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.”
As a result, it’s got an unusual set of features
It combines a divide-down organ section (so it can be played polyphonically) with a basic monophonic synth voice, similar to the Moog Rogue. Some ‘professional’ features, like pitch and mod wheels, were left out.
This video, via -p Catalano, demonstrates the sounds and functions of the Realistic Concertmate MG-1. All sounds (including drums) are from the MG-1 without effects.
If you’ve used the Realistic MG-1 synthesizer, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!