Moogfest Regroups, Plans 2016 Return

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Moogfest 2014, held in Asheville, NC April 23-27, was an ambitious undertaking that transformed Moogfest into an international event.

It also lost about $1.5 million.

In response, organizers have announced that there will be no Moogfest 2015, but that it will return in 2016 as a biennial event.

Here’s what they have to say about the decision: Continue reading

The Realistic Moog MG-1 Synthesizer

The Realistic Concertmate MG-1 is an oddity among vintage synths.

It  designed by MOTM’s Paul Schreiber, who worked at Tandy at the time, with the goal of creating an affordable consumer synth. And, while it was a consumer design, it was “Custom manufactured by Moog Music in U.S.A. for Radio-Shack.” Continue reading

The Moog Apollo Synthesizer

In this set of videos for the Bob Moog Foundation, synthesist Marc Doty offers his take on the history of the rare Moog Apollo synthesizer.

Along the way, he explains the convoluted relationships of the Apollo to the Polymoog Synthesizer, the Polymoog Keyboard and even the Moog Constellation of synthesizers. Continue reading

Moog Music Releases Limited-Edition MF-104M Super Delay

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Moog Music has announced a limited-production release of the MF-104M Super Delay, based on Moog’s analog delay, the MF-104M.

Features:

  • The MF-104M Super Delay features over 1.2 seconds of ‘vintage’ analog delay time, provided by 6 NOS (new old stock) Panasonic Bucket Brigade chips.
  • The power supply, bias, and rail generating circuitry have all been improved from the original model, for greater sound quality and reduced microphonics.
  • An Emphasis/De-Emphasis circuit has been added for reduced noise.
  • Additionally, the delay-loop level matching circuitry from the 500 Series analog delay has been included for maximized feedback and mix stability.

“In 2005, we released the MF-104SD, of which only 250 units were ever produced,” said Cyril Lance, Moog Music Chief Engineer. “The new MF-104M Super Delay utilizes the identical vintage Bucket Brigade chips found in the classic MF-104SD, faithfully delivering a vintage grittiness that’s extremely musical.” Continue reading

You Asked, They Listened: Moog Music Releases Limited Edition Werkstatt-01 Synth Kit

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Moog Music today announced that it is releasing the Moog Werkstatt – originally designed for a hands-on workshop during Moogfest 2014 – as a limited edition hackable synthesizer.

During Moogfest, the comppany facilitated a two-day workshop, in which Moog engineers assisted 125 participants in building Werkstatt, an educational, patchable analog synthesizer designed specifically for the event. It was Moog’s first workshop since 1997, when Bob Moog held a theremin workshop in Portland, Maine.

The Moogfest synth building workshop received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. There was substantial interest in a wider release for the Werkstatt at Synthtopia and elsewhere. The challenge, though, was that the Werkstatt was originally designed for assembly at synth-building sessions at Moogfest 2014, with the help of Moog’s product engineers & technicians.

Moog has responded to interest by creating a no-soldering-required version of Werkstatt, the Werkstatt-Ø1 Moogfest 2014 Analog Synthesizer. They are releasing it in limited quantities to a small number of US dealers only. Here’s Moog’s official intro video for the Werkstatt-Ø1: Continue reading