Author: Timm

SchneidersLaden Showroom opening again!

SchneidersLaden opens the showroom again. By booking an appointment you can finally visit SchneidersLaden at Kotti again. Booking an appointment not only ensures that only a few people are in the store at the same time, but also that the staff has time for your questions.  That’s the short version, for more passionate words, here is what HerrSchneider has announced:

My beloved specialty store will now reopen again for our beloved customers after this long abstinence, of course, but we still have some work to do: The habit of being “among ourselves” for more than a year has turned the showroom into a popular playroom for staff and family, where we would now like to welcome you back. At the moment we are still busy to reconnect all cables and power supplies, to combine the modules lying around into meaningful systems, to clean the counter again and to refill the coffee. At the latest from next Monday, June 21st – beginning of summer – we will be back for you:

In the showroom at the Kotti above the REWE we ask from now on for appointments, so that we have time for your questions, there we advise gladly, test, show and help with all questions about the products, here is also our workshop for returns or repairs, but we explicitly ask for prior appointment requests.

Our warehouse is located at Ritterstraße 3, where we are happy to receive reserved pick-ups every day from 2 p.m., this option is then also activated in the online store. If it should be something small spontaneously, we will also make this possible, but we can only accept payment by card there. We would like to avoid technical discussions here and unfortunately have to prevent this for the benefit of other waiting customers, we hope for your understanding. Unfortunately, we do not sell cash here either, our cash desk will remain at Kottbusser Tor until further notice. For the year 2022 we plan to merge the two locations, then everything will certainly be much easier and much more convenient, we are looking forward to it.

So, this is your way to SchneidersLaden Showroom and your pre-orders:

  • Showroom visits only by appointment via e-mail / phone
  • Pickup of pre-ordered goods on weekdays 2 to 6 pm at Ritterstr. 3, 10969 Berlin (card payment only)

SUPERBOOTH21 – TICKET SALES BEGIN ON MONDAY

This Monday – The presale for SUPERBOOTH21 starts! On June 14, a first limited contingent of day tickets will go on sale – the validity of the tickets is linked to a negative Covid-19 test, a complete vaccination or a proven recovery at the time of the event.

Tickets for the special events will go on sale starting July 15, including the DIY workshops, Gesprächskonzerte (lecture concerts) and boat shuttle. These tickets are only valid in conjunction with any day ticket. Then in August there will be another limited contingent of day tickets, of course at the same price.

Due to the official requirements, all ticket contingents are of course limited. All one-day tickets allow all-day access to the outdoor areas. In order to be able to guarantee the required distances between visitors, access to the indoor area of the FEZ Berlin will take place in a two-shift system, either in the morning or in the afternoon. There will be fewer booths inside than during past events – a total of about 150 international exhibitors can be expected.

This year, the fairground offers a significantly expanded outdoor area, with additional tents in the forest, the Hüttendorf, the Fuchsbau, installations and new stages at the playground and Finnhütten. This turns a visit to SUPERBOOTH21 into a small adventure tour that not only sets new accents acoustically, but also as a hybrid between trade fair and festival.
The indoor area offers the advantage of largely non-obstructed architecture
for the first time, because the foyer and the corridors remain free of exhibition stands. Visitors to SUPERBOOTH21 will be guided through the wide corridors of FEZ Berlin by a safe one-way system. In combination with the large outdoor area, this enables a safe event under current conditions.

Get your SUPERBOOTH21 tickets here!

Picture: © Udo Siegfriedt / www.media-loca.com

Tube and Germanium VCAs by L-1

Here we have a look at both tube VCAs and the Germanium VCA by L-1. This is a side-by-side comparison where all three modules receive the same signal and we are playing around with the settings. Don’t expect anything too musical in this video, this time its all about showing the different character of these modules, while they perform the same task.

All three VCAs are capable of extreme sounds, which is not surprising when you read the labels of the input attenuators – Drive and Feedback.

The L-1 range seems to have a good balance – with clean VCAs and mixers on one side and the dirt specialist VCAs that we hear in this comparison.

Thursday sooperRADIO #3 with Andreas Schneider

It’s already time for the third episode of sooperRADIO! The radio show of the Superbooth Berlin team goes into its third broadcast on Thursday at 5pm. This time host Andre Kaufmann will talk with Andreas Schneider about everything related to synthesizers and of course about this year’s SUPERBBOTH21! Probably they will talk in German most of the time, keep that in mind, but anyway -> tune in!

