J Dilla’s Minimoog Going To The Smithsonian Museum

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The J Dilla collection, donated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, includes his custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and his Akai MPC 3000 Limited Edition

The Smithsonian has announced the donation of significant artifacts from the family of award-winning hip-hop artist and producer, James “J Dilla” Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006).

The J Dilla collection, donated by J Dilla’s mother, Maureen Yancey, includes his custom-made Minimoog Voyager synthesizer and his Akai MPC 3000 Limited Edition, one of only 2,000 units released in 2000 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

Free Live Pack Offers ‘Big Ass’ Moog Sound

moog-sub-phattyProducer Francis Prève (who has a new release with Matt Lange) let us know about a new Live Pack that he’s created that features the ‘big ass’ sound of the Moog Sub Phatty.

If you don’t use Live, the download includes the raw samples, too.

Here’s what Prève has to say about the free Live Pack: Continue reading

The Bob Moog Foundation Expands Its Archive

marc-doty-bob-moog-foundationThe Bob Moog Foundation announced today, at the 2014 NAMM Show, significant additions to the Asheville-based foundation’s archives,

Michelle Moog-Koussa, executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation (BMF) and Bob Moog’s daughter, announced the additions, including:

  • over 1,000 schematic drawings from 1965 to 1985;
  • several rare prototypes, including:
    • a Moog Apollo synthesizer (the Apollo became the prototype for the Polymoog);
    • the Moog Liberation;
    • the Moog 1130 Drum Controller;
    • Moog Sequencer;
    • Moog Song Producer;
    • Moog Feedback Suppressor; and
  • Production models of the Minimoog and a Moog Vocoder.

“These instruments and drawings join our growing collection of treasures that includes, among other items, Roger Powell’s custom dual-keyboard controller, designed by Bob; a duophonic Minimoog; and two vintage theremins.” Continue reading

Moog Trademarks ‘Theremini’ (NAMM Leak)

moog-logoMoog Music has filed for a new trademark registration for Theremini, for theremin musical instruments:

On Friday, January 03, 2014, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for THEREMINI by Moog Music, Inc., Asheville, NC 28801

The USPTO has given the THEREMINI trademark serial number of 86157167. The current federal status of this trademark filing is NEW APPLICATION – RECORD INITIALIZED NOT ASSIGNED TO EXAMINER.

The correspondent listed for THEREMINI is CHRISTOPHER M. THOMAS of PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN LLP, 150 FAYETTEVILLE STREET, SUITE 1400, RALEIGH, NC 27601 . The THEREMINI trademark is filed in the category of Musical Instrument Products . The description provided to the USPTO for THEREMINI is Music instruments in general; theremins.

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