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Spectrasonics updates Bob Moog Tribute Library

Spectrasonics has updated its Bob Moog Tribute Library for Omnisphere with new patches.

Spectrasonics Bob Moog Tribute Library
Spectrasonics adds 78 patches to the Tribute library in celebration of Bob Moog’s birthday.

To celebrate the anniversary of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday, Spectrasonics have released 78 brand new Omnisphere patches for the Bob Moog Tribute Library! With the addition of the new ‘birthday’ patches created by Producer Eric Persing, the library now features over 800 stunning sounds for Omnisphere, the company’s flagship synthesizer.

The new patches are a continuation of the tribute to honor the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Dr. Robert Moog and support the ongoing work of the Bob Moog Foundation. In 2011 Spectrasonics produced the Tribute library with the generosity and creative talents of many renowned synthesizer artists, and has been a huge success in benefiting the Foundation allowing them to expand their educational outreach programs. 100% of the proceeds from the “Bob Moog Tribute Library” go to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation.

“The stunning sonic offerings of the Bob Moog Tribute Library have helped generate unprecedented support for our mission. We are delighted to see Spectrasonics celebrating Bob’s birthday by expanding the musical landscape once again.” said Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation.

The sounds in the library were created by more than 40 of the world’s top synth artists, remixers and sound designers, including Hans Zimmer, Vince Clarke, Jean Michel Jarre, The Crystal Method, Jordan Rudess, Money Mark, Bernie Worrell, Larry Fast, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Ryuichi Sakamoto, Morgan Page, Keith Shocklee, Steve Porcaro, Fredwreck, Jan Hammer, Michael Boddicker, Richard Devine, Patrick Moraz, Eddie Jobson, Diego Stocco, Danny Elfman, The Moog Cookbook, and many more.

The Bob Moog Tribute Library’s 2.4GB of Soundsources were developed using highly creative processing techniques-often with exotic gear like rare Buchla Modulars, Jarre’s EMS Synthi AKS, Zimmer’s massive Modular Moog and even Persing’s one of a kind OMG-1 Synthesizer. With so many different world-class artists contributing, the library is very rich in style and filled with inspiring, cutting edge sounds.

The Bob Moog Tribute Library is available to purchase for $100 USD. Existing Tribute Library customers can download the new patches for free from the Omnisphere updates area.

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Moog Music lowers price on Little Phatty II in celebration of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday

Moog has announced that for a limited time the Little Phatty Stage II synthesizer will be available to purchase at a lower price in honor of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday.

Synthesizer pioneer Robert A. Moog was born in New York City on May 23rd, 1934. Now, 78 years later, Moog Music, the company founded by Dr. Moog, continues a fresh celebration of his life and innovative spirit. This week in downtown Asheville, NC, a new mural was unveiled on the building that bears his name. To continue this celebration, today Moog Music announced a special price on Bob Moog’s final synthesizer design: the Little Phatty analog monosynth.

Moog Little Phatty IIMoog Little Phatty II analog mono syntheszizer.

“All of our customers and everyone at Moog Music celebrate Bob’s genius every day,” said Moog Music CEO, Michael Adams. “Bob inspired so many others to create, to design, to play, and to dream. It’s an honor for all of us here at Moog to carry on that legacy. We do it by honoring his vision, designing products that proudly carry his name, and by supporting the Bob Moog Foundation.”

“Before Bob’s passing in 2005, he was working on a brand new analog synthesizer design. His goal was to create a more affordable, high quality analog synthesizer. He succeeded, and that synthesizer would eventually become known as the Little Phatty. In honor of Bob’s birthday, we have decided to roll back the price on the Little Phatty to its original street price of $1,195. We hope that the many musicians out there who have always dreamed of owning a Moog will take advantage of this opportunity, and begin exploring a world Bob created with this amazing instrument,” said Adams.

The Little Phatty Stage II will be available for $1,195 through US authorized dealers until June, 30 2012. Additionally, On May 23rd Moog Music is donating 50% of its website clothing and merchandise sales to the Bob Moog Foundation along with a Moog Etherwave Theremin for every $350 in cash donated.

