The spirit of Dr. Robert Moog, father of the modern synthesizer, was all over NAMM. There were analog synthesizers galore, and the world of modular synths seemed to be healthier than ever.
Nowhere was his presence felt, though, more than the Moog Music booth. Moog Music had a special poster set up for Nammsters to sign with their reflections about Dr. Moog. And the company introduced two new products based upon some of the last designs Moog worked on.
The first of these is the Bass Murf. It is a new Moogerfooger designed specifically for bassists. The new Bass MuRF(MF-105B) apparently was created after a keyboardist told the company that the MuRF worked great on synth bass, but that the range of the MuRF’s filters was too high.
Moog Music too the classic MuRF design and tweaked to be more suitable for bass tones. According to the company, the Bass MuRF is perfect for bass, for guitarist wanting a darker tone and even for bass synth.
The second product introduced was the RME CV Expander for the Voyager rackmount synth. The new CV Expander is based on the VX-351 CV Expander for the original Voyager, but with some updates, based on customer feedback, and the unique requirements of the rackmount Voyager.
The expander lets Rackmount Voyager users work with the synth in modular fashion, creating new custom patches not possible on original MiniMoogs, or interfacing the synth with other equipment.