Moog releases Werkstatt-Ø1 analog synth worldwide

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Moog has announced the official worldwide release of the Werkstatt-Ø1 analog synthesizer Moogfest 2014 Kit, a patchable, 100% analog synthesizer whose design is based on classic Moog circuits.

Moog Werkstatt-Ø1

This highly-portable instrument is secured in a solid-steel chassis and features a harmonically rich Moog VCO, classic 4-pole Moog Ladder filter, wide-range LFO with audio-rate modulation capabilities, ADS envelope generator, and an analog patchable header for expansive sonic experimentation, manipulation, and decimation. To demonstrate the range and flexibility of Werkstatt’s classic Moog sonics, Moog has released a video featuring Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel, keyboard player for Atlantic Records’ band Chromeo, building an improvisatory electro funk track using only the Moog Werkstatt-Ø1 and a simple drum pattern.

Today also marks the launch of WerkstattWorkshop.com (beta) – an interactive creative learning portal containing project ideas, mod tutorials, parts lists, educational lesson plans, 3D printer files, Arduino integration and control and many other dynamic resources for Werkstatt owners. This microsite also includes Moog’s new and on-going research surrounding the use of subtractive synthesizers in STEM and STEAM high-school classrooms. Lessons in these studies are focused on project based learning opportunities, and encouraging a creative deployment of practical skills in STEM fields. All lessons and associated materials are open source and available online free to educators across multiple disciplines.

The Werkstatt-Ø1 is available for purchase for $329 USD.

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Moog ships Sub 37 Bob Moog Tribute edition

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Moog Music has announced it is shipping the Sub 37 Bob Moog Tribute edition, a limited edition analog synthesizer featuring a Bob Moog signature panel, wood sides, and aluminum extrusion.

Moog Sub 37 Bob Moog Tribute

The Sub 37 Tribute Edition is a limited edition (2-note) paraphonic analog synthesizer built on the award winning Sub Phatty sound engine. Its panel features 40 knobs, 74 switches, and has a dedicated LCD display – placing each critical sound creation element and live performance tool quickly at your command.

Sub 37 features

  • Perform in Monophonic or Duo-Paraphonic modes.
  • 37-note velocity sensitive keyboard w/ aftertouch.
  • 2 modulation busses w/ assignable source and destinations.
  • DAHDSR (Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release) looping envelopes with sync.
  • 256 Presets -16 banks of 16 patches.
  • Syncable Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer.
  • Classic Moog Ladder Filter with resonance, MultiDrive, and selectable filter slopes.

For every Sub 37 Tribute sold, Moog Music will donate a portion of the proceeds to Asheville Area School Music Programs.

More information: Moog Music / Sub 37 Bob Moog Tribute edition

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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.

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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.

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