New DIY Synth, The Crowminius, Inspired By Minimoog & CS-80


DIY synth guru Scott Rider, aka the Old Crow, has announced a new DIY project, inspired by the circuits of the Moog Minimoog and the Yamaha CS-80.

The two main goals for the ‘Crowminius‘ project were:

  • to make a new synth in the style of a Minimoog 204D (“model D”) for a good friend, who lost his circa 1974 original Mini to hurricane Katrina; and
  • to create a synth that would fit in a compact aluminum attache case.

Here’s an audio demo of the Crowminius in action: Continue reading

Arturia iMini – A Virtual Minimoog Synth For The iPad

ipad-minimoog-arturia-iminiArturia has released, iMini, a software recreation of the classic Minimoog for the iPad.

iMini is based on Arturia Mini V software, originally created in partnership with Dr. Robert Moog, back in 2003. iMini comes with a large collection of preset sounds, created by Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream), Geoff Downes (Asia) and other sound designers.

Arturia has also partnered with the Bob Moog Foundation so that a portion of each sale goes to support their work in music education, making available the archives of Dr. Bob Moog and funding the Moogseum. Continue reading

Gary Numan Cleans Out His Attic, Finds Cooler Stuff Than We’ve Got In Our Attic

Saturday Synth Porn: Ever clean out the attic, and find a vintage Moog Minimoog that you’d forgotten about?

Probably not – unless you’re Gary Numan:

“Clearing out my garage loft yesterday, cut away some ivy creepers & found this!” tweets Gary Numan. “Original spec MiniMoog!”

Our take on this is that, if you’ve never owned an original Minimoog, you’ve got one more reason not to clean out the attic.

If you’ve got a similar story, though, let us know!

via Mark c Young

Open Mic: Which Synthesizers Are The New Classics?

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Open Mic: Get any group of synthesists together, and discussion eventually turns to the classic synths of past.

Synths like the original Moog modular synthesizer, the Minimoog, the Korg MS-20, the Yamaha CS-80,  the Roland Jupiter 8 and many others.

While it’s easy to recognize classic synths of the past, we sometimes take for granted the great synths of today.

The world of modular synthesizers has exploded in the last few years and there are a growing number of manufacturers making interesting keyboard synthesizers, too.

Just this year, we’ve seen a number of really interesting synths introduced, like the Schmidt Analog Synthesizer, the Korg Monotribe Analog Ribbon Station, the Roland Jupiter 80, the Yamaha MOX 6/8, the Elektrokosmos Kosmonaut and the M-Audio Venom synthesizer. Everything from inexpensive synths to boutique monster synths.

Which synthesizers that are being made today do you think are modern classics? And what do you think of the state of electronic music gear at the end of 2011?