Moog releases Theremini Advanced Software Editor for Windows & Mac

Moog has announced the release of Theremini Advanced Software Editor, a free application that allows for designing Theremini sounds.

Moog Theremini Advanced Software Editor

Unlock your Theremini’s unseen world of sonic possibilites with the Moog Theremini Advanced Software Editor. This editor puts the power of sound design in your hands by allowing you to access new layers of the Theremini’s synthesis engine.

Easily craft new and exciting sounds for your Moog Theremini, re-sculpt existing presets, and share your sonic creations with others. The Moog Theremini Advanced Software Editor also includes an exclusive library of new presets to kick-start your creative process.

The Theremini Advanced Software Editor for Windows and Mac is a free download for registered owners.

More information: Moog Music / Theremini Advanced Software Editor

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Bob Moog Foundation features legendary Modular Synth & hosts innovative new company at NAMM 2015

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Bob Moog Foundation booth at last year's NAMM Show

The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its return to NAMM, the global music industry trade show held in Anaheim, CA, from January 22-25, 2015.

Furthering the success of their innovative educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and their preservation efforts of the Bob Moog Foundation Archives, the Foundation will provide NAMM attendees with a rare education and insight into innovative synthesizer technology, past, present, and future.

The Foundation will celebrate strides in innovation as it shares its expanded booth space with bourgeoning new company, ‘Vo. ‘Vo features inventor Paul Vo’s groundbreaking work incorporating Acoustic Synthesis. Best known for his invention of the technology behind the Moog Guitar and the more recent Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer, Vo observes, “through Acoustic Synthesis, we can explore the sonic possibilities of acoustic instruments, and even previously unimagined objects of acoustic art, with the same depth we now explore electronic instruments.”

Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director, Bob Moog Foundation

Michael Koehler, CEO of ‘Vo, shares his vision for the company. “The world was amazed in 2007 when the Moog Guitar was released and again in 2013 with the Vo-96. This year, ‘Vo will give NAMM-goers a taste of where Paul has taken his original concept with a sneak peek of our next product.” Koehler goes on to share his feelings on ‘Vo’s relationship with the Bob Moog Foundation.

“‘Vo is about innovation at its core. The Bob Moog Foundation is about innovation at its core. It is natural for our companies to have a mutually supportive relationship. We are extremely proud to be with them at NAMM and are looking forward to where the future will bring us.”

Steve Porcaro and Michael Boddicker checking out the vintage Moog Modular

The Foundation will also be honoring musical history as it hosts Michael Boddicker’s behemoth custom Moog modular synthesizer. Michael Boddicker is a preeminent session synthesist who has worked with artists including Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, George Benson, Olivia Newton-John, Joe Cocker, and Whitney Houston. A long-time close friend of Bob Moog, Boddicker is also known for his work scoring Flashdance, Buckaroo Banzai, Apocalypse Now, and more.

As a result of his extensive work, Boddicker’s Moog modular is one of the most recorded synthesizers in music history. The instrument will be demonstrated throughout the weekend by the Foundation’s Archive and Education Specialist, Marc Doty. This marks the third year in a row that that Foundation is featuring vintage Moog modular systems in their booth, a representation of their commitment make electronic music history accessible people of all walks of life.

More information: Bob Moog Foundation

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Moog recommences manufacturing large format modular synthesizers

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Moog Music has announced that is manufacturing a limited amount of three of the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15, three large format modular synths.

Moog System 55

January 19, 2014 Asheville, NC: 50 years ago the Moog modular synthesizer represented as radical a transition as Kandinski’s abstracts or Kodak’s cameras – offering both a break from yesterday and a startling glimpse of tomorrow. And, as with all cultural explosions, the impact of Dr. Moog’s invention was impossible to evaluate from the epicentre. It’s only now, 50 years down the line that we can get some measure of the importance, and the sheer untapped potentiality of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

Today, it is with great excitement that we announce our plans to recommence a limited run manufacturing of three of our most sought after 5U large format modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973.

To commemorate the announcement, we shot a short film at our factory about the deeply inspiring and multifaceted relationship artists have with modular synthesizers. The video features electronic music pioneers such as Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Herb Deutsch alongside performances by contemporary modular artists like Holy Ghost! (DFA), Gavin Russom (ECSTATIC/Entropy Trax), Max Ravitz AKA Patricia (L.I.E.S./Spectral Sound/Opal Tapes), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Western Vinyl), Jacques Greene (Vase/LuckyMe) and M. Geddes Gengras (Stones Throw). Each artist played a patch live, in one take, with no overdubs on one or more of the new Moog Modular systems.

The System 55 is available for purchase for 35,000 USD; System 35 is $22,000 USD, and the Model 15 costs $10,000 USD.

More information: Moog Music / Moog Modular

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AudioThing releases Satellite synth instrument for Kontakt

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AudioThing has announced the release of Satellite, a synthesizer instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

AudioThing Satellite

The Satellite is a rare and less known Moog synthesizer from the mid 70s. It’s a monophonic preset synthesizer with one VCO and limited modulations. It was used mostly as an add-on for electric organs, in fact, the US company Thomas Organ bought the license to build it.

Preset sounds include brass, reeds, strings, and other sounds. As many keyboards of that time, the Satellite is not properly tuned along all the keys (especially at the ends) so we included two versions: tuned and untuned.

Satellite features

  • 2 Kontakt Instruments (.nki): tuned and untuned.
  • 13 Original Presets.
  • 433 Samples (44.1kHz / 24Bit).
  • Size: 400 MB.
  • Formats: Kontakt and WAV.

The Satellite library is available for purchase for the introductory price of 12 EUR/$14 USD (regular 14 EUR/$16.50 USD). Requires full version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.

More information: AudioThing / Satellite

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Moog Werkstatt-01 CV Expander now available

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Moog Music has announced that its Werkstatt-01 CV Expander is now available for purchase.

Moog Werkstatt-01 CV Expander

Easily interface your Werkstatt-01 with other analog gear.

The Werkstatt-01 CV Expander converts Werkstatt’s 20 pin patchable expansion header to 12 grounded 3.5mm jacks. This allows your Werkstatt to easily interface with Eurorack Modules, sequencers, and other external CV equipped gear.

The Werkstatt-01 CV Expander is available for purchase for $39.99 USD.

More information: Moog / Werkstatt-01 CV Expander

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