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Moog releases limited edition MF-104M Super Delay

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Moog Music has announced the release of the MF-104M Super Delay, a 560 piece limited production analog delay based on Moog’s best selling analog delay, the MF-104M.

Moog MF-104M Super Delay

The MF-104M Super Delay features over 1.2 seconds of vintage, analog delay time provided by 6 NOS Panasonic Bucket Brigade chips. The power supply, bias, and rail generating circuitry have all been improved for greater sound quality and reduced microphonics, and an Emphasis/De-Emphasis circuit has been added for reduced noise. Additionally, the delay-loop level matching circuitry from the 500 Series analog delay has been included for maximized feedback and mix stability.

“In 2005, we released the MF-104SD, of which only 250 units were ever produced,” said Cyril Lance, Moog Music Chief Engineer. “The new MF-104M Super Delay utilizes the identical vintage Bucket Brigade chips found in the classic MF-104SD, faithfully delivering a vintage grittiness that’s extremely musical,“ said Lance.

The MF-104M Super Delay includes all of the features found in the MF-104M analog delay, including MIDI control of every feature on and under the hood, a 6 Waveshape LFO, tap tempo of delay time and LFO rate, spillover mode, and the traditional short/long delay switch for bright, articulate 50ms-600ms trails, and dark, mysterious 100ms-1200ms trails.

Like all Moogerfoogers, the MF-104M Super Delay is housed in a rugged steel chassis with wood sides and utilizes CV/Expression inputs for external control of Time, Rate, Feedback, Amount, and Mix parameters. A delay feedback Insert is also available for adding external effects to the delay line.

The MF-104M Super Delay is available at Moog Music dealers worldwide, priced at $799 USD.

More information: Moog / MF-104M Super Delay

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Moog intros Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Analog Synthesizer

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Moog Music has launched Werkstatt-Ø1, a limited edition 100% analog synthesizer, in kit form.

Moog Werkstatt-Ø1

During Moogfest 2014, Moog Music facilitated a two-day workshop in which Moog engineers assisted 125 participants in building Werkstatt, an educational, patchable analog synthesizer designed specifically for the event. It was Moog’s first workshop since 1997 when Bob Moog held a theremin workshop in Portland, Maine. Led by Steve Dunnington, Moog Product Development Specialist, the Moogfest 2014 synth building workshop received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants and since then, Moog has fielded numerous requests to offer the Werkstatt analog synthesizer in a wider release. In an effort to bring this educational synth to more customers, Moog is releasing a no-soldering-required version of Werkstatt called, Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Analog Synthesizer in extremely limited quantities at select US dealers only.

“We created Werkstatt specifically as an educational tool for teaching electronics assembly techniques and analog synthesizer circuit design in a workshop at Moogfest 2014.” said Steve Dunnington. “That workshop was very special for the Moog engineers. We learned so much from the experience and each of the participants.” Over the last six weeks since the end of Moogfest 2014, Moog has moved quickly to satisfy demand and modify Werkstatt to make it appropriate outside of a workshop setting. “Assembly of the Werkstatt-Ø1 is extremely simple, so any user can quickly build and also study the circuits of an analog synthesizer that’s based on classic Moog circuits at home. While we can’t duplicate the experience of the Moogfest 2014 Engineering VIP Workshop, Werkstatt-Ø1 will still offer a valuable and fun educational experience for customers.”

The Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Analog Synthesizer features a single voltage controlled oscillator with two selectable waveshapes, saw and pulse. This section also includes a control for adjusting pulse width modulation and oscillator frequency, which extends from 8Hz to 16KHz. The voltage controlled filter section houses a classic 4-pole Moog Ladder Filter with 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, and a variable resonance control that is capable of driving the filter into self oscillation.

Werkstatt-Ø1 has two selectable modulation sources; a dual waveshape LFO with 0.2Hz-600Hz sweepable range, and a variable attack/decay envelope section with sustain on/off switch. Modulation sources are easily assigned via dedicated VCO and VCF modulation sections, each with a variable control for modulation amount.

Also included in each Werkstatt-Ø1 is a breadboard-style patchable header, which significantly expands it’s creative sonic abilities. This patchable header features a dedicated external audio input, and control voltage inputs for VCO linear FM, VCO exponential FM, VCF, VCA, and LFO. CV outputs are in pairs, and include dual outputs for Keyboard CV, EG, LFO, VCF, VCO, Gate, and Trigger.

The Werkstatt-Ø1: Moogfest 2014 Kit is available in limited quantities, at select US dealers only.

More information: Moog / Werkstatt-Ø1

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Moog ships Theremini

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Moog has announced it has begun shipping its Theremini instrument.

Moog Theremini

We are proud to announce the official release of the Theremini; a re-imagining of one of the oldest electronic musical instruments, and Bob Moog’s first love – the Theremin. It is the only known instrument that you play without touching. Moving your hands in the space around its antennas controls pitch and volume. The Theremini combines a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthesizer, Animoog, with the traditional no-touch playing of a Theremin.

