If synthesizers and drum machines are your groove, you’re certainly aware that Superbooth 2017 started yesterday in Berlin. The show is twice as large this year and the sheer amount of new stuff that was launched and demoed on day one is simply stunning.
Apart from the two new Novation synthesizers which we wrote about on Wednesday, the visitors also had the chance to see the new Jomox AlphaBase drum synthesizer, two new Behringer synthesizers, updates on U-He plugins, and much more. BPB is at the show this year as well, so keep an eye on our YouTube channel and this page for more updates and videos from Superbooth 2017.
Novation Peak & Circuit Mono Station
The info about the new Novation synths leaked one day prior to the show where they were supposed to be announced officially, but this didn’t make seeing and hearing them in person any less exciting. Peak and Circuit Mono Station sound great and cover both the higher-end and budget segments of the synth market. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to upgrade your current synth setup.
The information about Digitakt has been available for quite some time now, but this is the first time that the machine was actually played live. Even though it’s still under development, Digitakt looks like an incredibly powerfuly music-making device at this point, as you can hear in Cenk Sayinlin’s superb performance below.
JoMoX Alpha Base
One of the most exciting products announced at Superbooth 17 was definitely the Alpha Base drum synthesizer by JoMoX. Featuring the legendary JoMoX kick sound accompanied by a number of other drum modules and sample playback possibilities, this is a drum synthesis and sequencing force to be reckoned with. Expected to hit the stores in July or August this year.
Arturia Step Range Black Edition
Arturia keeps coming up with new products this year, bringing a refreshed lineup of its Step range of MIDI controllers to Superbooth 2017. Apart from the dark color scheme, the Black Edition versions of KeyStep, BeatStep Pro and BeatStep come bundled with CV cables to make them even more useful out-of-the-box. This is a limited product release, so be sure to act fast if you want to add one (or all) of these to your studio.
Zebra 2 Update
U-He has unveiled an updated version of the Zebra 2 virtual synthesizer, now featuring a brand new look and slightly tweaked functionality. The new version is a free update for existing customers and will be the final v2 update before the release of Zebra 3.
Superbooth 17 was excellent, and definitely an upgrade to the already fantastic premiere show from last year. It is like a theme park for electronic musicians and sound designers, with all sorts of crazy synths and drum machines scattered all over the place. Here’s looking for an even bigger show next year!