You can listen to the show on 88.4 MHz in Berlin, 90.7 MHz in Potsdam or via the Livestream at Pi Radio.

If you have missed the first two episodes, you can find them here.

SSF & BII – Triptych

SSF have teamed up with BII (Boys Noize & Baseck) to create Triptych an analog effect module consisting of two distortion circuits, a multimode filter and a BBD circuit with short delay times for flanger and Karplus Strong type effects.


The flexible routing makes this module even more versatile. The order of distortion and BBD can be swapped at the touch of a button. The filter can be switched after or before these two elements. Additionally, the filter can be cycled from low-pass to high-pass mode – even by CV and gate. For a different type of timbre, the feedback of the BBD circuit can be inverted.


SSF, Boys Noize and Baseck – that sounds like a dream team for the development of a module! And it turned out great. Triptych is – as expected – very musical, playable and extreme. Of course, it also brings with it SSF’s typically high build quality. A solid module that will spice up any of your rather boring sound sources.

The video was fun to record, because te module turns anything into a massive thing of sonic expression. Get yours here.

4ms – Ensemble Oscillator & Random*Source Haible Tau Phaser

The Ensemble Oscillator by 4ms is a unified polyphonic voice of sixteen complex oscillators that combines additive, FM, phase distortion and wavefolding synthesis techniques in new, unorthodox ways. Being polyphonic here doesn’t mean you can play all 16 oscillators directly. They share a single CV input, but you can very easily and quickly create your own scales to shape the chord the way you want it.


What really makes the Ensemble Oscillator special, however, is the sheer endless sonic possibilities offered by the Twist, Warp and Cross FM parameters. From sharp and cutting to wobbly and warm sounds, it’s just a few twists on these three parameters. Although they are very complex operations, you never feel lost and wish for a reset button – quite the opposite, the work with the Ensemble Oscillator always feels simple and encourages you to explore areas you never even thought of before.


The Eurorack version of Jürgen Haible’s legendary interpretation of the ultra rare Tau “The Pipe” Flanger from the 70s is a great analog effects unit that really breathes life into any sound. Random*Source’s 18-pole phaser produces a powerful and unique phaser sound. It likes complex signals, like pads or FM sounds, but can also be pinged very well, for special percussive sounds – some of them at the end of this video.

STG Soundlabs – a full voice in eurorack format

Some of the STG Soundlabs modules can be considered modern classics, and with some new circuitry, STG Soundlabs aka Suit and Tie Guy offers enough modules to compose unique and high-quality complete voices/systems. For this video we explored a powerful STG Soundlabs system that is very ergonomic and beautiful to look at, with its spacious design and  great choice of knobs. And how does it sound? We like it!

Here are some words about each module used in the video:

.VCO – This oscillator features a sawtooth, triangle, and sub octave square wave output, and an integrated drift generator. This VCO’s tuning system is unique in modular synthesis. There are three controls: Range, Semitone, and Detune. Range and Semitone are stepped controls on potentiometers. The Range knob allows you to select different octaves as audio oscillator or low frequency oscillator. Wide mode allows you to sweep through 5 octaves with the Detune knob. The Semitone knob is configured to step through the semitones, with twice the rotational degree for the root, fifth and octave – very handy.

The Envelope Generator is a pretty complex module with three different envelope models – a Moog 911 style ADSR, EMS style Trapezoid Generator and the unique Pyramid Blaster. It always gives you two types of envelopes at the same time on the A & B outputs, every stage is voltage controllable and so on. This is one of those modules that has a lot more to offer than you might initially expect.

STG’s Wave Folder module is a smooth and rich sounding wavefolder based on diodes. The module is extremely pleasant to use, because it is very difficult to find unpleasant settings. Throw anything at it and it will enrich the sound.

.MIX is a three-channel mixer module – parts of its circuitry come from the good old Moog CP3. Audio signals can be distorted easily and beautifully. The module is well suited for audio signals but also CVs can be mixed with it. The output attenuator is bi-polar.

Sea Devils Filter – Replica of a 3-pole diode lowpass filter from a British suitcase synthesizer. This tasty diode filter has a filter slope of 18dB and in addition to CV inputs for controlling the Cutoff frequency it also offers voltage control of the resonance.

