Moogfest

Moogfest 2010 from charleston scene on Vimeo.

I really think Bob Moog’s kind nature is playing a much a role in the success of his after death business and events as the fact that his instruments are amazing. Make sure to visit The Bob Moog Foundation, Moog Music and the Moogfest website.

“Moogfest 2010 was a three-day festival celebrating the innovative spirit of Bob Moog. It took place Halloween weekend, October 29-31, in Asheville, NC.” – charleston scene

For more info: moogfest.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 2, 2010 at 5:11 am, filed under synthesizer and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Moog Filtatron

Moog Music is about to release an iPhone/iPad App called Filatron. It’s a Sampler with a Filter, LFO, Feedback Generator, Delay, XY Pad and Moog GUI. You can also use the mic in for live input. Like the recent Minimoog Voyager XL I have mixed feelings on this release. On one hand Moog should be applauded for moving itself somewhat into the future. On the other hand it goes against the analog purity that was Bob Moog design. I guess it’s good we can have both.

“There’s no question this could be a gateway drug to Moog’s genuine analog gear for the mass market on iOS.” – Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music

For more info on Filatron head over to Create Digital Music who has the full scoop: click here

Oh by the way here’s another leak this time via Synthtopia. A rack mount Little Phatty for $799:

“The Moog Slim Phatty is reportedly priced at $799. This is about $700 less than the Little Phatty keyboard, making it a pretty killer price for a real analog Moog synth!” – Synthtopia

For more info: moogmusic.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 12, 2010 at 3:10 am, filed under iPad, iPhone and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Moog VoyagerXL

Moog VoyagerXL. Is this real or a Photoshop? Matrixsynth says $4995. Here’s the post where people are discussing this monster: moogmusic.com/forum/9853

“Looks slightly photoshopped–but perhaps only to correct colors for posting to the web….To that point, I think that this thing looks real. Nothing jumps out at me as indicating that it’s polyphonic. But it does appear to have something like a ribon controler between the keyboard and the control panel! In all It looks like a Voyager with extended patch capabilities–something that expands the Voyager’s playability further towards the modular synthesis roots on which the original Minimoog was based. This could be quite interesting.” Jaguarfooger

For more info: moogmusic.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm, filed under synthesizer and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Microkorg Moog

Here’s a modded Korg Microkorg which pops the control panel up on an angle ala Moog style. I wish all synths had the panel angled. It just makes more sense. For another photo of this mod: click here

via Khoral Cafe 80

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 11, 2010 at 7:13 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Thereminator

If you can’t afford a pretty Moog Etherwave Plus ($519) and you still want to sound like Portishead (I know it wasn’t a real Theramin) maybe Thereminator (iTunes link) for the iPhone will do the trick for you. It’s $3 and has over 200 five star ratings.

“The theremin, originally known as the aetherphone / etherophone or termenvox / thereminvox is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without contact from the player. It is named after its Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player’s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.” – Wikipedia.org

For more info: yonac.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 17, 2010 at 5:19 am, filed under iPhone and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Analog Drum Zaps on a Minimoog Voyager


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O4_Y6506cs

A very pretty ash wood and jade green backlit Minimoog Voyager playing some drum sounds. $3,000 for one short real analog and fast envelope drum zap? You bet! Ok yeah we can multitrack these days.

“If you want THE Moog sound, this is it. Period. This has Bob Moog’s legendary synthesizer design expertise in its circuits. Say no more. It sounds amazing, looks amazing, and feels amazing. There is no substitute.” – moogmusic.com

For more info: moogmusic.com

via Matrixsynth

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on January 27, 2010 at 4:51 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Solar CV Moog Little Phatty

Little_Phatty-Limited


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkm-2OuIOhI

Oh pretty thing there you are. Sweetwater has an exclusive on a special edition Moog Little Phatty Stage II. Besides it’s pretty rear it has a Control Voltage output modification pre-installed at the Moog factory. Analog sequencer bassline fun is on the menu. This thing has CV, Midi and USB! I’m glad the economy is in the tanker because these are $1500. Do you want one too?

“You can also connect it directly to a computer running the Little Phatty Editor/Librarian. MIDI Clock Sync allows you to synchronize the LFO and arpeggiator rate to your MIDI sequencer, drum machine or software. Sample and hold, triangle, square, sawtooth and ramp wave modulations can now be perfectly timed with your rhythm track. With the pre-installed CV Output module, you also get CV output for the gate (0V – +5V), pitch (1V per octave), volume envelope (0V – 5V), filter envelope (0V – 5V), and off of the mod bus at a variable voltage.” – sweetwater.com

For more info: sweetwater.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on December 2, 2009 at 5:16 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Beautiful Moog Voyager NE Editions

Moog Voyager NE

Novamusik is selling a special version of the Moog Voyager called the “NE”. I think it’s the best looking version of the best looking synth out there. They come in several colors with white-washed cabinets, matching backlighting, matching colored rocker switches and matching capped jack panels. I like the Electric NE above and in a close second the Solar NE below. You can see the other colors at the Novamusik site: click here

Moog_Voyager-NE_Solar

They will get you for $3,295. How many weeks pay gets you one? For more info: www.moogmusic.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 19, 2009 at 6:36 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



A reminder to all rock bands.


MOOG + BIGODE
from arthur joly on Vimeo.

Here’s a quick reminder to all rock bands out there to please mix your synthesizers loudly. Don’t they sound nice in the example above? Another great example of rock loud synths in action is Granddady’s AM 180: click here

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 20, 2009 at 4:51 am, filed under music, synthesizer, video and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Old and new sound generators in the rain.


yr3wk48 moog & tonematrix
from longcat on Vimeo.

A few posts back I compared Retro vs Future audio producing technique videos. Today’s video shows old and new working together. The Moog Opus 3 was released in 1980. Vintage Synth Explorer has the Opus Manual available for download: click here ToneMatrix, Andre Michelle’s Tenori-on software clone is pure 2009: http://lab.andre-michelle.com/tonematrix

“With the ever wonderful moog opus 3, and the insanely addictive tone matrix from andre michelle… it’s freely usable so long as you have the most recent flash update, it reminds me of early software drum machines like hammerhead… it seems he is creating a whole reason-ish music creation world online all run with flash, it’s quite heavy on the CPU but very interesting x lab.andre-michelle.com/tonematrix the moog is still missing it’s string sound, but one of it’s faults allows me to just have the filter with no sound underneath which you hear at the beginning… i love this synth x” – longcat

Thanks for Robbie Knight for this video. Isn’t time shifting on a rainy (in NYC at least) Friday nice?

Related post: Thoughts and photos from the Tenori-on Berlin event.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on May 29, 2009 at 4:09 am, filed under hardware, synthesizer, video and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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