At the 2015 NAMM Show, Moog Music was showing its new Tolex Minimoog Voyager XL – a limited production run (100 pieces) version of the Minimoog Voyager XL, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Moog modular synthesizer.
The Minimoog Voyager XL is designed to combined the immediate playability of a Minimoog with the flexible synthesis options of a traditional modular synthesizer.
With the Tolex Minimoog Voyager XL, the wood cabinet has been hand-wrapped in black tolex, just as the Model 15 modular synthesizer, and the chassis has been updated to parallel that of the original Moog modular synthesizers.
In this demo, Moog’s Zac Baird demonstrates how he uses the Moog Werkstatt analog synthesizer with Ableton Live. Continue reading
2015 NAMM Show: In this video, synthesist Max Ravitz demos the new Moog Model 15 Modular Synthesizer, one of the new Moog Modular synthesizer reissues. Continue reading
At the 2015 NAMM Show, Moog Music was previewing a major update to the Sub 37 analog synthesizer.
The update brings significant new sequencing capabilities to the Sub 37, letting it be used as an interactive performance tool, similar to Moog’s classic modular sequencer. Continue reading
In this video, electronic music and sound design pioneer Suzanne Ciani explores the System 55, one of the Moog Modular Synthesizer reissues announced for the 2015 NAMM Show. Continue reading
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
It looks like Moog Music will be making a major introduction on Monday, ahead to the 2015 NAMM Show.
Humbucker Music’s Moog Club sent this teaser, promising ‘huge news’, and ‘some of the biggest news in Moog history’ on January 19th.
2014 was a big year for new Moog synth introductions. Moog released the physically huge Emerson Moog Modular, but also the knobtacular Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer, the tiny Moog Werkstatt synth modulae and the Theremini theremin synthesizer. Continue reading