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New workshop video: Shakmat!

Here we have Francois from Shakmat with an excellent performance and workshop about his modules. During the workshop he puts a special focus on how to integrate his modules in a live performance.

Shakmat Moduar – Performance & Workshop at SchneidersLaden

Francois from Shakmat Modular is coming over from Belgium to Berlin for a joyful evening at SchneidersLaden. He’ll play a performance based on his own modular designs and talk you through the patch. Learn more about Shakmat Modular modules and how to use them in a studio and live-environment.

Shakmat Modular presented their first 1U modules at SUPERBOOTH19 – we surely will be hearing more about them and Francois latest ideas and visions. The current line of modules include a lot of very handy clocking utilities and more specialized beat-programming modules.

Start 7:30pm – at SchneidersLaden – participation is free.

If you are new to modular, why not join SchneidersLadens Modular Beginner Workshop? Every Thursday at 6pm!

How to find SchneidersLaden:

“Kottbusser Tor above the REWE supermarket (use the door within the REWE entrance – ring the „schneidersladen” bell – and knock LOUD on our metal door on the first floor)”

Next Workshop Series at SchneidersLaden

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THURSDAYS // 7:30pm // SchneidersLaden

The school holidays are over – time for another workshop series at SchneidersLaden! After hosting dozens of manufacturer and artist workshops over the past years, SchneidersLaden is happy to continue this tradition with another series in August and September.

We invited manufacturers that developed new inspiring machines in past few months, we invited veterans from the scene, we’ll have a SchneidersLaden Spezial and we’ll talk about how to start your personal Buchla-experience. Be ready for modular performances, presentations and talks with Snazzy FX, ALM Busy Circuits, Verbos Electronics, Shakmat Modular, Flame, the SchneidersLaden Team and listen to the sounds of a Buchla Music Easel. 

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For all who want to know what to expect from these workshops, check out the video above and visit the SchneidersLaden YouTube or Vimeo channels!

Upcoming workshops:

15. August – Snazzy FX

We’ll start off on Thursday 15th of August with a veteran of the scene Dan Snazelle – Snazzy FX. One day before you can see one of his live techno sets at OHM. During the workshop we’ll also hear some of his music, but will mainly focus on his eye-catching modular and non-modular designs.

22. August – ALM Busy Circuits

A week later on the 22nd of August, we are happy to have Matthew Allum from ALM Busy Circuits here for a workshop and performance! We’ll have a close look at some of his developments – of cause the new SALMPLE 8-channel sampler module and the sooo handy Pamela’s New Workout.

29. August – SchneidersLaden Spezial

By the end of August – the 29th – we are doing a little SchneidersLaden Spezial – with lots of music by our team and conversations about what we are doing and why we are doing the things we do. Come by, enjoy a nice summer evening with the SchneidersLaden Team.

05. September – Flame

The first workshop in September is about an often overlooked brand from Berlin – Flame. With their new line of modules and their astounding stand-alone synthesizer Mäander, Flame is doing it again: Bringing highly specialized and tools with interesting performance features. And of cause we’ll have a listen to the Flame Mäander, which is a unique synthesizer concept that no one saw coming – it sounds fantastic!

12. September – Shakmat Modular

September 12th is reserved for Shakmat Modular! Constantly putting out new modules that bring more flexibility to all your clock-needs or solve the little annoying problems, for example the little helper HiPass. Francois is also preparing a little performance for us and will talk us through his patch – we are looking forward to this!

19. September – Verbos Electronics

The next workshop date got the title: Verbos Takeover! Be prepared for a full evening of Verbos Electronics goodness – this includes the Modular Beginner Workshop at 6pm! Followed by the main workshop where we’ll have a look at the current line of Verbos modules and …let’s all hope for a couple of minutes of Marks legendary live sets – fingers crossed.

26. September – Starting with Buchla

The last date of this workshop series is all about Buchla. One of the most iconic names in modular history is still a mystery to most – so we’ll have a look at the Music Easel, their modular line and we’ll listen to some of the sounds that build the legacy of this brand. So this evening is an invitation to all that are not familiar with Buchla and want to get their head around these special synthesizers. To get an impression of how it feels to dive into the rabbit hole named Buchla Music Easel, we invited one of our customers to talk about his first months with this instrument.

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And don’t forget that there always is a Modular Beginner Workshop before the events described above. The Beginner Workshop starts at 6pm and all participants are invited to also join the main workshop too! All other events begin at 7:30pm and they are suitable for beginners too.

