only say, the situation in Berlin is safe and we do not want to be part of any speculations.

As long as there is no official ban by the authorities, we have decided to keep on working on the finalization of this year’s Superbooth.

Relax and make music! See you at SUPERBOOTH20!

This seems to be the way to go – why lapse into actionism now? The the situation will change during the coming weeks. Lets focus on a new and exciting edition of Superbooth Berlin! The program looks even more promising than in the years before! See yout FEZ Berlin from 23.-25. of April!

Please note: Frap Tools USTA Workshop has been cancelled

The Frap Tools USTA Workshop that has been scheduled for tonight sadly has been cancelled for health problems. The decision was not taken lightly. We wish Sacha a good recovery and will try to find a replacement date for the event.

The next workshop at SchneidersLaden will take place next Thursday – SchneidersLaden is happy to welcome Genki Instruments for this event.

Here is the original announcement:

The last workshop date in February is reserved for Frap Tools, who presented their Fumana Filterbank at SchneidersLaden in March 2018. Now, about two years later, they are back with the USTA Sequencer. Sacha Ketterlin will play a short concert centered around the mighty new sequencer by Frap Tools and will talk you through their latest module.

Here is a little example of the USTA sequencing by Sacha Kettelin:

See and hear for yourself during the workshop at SchneidersLaden.

Thursday // 27th of February // Start: 7:30pm @SchneidersLaden

Participation is free / No registration required

A little earlier (at 6pm) SchneidersLaden offers another workshop on Thursday: The Modular Beginner Workshop, it is also free of charge and you learn about the basics of synthesis and all you need to know about modulars. Find out more here.

Radikal Technologies Workshop at SchneidersLaden

Jörg Schaaf aka Radikal Technologies will be in Berlin to talk about (and show) his latest synthesizer designs like the Delta Cep A. He is responsible for some modern classic synth designs from Germany – like the Spectralis and Accelerator. In the past years he mainly developed eurorack modules like the RT-311 Swarm Oscillator, RT-451 Dual Filter, RT-1701 Effexx or the semi-modular synthesizer Delta Cep A. His complex designs always bring a lot of functionality to the table and they can sound amazing.

See and hear for yourself during the workshop at SchneidersLaden.

Start: 7:30pm @SchneidersLaden

Participation is free / No registration required

Moog Modular 5U Workshop Thursday 6pm @SchneidersLaden

On February 6th a very special introductory workshop about modular synthesizers will take place in SchneidersLaden. Moog has been exhibiting their original 5U module at SchneidersLaden for a few weeks now – time to take a closer look at this special instrument – together with the experts from Moog. During the workshop you’ll learn about patching one of the great-grandfathers of what we all use and call synthesizers today.

Participation is free, just come by and join the workshop. Start: 6pm at SchneidersLaden, Kottbusser Tor, Berlin.

  • This workshop is replacing our weekly Modular Synthesizer Beginner Workshop on the 6th of February. If you are intersted in an introduction to modular synthesis, this workshop can also be interesting to you, but the regular Modular Beginner Workshop will be back on February 12th at 6pm.

Update: NAMM 2020 News! Brenso, A-174-4, Dynamics 2806 and more

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The new year is just about two weeks old and we can already be sure to see some exciting new electronic instruments soon – actually we already saw some amazing new tools that leaked already. For the NAMM Show in Anheim, California we have heard about news from Frap Tools, Doepfer, Frap Audio, Kenton, Verbos Electronics and Vermona. They all will show products not yet mentioned, but there will also be already announced new products from Haken Audio, Analogue Systems, Buchla, Cwejman, Endorphin.es, E-RM, Flame and UDO Audio – all available for you to try out in Anaheim, CA..

Find some familiar faces by SchneidersLaden and Alex4, who brought well mixed and seasoned systems filled with modules by the brands they represent. You will find them at their excellent booth 10302 (Hall A).

The following brands will be there in person: Buchla, Doepfer, Endorphin.es, Haken Audio, Kenton, Frap Tools, Frap Audio, UDO Audio, Verbos Electronics, Vermona, but there will also be thematic stations with new modules on polyphony (Humble Audio, E-RM, Supercritical Synthesizers) and distortion (Animal Factory and TouellSkouarn) and generally again a (mainly) modular playground for the visitors of the NAMM Show.

 

 

 Doepfer introduced four new modules: the A-174-4, a new joystick module with innovative functions, the A-183-4, a quad level converter, the A-130-8, an eightfold linear VCA / VC mixer, and the A-133-2, the slim version of the A-133 Dual VC Polarizer with some improvements and additions. 

 

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Also already announced is the new complex oscillator by Frap Tools – Brenso. It is what you would expect …and much more. Two thru-zero oscillators, a waveshaper, two wavefoldes a PWM circuit. It offers linear and exponential FM, complex modulation busses and an analog circuit that, when excited by an external trig it opens the wavefolder above its maximum level and then closes it down with a non-linear slope, whose length can be manually regulated. This solution can generate percussive tones with a very organic decay.

 

And there is not only Frap Tools anymore – but also its twin, Frap Audio. Frap Audio is developing high quality audio products not for eurorack but for the 500 series format! Their first product is the exceptional DYNAMICS 2806 that you can see in the picture above.