Post Lawsuit LPF – Excellent sounding reproduction of the low pass filter known from the later models of the ARP 2600. It´s not the Moog cascade filter ARP used first but their own design. A very rich sounding VCF.

.VCA – Dual linear VCA with settable AC / DC coupling per channel. Each of both linear VCAs has one signal input, one signal output and one CV input.

.SHN – A Sample and Hold circuit and an analog noise generator with white and pink noise in one narrow module. The white noise is normalized to the control input of the S&H, this normalization can be deactivated by inserting an external sample signal into the control jack.

.BAM – This handy module contains a bipolar attenuator and an active multiple. Thanks to a normalization, both modules can be conveniently used together.

Pinged VCF Q through STG Wave Folder

It is well known that the Variable Q VCF from Serge Random*Source is one of the best filters to ping. Not only the good reputation speaks for this, but also the dedicated “ping” input of the filter and the precise 1v/oct tracking. Trigger (or similar) in, beautiful sounds out, so simple, so good. One thing remains unchanged – what comes out of the filter is inevitably a sine wave. To increase the sonic variety, it is worth looking for suitable wavefolders and the like.

Within the Serge Random*Source cosmos there is already some choice, especially the middle section of the Wave Multiplier is an excellent choice. While searching for a suitable module from another manufacturer, the Wave Folder from STG Soundlabs came to our mind. This one stands out for its excellent sound – always noble and never too aggressive. Just made for pinged filters! With a bit of modulation on filter frequency and the gain stage of the Wave Folder, you can create a wonderfully lively sound. Listen for yourself:

A look at the Eowave Weather Drones eurorack module

Today we look at Weather Drones by Eowave, a fully featured synth voice with a triangle based oscillator including a waveshaper and a spread option for generating up to 8-triangle waves at the same time. Then you get a simple envelope and LFO, a lowpass filter and a sample and hold / noise section. Most parts can be used independently, but together they give you a sonically rich synthesizer with lots of character for a very fair price.

We think Weather Drones is a very good option as an additional complete voice for your existing system, a voice that has a sound of its own, good for experimental sounds, techno and sound design.

In this video you will here this interesting module in different musical contexts to get an idea about the sonic possibilities this Weather Drones brings to the table. Again: this no video manual, just a quick look at what to expect from this synthesizer.   

Buchla – Easel Command

The Buchla Easel Command is a result of the further development of the legendary analog synthesizer Music Easel by Don Buchla from 1973, which in addition to the synthesizer module also consists of a controller/keyboard module – both built into a suitcase. While the Music Easel also continues to be built, the Easel Command is the revised version of the 208C in a stand-alone desktop form with MIDI, USB and CV control. This updated version now features a MIDI input, can be equipped with a USB host port, has a 1V/Oct and Gate input, and generally presents itself in a way that makes it easy to integrate into any studio or live environment. It’s never been easier to own a Buchla and integrate it into your personal workflow.

Although it can be described as a mono synthesizer, it’s much more than that, it includes a limited but matching sequencer that invites you to experiment, as well as a real spring reverb, and truly feels like an instrument that can keep delivering new sounds and generally invites you to play. It’s hard to describe, but the device quickly draws you in, simply because it sounds exceptional and offers a well-developed workflow. Without further words, enjoy the video.

And for more information about the Music Easel, please have a look at the SchneidersLaden Workshop videos (in german) with Jessica Kert and Carsten Rochow, who share their experiences and enthusiasm about this instrument.

Some minutes with the RYK – M185 Sequencer

The RYK M185 Sequencer rethinks the concept of 8-step sequencers by adding different options for how every single stage behaves – it can be handled to program ratcheting, short or long gates, pauses or repeats and the like. So, allowing each step to be repeated by up to 8 times and additionally defining how this repetition will be executed, really opened up the initial concept of a simple 8-step sequencer. Each step can perform 8 unique gate modes for creative rhythmic possibilities: off, one gate on first repetition, gate on every second/third/forth repetition, probability, tied gate. If you set the sequence length to 16 or 32 for example, you can fill these steps with unique patterns in no time.

With the addition of A/B split mode for two separate sequences and implementing MIDI I/O the concept of this sequencer was taken even further. Especially its MIDI capabilities qualify this module to be used with all kinds of synthesizers in your studio, not only your modular.