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Moog Music celebrates Bob Moog’s 78th birthday with promotion to benefit Bob Moog Foundation

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Moog Music has announced that it will donate 50% of all online clothing and merchandise sales on May 23rd to the Bob Moog Foundation, in celebration of Bob Moog’s 78th birthday.

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Purchase Moog Music clothing on May 23rd to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation.

For every $350 raised, the company will also donate one Etherwave Theremin to the Foundation’s educational initiative, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, to complete the DBSS Educational Kit that is provided to each participating school. Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool teaches elementary school students the science of sound through the magic of music.

Moog Music will feature a brand new line of product-inspired apparel boasting graphics bold enough to induce a geekfest for synth enthusiasts everywhere. DVDs, CDs, mugs and other ephemera will be part of the benefit promotion.

More information: Moog / Bob Moog Foundation

Moog intros Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer

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Moog Music has announced the release of Minitaur, the newest addition to Moog’s Taurus Bass Synthesizer family.

Moog Minitaur

Minitaur is a compact and powerful analog bass synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function layout. Most notably, it is the first instrument in the Taurus family that does not have foot pedals. At only 8.5” x 5.25” and less than 3lbs, the Minitaur puts powerful analog Moog bass into a package designed to fit seamlessly into today’s performance and production environments. The Minitaur will be introduced at Winter NAMM Booth #5000 at the Anaheim Convention Center, January 19-22, 2012.

The release of Minitaur marks the next chapter in the Taurus family history, by introducing a new form factor, control interface and increased level of accessibility. “The Minitaur has all the growl, snarl and body associated with the Taurus family of bass synthesizers. We’re really excited to be able to offer this in such a compact package that is both immediately playable as an extremely versatile analog synth and also integrates seamlessly into the world of MIDI and USB control environments,” says Cyril Lance, Chief Engineer of Moog Music.

The Taurus Bass Pedals enjoy a nearly 40-year history and have made a seismic impact in the music world since their introduction in the mid-Seventies. “The Taurus opened up so many possibilities for me…it also opened up a whole way of looking at what I do,” says Geddy Lee, of the multi-platinum band Rush.

In 2009, Moog Music released the Taurus 3 Bass Pedals, a modern reinterpretation of the classic Taurus Bass Pedals. The Taurus 3 is currently used by artists such as The Black Keys, Animal Collective, Jean Michel Jarre, Yes, Weezer, Rush, and The Dave Matthews Band.

Since the inception of Moog Music, Bob Moog tested his ideas, instruments and sounds on musicians as a key part of the product development process. In keeping with this tradition, Minitaur has been presented to a broad array of producers, artists and songwriters including Geddy Lee of Rush, techno legend Derrick May, Flying Lotus, Moby, Holy F*ck and renowned record producer Nick Raskulinecz as a part of the final product development process. The enthusiastic response from these artists marks the beginning of the next generation in the Taurus Bass Synthesizer line.

Minitaur features

  • Compact rugged steel chassis.
  • One knob per function interface.
  • Two ultra stable oscillators with Sawtooth and Square waveshapes.
  • Classic Taurus Style Moog ladder filter.
  • Two Minimoog-style Envelope generators for modulating VCF and VCA.
  • Midi-syncable LFO with Controls for Rate, VCO LFO Amount, and VCF LFO Amount.
  • DIN MIDI and MIDI over USB.
  • Analog Control inputs for pitch, filter, volume and gate.
  • External audio input.
  • Headphone output.

The Minitaur is shipping in Spring 2012, priced $679 USD.

More information: Moog / Minitaur

Arturia updates Moog Modular V to v2.6

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Arturia has updated the Moog Modular V, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Arturia Moog Modular V

Arturia, in partnership with Bob Moog, has made a faithful reproduction of one of the most famous series of synthesizers: Moog Modular. Whether recreating the abstract tonal qualities of the classic electronic soundtracks, or pushing forward the sonic boundaries of today, the Moog Modular V is the synthesizer of choice for sound exploration, anywhere, anytime. It has all the vibe and the fat sound of the original, cleverly combined with important contemporary features like polyphony, MIDI control, loading and saving of patches…

Changes in Moog Modular V 2.6

  • MIDI Control Assignment Improvement.
  • Support for 64-bit VST and Audio Unit.
  • Support for Pro Tools 9 & 10.
  • Support for Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion).

