Superbooth 2022 Dates Set, Along With New SooperGrail Festival

Superbooth 2022 Dates Set, Along With New SooperGrail Festival

Organizers of Superbooth – an annual trade show and festival for electronic musicans – have announced that Superbooth 2022 will be held May 12-14 at the FEZ in Berlin, Germany.

This year’s Superbooth was a scaled down edition because of pandemic realities, but the organizers tried to evolve the event to adapt to challenging conditions, making use of the grounds of the FEZ to set up outdoor tents and booths, decentralizing the event and allowing for increased social distancing.

They note:

“We tried to introduce a new concept of a trade fair combined with festival, which is more relaxed and spacious with all of its benefits and with strong focus on the quality of the experiences and encounters.

It was a very special edition this time, which was expected after this long break of more than 2 years, but probably the situation connected us even closer?!”

In addition to announcing dates for Superbooth 2022, organizers also announced that the inaugural SooperGrail, a new guitar-focused festival, will be held May 6-8, 2022, the week before Superbooth.

New Eurorack Effects Processor, The Godfather, Wants To Spend Some Time With The Family

New Eurorack Effects Processor, The Godfather, Wants To Spend Some Time With The Family

Enjoy Electronics, creators of the Reminder effects processor, has announced a new multichannel audio processor, The Godfather, in Moog’s 60hp Eurorack form factor.

The Godfather is designed to match the form factor of Moog’s Mother-32, DFAM & Subharmonicon. It gives you four independent channels of mixing functions and effects, including panning, compression, limiting, delay, filters, reverb and more.

Features:

  • 4 input channels with complex mixing functions (Compressor, Side Chain, Limiter, Shape EQ, Pan, Stereo Width, Gain Staging)
  • Independent effects per channel
  • 4 independent Delays
  • 4 Infinite/Looper Feedback
  • 4 Stereo Offset
  • 4 Double Pulse Delay
  • 13 HP/LP Filters
  • 4 Saturators
  • Reverb with dedicated HP filter
  • 2 assignable LFOs
  • 4 independent Trigger Buttons
  • 3 independent Triggering Modes for creative routing possibilities
  • 4 CV IN
  • 2CV OUT
  • MIDI IN/OUT
  • GATE IN/OUT
  • 4 Channel Audio In
  • 4 Channel Audio Out
  • OLED Display
  • 60hp Eurorack format, with aluminum and wood case

Here’s a video overview from Superbooth 2021, via Sonic State:

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Pricing and Availability

The Godfather is expected to be available in Q1 2022. Pricing is to be announced.

TIRNS Intros Ardabil & Switch Modules At Superbooth 2021

TIRNS Intros Ardabil & Switch Modules At Superbooth 2021

At Superbooth 2021, This Is Not Rocket Science introduced two new Eurorack modules, Ardabil & Switch.

Ardabil is a utility module, designed to “show you the thread of your signal in one integrated design.”

Features:

  • Precision adder –  two CV inputs that add together, without changing their scaling.
  • Attenuverter – plug in any CV and let the knob scale your CV up or down -1 to +1 before it is added to your thread.
  • Offset – With this knob you can add a fixed -5V to +5V to your signal.
  • Buffered multiple outputs – Threads into three buffered outputs; one of which has an LED that lights up when there is a positive signal. The fourth jack is a buffered inverted output with a LED that lights up when there is a positive signal (which is a negative signal in the other three outputs).
  • VCA – The CV input controls the volume of the audio input into the output. The CV input defaults to the signal from a buffered output.

The entire thread runs:

Buffered Outputs = Precision adder + Attenuverter + Offset
Inverted Output = Buffered Output * -1
VCA Output = Audio * CV

Ardabil has second thread running independently upside down alongside it.

Ardabil is expected to be available in Dec 2021, priced at 200 EUR incl. taxes.

Switch is a utility module that features two independent dual gang switches, with three positions, that add a layer of choice to your system.

You can patch up to six things and select two at a time. Twice. Every switch selects one out of three signal paths for both paths.

This Switch module is completely passive and will have no effect on the signal you run through it.

Switch is scheduled to be released in December. See the TINRS site for details.