This video shows you example sequences made with the M185 and some parts show you the process of programming simple to complex sequences. This is a very hands-on module with great potential for creating new ideas quickly and it seems to be ideal for live performances with a tendency to improvisation. Get yours here.

A look at the System80 – 860 Mk2

The 860 Mk2 is the successor of the widely respected first recreation of the Jupiter-6 filter by System80 that was named Jove. It offers the same sound and some updated functions compared to the original Jove filter, which is no longer available. The filter brings a lot to the table, is only 10hp wide and can be operated in four modes: 24 dB lowpass, 12 dB lowpass, bandpass, highpass. There are two inputs each for audio and CV and another CV input for controlling the resonance– and the build quality is excellent.

The sound and behavior of the filter is very “Roland” – it feels home in more aggressive lead sounds and the resonance is really wonderful, yet the sound loses a little power in the low-end with more resonance. This is by no means a bad thing; in fact, it can be seen as a very musical behavior – plus, the resonance really blends in nicely with the original signal. And have you heard the highpass filter setting? One of the absolute strengths of this filter!

sooperRADIO #2 going live 5pm this Thursday

The Superbooth team is back with a new episode of their sooperRADIO show, after an eight-week wait. It is and remains electronic, with talks about modular systhesizers, a technical look at reverb simulation and two very likable studio guests: JakoJako and Sam Barker, with their very own approaches to making music – which we of course want to listen to again.

Plus two news about the synthesizer fair, with Mareen and André in the studio. They’ll let you know about the latest developments in the planning of this years Superbooth show – September 15-18th.

Via this link you can find the first episode, in case you missed it, or want to listen again – sooperRADIO episode 1.

And here is the direct link to the radio show for Thursday – Radio Woltersdorf.

New Systems Instruments – Harmonic Shift Oscillator

New Systems Instruments present a versatile VCO with simple interface and huge sonic capabilities – the Harmonic Shift Oscillator. In this video we are going to have a closer look at this interesting new module. It seemed to be specifically useful for percussive and drone sounds. Percussive sounds profit from the flexibility of the harmonic content, drones profit from the second audio output, which gives the sound a great depth. But first things first, here are some more words about the module.

The Harmonic Shift Oscillator is a fully analog oscillator with precise control of harmonic components and two 90-degree phase shifted outputs for stereo effects. It allows separate control of pitch, amplitude and stride (interval between harmonics) via CV or manually. This allows you to create very complex waveforms that can sound both harmonic and dissonant. When the level parameter is set to a high value, HSO starts to distort wonderfully. With the second output phase shifted by 90 degrees, very broad and animated drones can be created in no time. It is also highly recommended to use the second output for feedback purposes.

This is no “video manual” just a simple incomplete overview. Check out the great manual for this module or go to the SchneidersLaden website for more information – schneidersladen.de

Metabolic Devices – Moonwalker

Moonwalker is a versatile and precise analog attack/decay generator that can act as a VCO, LFO or AD envelope and offers some special features. Basically it can be said that the two lower knobs control attack and decay parameters and the one with an orange background allows for an offset of the phase, which shows different effects at the different outputs. There are three switchable time ranges that cover everything from very slow modulations to well into the audio range. Besides the phase offset there is also a special feature that allows you to swap the times for the attack and decay phase at the push of a button! This becomes especially exciting when you combine it with the Cycle mode – here you get an unusual, exciting modulation source!


In this video we want to show the module briefly in action. We use it as an envelope, LFO with many external modulations and show it as an audio oscillator, with its special sound.

Flame – Chord Machine 2

Flame’s Chord Machine 2 comes equipped with a chord generator, an arpeggiator and a quantizer. The module generates tuned CV signals for up to five voices. You even don’t necessarily need an incoming CV to generate these output signals. You define a chord and an arpeggio based on internal note and tuning settings, these settings can be saved in lists that function as song lists or chord progressions, depending on how you use them. The arpeggiator output can alternatively be used as a very flexible quantizer. For a quantizer and chord generator module of this size it has a lot to offer. All in all, the module is very powerful, which also makes it complex – but it is worth taking the time exploring it!

