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Synth-Werk Barberpole Phaser

Synth-Werk Barberpole Phaser  ·  Source: Amazona


Synth-Werk Barberpole Phaser is an undertaking aiming to revive the vintage phaser unit built by Harald Bode in 1981.


Legend has it that only three of the phaser units were originally completed, so this is an especially rare opportunity to learn about the project at Superbooth 23.

Synth-Werk Barberpole Phaser

If you’re wondering what exactly a Barberpole Phaser is – it’s an effect created with comb filter peaks, which is based on the Shepard scale and the Shepard-Risset glissando.

These phenomena were first stumbled upon back in the 1960s and allow the phasing effect to produce a perpetual ascending or descending glissando, or filter glide when a signal is present.


If the Synth-Werk Barberpole Phaser is anything as authentic a recreation as their classic synth modules, it should be an exciting prospect. The Munich-based company follows the same hand assembly methods that the famous Moog Music factory in Trumansburg, NY did in the 1960s.

The original Barberpole Phaser feature list. · Source: Synthtopia

The project is a collaboration between developer Gerhard Mayrhofer, the ZKM Center for Art and Media, and the University of Music in Karlsruhe.

The Baberpole is capable of producing a range of modulation and panoramic effects, ranging from subtle to completely outlandish. You can set the number of comb filter peaks from between 3 and 9, and there is an adjustable fuzz distortion in the input stage.

Pricing and availability:

More info will follow at Superbooth 23 next week, you can check out Synth-Werk at stand O296 to learn more about the project. Pricing is unknown, but we speculate that a hand-built 2U vintage effects unit will likely be in the $2000-$3000 price range.

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Synth-Werk Barberpole Phaser

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