Moog intros Minifooger analog effects for guitar & bass

Moog Music has announced 5 new Minifooger analog effects pedals for guitar and bass.


The Minifoogers place legendary Moog quality, tone and versatility into a compact, rugged housing designed to withstand the tortures of touring and daily abuse.

Today we announce the launch of the Minifooger Analog Effects family – a series of compact – easy to use stomp boxes designed primarily for use with electric guitar and bass. Each Minifooger is housed in a rugged cast aluminum enclosure and features a 100% analog signal path, true bypass design, optional battery power, and a single expression pedal input that can also be controlled via CV.

The Minifooger Analog Effects family is launching with 5 compact stomp boxes – the MF Drive, MF Boost, MF Delay, MF Ring, and MF Trem. Each pedal is 100% analog, designed and hand assembled in Moog’s factory in Asheville, North Carolina and carries a US street price below $200. Two videos can be seen on our site featuring artists experimenting with the Minifoogers: Troy Van Leeuwen, guitarist for the band Queens of The Stone Age takes a more classic approach; and Xander Singh and Ian Hultquist of Passion Pit explores the other worldly side of the Minifoogers.

We are extremely pleased to introduce the Minifoogers and hope that guitar and bass players enjoy years of artistic expression with them.

Minifoogers Analog Effects

Minifooger Drive
  • The MF Drive (MSRP $179 USD) is a filter-based overdrive pedal employing a Moog Ladder Filter, boutique FET amplifiers, and OTAs in its drive section making it highly reactive to picking dynamics. The panel features a bi-polar tone control and sweepable filter that work dynamically with input gain to offer each player unique and customizable sounds that retain the core timbre of their instrument. A filter Peak switch shifts harmonic content to the filter’s cutoff position, adding new tonal creation and dirty wah performance possibilities not found in other drive pedals.
Minifooger Boost
  • The MF Boost (MSRP $149 USD) is a selectable topology boost pedal that allows the player to switch between an “articulate VCA” signal path and a “colored OTA” signal path. Each is tailored to deliver boutique amplifier sound and responsiveness from any guitar/amplifier combination. The design also imparts natural compression to an input signal, which brings out note articulation and significantly increases the performance of other effects pedals. When paired with an expression pedal, the MF Boost can be used as a tone enhancing volume pedal, sweepable-gain boost pedal, and VCA. The expression pedal input also provides access to higher gain values not available on the panel.
Minifooger Delay
  • The MF Delay (MSRP $209 USD) features 35mS-700mS of completely analog delay time. At shorter settings, repeats are fast and bright for creating classic slap-back and plate sounds. At medium and long settings the repeats become darker and naturally trail into reverb-like state. A Drive circuit allows the player to adjust the tone and feel of the MF Delay as well as overdrive the Bucket Brigade Delay line, and the input of a guitar amplifier for bigger sound and feel. Also, the expression pedal input is switchable between feedback for expressive swells and delay time for tape delay and chorus/flange effects.
Minifooger Ring
  • The MF Ring (MSRP $159 USD) is an analog ring modulator that is based on the world’s best selling Ring Mod, the Moogerfooger MF-102.  Its refined frequency range and tone voicing circuit add new-musical elements to ring modification, making it easy to dial in everything from octaves and choral dissonance to harmonic undertones and synthesized lead lines. The expression pedal input provides hands-free control of the Freq parameter for sound sweeps, pitch shifting effects, and playing between two scales on the fly.
Minifooger Trem
  • The MF Trem (MSRP $189 USD) is an analog tremolo pedal designed around a balanced modulator and Sub Audio VCO. This design creates a wide range of effects that are based on phase cancellation and addition. Players can create classic optical tremolo, hard tremolo, rotary effects and more that react dynamically to harmonic content. A variable Shape control interacts with Tone and Mix to craft subtle swells and gallops to rhythmic percussive, and swirling effects. When pushed, the MF Trem can also approach the beginnings of phasing and chorus. The expression pedal input adds control of the Speed parameter for hands-free swells and rotary effects.