The voices generated by the Chord Machine 2 can be spread over a range of eight octaves. 42 presets plus 16 user chords with up to four voices are available for musical experiments. Additionally, it is possible to choose between first, second and third inversion. All in all, musicians get access to 232 chords, which are playable within 54 preset and 15 user scales. Transpositions can be done via a CV input. The arpeggiator can run in several directions. The octave range is variable as well. Program and arpeggiator parameters are not only editable by hand, but can be modulated via a CV input as well. For synchronizing the module to other equipment, there is a clock input.

In this video we go through some of the settings that can be made. The module has more to offer, but the video should give a good idea about what to expect from the Chord Machine 2.

Arne Mannott: circus //with Gammon on his modular synthesizer

After more than 20 years of doing circus, artist Arne Mannott radically questions his practice and explores on a very personal level what this cut – and circus in general – means to him. Circus examines the artist’s relationship to his requisites and what happens when the old, very internalized language of movement, repeated thousands of times, can no longer be used as usual. What is the essence of circus when we eliminate the repetition of “memorized” tricks? At the same time, the question arises to what extent a recontextualization can overwrite existing (circus) clichés.

Together with Gammon, who performs on a modular synthesizer, they will go live on Youtube March 19th at 8pm. Gammon is well known from his participation at every years Superbooth, with his Modular Synthesizer Ensemble.

A live stream from the WUK Vienna / Großer SAAL
Friday, 19.3. / 8pm -> live on Youtube

Kick it like… 11 Bass Drums for eurorack

Here it is: The big bass drum module comparison – this one goes to eleven. In just under 20 minutes we play 11 bass drum modules, all with the same sequence, no frills. This is just about listening to all modules in the same setup to be able to compare them. Just what people do when they come to SchneidersLaden showroom to compare modules.


Deciding on a new module is often a lengthy process of weighing pros and cons, gathering opinions, and watching videos. There are product descriptions and feature lists, but ultimately it comes down to sound – does the sound of the module fit the aesthetic I want?


We put all the bass drum modules from our showroom into a rack – 102hp – to pit them against each other: Tiptop Audio – BD909 & BD808, Hexinverter – Mutant BD09 & Mutant Bassdrum, WMD – Crater, Noise Engineering – Basimilus Iteritas Alter, Erica Synths – Bass Drum, Jomox – ModBase 09 Mk II, 2hp – Kick, L.E.P. – Cassa, Befaco – Kickall.

They all have their own character, very different concepts and features. We are not interested in whether one module has three CV inputs more than another, but only in the basic sound – some of the presented modules are quite capable to function as a stand-alone synthesizer voice, but that’s not what we want to talk about here.

We hope the video can help you in your search for your next kick. At the beginning of the video there is a timeline to help you find your favorites.

Deckard’s Voice Module – Video walkthrough

The Deckard’s Voice Module by Black Corporation is a single voice from their Deckard’s Dream eight-voice poly synth. Based on the legendary Yamaha CS80 this module has a high density of functions to offer and a very characteristic sound. Even though it is a single voice it can create that dreamy cinematic sounds if you add the right amount of reverb.


The module features all you could wish for – VCO and noise, high-pass and low-pass filters, two envelopes, a modulation LFO with random and a VCA with velocity response. Additionally, most of the building blocks can be used on their own due to the many inputs and outputs.


All in all, a unique and versatile module that will give you lots of flexibility in the way it can be used in your system. And it sounds great.

New date for SUPERBOOTH21

The decision has been made. The new date for the Safety First Edition of SUPERBOOTH21 is set for this summer, from September 15 to 18, 2021.

“Even the greatest optimists must slowly acknowledge that the world will not be ready for larger, international gatherings in nine weeks now. That’s why we’ve decided to move SUPERBOOTH21 to September.”

HerrSchneider

But if in the summer, then with really much outside! The organizers of the trade fair do not want to miss out on the opportunities offered by moving the event to the warm season. Thus, additional places in the outdoor area of the FEZ Berlin were included in the planning of the event.

At the new locations, Fuchsbau, Hüttendorf and the small forest behind the seaside stage, there will be outdoor exhibitors for the first time. All stations are connected by short walks and each offer a varied program of concerts and presentations on smaller stages, so that you don’t have to miss the usual SUPERBOOTH festival feeling.

