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Some people have to go to trade shows that cover nothing but various types of floor tiles. We’re fortunate that we get to go to one about musical instruments.

Benjamin Weiss, seasoned German journalist and now product designer, as well, lets us see through his eyes at the show.

I have to say, to anyone who has been to California’s NAMM show but not Musikmesse, the entire feeling is different. Space is spread out and oddly quiet; meetings include leisurely meals of Bratwurst and beer in the sunshine. Whereas the nerdiest sound technologies at NAMM are often relegated to hidden corners, here Schneidersb├╝ro occupies a central space in a bustling music tech hall, and knobs and patch cords are everywhere.

It’s Friday, so we’re all getting a bit bleary-eyed from the din and drinks, and more of the public is flooding in. But there’s still a nice sense of some of the good stuff assembled here.

We’ll have more picks through the coming days. Back to editing video. Enjoy.

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  • taoor

    any bome box sightings?

  • taoor

    any bome box sightings?

  • heinrichz

    It looks to me like the modular systems have become the new status symbols of the those who want to look like the more serious electronic musicians. I’m wondering how many of them are actually making music that is only half as interesting as the look of their gear.
    But of course modular sytems make for great teaching tools and open up new possibilities of combining however mostly conventional sound sources and processing tools..or are there any really new synthesis buildingblocks of that sort that have not be around for decades ? Everything using analog, fm or wavetable pretty much has been done already. The addition of computer based digital systems however to modular racks are the most interesting and innovative aspect and will eventually open the the doors to really new sound design possibilities.

    • traddcliff

      disagree…much nicer alternative to starring at a monitor making music with a freakin mouse. and more inspiration than using presets.
      definitely doesnt mean youre making music though.
      just a refreshing approach.

      • heinrichz

        I’m definitely not into the mousing around either, i do like the taktile element ! I can get that with something like Maschine or Push (or some other controllers) as well. I owned a Roland System 100 back in 82 so i know about the joys of patching..i even performed live with it having to re-patch frantically between tracks:)

  • heinrichz

    It looks to me like the modular systems have become the new status symbols of the those who want to look like the more serious electronic musicians. I’m wondering how many of them are actually making music that is only half as interesting as the look of their gear.
    But of course modular sytems make for great teaching tools and open up new possibilities of combining however mostly conventional sound sources and processing tools..or are there any really new synthesis buildingblocks of that sort that have not be around for decades ? Everything using analog, fm or wavetable pretty much has been done already. The addition of computer based digital systems however to modular racks are the most interesting and innovative aspect and will eventually open the the doors to really new sound design possibilities.

    • traddcliff

      disagree…much nicer alternative to starring at a monitor making music with a freakin mouse. and more inspiration than using presets.
      definitely doesnt mean youre making music though.
      just a refreshing approach.

      • heinrichz

        I’m definitely not into the mousing around either, i do like the taktile element ! I can get that with something like Maschine or Push (or some other controllers) as well. I owned a Roland System 100 back in 82 so i know about the joys of patching..i even performed live with it having to re-patch frantically between tracks:)

  • Bobby A

    Bastl is so inspiring. I haven’t gotten into modular yet but those guys are pulling me in every time they show something. the DC motor stuff is just plain fun. You can tell they’re enjoying themselves and it makes me want to support them.

  • Bobby A

    Bastl is so inspiring. I haven’t gotten into modular yet but those guys are pulling me in every time they show something. the DC motor stuff is just plain fun. You can tell they’re enjoying themselves and it makes me want to support them.

  • Echo_sierra

    Physics hasn’t changed, does that mean we shouldn’t design a new motor?

    Analog and digital are equally limited and un-explored. Many new analog designs push far beyond their predecessors.

    Explore all means of sonic creation.

  • Echo_sierra

    Physics hasn’t changed, does that mean we shouldn’t design a new motor?

    Analog and digital are equally limited and un-explored. Many new analog designs push far beyond their predecessors.

    Explore all means of sonic creation.