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Brand new synths and drum machines, workshops and opportunities to meet manufacturers… Greg Scarth explains why Berlin’s Superbooth has quickly become a key fixture on the electronic music calendar.
Superbooth isn’t your average synth meet. In fact, it’s become one of the most important annual events on the calendar for the electronic music industry. So much so that you could already class it as a smaller version of the all-conquering trade shows like NAMM and Musikmesse.
Set up by Andreas Schneider, the founder of much-loved Berlin synth store SchneidersLaden and its distribution company Schneiders Büro, the second annual Superbooth event took place this weekend in the German capital. Moving a few miles south-east out of the city from its previous home at Funkhaus, this year’s event took place in the larger, woodland-shrouded FEZ family activity centre, offering a series of workshops, performances and panel discussions plus opportunities to get hands-on with the exhibitors’ kit.
Superbooth is billed as a synth meet, but the huge involvement of manufacturers and software developers shows how important it’s already becoming. Just about every major synth manufacturer was present at this year’s event – many of whom were making their second visit, having appeared at last year’s instalment. Schneider’s links to the modular synth community also meant there were countless smaller companies present, with some of them making their first forays into this kind of event.