Friends of synth-based sonic experimentation will be looking forward to Thomann’s Synth Reactor event this week from 14-17 March. Some of the most talked-about synth YouTubers around will be there to get their hands on any bit of kit they want to take for a spin from Thomann’s huge product inventory – and then put it to use creating new soundscapes, beats, songs, noise or whatever else enters their warped little minds. Then a film crew is on hand to bring you the ensuing madness and (hopefully) magic.
Here’s a full list of all the 25 names Thomann has selected for this year’s event:
LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER / Cuckoo / BoBeats / Doctor Mix / DivKid / HAINBACH / Rachel K Collier / Dawless Jammin’ / Simon The Magpie / The Tuesday Night Machines / Ann Annie / Once Upon A Synth / Jakob Haq / PlugInGuru / Molten Music Technology / Accurate Beats / Automatic Gainsay / Noir Et Blanc Vie / SynthMania / Gaz Williams / Multiplier / SoundsAndGear / 8-Bit Keys / VØSNE / Synth Anatomy
Among this list, of course, are names like LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER, whose antics we enjoy immensely, and our very own gearnews.com synth contributor Robin Vincent, aka. Molten Music Technology. Robin will no doubt be passing on his learning and experience to some of the younger whippersnappers at the event. Fingers crossed he gets his voice back in time for Day One!
This year, the event will all about synths. A similar show/workshop thing was held last year, but also involved guitars. In 2019, it’s being recast as Thomann Synth Reactor; last year it was called Thomann Gear University. I think that will let them hone in on the whole synth/modding/Eurorack crowd and make for a more focussed and hopefully engaging show. Many big and small manufacturers will also be there, including Korg, Yamaha, Moog, NI, Arturia, Elektron, Doepfer and Roli, as well as audio brands like Universal Audio and Steinberg.
If you can’t make it to Treppendorf, Germany, you can get in on the action by searching for the hashtag #TSR19 on your social media platform of choice. Here you can subscribe to Thomann’s new Synthesizer Channel on Youtube, where you can keep up with all the craziness going on at #TSR19. And here’s the announcement video about the synth experts taking part: