Superbooth 2018 Wrap-up Posted on
Superbooth was a major success! We had such a good time seeing everyone and met some incredible new friends as well.
It's such a cool feeling to be a part of something that is growing as fast as the synthesizer industry. Superbooth has absolutely blown up in the past three years and we feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of it from the beginning.
Our newest module, Fracture, is a versatile percussion module with a wide range of sounds. Aimed at making analog style claps, loose feeling hip-hop style samples, and even voltage controlled applause, it is a super fun module to work with. It was great getting to show people what it can do and seeing everyone's positive responses.
The Eurorack industry as a whole is growing out of control. The amount of new companies that show every year is staggering. Another notable part of the Superbooth experience was the sheer amount of Eurorack and synthesizer users that come out. We got to see some incredible performances that really inspired us to keep doing what we do. Learning more about the way that people make music with this gear is such a rewarding thing.
Alex gave a talk on the philosophy behind our newest modules as well as the WMD approach to making music within the modular. He starts with a performance, then quickly runs through the feature set on the WMD Performance Mixer and our new Trigger Sequencer prototype. The event was recorded so you can check it out for yourself right here!
We saw a ton of gear. One of the standouts for us was the Schlappi Engineering Angle Grinder, a quad VCO with gnarly output. I think we were all taken back by Eric's attitude. He's one of the nicest guys ever but when it comes to his design philosophy, he designs stuff that makes the sounds he digs. He doesn't really care if it's not everyone's thing, he knows that people align with his sound, he's just got to get his gear to them. It's always inspiring to talk with new manufactures and get a sense of why they're into what they're doing. Eric was one of those guys.
After Superbooth, Alex went on to Prague and BRNO CZ. as well as Glasgow, UK doing demos and playing some shows out in various venues. He performed with the same rig that you see above, all improvised live sets. I wish we had some video footage from the events but unfortunately, they were the type of thing where you just "had to be there".
We will be doing more features on the story of WMD, the design philosophy, and our approach to music making in the future. We're excited to share it with you all.