The details of the new Verbos Electronics products will be gladly repeated for you: besides a compact 42HP case for the Mini Horse module, there will be a set of dummy plates (consisting of 1HP, 2HP, 2HP with logo and a 4HP dummy plate), the Foundation Oscillator (12HP), a Noise & Filter module in 4HP and a revised version of the Amp & Tone (10HP, the filter is now transistor based).

UPDATE:

NAMM brought us one great new announcement from Animal Factory Amplification – Orobas, a dual vacuum tube VCA/saturator! This will be released as a limited edition – better be fast! 

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UPDATE 2:

Modal surprised with two new models of the still very new Modal Argon8. Now there are a desktop/rack module, a 61 Keys version and the original version with 37 keys, velocity and aftertouch.

 

 

All Argon8‘s are polyphonic wavetable synthesizer. The instrument’s eight voices each offer four oscillators with a rich wavetable repertoire and a morphing filter. There are three effect blocks for sound refinement. A total of eleven modulation sources, including two LFOs, three envelopes and a joystick that can be assigned to different destinations using a mod matrix. All in all a very complete concept with great looks and feels.

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SUPERBOOTH20 – first artist announcement and Early-Bird sale!


Superbooth Berlin announces the first artists for SUPERBOOTH20 shortly before the end of the year. In addition, details of the further supporting and educational program, the boat shuttles and the official Aftershow events have been determined. And: There will still be a limited number of Early-Bird tickets until the end of the year!

  • The musical program of SUPERBOOTH20 is inspired by the music Berlin is famous for all over the world: Surgeon, Lady Starlight, Cosmin TRG, Pablo Mateo and Zavoloka perform live techno and electronic music at its best. Further top-class artists will be announced in spring 2020.
  • In the Bermuda Triangle between OHM, Discothek Melancholie 2 and C-Base, near the historic harbor, the official SUPERBOOTH20 Aftershow Events will take place – which can be reached perfectly during the event days with the soon bookable boat shuttles.
  • In the coming year, too, educating the next generation will be right at the top of SUPERBOOTH20’s list of priorities. More workshops will be offered for Berlin school classes. Besides Gammon and his Modular Synthesizer Ensemble, there will be DIY workshops for children and teenagers with Olivier von Leaf Audio in the morning.
  • Two little hints:
    • Until the end of the year the current Early-Bird discount level applies to all tickets for SUPERBOOTH20.
    • SUPERBOOTH20 now has its own online shop: In addition to the intended significant simplification in purchasing additional trade fair services, there are already some of the popular T-shirts and other merchandise available: shop.superbooth.com



SchneidersLaden opens on December 23, 27 and 30!

SchneidersLaden will be open on December 23./27./30. – and will be back on January 6th, due to the necessary inventory.

Here are some more updates about Berlins biggest synthesizer Fachgeschäft:

The newly arranged showroom not only will have a permanent installation by Dadmachines, but also feature an original Moog Modular! In times of clone wars there has to be one small village (of indomitable Gauls) that still holds out against… forgot what I wanted to say…

…anyway: In case you didn’t notice, there are a lot of very nice sale items up on the SchneidersLaden website – find them here.

Back to the showroom: There is a new installation by Dadamachines in one of the showrooms. Play the musical ceiling!

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And more great news? Yes:

Superbooth Berlin announces the first artists for SUPERBOOTH20 shortly before the end of the year. In addition, details of the further supporting and educational program, the boat shuttles and the official Aftershow events have been determined. And: There will still be a limited number of Early-Bird tickets until the end of the year!

  • The musical program of SUPERBOOTH20 is inspired by the music Berlin is famous for all over the world: Surgeon, Lady Starlight, Cosmin TRG, Pablo Mateo and Zavoloka perform live techno and electronic music at its best. Further top-class artists will be announced in spring 2020.
  • In the Bermuda Triangle between OHM, Discothek Melancholie 2 and C-Base, near the historic harbor, the official SUPERBOOTH20 Aftershow Events will take place – which can be reached perfectly during the event days with the soon bookable boat shuttles.
  • In the coming year, too, educating the next generation will be right at the top of SUPERBOOTH20’s list of priorities. More workshops will be offered for Berlin school classes. Besides Gammon and his Modular Synthesizer Ensemble, there will be DIY workshops for children and teenagers with Olivier von Leaf Audio in the morning.
  • Two little hints:
    • Until the end of the year the current Early-Bird discount level applies to all tickets for SUPERBOOTH20.
    • SUPERBOOTH20 now has its own online shop: In addition to the intended significant simplification in purchasing additional trade fair services, there are already some of the popular T-shirts and other merchandise available: shop.superbooth.com

ABOUT STROMKULT


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.

Herr Schneider started in 1999 with SCHNEIDERSBUERO as a sales and marketing platform for the smallest manufacturers and inventors of electronic musical instruments. Products were shown online, in our showrooms and at the original SUPERBOOTH – workshops and countless reviews have been featured in magazines all over Europe.

These very special instruments and tools are now often available from specialist dealers all over Europe and can be purchased directly from our webshop SCHNEIDERSLADEN worldwide.