A new Nord: the Wave, keeping true to the red livery of its predecessors.

New stuff with knobs, keys, and touchscreens: yep, it’s Giant German Music Tech Trade Show time.

Our friend Rainer Knobloch got to spend a few hours on the Messe show floor, so we politely pointed him to some of the gear that inspired the most drool. Topping the list, of course, is Clavia’s new Nord Wave, just because Clavia hasn’t yet published anything on their site. (More Nord details coming later today; sorry for the delay.) But we also learn via these photos just how cool the Arturia Origin’s flip-up panel looks, and we get to see John Bowen cradle his new synth, the Solaris. (See our interview.)

Messe 07, by Rainer [Flickr Set]

First the Korg RADIAS, now this: flip-up controls are in.

If you were at Messe and shot some photos of your own, feel free to add them to our Flickr pool. More of my favorites:

Coming in with a truly unusual name, Lemur is followed by — Dexter. Which always makes me think of the Avalanches’ Frontier Psychiatrist. And Dexter’s Laboratory. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

If you’re ever the proud parent of a brilliant new synth design, you’ll be smiling, too.