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Superbooth '17 Highlights

Superbooth was busy, as always. Here are some subjective impressions. Disclaimer: This is a list based on our personal opinion. As always, no one has the ultimate knowledge when it comes to art, it only matters to us what made us really happy: each to their own.

Doepfer is carrying on what they had always been good at – it might be a bit slower, though they are pushing out interfaces and modules which offer almost the same functionality for an affordable price. Let it be a keyboard or quad VCO, they are and will be here to stay.

Soundwise though, two highlights can be mentioned – one would be the new/old Nanozwerg Pro from MFB reborn in eurorack format for a ridiculously good price. Another one is the Fold Processor from Tiptop. We could speculate that after Random Source stole the show with their Serge reincarnations, Tiptop decided to put their Serge module concepts aside and develop their own, with the best controls with intuitive feel featuring the sound that are completely taking a modulation concept to the next level. We have no complaints about the Digitakt from Elektron either. Check
out this audio demo
to see if you agree with us.


Interface-wise, let’s begin with the Soundmachines – Arches – one of our customers told us a few years ago that how mad it would be to have a full keyboard full of LS-1 Lightstrips… fast forward to 2017 and he is not alone with his idea any more. The Arches is to be out in September.

Erica Synths also showed us how anti-futurism can be beaten by retro-futurism. A versatile drum sequencer with computer keyboards – its price is yet to be confirmed.

Other fun ideas worth mentioning – click on the links for the videos:

  • High-end audio solutions are not hard to find in eurorack any more – ARREL Audio modules speak for themselves.
  • Expert Sleepers shared some details with us about the Disting MK4 firmware plus introduced us a new module.
  • Eloquencer – a really thought-out sequencer in the pathway of the Malekko Varigate…
  • XOR Electronics is teasing us with a tracker-based sequencer
  • XAOC Devices upgraded some of their modules and their Praga stereo mixer module is soon out for real!
  • 4ms is expanding their line of digital multitimbral modules. The story is unfolding.
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Analogue Zone @ Superbooth '17

Each year has two crucial moments. One is of course the Winter NAMM show, but nobody would forget spring’s Superbooth either. As every year, Analogue Zone will be live and direct from Berlin.

We collected the expected highlights of this year’s Superbooth, but obviously, there will be more to come. This is just an appetizer, you may want to come back for daily updates to Analogue Zone’s Youtube channel!

xaoc-superbooth-17XAOC Devices is teasing us with new modules: an upgrade with their Tirana microsequencer plus Warna utility module, a dual version of their Sewastopol, a bit modifier, a logic-waveshaper-comparator-sampl-and-hold combo and their Praga stereo mixer may finally see the light of the day too.

Mr. Rossum might finalise the phase modulation sampler the Assimil8or very soon! Their modulation wonder, the Control Forge is already available!

Analogue Zone will be covering this year's Superbooth too!
Analogue Zone will be covering this year’s Superbooth too!

After their quantizer array at NAMM, WMD is showing the latest stage of their digital step sequencer.

Last but not least, Doepfer is also showing a few new concepts, including a new gate module, a signal connector, a micro keyboard, and a precision quad VCO, which has been long-awaited by A-100 users.

…and we have just scratched the surface. Subscribe to Analogue Zone’s Youtube– and Instagram channels for exclusive reports and live streams and stay tuned for more news!

Superbooth '16 - Day #2

superbooth-day-1aSuperbooth is on! It is good to see that either manufacturers are putting the final touches to one of their systems or coming up with great new additions to the eurorack world. Here are the videos from Day 2.

Tiptop Audio introduced the upcoming SD909 – Konstantin gave it a good tweaking as well:

Eowave, manufacturers of the famous Capsule Titan modular synth and body sensors for performances came to Superbooth with a new/old ribbon controller and modules including the Eowave Domino:

Waclaw from Bastl Instruments, the one and only creator of eurorack motor interfaces that you can hook up to acoustic instruments (or whatever you have on your mind) has come up with new sound processing tools this time:

Dan from Snazzy FX has a longer hair and new modules now! Here is a 2-pole resonant smudgy filter that can add harmonics (to my ear it is along the lines of the diode filters). The triple HiGain can adapt modular and line level signals with ease – or distort and waveshape stuff!

Soundmachines, the creator of brilliant touch controllers for modulars and the NS1 Nanosynth came up with a convincing hybrid analog voltage controlled synthesizer, the Modulör114:

Who wants the flattest modular system in the world? What is more, you can also create internal connections through pin headers to get rid off the spaghetti if you would like to with the Seismic Industries System 1 modules:

A good sounding battery powered ring modulator? Eurorack with banana and mini jack versions? Take a look at CG Products’ modular system:

Roll Your Own modules add all the things for you if you are on a budget and in need of DIY kits with good components! Their modules look and sound great and offer deep, creative and fun analog functionality, let that be sound processing, sequencing or logic!

The panel discussion with pioneers like Roger Linn and Robert Henke, also Tony Rolando from Make Noise could not go wrong in any way. Two videos from the panel discussion are available (one with the line audio and another with camera mic recorded – but kind of audible any way):

So that is it for Day 2 at Superbooth! Analogue Zone is coming up with new videos and streams today with a surprising live performance. 😉 If you don’t want ot miss anything, subscribe to their channel.

 

Superbooth '16 - Day #1

superbooth-day-1Being not so long after NAMM, Superbooth challenged both manufacturers and developers to come up with some surprises. Overall, it seems that many of them succeeded! You can find tiny but nice upgrades and completely new surprise systems from your favourite eurorack manufacturers. Here are the videos from Day 1.

We were waiting, we have been waiting and we will be waiting: Dave Rossum answered a few questions about the new phase modulation sampler module to be released by the end of this year:

A huge step up for Expert Sleepers – Disting MKIII users. Os introduced the sample playback and vocoder functions on the Disting along with a new module: the ES-8 will be adapting your line and modular level signals:

Doepfer Musikelektronik is alive and well: Dieter Doepfer is reintroducing a new version of their high-end VCO, the long awaited trigger sequencer is here, not to mention that thanks to the upcoming A-184-2 module and the already available PWM Module it won’t cause any problems to add extra waveforms to virtually any of their modules. A very basic but very handy set of new modules!

The surprise of the first day was Erica Synths and their Pico 3HP modules. That system is a fully functional and very clever “drum and synth” voice including sequencer and outputs!

Dave Smith Instruments came up with a eurorack module. The DSM-03 adds tuned feedback and Karplus Strong flanges to the soudn of their line of modules – or anything you want to use it with.

Dreaming about Akemie’s Castle, but not having the budget? ALM tries to help you with their new FM drum module with built-in envelope and basic functions built around the same Yamaha chip that made the others famous!

Allan J. Hall of AJH Synth was saying hello to Analogue Zone, and reintroduced some old treasures, a new-old and updated ladder filter design and an especially decent sounding Ring Modulator.

Dan Green from 4ms Company was explaining the new features of the Dual Looping Delay and the vocoder feature on their award-winning Spectral Multiband Resonator.

ADDAC is teaming up with EHX and they are coming up with some great new module concepts that will integrate a lot of digital systems into the analog world and vice versa!

Moritz from Endorphines introduced an upgraded new envelope generator, the Terminal, and also a handy mixer module:

Fraptools is revolutionising mixing and live performance in a really contributing way:

So far, that is it for day 1. We are coming back with more tomorrow!