The 2011 NAMM Show is shaping up to be a pretty good year for electronic music gear – but the most interesting synth introduced is one that you can’t buy.
The Bob Moog Foundation gave a special presentation at the NAMM Show, announcing a unique collaboration with Eric Persing of Spectrasonics on a fund-raising contest to benefit the foundation.
Details on the contest won’t be announced until later, but, during the presentation, Persing, above with Michelle Moog-Koussa, unveiled the amazing Grand Prize. The prize will be the one-of-a-kind custom OMG-1 hardware synthesizer he created, that integrates the worlds of analog synthesis, computers, software synthesis and multi-touch surfaces into one extraordinary instrument.
Based on the look we got, Persing’s OMG-1 should have been named OMFG-1.
The OMG-1 Synthesizer
The OMG-1 was designed by Persing as a live performance instrument and is not a commercial product — it’s truly one-of-a-kind
The state of the art dual-manual OMG-1 combines:
- a Moog Little Phatty analog synthesizer
- Spectrasonics’ flagship Omnisphere software synthesizer
- An internal Apple Mac Mini computer
- Dual Apple iPads
- Dual iPods
- Spectrasonics’ new Omni TR iPad app
All this electronic music technology is integrated into a beautiful, hand-crafted curly maple cabinet, created by American artisan Daniel Auon.
During the special presentation, Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, and Persing talked about their collaboration and Eric gave a progtacular demo with the OMG-1. Using the OMG-1, Persing demonstrated that he could play complex OmniSphere virtual instruments and manipulate them using the multi-touch controllers, play iPad synth applications and add true analog leads with the Little Phatty.
“I’ll never forget the first time I played a Minimoog when I was a little kid…it truly changed my life!” said Persing. “So, it’s a privilege after all these years to give back to the foundation honoring my hero Bob Moog and keeping the spirit and history of his inventions alive for the next generation. I had a blast designing the OMG-1 with Dan and I can’t wait to see who wins it!”
Michelle Moog-Koussa added, “Eric’s OMG-1….represents the contemporary convergence of analog and digital, hardware and software. I think Bob would applaud Eric’s efforts to transcend boundaries in order to create an instrument with new and unique capabilities.”
Details on the Moog Foundation will be announced when the contest begins on March 15th, 2011.
Note: We talked with Moog-Koussa today about their plans for the contest and, while we can’t reveal them yet, we can say that the contest will be as unique as the controller. She also noted that the OMG-1 isn’t really a product of either Moog Music or Spectrasonics, but was created by Persing specifically for the contest.