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 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.
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.
Verbos presented two new modules here at NAMM. And with both of them we really have to stress:
While at first glance – with all the uber-news surrounding NAMM – they might not be too spectacular they both definitely deserve a second look. And while they work of course especially well with Verbos modules and systems, they will also drastically improve the performance options of every other system!
The new Verbos module is a control voltage processor designed for live performance. It is composed of a slew limiter / envelope and two identical four channel CV and/or audio-mixers. The upper section is the slew limiter, which can also be triggered like a AD envelope. It features voltage controlled rise and fall time as well as adjustable slopes – independent of the time-base! And then there is a special function called „bounce”. It pushes the envelope to overshoot/speed up for a short amount of time and then fall back to “normal”. It is one of these features that you will not want to miss once you heard it in action.
The lower section houses the two mixers. Input 1 and 2 are attenuvertors, while Input 3 and 4 are accessed via a CV controllable DC-coupled crossfader. All inputs share one output which can also be offsetted by +/- 5v. Since you get two mixing sections (plus the slew limiter) really deep and complex functions can be accomplished. We imagine it to find a place next to your oscillators for morphing and blending CVs as well as oscillator waveshapes
The Mini Horse from Verbos is a multi-dimensional touch controller. Yes…also a keyboard. Per “key” you obtain a fixed voltage and via the associated knobs a tunable voltage. Furthermore it features pressure, position and gate outputs per touch plate all of which are summed in the master section. The position parameter has a memory in the sense that it stores the value when last touched. This means that you can also quickly draw parameter changes! It is decidedly NOT a sequencer, but a performance controller designed to be the center of your patch. A 42HP case housing will be also available soon. Also very soon you can try these and ALL other Verbos modules within our showroom!
ACL presents a fairly well-advanced prototype of the long awaited Sinfonion! This quantizer, arpeggiator …. music theory in module form… is almost ready for production and preorders are taken here! Please notice that the buttons are going to be the round ones shown on this picture, older prototypes showed square buttons.
The ACL Sinfonion is an innovative harmonic processor. It features three independent quantizers, a four-voice chord generator and an arpeggiator. Furthermore there is a complex progression sequencer, which lets you create full-blown songs with four parts and up to 32 sections. – An amazing tool for making complex music with your modular setup.
Flame showed a prototype of their first desktop synthesizer at the NAMM show 2019. The Mäander (with umlaut) as it is called comes as a surprise to us. A good one. In every way!
Thanks to its digital oscillator, an offspring of the 4Vox Eurorack module with four voices of four wavetable oscillators each, the Mäander is capable of generating an astonishing spectrum of sounds. Huge basses, velvety soft to metallic leads and pads as well as a wide range of effect sounds can be created in no time. The highlight of the instrument is its flexibly controllable, fully analog filter bank with twelve bands and eight filter types. In detail, you can find high-pass, three band-pass, notch and low-pass modes as well as combinations thereof. Also this filterbank has a Eurorack sibling – the Flame Curves. Here at NAMM we obtained very articulated, vocal-like sound results through this. Something that left us very impressed. A synth-architecture like this demands many modulation sources: two LFOs with variable shape as well as sync, re-trigger and one shot modes, an ADSR envelope plus a nifty live sequencer are all integrated. The latter is more of a complex, yet easy to handle arpeggiator generating up to four “notes” and up to twelve filter channel tracks. Here we go!
Being a fusion of all the unusual concepts Flame presented over the past years, the Mäander surely will be an extraordinary instrument. It also reminds us of a little bit of the Syntonovo PAN. But unlike this synth, which continues to be in “concept phase”, the Mänder will be available in May 2019. We can’t wait to give it a proper test drive!