Tiptop Audio Intros ModFX, FSU Eurorack Effects Modules

Tiptop Audio Intros ModFX, FSU Eurorack Effects Modules

At Superbooth 2021, in addition to introducing a new line of Buchla 200 Series modules, Tiptop Audio introduced two new Euro effects modules, ModFX and FSU.

Built on the same platform as ECHOZ, ZVERB and the Z5000, they have the same UI with CV control over all three DSP parameter and the Fidelity control over the DSP clock.

Both are available in the White panel as well as the newer backlit Black panels.

ModFX offers three banks of modulations effects, from classic stomp box and rack effects to more experimental processing not found in any other hardware. The developers say that one of the strengths of ModFX is the way it moves static mono sources into expansive stereo sound fields.

The Chorus bank has effects that range from subtle widening to wobbly ambiences or deep detuned rooms, particularly when combined with the Fidelity control.

Flange effects come from the modulation of very short delay times and this bank expands on that to include Karplus and Resonant pitch effects and panning using the Haas effect. Programs like the Chord Resonator can turn percussive tracks into harmonic material and the Haas panning creates wide stereo spreads without pitch or amplitude modulation.

ModFX’s Filter bank doesn’t have the typical high and low pass options common to synths and instead features a set of highly modulated and unusual filtering options. Programs include a couple of vintage inspired all pass filter based phasers, filter based panning and some vocal formant options.

Here’s an in-depth intro video:

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FSU is designed to bring more aggressive and destructive processing to the FX lineup, from guitar pedal inspired distortion, to granular processing, to tape recorder style Sound on Sound looping.

Distortions include Ring Modulation and Frequency Shifting for some vintage analog mayhem.

Glitch bank has time-based effects that abuse the aspects of delay and pitch pushing them to more experimental and extreme sounds.

And Sound On Sound recreates one of the more interesting features of reel to reel tape decks that allowed overdubbing endlessly without multi-tracking. This bank uses a short tape loop and adds a variety of digital processes like pitch shifting and granular playback to make it more experimental.

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For more information, see the Tiptop Audio site.

Metasonix T1 Vacuum Tube Synthesizer First Look

Metasonix T1 Vacuum Tube Synthesizer First Look
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Metasonix shared this first look demo of their upcoming T1 vacuum tube synthesizer.

The Metasonix T1 is a three oscillator vacuum tube synth, housed in custom wood case:

Specifications are to be announced, but the prototype appears to be a patchable monophonic vacuum tube synth. The panel shows sections for three oscillators, bandpass and lowpass filters and a VCA.

Other features include a ribbon control, sequencer and push-button keyboard.

Details on pricing and availability are to be announced.

New Buchla Music Easel At Superbooth 2021

New Buchla Music Easel At Superbooth 2021
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At Superbooth 2021, Buchla U.S.A. debuted their updated version of the classic Music Easel.

The original Buchla Music Easel was introduced in 1972 as a portable ‘suitcase modular’. It was made up of two main units: the 218 Touch Keyboard Controller; and the 208 Stored Program Sound Source. The system has a unique card slot that lets you slide in hardware preset cards.

In this video, via Sonic State, Buchla’s Marc Doty discusses the new Music Easel and how it’s changed from the original. He also explains the capabilities of the new Electric Music Box I/O module, which adds CV/Gate inputs, USB support, additional mixing options and more.

Pricing and Availability

The new Buchla Music Easel is expected to be available in Q1 2022, with a target price of $3,999.

Expressive-E Osmose At Superbooth 2021

Expressive-E Osmose At Superbooth 2021
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At Superbooth 2021, Expressive E was showing the latest prototype of their upcoming Osmose synthesizer.

The Osmose uses the same synth engine as the Haken Continuum, Eaganmatrix. Eaganmatrix has been tailored to real-time per-note expressive control. What makes the Osmose unique, though, is that it implements high-resolution per-note expressive control with piano keys. This makes it easy for experienced players to adapt to, building on their existing technique.

This demo focuses primarily on the performance capabilities of the Osmose keyboard, including discrete control over attack and dynamics, polyphonic aftertouch, vibrato, glide and more.

Pricing and Availability

The Expressive E Osmose is currently under development and is expected to be available by the end of 2021, priced at $1799.