The Theremini’s sound engine offers a sonic vocabulary allowing for a vast range of styles and tones. The Theremini also features controls for pitch correction, scale, and root note, which allows anyone to adjust the level of playing difficulty, and to explore new means of music creation and gestural control.

The Theremini has begun shipping and is available at authorized Moog Music Dealers worldwide, priced at $319 USD.

More information: Moog / Theremini

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Moog intros Aluminum Minimoog Voyager

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Moog has announced the availability of the Aluminum Minimoog Voyager, a limited edition of the analog synthesizer.

Moog Aluminum Minimoog Voyager

The Aluminium Minimoog Voyager is a limited edition, 100 piece production of the legendary Minimoog Voyager – the analog synthesizer that was the culmination of a lifetime of work for synthesizer pioneer Dr. Robert Moog.

It is housed in an elegantly machined, all aluminium cabinet that has been weight relieved for portability. The cabinet features a clear anodized finish with industrial fixtures securing an electric blue backlit panel with electric blue LEDs, all black switches and nuts, and electric blue pitch & mod wheels.

The Aluminum Minimoog Voyager is now available at select dealers and distributors, priced at $3,995 USD.

More information: Moog / Aluminum Minimoog Voyager

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Cluster Sound releases Rare Analog bundle for Live

Cluster Sound has announced Rare Analog, a bundle comprising 5 Live Packs.

Cluster Sound Rare Analog

We are proud to present you Rare Analog, a massive Live Bundle featuring five of the rarest and most valuable synths & reverb units from the ’70s.

The collection is 40% off but if you already own one or more included titles the final price will be reduced further.

Rare Analog features

  • Includes Oscar: Oxford (O.S.C.) Oscar, Sonix: Moog Sonic Six, Pathos: Korg PS-3200, Sigman: Korg Sigma, Space Station: Ursa Major SST-282.
  • 7,800+ WAV samples, 4.65 GB content.
  • 505 Instrument Racks.
  • 273 Live Clips.
  • 800 Audio Multi-Clips.
  • 224 Convolution Reverb Racks.
  • 14 Convolution Reverb Pro Devices.
  • 12 Audio Effect Racks.

The bundle is available for purchase for 89 EUR.

More information: Cluster Sound / Rare Analog

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Bob Moog Foundation announces Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

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Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

The History Center in Tompkins County, in partnership with the Bob Moog Foundation, has announced the opening of the exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

Illustrating the story of Dr. Robert Moog and the creation and evolution of the groundbreaking electronic instruments bearing his name, Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer provides museum visitors with a wide-ranging, interactive insight into Dr. Moog’s inventions and the creative process behind their design and development.

Based on interviews with family members, colleagues, and contemporaries, including Herbert Deutsch, Bernie Worrell, Shirleigh Moog, David Borden, and many more, the exhibition provides a unique view into the creative genius of Bob Moog, one of the founding fathers of modern electronic music. With rare Moog instruments such as a vacuum tube theremin, a Trumansburg-era Minimoog, and one of only three R. A. Moog Company PMS-15 amplifiers ever sold, Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer will be the first major exhibition on Bob Moog and Moog Synthesizers to occur in the region, and will run through May 31st, 2015.

Robert Moog came to Ithaca, NY in 1957 to begin his PhD work at Cornell University. He founded the R.A. Moog, Co. in the late 1950s, selling theremins and theremin kits throughout Ithaca. In 1963, Moog opened a storefront for his small factory in nearby Trumansburg, NY. It was there that the Moog modular synthesizer and the iconic Minimoog were born. The factory grew to become a mainstay in the region until Moog sold the company in 1971, and the new owners moved it to Williamsville, NY.

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer tells the story of Moog’s Trumansburg years, through the oral histories of those who knew him, worked with him, and shared his path in shaping a revolution in sound, technology, and music.

More information: The History Center / Switched-On

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ZooTooK releases MiniMojo for Reaktor

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ZooTooK has released MiniMojo, a free Reaktor ensemble using a new isomorphic algorithm called Analog Legacy.

ZooTooK MiniMojo
The MiniMojo with phaser, flanger, and base echo devices.

Analog Legacy is the theory of modulating all functions in a synthesizer at all frequencies. The key is to find the right balance of the modulation depth for each frequency. Minimojo is the first attempt to use this theory in practice.

Just to make it clear: The Minimojo is not in any way a copy of MONARK. I have not used or have had access to MONARK during the making of Minimojo. Instead the old ensemble Minimood made by NI in 1999, which has then been modified by several users, has been used as the starting point. I think that the basic structure will be recognizable from that early ensemble.

The ensemble is a free download from the Reaktor User Library. The Base Echo RE-012 (Roland Space Echo RE-201 emulation) featured in the ensemble is also available to download separately. These ensembles require a full version of Reaktor.

More information: MiniMojo

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