Dave Rossum presents his new Trident module at the NAMM show 2019. It features three fully analog VCOs, which allow you to create complex, highly dynamic timbral textures. One of the oscillators is meant as the carrier. It emits three waveforms simultaneously. In detail, there are outputs for triangle, sawtooth and pulse with variable width. The other VCOs offer the same waveforms, but come equipped with just one output and a selector button. Here, while the triangle wave is selected, you can morph from saw to triangle to ramp via Symmetry knobs and CV inputs. With sawtooth active, it is possible to give the waveform a kink in the middle. Thanks to separate 1V / octave inputs as well as coarse and fine tune control elements, you may use all oscillators separately. One of the audio generators even has a phase potentiometer and control voltage input. Thus, layering all three audio signals can be quite fun. However, the real magic starts when the VCOs are interconnected. Besides the symmetry CV channel, there are sync, linear and exponential FM as well as PW inputs. Most of them feature bipolar attenuators. Furthermore, a “Zing” modulation circuit was implemented on both the modulation oscillators. – “Zing” is kind of a ring modulator, but due to synchronization, it can output complex, yet purely harmonic overtone spectra. By combining all these features, highly dynamic results are achievable. As the modulation VCOs can be set to track the carrier oscillator, it is possible to create constant wave shapes which are not influenced by the notes played. – We can’t wait to have the Trident in our showroom.
The features of Trident at a glance:
Three precision analog oscillators with dedicated 1V/Octave inputs and coarse control ranges of 20Hz to 20kHz and modulated ranges of 0.01Hz to 25 kHz.
Main Carrier oscillator with simultaneous triangle, sawtooth and pulse waveforms, with exponential and linear frequency modulation and pulse width modulation.
Main Carrier oscillator hard sync input
Modulation Oscillator 1 with selectable triangle, sawtooth and pulse waveforms with exponential frequency modulation, variable symmetry and symmetry modulation, and variable Zing level and Zing level modulation.
Modulation Oscillator 2 with selectable triangle, sawtooth and pulse waveforms with exponential frequency modulation, variable symmetry and symmetry modulation, variable Zing level and Zing level modulation, and variable phase and phase modulation.
Both Modulation Oscillators with independently selectable options to sync to the main oscillator and track the main oscillator
TRIDENT, like all Rossum Electro-Music modules, features solid construction, with thick aluminum panels, solid aluminum knobs, and quality components throughout.
Intellijel is presenting two rather small modules. But please do not underestimate them.
New module No1 is the 3u version of the already popular 4-track/64-step programmable gate sequencer Steppy. Until now only available in 1U. Meaning it is restricted to the ones with one of these Intellijel 4U/7U cases. Steppy itself can be seen as the continuation of the old uStep. But then again…it is much, much more than that!
Doubling the track count to four and allowing for up to 64 steps now is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost every wish you might have for a compact programmable gate sequencer is fulfilled here.
Per track you now have: Individual track length from 1-step to 64-step, gate length, clock divider, swing, delay, step-probability and shift/rotate. Performance features for muting and on the fly looping are furthermore nicely integrated into this highly useful module. Polyrhythm-offbeat-shuffle-madness…here we come!
Strike No2 is also based on an old acquaintance:
To much disappointment of our customers, the uScale quantizer has been discontinued as of 2018. But now…voila: Scales!
Where uScale admittedly had some hard-to-remember shift combinations, Scale has been …scaled to meet the demands of those in need of an easy and fast to use fully dual (if you want) quantizer.
Trigger on quantize – a feature that we love e.g. from the indestructible Doepfer A-156 can now also be found here. That way you can turn LFOs into arpeggios or your Pressure Points (or Doepfer A-155) finally into a full and chromatically tuned note sequencer.
The additional Shift CV-input enables you to conveniently transpose output A and/or B or change scales or the root note or even use it as a second quantizer input! Yeah!
Since Scales has its own (micro)keyboard it was logical for Intellijel to also add a sequencer mode. Output A is then your “normal” quantizer out, while B plus the Trig-out fire sequences on the fly or from one of the 35 patterns in storage!
With Metropolis, Shifty and now Steppy and Scales, Intellijel has a serious sequencing package to offer. Not to mention what would happen if you were to add a Planar 2 to all of this!