The open-air concept is intended to harmonize the usual relaxed atmosphere with the necessary safety measures in terms of distance and fresh air. For this purpose, half of the event space will be relocated to the spacious outdoor area. The exhibition areas inside the building will be reduced and thinned out in order to maintain the spatial distance between the participants and to avoid clusters of guests. Like the exhibition space, the guests will also be divided: For four hours each, in two groups of 500 people. This results in a moderate flow of visitors, who can experience the usual diverse selection of exhibitors in the reduced indoor area and then spend the rest of the day in the outdoor area, alternating with the second group.

In total, there are already several dozen confirmations from exhibitors who want to make their way to Berlin in September. Due to expected travel restrictions and existing planning obstacles, larger manufacturing teams directly postponed their participation to 2022. Likewise, it will not be possible for many overseas exhibitors to come to Berlin as early as the end of the summer. These will be offered alternative options for digital participation in the “Safety First Edition”.

Ticket pre-sales will not start before May, as the current development of the health situation will of course continue to be monitored. The actual realization of the event is directly linked to the start of ticket sales in order to avoid costly refund processes.

SOOPERgrail

The first edition of the new fair for the celebration of the art of guitar building will take place next year. Then numerous exhibitors will present instruments from the acoustic and electric range, for testing, experiencing and discussing.

The focus will be on the practical use of the presented instruments, the communicative get-together and the inspiring exchange between users and passionate manufacturers.

sooperRADIO

The first radio show of the Superbooth team from Feb. 11 is archived for listening on the new homepage sooperRADIO.com. Studio guest Thomas Kircher – from SchneidersLaden – explains how to work with a modular synthesizer and Sacha Ketterlin answers questions about his production techniques. Andreas Schneider talks about his motivation to host SUPEBROOBTH21 and SOOPERgrail.

The next sooperRADIO is dated 08. April 2021.

SooperRADIO live on air tomorrow!

SooperRADIO is a new program from the organizing team of Superbooth Berlin on Pi Radio – UKW 88,4 MHz (Berlin) und 90,7 MHz (Potsdam)Thursday 5-7pm. It is about electronic music in and from Berlin, the synthesizer as an instrument and performance device and its practical use.

The two hour radio show is hosted by Mareen and Andre, who welcome guest presenters as well as artists and consultant Thomas Kircher.

The first show:

In the first show Mareen and Andre talk about some basics of electronic music, its merits and the differentiation between subcultural and popular music. What is electronic music anyway and what can it do?

Two extremely likeable studio guests are also on board. One is the SchneidersLaden product expert Thomas Kircher, also an expert in electronic music and highly respected beyond the borders of Berlin. He will give us two practical examples of his work. The other guest is the experienced modular synthesizer artist and musician Sacha Ketterlin, who will talk about his experiences and working methods, and we will listen to some of his music.

SooperRADIO will explore many personal thoughts about electronic music, its effects, sounds and making music in its great variety. Supplemented with anecdotes, different perspectives and news about Superbooth Berlin’s attempt to make electronic music instruments and their potential and application understandable to a wide audience – all this is represented in a lovingly organized event called Superbooth.

So tune in with your old kitchen radio if you are in Berlin (UKW 88,4 MHz) or Potsdam (90,7 MHz), or find a live stream on the official Pi Radio website.

SUPERBOOTH pandemic fit (video)

Superbooth Berlin was one of the first teams that organized a virtual meeting on the web during the pandemic: The inventors of Berlin based „SUPERBOOTH“ synth show presented a „home edition“ in April 2020 already.

In this video Andre Kaufmann and Andreas Schneider (CEOs of Superbooth Berlin) sat down in SchneidersLaden to comment on their impressions of the latest and by far biggest virtual show – this years NAMM. Hear about their vision for a tradeshow in 2021 and their ideas for Superbooth that is supposed to happen in May.

While the original live stream didn’t get through to the NAMM website for some technical reasons, this is the spontaneous and improvised version of the planned event.

For NAMMs “Believe TV” Superbooth also made a nice video piece of about 30 minutes introducing a part of our community with three artists using modulars Sasha Ketterlin (FR), JakoJako (DE), Gammon (AT).

The full video called “Berlin, Vienna, Paris calling!” is still available on the NAMM site (registration needed) for a little while (before set public on media).

Apart from that our exhibiting friends, brands and partners offered more than ten more videos and movies around their products and visions, that you can find on the virtual stand, still public (for free) here.

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.

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