Moog Modular V for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $249 USD / 229 EUR.

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Moog celebrates production of MF-101 Lowpass Filter serial number 10,000 with $50 rebate

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Moog Music MF-101 Lowpass Filter

Moog Music has announced a limited time promotion on its Moogerfooger effect pedals.

In 1998, Bob Moog released the first MF-101 Lowpass Filter to the world. Today, Moog Music celebrates the production of serial number 10,000!

In honor of this milestone and as a thank you to our customers who made it possible, we are offering a $50 mail-in rebate on all Moogerfooger purchases. Just in time for the holidays, buy a Moogerfooger from an authorized Moog Dealer and Moog Music will send you a check for $50. Offer available November 14 through December 31, 2011

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Moog Music intros The Ladder 500 series dynamic transistor ladder filter

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Moog Music has announced the release of The Ladder, a Professional 500 Series Dynamic Ladder Filter based on Bob Moog’s original ladder filter design.

Moog The Ladder

The Ladder is Moog Music’s first 500 series module for the Pro Audio market and is designed to add depth, flexibility and classic Moog vibe to sound sources.

“There have been a lot of firsts for Moog this year.” said Mike Adams, President/CEO of Moog Music Inc. “The release of Animoog, the first professional synthesizer for the iPad has introduced us to whole new segment of customers. Now The Ladder will reacquaint Moog with the Pro Audio community that embraced Moog Modular Synthesizers in the 1960′s. We are very happy to see the market utilizing this exciting format and we look forward to developing other modules.”

The Ladder packs all the punch, fullness and analog euphoria of the original Moog Filter, but adds key component and feature upgrades required for professional studio use. From classic Moog filtering and vibe to modern sweetening and wild, exciting behavior; The Ladder is a powerful, articulate sound sculpting tool.

The Ladder features

  • Low Pass and High Pass: The Ladder has inherited the smoothest all analog filter section possible. Choose between LP and HP at the flick of a switch.
  • Cutoff: Simply adjust this knob to determine where The Ladder begins to sculpt the sound.
  • Attack and Release: These variable controls allow you to perfectly dial in the timing behavior of The Ladder’s envelope section. Use them to open and close the envelope as fast as lightning, or slow as molasses.
  • Amount: Use in Positive or Negative mode for mild to extreme sound shaping and manipulation. The amount determines how much signal is sent to the envelope section of The Ladder. From slight timbral excitement and voicing to extreme compression-like behavior and even reversed filtering is achievable.
  • Resonance: Controls the amount of harmonic bump at the cutoff frequency. This is the voice of The Ladder. Create sweet, dynamic or extreme speech like behavior and beyond. Accentuate specific frequencies to excite a sound or create completely new and unique ones. NOTE: The Ladder’s Resonance control can push the unit into self-oscillation. This can be used for effect if desired.
  • 2Pole/4Pole: Select how aggressive the filter slope is. 2 pole is equal to 12db per octave, which is smooth and sweet, while 4 pole is 24db per octave, which is hard, aggressive and most similar to a Classic Moog filter.
  • Bypass: Totally transparent relay bypass for routing and A/B comparison.

The Ladder will be available at Moog Dealers worldwide in December 2011 for MSRP $849 USD.

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Arturia updates minimoog V to v2.5

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Arturia has updated the minimoog V, a virtual synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Arturia minimoog V

From the starship funk lead lines of the 70’s, to the gangster whine of mid 90’s hip-hop, the ever present minimoog has been making its phat presence felt for over 3 decades.

In partnership with Bob Moog, we decided to reproduce the legendary interface with the same look and feel than the original because of its particular “mood”, and because many musicians wish to use the same interface they used in the past. But the reproduction of this synthesizer does not stop to the look and feel, we also recreated its inside characteristics…

Changes in minimoog V v2.5

  • Support for 64-bit VST and Audio Unit.
  • Support for Pro Tools 9.
  • MIDI Control Assignment Improvement.
  • Update of toolbar look and feel.
  • Added support for NRPN MIDI controls.
  • Added triangle LFO waveform.

The minimoog V for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $249 USD / 229 EUR.

More information: Arturia / minimoog V