JOMOX MOD FM Analog + Digital Modular FM Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)

JOMOX MOD FM Analog + Digital Modular FM Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)
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At Superbooth 2021, Jürgen Michaelis of Jomox is introducing the MOD FM, a modular analog/digital hybrid synthesizer with 4-operator FM tone generation.

Features:

  • 8-voice polyphony Euro format synthesizer
  • Digital oscillators with analog SSM filters
  • 2 LFOs per voice, which can also be used as VCOs, for six oscillators per voice total
  • Versatile internal modulation matrix plus external CV control
  • Four CV inputs control the FM components and 4 CV inputs control the pitch envelopes of each operator.
  • Eight audio outputs

Here are some audio demos via Lesides:

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Pricing and Availability

The Jomox MOD FM is currently under development and is expected to be released in 2022. Pricing is TBA.

Endorphin.es Intros Golden Master, Cockpit & Milky Way 1U Modules

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At Superbooth 2021, Endorphin.es has introduced three new modules in a 1U form factor, each of which are based on existing Euro format modules:

  • Golden Master 1U is a Eurorack stereo, end of chain multiband processor. It utilizes 3 behind the panel connectors: AUX IN and MIX OUT for chaining Golden Master with other Mix Bus compatible modules and a 6 pin balanced output for Intellijel 1/4″ I/O outputs. This makes Golden Master 1U a useful end of chain stereo output module.
  • Milky Way 1U is a stereo FX module in 22hp. It features 16 different true stereo FX algorithms, with the ability to pan and crossfade the input signals under CV control. By utilizing the MIX OUT connector on the back the module, it integrates with other Mix Bus compatible modules.
  • Cockpit 1U is a compact 4-channel stereo mixer, with sidechain ducking in 24 hp. It features 4 white labels that can be used for naming your channels with a permanent marker. Channels 2/3/4 now have dual mono inputs, eliminating the need for jumpers on the back, channel 1 has remained stereo. As with other 1U modules, it has three behind the back connectors, namely AUX IN and MIX OUT for chaining and 6 pin balanced output for Intellijel ¼ IO outputs.

Pricing and Availability:

The new 1U modules will be available in October 2021, priced at € 200,– incl. VAT/$210 MSRP.

Mayer Intros MD900 Desktop Synthesizer & M800-R2 Eurorack Synthesizer

Mayer Intros MD900 Desktop Synthesizer & M800-R2 Eurorack Synthesizer

Mayer Electronic Music Instruments has introduced the MD900, a multitimbral polyphonic desktop synthesizer.

The MD900 offers polyphony of 16 voices, shared by the 4 multi-timbral parts. Each of the 4 parts have their own effect stack (with flanger, chorus, vibrato, reverb, delay and other options).

The heart of the voice are the two aliasing-free oscillators (OSC1,OSC2). The oscillators have two different modes: Wavetable- or Algorithm-oscillator. Each of them can run in 4 instances with detuning capabilities and spread in the stereo channels in a different way. The Noise is a sample based oscillator which can be restarted with the Note-On, run free with fix pitch or follow the Note-On pitch.

All oscillator outputs are stereo. These stereo outputs will feed in the mixer section. The output of the mixer has two paths which are the input for both stereo multimode filters (A/B). Both filter outputs feed the amps (A/B) and final these stereo outputs feed the effect stack.

Features:

  • The overall audio path is stereo. The oscillator, mixer filter, amps and effects are all in stereo.
  • Four independent arpeggiator und step sequenzer assigned to each of the four synth parts. The trigger sequencer may trigger the built in transient sample player (Drum Kit .wav) or send triggers to MIDI-Out (USB-DIN or USB-MIDI)
  • The housing is made of aluminum with real walnut wood on the front and back.
  • All components are industrial grade. Precision potentiometers with aluminum covered knobs.
  • Four independent arpeggiators
  • Step sequencer assigned to each of the four synth parts.
  • The trigger sequencer may trigger the built-in transient sample player (Drum Kit .wav) or send triggers to MIDI-Out (USB-DIN or USB-MIDI)

The MD900 XVA engine is also patch compatible with the new M800-R2 Eurorack synthesizer.

The Mayer M800-R2 is an extended Virtual Analog [XVA] eurorack polyphonic synthesizer module.

It’s essentially a Euro format version of the MD900, and patches can be shared between the two.

Details on both synths are available at the Mayer site.