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5 of the best Superbooth showstoppers

We select our favourite new machines from one of the planet’s biggest tech shows

  • Words: Gavin Herlihy
  • 18 July 2019

1
Elektron Digitone

Sweden’s Elektron has never been afraid to walk on the wild side. Its keyboard version of last year’s Digitone features the bulk of the controls on the left of the 37 keys. A bold decision, they say, to make it more playable, and when you look at its nuts and bolts, one that pays off. £1,100, www.elektron.se

2
UDO Super 6

It looks like a cross between an SH101 and a Juno 106 but new UK company Udo’s debut features a new type of digital synthesis courtesy of DDs oscillators and a synth that claims to be a true ‘binaural’ stereo polysynth. Capable of 12 voices, six ‘super’ voices promise a full synth for each ear. £2k+ (tba), udo-audio.com

3
Korg Volca Nu Bass/ Nu:Tekt

Korg’s affordable Volca range revolutionised access to analogue and later digital hardware. Now the story continues with the Nu:Tekt, a tiny, self-build, digital synth, and NuBass, a tube drive 303-style bass synth. £tbd(Nu:Tekt)/£179 (NuBass) www.korg.com/uk

4
Polyend Preset

Poland’s Polyend is one of the most innovative new tech companies out there. Preset could be a game-changer for modular in that it lets you recall and sequence multiple CV output parameters. It has 32 banks of 32 presets in a module that offers unprecedented control over your rig. £346, www.polyend.com

5
Novation Summit

Novation’s Flagship synth combines the best bits of the Peak in a 16-voice polysynth powered by the Peak’s high-res FPGA oscillators. It has an impressive heritage (the lead designer was behind the OSCAR and the WASP) and its ability to control dual layers of sounds is eye-catching. £1909, www.novationmusic.com

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