John Bowen Synth Design

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Friday, 23 December 2011 19:07

Solaris Owners Forum

If you are a new Solaris keyboard owner, make sure you register as a Forum Member, then send me an email with your user name, so that I can add you to the private Solaris Users Group. This group covers several topics, such as Future Feature suggestions and Bug List, as well as any OS updates, new Preset files, and any other data files and samples that users wish to upload and share with each other. (Note that this is for the hardware Solaris, not the Scope plug-in I make.)

Friday, 23 December 2011 16:53


Another year, another great NAMM trade show...the main difference this time was that, for the first time, I no longer had to talk about when the Solaris might be shipping, but that we have been shipping for some months now! It was really a great feeling...

I also had coverage from some online blogs and communities, such as this video from

Then there is this section from Chris Randall's blog about the NAMM show:

"I got a full demo of the Solaris from John Bowen and Bernard Wong. The Solaris is the logical progression of the Prophet VS and Wavestation. It takes those concepts and just extrapolates them out in to what a DSP-based synth can pull off in 2012. The panel is really well laid-out, and super playable. Some very crafty features internally as well, and the many mod routing possibilities, coupled with an extensive oscillator and filter library (and user samples, natch) gives it a really broad palette. I think this is going to be my next synth purchase."

You can read his entire NAMM coverage here:

Monday, 03 May 2010 00:00

Video from Synthesizer Meeting, Munich 2010

Here is a video of the entire presentation I did at the Munich Synthesizer meeting:

Friday, 26 March 2010 01:04

Videos from Music Messe 2010

I was having fun showing off some of the new features of the Solaris that were completed just a day before Messe, and Nick Batt from Sonic State came by the first day of the show to catch up on Solaris developments. If you'd like to see the latest on the Solaris, please head to the following link:

A few days later, came by with their cameras, and did a fairly long session with me going over what had changed since last time they saw the Solaris. You can catch both parts of their video review here:
John Bowen Solaris Video by - Musikmesse 2010

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Friday, 05 March 2010 23:24
Plughugger has a "5 Questions to...." interview section, and they asked me to respond. You can see the results here:
Friday, 26 February 2010 16:10

Music Messe 2010 coming...

I have received our booth assignment, and I will be sharing a booth in Frankfurt. You can find me in Hall 5.1, booth C47. Please drop by and say hello if you are there!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010 00:00

NAMM 2010 quick takes

A few photo links to start with: First is John & Brian Kehew, next is Larry Fast getting a run-through of Solaris and a photo of John, Larry Fast.

A few more added starting with Jordan Rudess getting a tour of Solaris, next is Jordan Rudess checking out the oscillator section plus Jason Miles came to hear Solaris and finally Herb Deutsch, Moog pioneer, stopped for a visit.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2009 06:11

Tutorial videos added

I've started in on my planned series of tutorial videos to introduce the Solaris user interface. There's an added tab for Videos (at left) to access these.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009 00:00


I've written some articles as a follow-up to my monthly column that appeared in German Keyboard magazine. I hope you find it a fun and fascinating look into the synthesizer design process, and perhaps inspire some of you to take your own adventure exploring and creating with the SCOPE design software. First we start with a bit of background information...

Read the beginning of The John Bowen Chronicles.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009 06:12

The Frankfurt Musik Messe 2009 is over!

Now that Musik Messe 2009 is over, I'm looking forward to getting the final v1.0 of Solaris completed. We had quite a few visitors from Germany, Russia, Poland, France, Switzerland, Italy, and even Brazil (!), although overall, attendance seemed down at this year's show. Many other respected companies (Digidesign, Native Instruments, Access, DSI, G-Force) were not in attendance, and most felt that the current economic climate was the main reason behind the lowered attendance from both manufacturers and their customers.

Sunday, 25 January 2009 06:10

NAMM Show 2009

Here's the postings from the 2009 NAMM show. Many friends came by (you can see some photos posted in the NAMM Show 2009 forum thread, or check some of the highlights here: Sonic State's WNAMM09 video, a video demonstrating Solaris features on 440tv, excellent photo coverage, and gearwire's youtube video


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