Also called “movement manager”. Ok…these are both not really telling names! So what is it?
Falistri is a fully featured, nicely structured dual envelope generator / (low frequency) oscillator featuring a ringmodulator for combining any of its multitude of outputs plus a flip-flop / clock divider for generating more complex patterns.
It definitely is a strong competitor to another module with a confusing name – the Makenoise Maths. Fully featured means that it has – unlike the Maths – uni- and bipolar outputs, as well as end of rise (EOR) and end of fall (EOF) outputs readily available. Per stage!
Another big feature is the mentioned ringmodulator / vca for mixing any two of the many outs. But the really big thing is that you can alter the shape of the envelopes independently of the overall time! That is a feature rarely seen and mostly done digital. The Falistri however is analog through and through. No DSPs here. Also the flip-flop is (just) CMOS based.
Even given this rough description, we guess you can see the potential of this module and its myriads of possible patching applications!
After their drone synth Stargazer left quite some impression on us, American manufacturer Moffenzeef is back with the Intensifies.
Even to us Intensifies is a somewhat alien concept and mixture. The company claims: „No! It’s not a guitar pedal!“
But what is it, exactly? Not sure if we can discuss that within these columns exhaustively, but let us have a look at the ingredients: A line level Input with hefty gain stage and distortion, a sample and hold based “sample rate reducer” , a square based modulation oscillator and two photocells. And a noise synth with dedicated out on the side!
The input signal serves as carrier and can be distorted and crushed, while the modulator waveform (square) controls the amplitude of the carrier. Both carrier and modulator AND the noise synth can be controlled by the photocells. So besides twisting knobs you can perform in mid air…maybe playing air guitar!?!
Noise Synth and FX section could be used independently, but soundwise the Intensifies really lends itself to “texturisation” of the input signal and improvising with the noise synth on the side. Intensifies can be heard and experienced also in our showroom soon!
Rhythm is a Breeze
This tiny six track groovebox sounds a lot bigger than it looks. You get pretty much all of the Elektron superpowers in a sleek, lightweight, and accessible package. Loads of useful presets and loads of space for your own sounds. The controls are right there at your fingertips. A truly plug-and-play bundle of joy!
Packed with great sounds
The sound engine uses high-quality digital samples. There are 300 preset sounds supplied by Splice, ranging from the familiar kicks, snares, and hi-hats to exotic, never-before-heard ones. With a few tweaks, you can easily personalize any sample until it sounds just the way you want it. Transfer your own samples into it, or use any of the expertly crafted custom sound packs.
As an Elektron first, this machine offers a complete set of tactile controls, with one function per knob. They’re all right there on the front panel; just grab a knob and twist it. Unleash your music spontaneously using the six tough, velocity-sensitive pads. Record your every move live, or punch in your creation one step at a time using the superb Elektron sequencer.
Ready to go
At under one kilogram, you’re getting the benefits of a light and convenient machine that will surprise you with its snarling sonic power. Specifications:
6 Audio tracks (all of which may be used as MIDI tracks as well)
6 x Velocity sensitive pads
96 Patterns per Project
1 x Sample playback engine per track
1 x Resonant multimode filter per track
1 x Assignable LFO per track
Delay and reverb send FX
Elektron sequencer up to 64 steps with unique length and scale settings per track
Real-time or grid recording of notes and parameters
64 MB sample memory
1 GB storage
Class compliant USB audio 2.0
1 x 1/4″ Headphones output
2 x 1/4″ Balanced main outputs
1 x High speed (micro) USB 2.0 port
1 x 3.5 mm standard audio minijack (TRS) for MIDI In
1 x 3.5 mm standard audio minijack (TRS) for MIDI Out/Thru
2 x slots for attaching Powerhandle BP-1 (to be released at a later date)
Dimensions: W270 x D180 x H40 mm (10.63 x 7.09 x 1.58″) (including knobs and rubber feet)
Weight: approximately 0.814 kg
In the box:
Power Supply PSU-4
Micro USB Cable USB-2
MIDI adapter (5-pin DIN to 3.5mm TRS minijack)
Protective Lid PL-4
MIDI adapter CA-3
The view from amerika onto some european modular makers is quite interesting stating out here that we care for features and sound quality in not just high end but higher end modules, so .. thank you for the flowers and .. what’s going on with the products of our american collueges then? Read the whole article hereand join www.superbooth.com for deeper knowledge not just on this.
The SUPERBOOTH comes closer, for three days – March 31th til April, 2nd – we will present the exhibition for Electronics & Music at the Funkhaus, Nalepastrasse in Berlin. Ticketsare available now – bring your mothers, familymembers and all those you love for their relationship to electronic instruments & music – these are your days.
There will be Machines, Manufacturer, Music and Experimentation, Sound, Research and DIY, Synthesizers, Modular Systems, Discussions, Concerts, Daily workshops for starters and advanced users – and this all on a beautiful historical space. .. so feel free to join us those days. Tickets here
.. and also the black system of Mister Dieter Doepfer found its place on the stand #5014 with Doepfer and friends in between: Its the europeans next to WMD and friends, all the americans.. all together now. .. now .. is the time to think about the next step, friends and partners!
I am already busy with the superbooth, where we all will meet again .. after Namm, so .. be prepared and register now, if you like .. on Sunday its over! Yes, then its over! So if you cant find your companies name on this list now, you better ask your boss if he ever heard of the most crowded place in Hall 5.1 on Musikmesse over the last ten years? Yes, I think we were. And now? We dont go there anymore, but we welcome you to join us to have all the things of these days to do a bit more relaxed:
The trade show for electronic musical instruments and accessories is getting real: in Berlin. Next to the River Spree in the most beautiful House of Berlin, a lost formerly radio station with acoustically some of the best rooms all over europe, the Funkhaus.
The european money is cheaper than ever at least for people in the US and the UK now. Unfortunately for europeans the products from these countries are much more expensive now .. the other way round, so… a lot of our prices for modulars and others finally had to be increased now. So please accept the raise from 7% to 10% average with some very attractive modular series,
… we are sorry. New prices are online and valid now!
.. And finally: Be welcome and join Musikmesse in Frankfurt/Germany – it will be April, 15th to 18th this year – spring time with even more new stuff for even better prices, .. perhaps!
A Doepfer LC3 case (lowcost, 3 rackspace high)
is the most affordable way to start with a modular system in Eurorack. Now we uploaded another online workshop video introducing three ideas
to fill up the case with effective modules. Thomas K. is giving you an idea on how to start patching the starter, a rather pro and a system for drone music.
As a mixup of the “Starter” and the “Pro” from this Video, Doepfer introduced the basic system starter 1 discounted with 20 patch cables all mounted up ready to go. All systems in variations will be shown and introduced on this years NAMM-show in the USA (Hall A, Stand 6996).
And for Berlin based friends and visitors we will have another “real” Einsteiger – workshop introducing and studying the Doepfer Starter System with Thomas K. in Schneidersladen showing many more possibilties and additions . If you want to join, please send a mail and confirm your participation.
It will be on Friday – January, 23rd, 6 pm !
..seems to be still alive. We had a nice time there next to Disneyland .. expensive hotels with with poor employees (not really professional for such a price class), with brass bands to wake you up in the morning, all drinks and wines served in plastics and probably the highest rate of forbidden things per square meter.
I will be going to the NAMM show meeting some of our friends in the USA with new and good old products hopefully. Probably soon i will be able to forward an update to you on this site about what I could see there. Thank you for your patience.
This namm was a very nice time and we want to say thank you to all the manufacturers and inventors that we met there for doing it. Paul and I recovered a bit and in between we could put together what we seen and heard about to give you an impression. I will upload this step by step hoping for your patience.
..na..? who is the ones on the pic? Send all four names in (as a comment) and you will win a free doepfer patch-cable and a DIY-LFO by analogue solutions if you are the first ten out of them – good luck !!
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