Musicmesse March 12th-15th 2014
As we often say at this time of year, this show is MASSIVE - the sheer size of the site is awesome and takes a while to figure out even how to get around. We speak from bitter experience, my first year there resulted in prolonged and expensive physiotherapy after lugging a laptop around with me for three days completely ruined my shoulder.
Now we are veterans and know where the free beer is, it's much more manageable. So what can we expect this year? It's only been 6 weeks since NAMM, the other major event in our show season.
Waldorf Streichfett: Announced before the show, this uses the Rocket and 2-Pole desktop case format. It's a fully polyphonic string machine aimed to emulate the classics from 70's and 80's with an additional mono voice plus onboard effects. Our first appointment!
Arturia: They tell us something new is coming but we have no idea what, but the BeatStep certainly got everybody excited at NAMM, so our video crew is practicing a standing start - think four man bob sprint.
Roland AIRA System-1 - we know what it is, but so far much of the exposure has been fairly rigid demonstrations. The AIRA range has set the web on fire thats for sure, we hope to ask a few deeper questions and get a sense of what it really has to offer and even a bit of hands-on ourselves.
Korg Arp Odyssey: - when Korg dropped the bombshell news that they are remaking the Arp Odyssey in conjunction with one of the original team as an analogue remake, we immediately thought - will be at Musikmesse? So far the signs are not good, but you never know. We will be along there asap just to make sure.
Boutique Synth Goodness: Of course no trip to Musikmesse would be complete without a visit to the Schneiders Superbooth, ans this year we hope to catch up with Mr Doepfer, MFB and as many other synthesizer creators as we can!
Bert Smørenburg gives us his take on the new monster synth
Tools for remixing on-the-fly and standalone functionality