The Minifooger pedals are available for preorder from all authorized Moog dealers. Shipping starts in October, 2013.

More information: Moog / Minifooger

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The Groove Criminals launches Essentials Sample Packs

The Groove Criminals has announced the release of Analogue Synth FX and Analogue Synth Percussion, two new sample packs.

The Groove Criminals are proud to release their new range of compact, low cost but high quality sample packs under the Groove Criminals Essentials banner. Designed to be an affordable way of building up a set of go-to sounds and samples for a wide range of music productions.

Groove Criminals Essentials packs

Groove Criminals Essentials Analogue Synth FX
  • Analogue Synth FX – A collection of 100% analogue synth FX all sourced from the Groove Criminals’ stash of analogue synths, both new and vintage. The 112 24-bit WAV samples include sweeps, drops, risers, one-off hits and just plain fat, bubbly analogue goodness to top off any track.

    Synths used to make this pack include the Roland SH101, Moog Little Phatty, Waldorf Pulse, Artura Minibrute, Roland SH09, Yamaha CS5, the Korg Monotron series and Synare 3. Strictly analogue processing comes courtesy of the Electrix Filter Factory, Vermona filters and a fully stocked Moog Moogerfooger rig.

Groove Criminals Essentials Analogue Synth Percussion
  • Analogue Synth Percussion – A collection of percussive hits all created from an enviable stack of analogue drum synths. From deep booms and fat bleeps to sharp twangs and metallic tones, these 120 24- bit WAV hits will help to inject some analogue goodness alongside more traditional drum sounds.

    The 100% analogue sound sources used to create this versatile sample pack include a Vermona DRM1 Mk3, JoMox Air Base 99, Synare 3, Amdek PCK-100 percussion synth, Artura Minibrute, Roland SH09 and Yamaha CS5.

The sample packs are available to purchase at Sounds To Sample for £5 GBP each.

More information: Sounds To Sample

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Avid Releases VENUEPack 4 – Plug-In Suite and Real Time Analyzer for VENUE Digital Consoles

Avid has announced VENUEPack 4, a new suite of professional plug-ins and utilities that will come bundled with all VENUE digital console systems, providing live sound engineers with more creative options than ever.

From re-creations of popular vintage hardware to the latest studio processing effects, VENUEPack 4 includes 30 powerful plug-ins from Avid and third-party partners including Flux::, Focusrite, JOEMEEK, Line 6, and others.

VENUEPack 4 plug-ins run natively on all VENUE systems—no external plug-in runner or separate laptop required. They offer high-quality sound, reliable performance, exceptionally low latency, automatic delay compensation support, and can be controlled right from the console surface.

“VENUE’s integrated plug-in system eliminates the need for external outboard gear or plug-in runners, giving the user unprecedented creative choice,” says Greg Kopchinski, Avid product manager. “VENUEPack 4 provides a unified set of popular plug-ins for live sound, making it easier than ever for engineers to move between VENUE consoles and use the great-sounding, low-latency effects they’ve come to appreciate.”

In addition to the suite of plug-ins, VENUEPack 4 also includes the Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential software application, a modular RTA system that provides mix engineers with an extensive range of live audio analysis and measurement tools when installed on a Mac- or Windows-based laptop. Pure Analyzer can also utilize the Flux SampleGrabber plug-in to support direct signal acquisition across an Ethernet network from VENUE system monitor and mix busses.

Avid VENUEPack4
Collage of plug-ins included in Avid’s VENUEPack4 collection.

