Moon Modular At NAMM 2015

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At the 2015 NAMM ShowGert Jalass, creator of the Moon Modular synthesizer, introduced several new modules and a new cabinet option.

The Moon Modular line is a large-format modular synthesizer system, physically compatible with the classic Moog format (used by synthesizers.com, Moog, Curetronic, Mos-Lab and others) and following the synthesizers.com (-15/+15 volts) power standard.

While Jalass’s Moon Modular designs are inspired by vintage Moog modules, he builds on the original’s capabilities to create modern modules with classic style and usability.  Continue reading

Moog Brings Back The Classic Moog Modular Synthesizer

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2015 NAMM Show: Moog Music today announced that it is reintroducing the classic Moog Modular synthesizer, including three iconic systems: the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15.

These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973. Moog plans limited run manufacturing of the three systems, using the same parts and techniques that were used to build the originals.

Here’s Moog’s take on why they are reintroducing the Moog Modular:

The reintroduction of these instruments is not about reliving the past – while much incredible work has been done with the Moog Modular, there is so much further yet to be explored in this relatively young instrument. Artists had only begun to grasp the vast possibilities of these large format modular synthesizers when they went out of production over thirty years ago.

Decades of electronic experimentation have enabled musicians to move on from viewing the Moog Modular as a replacement for traditional instrumentation. Now a new generation of artists, with a greater understanding and more complex tools, will have the opportunity to explore the power of these singular sonic machines.

Today, the modular synthesizer is viewed in the manner Bob Moog originally intended: to “discover endless offbeat, unconventional, and even irrational ways of working.”

Here’s their intro video for the new modular systems: Continue reading

Synthetic Sound Labs Intros Enhanced Steiner Filter Module

SyntheticSoundLabs_Steiner_FilterSynthetic Sound Labs has released its Model 1021 Steiner Filter module, a 1 MU width revision and enhancement of their popular-but-discontinued 2 MU wide 1020 Steiner.

“The Steiner filter is a unique filter for sound shaping that synthesists have long admired for both its warmth and quirkiness,” notes SSL’s Doug Slocum. “Invented by Nyle Steiner in the early 1970’s, this filter was used in Nyle’s Synthacon synthesizer line.”

The 1021 has HP, BP & LP inputs, not the outputs that are typical of 2-pole State Variable type filters. The inputs on the 1021 allow for all sorts of CUTOFF (center frequency) controlled “mixing” of input signals.

Due to the unique way its inventor injected the inputs into the internal signal path, they tend to slightly interact with each other and the control voltages, making the 1021 a bit more organic and unpredictable than many other synth filters. The RESONANCE also interacts with the CUTOFF adding an additional natural touch and warmth. Continue reading