Day one of Superbooth, Berlin’s annual synthesizer summit, was full of excellent and potentially important instruments. From experimental sound generators to analogue polysynths and drums machines, here’s what we loved so far.
1IK Uno Drum
IK’s Uno Drum pairs analogue sounds with PCM samples for an enormously flexible, playable and affordable little drum machine. And it runs off batteries for mobile beatmaking.
2U.D.O. Super 6
The Super 6 is the first instrument from new synthmakers on the block, U.D.O. Although the new company had teased the Super 6 ahead of the show, today was the first chance anyone had to hear it. The 12-voice polysynth employs FPGA digital oscillators, which run into an analogue signal path for warm filtering.
The synth takes its cues from the Jupiter 8 and Juno 6 in the immediacy of control available but it is still an original design. Throw into the mix a ‘binaural’ mode for super lush, stereo sound and supersaw capabilities on oscillator 1, and this is a really attractive synth.
The Summit is Novation’s brand-new 16-voice polysynth and is broadly two Peak synthesizers plus an SL MkIII keybed. There’s more to it than that, though, as we found out at Superbooth.
4Soma Laboratory Enner
Far from your run-of-the-mill, Soma Laboratory has a brand-new prototype sound generator called Enner that uses skin conductivity for audio routing and parameter control. It’s truly bizarre and we like it.
5Superlative Instruments SB-1/Space Bee
The Space Bee is a reworking of the classic Roland SH-101, but with some modern twists, including a rechargeable, replaceable battery, super low profile and a neat little XY joystick.
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