VENUEPack 4 features

  • Classic Compressors Bundle—Emulations of five coveted hardware processors (includes BF-2A, BF-3A, Purple Audio MC77, Fairchild 660, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins).
  • Eleven—Hyper-realistic emulations of the world’s greatest vintage and modern guitar amps.
  • Flux:: Pure Analyzer Essential—Network-driven, real-time signal analyzing software.
  • Focusrite d2 and d3—Models of the classic Focusrite red equalizer and compressor/limiter.
  • Impact—Console-style mix bus compressor.
  • JOEMEEK Bundle—Classic emulations of the SC2 compressor and VC5 Meequalizer.
  • Line 6 Echo Farm—Models of several classic echo hardware processors and pedals.
  • Moogerfooger Bundle—Realistic emulations of four classic audio effects and synth modules (includes 12-Stage Phaser, Analog Delay, Lowpass Filter, and Ring Modulator plug-ins).
  • Pultec Bundle—Realistic emulations of three vintage Pultec EQs (includes EQH-2, EQP-1A, and MEQ-5 plug-ins).
  • Reel Tape Suite—Delivers the warmth and characteristics of analog tape and machine effects (includes Reel Tape Saturation, Reel Tape Delay, and Reel Tape Flanger plug-ins).
  • Reverb One—World-class reverb processing, with complete parameter control.
  • ReVibe—High-performance, highly detailed room-modeling reverb.
  • Slightly Rude Compressor—Custom compressor that’s both musical and aggressive.
  • Smack!—Fool-proof compressor/limiter that provides a wide range of sonic variations and color.
  • TL Aggro—High-quality emulation of a vintage analog FET compressor.
  • Voce Bundle—Emulations of classic vibrato and rotating speaker effects (includes Voce Chorus/Vibrato and Voce Spin plug-ins).

Avid has also announced a free VENUEPack 4 webinar featuring Robert Scovill.

Veteran sound engineer and Avid® live sound market specialist, Robert Scovill, will host a free webinar on August 15th at 10 am PT (1 pm ET) to introduce the new VENUEPack 4 plug-in bundle. Robert will offer an overview of the included plug-ins followed by a deep dive into using Flux Pure Analyzer Essential, an exciting new addition to the pack. Attendance capacity is limited, so register today to reserve your spot.

VENUEPack4 is available worldwide now. Existing VENUE owners can upgrade their VENUE systems to VENUEPack 4 at 50% off the standard upgrade price through September 14, 2012.

More information: Avid / VENUE

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Moog MF-104M Analog Delay available for a limited time

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Moog Music has announced the release of the MF-104M Analog Delay, its latest Moogerfooger analog effects module.

Moog MF-104M Analog Delay
Moog Music’s MF-104M next generation analog delay effects pedal includes significant feature and function upgrades not found in other analog delay units.

The MF-104M features an all-analog signal path with 800ms of all analog delay time, 6 Waveshape LFO, Dedicated Tap Tempo switch assignable to Delay Time or LFO Rate, MIDI control and recall of every function, and Spillover Mode which has been the most popular modification to the MF-104.

The Classic MF-104 was designed by synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog and released in 2000. It utilized a special “Bucket Brigade” delay chip that allowed the effect to remain completely analog. Unfortunately, the supply of these chips was limited and the final MF-104 was sold in 2001. In 2005 there were two limited reissues of the Classic MF-104; the MF-104Z and the extremely rare MF-104SD, of which only 250 were made.

The new MF-104M Analog Delay utilizes the same vintage Bucket Brigade chips found in the Classic MF-104 and faithfully recreates the sound of its coveted predecessors. In addition, the MF-104M includes a number of customer requested feature and function upgrades.

“We’re very excited about this limited release of the MF-104M,” said Moog Music CEO, Mike Adams. “Many of the parts we use to create these amazing delays are completely original and incredibly hard to find. Since this will be the last of its kind, we have gone to great lengths to incorporate features and functions requested by customers over the last 12 years. The MF-104M delivers those rich, creamy, classic delays Moog is renowned for, but also has the ability to modulate the delay time and create effects not found in any other analog delay.“

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

The MF-104M is available for a limited time at select dealers worldwide now, priced $699 USD.

More information: Moog / MF-104M Analog Delay

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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

More information: Moog / Moogerfoogers

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