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What about … Sequencing short gates – TRIGGER

Trigger are shorter than gates but not at all less important, there are dedicated use cases for both. So what are triggers and gates good for? An ADSR will always stay behind its potential if only used with triggers. Because of the circuit that is responsive to not only the rising edge of an input signal but also utilizes information from the duration the input is receiving a signal. In an ADSR it is the Sustain stage that using the information of a longer input signal. Nevertheless there are lots of applications that don’t use the information of the gate length and only respond to a rising edge of a voltage. This is the case with AD envelopes, clock dividers, sync inputs on VCOs and LFOs and most drum modules. Today we are having a look at trigger sequencers. These are often designed to be sequencing drums, with features that are known from sequencing musical events outside the eurorack world.

For this text we are looking at very simple concepts as well as much more complex ones. Three different approaches in different price, size and user interfaces. All feature 4 to 8 tracks with corresponding outputs.

Keep it simple and efficient: Delptronics – Trigger Man (v2)

The Trigger Man is a small and handy trigger sequencer with eight tracks, each with eight steps. It features a Euclidian mode and a step sequencing mode, both operated with the two push-encoders. The outputs can not only output triggers but also gates in different lengths, to do this each output can be configured independently. To get some variation into the static 8-step sequences you can set the global mode to pattern chain mode and connect up to 100 patterns in a row, or set the multifunctional CV socket to either select the active pattern, to shift the pattern or to control the sequence complexity, depending on the mode of operation. Lots of triggers in a small space and a very fair price. Here is a short video of an early prototype of the Trigger Man, but the video shows all the basic functionality and gives an idea of the fast and versatile pattern generation possibilities of this module. You can store the patterns and settings, so that you are able to switch your rack off and turn it on the next day and continue your work, but there is no dedicated memory for more than the eight current sequences. However it is the most fun to quickly run through the Euclidian sequences and find new interesting combinations anyway, it is fast intuitive and rewarding – so what else are you wishing for?

The performer: Shakmat Modular – Four Bricks Rook

The Four Bricks Rook is a 32-step trigger sequencer dedicated to drum triggering. And it brings pretty much everything to the table you could wish for when not looking for TR-Style step-sequencing. It offers four tracks that can be filled with triggers in several ways. One interesting and not so often found thing in eurorack is unquantized tap input recording. What might be a (my) too complicated description of a simple thing, is very useful for bringing some human imperfections to the perfect timing of your machine. If these imperfections is not what you are looking for it is also possible to quantize what you tapped in by hand. There is a huge memory for the rhythms you created and you can use them and re-record them in very interesting ways – and everything can be done while playing back the sequences. Watch the video below to find out what exactly is possible with this module, as it is way too complex to describe here. This really is a very versatile performance orientated module, even the stored sequences can be utilized as performance elements, but again…watch the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=348&v=txyTRj8SyRY

The shiny one: The Steady State Fate / Erogenous Tones – GateStorm

The GateStorm is a very complex module with a big screen to show you what it is doing at all times, which helps a lot with the multitude of possibilities. In general, the GateStorm is a 8-track trigger and gate sequencer. But the number of CV and gate inputs give a hint of the enormous creative potential that is hiding behind the big colorful screen. Well, it is not really hiding because the screen shows you pretty much everything that the GateStorm is doing in real time. The eight outputs can be seen as two different groups. Group one is for complex trigger and gate sequencing, and group two is for more static sequences, for example clock divisions and multiplications. What makes these outputs way more interesting than simple clock dividers is the fact that the outputs can have a user selected probability (and more). That means that you can control how reliable a clock pulse is generated, very good to keep patches alive. And additionally these outputs can be fed through four different logic lanes. And now it should be clear that even the so called ‘simple outputs’ are way more versatile and complex than many other trigger sequencers. And all this is even controllable with CV through the six CV inputs with attenuators that can be routed to lots of parameters (even more than one parameter at a time). To describe the complex outputs short: Set your sequence lenght, gate length, activate individual gates and and and. It really is too much to be discussed here. Watch the video below and all the other introductiory videos online to get an idea. This is a module for anyone who likes to get a visual feedback of what he or she is programming, anyone who needs lots of CV control over his gate sequences and clocks and anyone who likes colorful screens.

What has to be said about all these modules is that they have more functionality than can be described here, so watch the videos, or even better: come to Schneidersladen showroom and check them out in person.

And of course there are way more options than these! Find them here.


This is by no means a complete overview of available modules nor a full review of the discussed modules. The what about… text are here to give you new ideas and maybe another perspective on things. All these modules offer more features than we have talked about in this post. For further information please click the provided links or – even better – visit the shop and ask the SchneidersLaden experts in the showroom.

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STROMKULT is our platform for updates and news on SCHNEIDERSLADEN and SUPERBOOTH, selected electronic musical instruments and events related to modular synthesizers, sequencers, competent drum machines, analog modular systems, midi tools, controllers, converters and related products of all kinds. You can find all kinds of events related to these topic in our EVENT CALENDAR. Also on this site you will find lots of videos from SUPERBOOTH – the world’s largest trade fair for electronic musical instruments, news about events and workshops at SCHNEIDERSLADEN.

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

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