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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Winner of “Moogfest Audiotool Competition” playing live set at Moogfest

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Kepz at Audiotool

Audiotool has announced that Kepz, the winner of the Moogfest Competition for producers, gets to play live at Moogfest this Friday and runners up get released on a compilation.

In February, Moogfest invited anyone to produce a track using the free cloudbased audio workstation Audiotool and submit it to the Moogfest Competition. Over 1,200 tracks were submitted and a jury made of artists of the 2014 Moogfest lineup picked 8 winning tracks. The 1st winner gets to play a set at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina this coming Friday. All 8 winning tracks were mastered and produced as a cassette tape compilation which will be part of the gift bags that will be handed to all artist, press and VIPs.

Kepz, whose real name is Kyryl Polozyuk, is a producer from Sydney, Australia and he won the first place with his track “Lost”. Together with the 3 runners up rnzr (Germany), Frigolito (Sweden) and Mr Standfast (USA), Kepz will be at Moogfest for the entire festival and day time program from the 23rd to the 27th of April 2014. Kepz will play live on on Friday at 5pm EST at the Moog store. He’s part of a line up that includes acts like Kraftwerk 3D: 3 Concerts, Pet Shop Boys, M.I.A, Flying Lotus and Dillon Francis. The select jury panel included some of the artists from this year’s lineup like Daedelus, YACHT and Bottin.

Jim DeBardi, Media and Artist Liaison at Moog Music Inc commented on the competition: “The caliber of these tracks speak not only to the range and flexibility of the Audiotool platform, but also to the diversity and creativity of Audiotool’s community of artists.” Moogfest is the annual festival that celebrates the innovative spirit of founder Dr. Robert Moog, an American pioneer of electronic music and inventor of the Moog synthesizer.

Since the 50s Moog Music has pioneered and developed devices that offer artists endless possibilities when it comes to creating sound. Audiotool, which started in 2008, brings together a range of retro and new school synthesizer emulations running in the browser, allowing collaboration and free access for anyone. The browserbased audio workstation is all about democratising the process of music creation and collaboration in the cloud. This partnership offers a unique opportunity to combine forces and to capitalize on the natural strengths and alignment of the two brands.

Audiotool CEO Andreas Jacobi comments: “Kepz and the other winners are the perfect ambassadors of Audiotool at Moogfest and Moogfest is the right place for Audiotool as it convenes technology and music in a unique and inspiring way.”

On 1st June 2014, the next competition as part of this partnership will start and music producers from around the world will be invited to participate again.

More information: Audiotool / Moogfest Competition

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Moogfest announces Moogfest Audiotool Competition

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Moogfest Audiotool Competition

Moogfest has announced the Moogfest Audiotool competition, offering participants a chance to play at Moogfest and get released on a compilation.

Starting today, Moogfest is inviting anyone to produce a track – using the free cloud-based audio workstation Audiotool – and submit it to the Moogfest Competition. The winner gets to play a set at Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina, taking place from the 23rd to the 27th of April 2014. The winner will also, along with 7 runners up, have their tracks included on a limited edition release which will go out to the artists, VIPs and press who will be attending Moogfest.

Participants will have until the 25th of March to submit a track to the competition. A select panel including some of the Moogfest artists will then judge the tracks, with the the winner being announced on 1 April 2014.

Moogfest is the annual festival that celebrates the innovative spirit of founder Dr. Robert Moog, an American pioneer of electronic music and inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Emmy Parker, Brand Director at Moog Music Inc commented: “Moogfest represents the synthesis of technology, music and art. Audiotool’s innovative platform empowers emerging artists to create on their own terms. We are excited to offer Audiotool’s rich community of musicmakers an opportunity to be a part of Moogfest 2014.”

Since the 50s Moog Music has pioneered and developed devices that offer artists endless possibilities when it comes to creating sound. Audiotool, which started in 2008, brings together a range of retro and new school synthesizer emulations running in the browser, allowing collaboration and free access for anyone. The browser-based audio workstation is all about democratising the process of music creation and collaboration in the cloud. This partnership offers a unique opportunity to combine forces and to capitalize on the natural strengths and alignment of the two brands.

Audiotool inventor André Michelle said: “this partnership is huge for us and our users will be super excited about the chance of winning a set at Moogfest, for one just because of the incredible line-up. It’s also a unique opportunity for Audiotool users to have their music critiqued by some of the Moogfest artists.”

The contest submission phase ends March 25th, 2014. The winners will be announced April 1st, 2014.

The grand prize is playing live set at Moogfest (flight, hotel and artist pass included), and 1st – 8th place winners will get their tracks on the Moogfest 2014 compilation.

More information: Moogfest Audiotool competition

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Moogfest 2014 & Moog Music announce 4th Annual Circuit Bending Challenge

Moogfest Circuit Bending Challenge

Moogfest and Moog Music has announced a Circuit Bending Challenge, offering you a chance to win Moog’s Sub Phatty, Slim Phatty and Minitaur synthesizers and free passes to the Moogfest 2014 festival.

Moog Music was born when a young Bob Moog started tinkering with electronic circuitry. As a boy, Moog built small radios, amps, and Theremins in his basement workshop with his father and the rest is history. This experimentation with the inner workings of electronic devices to create new sounds and effects has been developed into an art form known as circuit bending.

Circuit bending is a creative medium that combines technology, sonic artistry and creativity. By altering the internal circuitry of electronic devices such as keyboards, drum machines, and children’s toys, circuit benders are able to produce new sounds not intended in the original design.

In celebration of this creative curiosity that fueled a young Bob Moog and all of those that follow in his footsteps, Moog is sponsoring its 4th Annual Circuit Bending Contest.

This year, Moog’s circuit bending contest is challenging entrants to take a battery powered device and circuit bend it into an instrument capable of creating new and unique sounds for a total budget of $70 or less.

Moog will select three finalists and invite them to showcase their creations at Moogfest in April of 2014 where Moog’s judges and the general public will decide a winner of the contest.

The deadline for submitting your entry is February 28th, 2014.

More information: Moogfest / Circuit Bending Challenge

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Moog Survey – Win Sub Phatty serial no. 2014

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Moog Sub Phatty Giveaway

Moog has announced it is giving away the Sub Phatty with serial number 2014, in honor of Moogfest 2014.

Moogfest, the annual festival celebrating all things Bob, is giving away a Sub Phatty.

How to enter: “Like” the Moogfest facebook page, fill out the Moogfest survey, and you’re entered to win!

Complete The Survey Here: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MOOGFEST

Give us your feedback & we will give you the best Moogfest yet (and maybe a free synthesizer!).

More information: Moog / Sub Phatty Giveaway

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