Moog Model 15 For iOS Hands-On Demo

The latest episode of the iOS App Update takes a look at Moog Music’s new Model 15 software synthesizer.

Host Mitch Gallagher is joined by Sweetwater synth guru, Daniel Fisher, who helped develop the preset patches for the Model 15 app. Continue reading

Isao Tomita Has Died At The Age Of 84

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Synthesist Isao Tomita – best known for a series of albums featuring synthesizer arrangements of classical works – has died at the age of 84.

Tomita (22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016) died of chronic cardiac failure, with family at his bedside.  Continue reading

Moog Brings Model 15 Modular Synth To iOS With Polyphony & MPE Support

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Moog Music today introduced Model 15 for iOS – a software recreation of one of its classic 70’s hardware modular synthesizers.

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The Moog Model 15 hardware modular synthesizer was originally released in 1973, and was re-released last year as a $10,000 limited edition reissue, right. The system offers a complete analog synth voice.

Moog Music says that the Model 15 iOS app is designed to meticulously recreate the ‘power and transcendent sound quality’ of each module of the original modules, including the Moog 921–series oscillators, 904A Low Pass Filter and the 907 Fixed Filter Bank.

While no app can recreate the experience of working with a hardware modular, the Model 15 app extends the original’s design in musically interesting ways – adding support for polyphony and even Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) – a new standard for expressive synthesis control. And Bluetooth LE support means that you can connect advanced keyboard controllers, like the ROLI Rise, for wireless MPE control.

Here’s the official intro video, featuring synthesist Suzanne Ciani: Continue reading

Win A Moog Mother 32 From Gary Numan + I Speak Machine

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Gary Numan and I Speak Machine have announced a Moog Mother 32 giveaway to help promote their upcoming US/Canada tour dates, including shows in LA, Chicago, New York, Austin and at Moogfeest 2016.

“We’ll be supporting the legendary Gary Numan on 9 dates of his US/ Canada tour,” I Speak Machine’s Tara Busch told us. “We’ll also be making a stop at the glorious Moogfest May 20th. And to warm our muscles, we are doing a warm – up show in LA at Hyperion Tavern on May 4th at 11:30 pm.”

As part of their part of the show, I Speak Machine will screening their ‘splendidly bloody’ short film Zombies 1985, which features Numan’s 3 daughters as zombies. Continue reading

Moog Announces ‘Global Synthesizer’, Looking For Field Recordings From Around The World

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Moog Music & sound artist Yuri Suzuki have announced plans for The Global Synthesizer Project, an modular audio installation that will debut at Moogfest 2016.

The installation will feature a modular synthesizer in the shape of a world map, featuring modules loaded with crowd-sourced sounds from around the world. Continue reading

Full 2016 Moogfest Schedule Announced

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Organizers have announced the full line up for Moogfest 2016, a four-day event, held in Durham, NC that will explore the past, present and future of music and technology.

Moogfest 2016, scheduled for Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22, celebrates the legacy of Bob Moog, a visionary engineer who pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology for music.

The festival will feature more than 300 musical performances, daytime workshops, conversations, masterclasses, film screenings, live scores, durational sound installations, and multiple interactive art experiences. Continue reading