An Interview With John Mills-Cockell (Syrinx / Intersystems)

This video, via Electronic Voyager, captures an interview with Canadian composer John Mills-Cockell, whose resume includes scores for The National Arts Centre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Toronto Repertory Orchestra and others; being a founding member of electronic rock band Syrinx and the multimedia group, Intersystems; and scoring Terror TrainContinue reading

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

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.

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Support The Bob Moog Foundation & You Could Win A Vintage Minimoog

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The Bob Moog Foundation has announced that they are raffling off a gorgeous vintage Moog Minimoog Model D synthesizer, with proceeds to benefit the Foundation.

The Minimoog Model D being offered, serial number 3731 was built at Moog Music’s Williamsville, NY factory on February 7, 1974. It is in excellent technical and physical condition and has been serviced by a technician with a longtime expertise in Minimoogs. The instrument has updated oscillators, as was standard during this period, making them more stable than their predecessors. Continue reading

The 10 Most Interesting Synth Introductions Of 2015

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2015 has been an amazing year for synth introductions – with major new synth lines from Roland, Yamaha and Korg; new modular synths, both big and small, from Moog and others; a new Prophet from Dave Smith Instruments; innovative new synths from smaller companies and hundreds of new synth modules.

Here are the 10 most interesting synth introductions of 2015, ranked according to what new synths the most Synthtopia readers chose to read about this year.

Check out the list – and then let us know what you think of the synths introduced in 2015!

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Analogue Solutions Shipping Moog-Inspired Nyborg-24 Synthesizer

nyborg-24-synthesizerAnalogue Solutions has announced that it’s now shipping the Nyborg-24 synthesizer — a  Moog-inspired analog synth module.

The Nyborg-24 is an analog synth voice that features a Moog-style 4-pole 24dB/octave low-pass filter. It shares many features with the Nyborg-12, except that the ’12 features an ‘Oberheim SEM-style’ filter.

Both offer two analog VCO’s, a VCF, two EG’s, an LFO, noise generator, sub osc, sample & hold and a MIDI to CV convertor.

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Moog Going Eurorack With Mother32 Modular Synthesizer

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At Knobcon 2015, Moog Music today offered a sneak preview of a new synthesizer, the Mother32.

The Mother32 is a Eurorack synth module that is a basic all-in-one synth voice. It comes in its own case, but can also be mounted in a Eurorack system.

Architecturally, it is a single-VCO Moog synth voice – but with 32 audio and control voltage patch points, a built-in sequencer and ‘Moog sound’.

We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Moog Eurorack synth with Moog’s Steve Dunnington.  The Mother32 promises to be a inexpensive standalone Moog synth module and also a great starting point for building a Eurorack modular system.

Moog was not allowing anyone to take pictures or record video yet, because the Mother32 is scheduled to be officially introduced in October. But read on for the details that we can share now! Continue reading