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Just over a week ago I made a slightly last minute decision to visit SuperBooth in Fez Berlin. I could only make it for a day but I thought that it would be worth it. A few years back I went to Musik Messe in Frankfurt and that was pretty cool, so I was interested to see what SuperBooth would be like.

As far as I can tell SuperBooth is going to really take over from Musik Messe in terms of the synth world at least. It was literally packed with every kind of synth you could possibly think of. I had the whole day to check stuff out, but I think I still managed to miss a few things.

So here are some of the highlights from my day.

Bastl instruments (makers of the amazing and tiny Kastle synth) had an excellent booth with some new products. They had a lot of very cool stuff to play with as well. I was especially impressed with the ‘Dude’, a tiny mixer that the Bastl guys were using on their stand. Stay tuned for more information on this device.

Next I visited Soulsby Synths. You might remember that I interviewed Paul Soulsby when the original Atmegatron appeared. Soulsby synths have come a long way since then, and their product portfolio has become quite substantial too.

One of the highlights of going to events like SuperBooth is to meet up with people who I haven’t seen in ages. It was great to catch up with the guys from Musik App Manufaktur, which is made up from Triqtraq, Modstep, Elastic Drums and zMors. I also bumped into Rolf (Mr nLog) who I haven’t seen in ages and ages.

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Another highlight was seeing a bit more of the OP-Z, which I believe is going to be a big hit when it comes out. This is the first time I’ve seen it with an accompanying app too, but I apologise for the dreadful picture.

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Another thing I wanted to check out was the Tracktion Waveform running on a Raspberry Pi. The Tracktion guys had it set up but didn’t have any audio running out, which was a bit of a shame really. It looked good, but until I can hear it I don’t really have an opinion on how this thing works. I’m hoping to get it up and running on my Pi3 soon and even get it working with the Pi Octo Sound, which arrived last week. Anyway, enough of that for now.

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Lastly I thought I’d visit the Craft synth booth to have a look at this little DIY synth, but the guys on the booth didn’t seem very interested at all, which was a shame really. I would’ve liked to have got to know a bit more about this synth.

So that was SuperBooth. It was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely go again next year. If you can make it then you certainly should too.

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