Switched-on: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer

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On May 2, 2014, The History Center in Tompkins County, NY, in partnership with the Bob Moog Foundation, will open a new exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer.

The exhibit will explore the life of Dr. Robert Moog and the creation and evolution of the electronic instruments bearing his name. Based on new interviews with family members, colleagues, and contemporaries, including Herb Deutsch, Bernie Worrell, Bill Hemsath, Don Preston, David VanKoevering, Shirleigh Moog, David Borden, and others, the exhibition will offer a unique view into the life and work of Moog.

Robert Moog came to Ithaca, NY in 1957 to begin his PhD work at Cornell University. He founded the R.A. Moog, Co. in the late 1950s, selling theremins and theremin kits throughout Ithaca.

In 1963, Moog opened a storefront for his small factory, in nearby Trumansburg, NY. It was there that the Moog modular synthesizer and the iconic Minimoog were born. The factory grew to become a mainstay in the region until Moog sold the company in 1971, and the new owners moved it to Williamsville, NY.

Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer tells the story of Moog’s Trumansburg years, through the oral histories of those who knew him, worked with him, and shared his path in shaping a revolution in sound, technology, and music.

The exhibit will also feature a collection of rare Moog instruments.  Continue reading

Classic Fairlight Sounds Come To Nord Keyboards

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Nord has announced a major addition to the Nord Sample Library, the sounds of the legendary Fairlight digital sampler.

The Fairlight was the first commercially available polyphonic sampler when launched back in 1979 and it opened up the doors of sampling to many artists and producer during the 80′s. Continue reading

MKAdapter Lets You Use Any Mic With Your MicroKorg Vocoder

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The MKAdapter is a new adapter that lets you attach any standard microphone gooseneck directly on your Korg MicroKorg, without needing to set up a separate mic stand.

Combining the MKAdapter with a gooseneck lets you use a high-quality mic to control the MicroKorg’s vocoder.  Continue reading

What’s the Sexiest Musical Instrument?

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Here’s one more reason not to trust corporate news media: CBS News reports that, according to their 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair music poll, the guitar is the sexiest instrument to play, followed by the saxophone and the piano.

The synthesizer did not even make their list. How is that even possible? Continue reading