Superbooth 2018: All the best bits from this year’s synth-a-thon


While Superbooth mostly concerns itself with the hardware realm of electronic instrumentation, there were still a few notable software companies dropping big updates. Perhaps one of the most interesting this year was Spectrasonics’ update of Omnisphere.

Version 2.5 sees the heavyweight softsynth add hardware integration into the mix, allowing you to take control of some of the most popular hardware synths out there.

Haken Audio and La Voix du Luthier 

Introducing the newest instrument to its roster were Haken Audio with the ContinuuMini. The smaller version to the hugely expressive Continuum is scaled down with a fewer number of sensors. This means that it’s monophonic, but also polyphonic at the same time; notes can only be played one at a time, but can sustain polyphonically, so there’s no voice stealing.

The ContinuuMini comes with its own editor for the onboard sound engine and the booth was also home to the La Voix du Luthier Onde acoustic speaker. The self-powered speakers operate on the same principles as any acoustic instrument and and offer line-level stereo in  and Bluetooth audio (aptX).

Simon Arblaster
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I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.