At Moogfest 2014, Moog Music introduced the Werkstatt analog synthesizer as a special DIY project that attendees could build in a two-day course at the Moog Factory.
The Werkstatt is a DIY project, with dozens of solder points, and is designed to be open to hacking, with jumpers, expansion points and even a ‘breadboard area’ where you can wire in mods. Though it’s a fairly straightforward design, it’s built like a tank, is patchable and, as designer Steve Dunnington told us, “It’s got Moog DNA.”
In this video, Moog Music’s Steve Dunnington and Trent Thompson give a behind-the-scenes look at the Werkstatt and what it can do.
Moog designed the Werkstatt specifically as a DIY project for Moogfest attendees and has not announced official plans for the synth beyond this week’s event.
Based on discussions we’ve had with attendees, there’s a lot of potential for the Werkstatt outside of Moogfest. Expect to see a lot of videos and hacks showing up in the next few weeks.
Over at BBoyTechReport, shared his experience at Moogfest building the Werkstatt. “Long story short,” says Banks, “This damn thing is fun and it sounds great!”has
Here’s an early example of the Werkstatt in the wild. Lee Coombs uses the Werkstatt’s expansion connectors to sequence it with a Roland TB-303, resulting in some Werkstatt acid:
Would you be interested in seeing the Werkstatt synthesizer having a life outside of Moogfest 2014? Check out the videos and leave a comment with your thoughts!
And, if you happen to be one of the VIP attendees, let us know what you thought of the experience of building the Werkstatt – and if you’ve got audio or video demos to share!