Moog Music has introduced the Synthesizer IIIp modular system, a meticulous reissue of the original 1960’s modular system.
The system, housed in three tolex cabinets, includes thirty-seven hand-stuffed, hand-soldered discrete modules, created using the original documentation, art and circuit board files. Available modules include: ten 901-Series audio oscillators, the 984 Matrix Mixer, and the 905 Spring Reverb.
Here’s what Moog has to say about the system:
In 1965, Bob Moog began taking orders for individual modules and customized modular systems. By 1967, he and a team of ten skilled technicians were hand-building production models in an unassuming brick storefront in Trumansburg, NY.
The cutting-edge musical instruments that they called “synthesizers” signaled electronic music’s maturation from an awkward and shy intruder in the realm of music to a dynamic and significant medium of musical expression.
The first models were aptly named Synthesizer I, II, and III. With the introduction of the Moog Synthesizer IIIc — the “c” referring to the walnut “console” cabinet — musicians could purchase a complete instrument pre-configured for logical access to a range of facilities usually associated with the largest classical studios.
This was followed by the availability of the Moog Synthesizer IIIp – a fully portable 3-cabinet iteration of the venerable Moog Synthesizer IIIc. Each synthesizer took weeks of patient, steady crafting to complete, but the payoff would be rich — a tool that would change the landscape of music.
Here’s Moog’s promo for the Synthesizer IIIp, featuring Anthony Gonzalez and Joe Berry of M83:
- Recreated using original documentation, circuit board and art files and traditional manufacturing techniques
- 37 hand-stuffed, hand-soldered modules custom mounted and hand-wired in three solid wood, tolex-wrapped cabinets
- 10x discrete 901 series oscillators (Not found in the Model 15, System 35 or System 55)
- 905 Spring Reverb module (Not found in the Model 15, System 35 or System 55)
- 4x CP3 mixers (Not found in the Model 15, System 35 or System 55)
- 984 4-channel Matrix Mixer (Designed for parallel processing, complete with dedicated controls for Bass and Treble, Not found in the Model 15, System 35 or System 55)
- 100% discrete design (No op-amps – not the case in the Model 15, System 35 or System 55)
- 1x 901 Voltage Controlled Oscillator
- 3x 901A Oscillator Controllers
- 9x 901B Oscillators
- 3x 902 Voltage Controlled Amplifiers
- 1x 903A Random Signal Generator
- 1x 904A Voltage Controlled Lowpass Filter
- 1x 904B Voltage Controlled Highpass Filter
- 1x 904C Filter Coupler
- 1x 905 Reverberation Unit
- 3x 911 Envelope Generators
- 1x 911A Dual Trigger Delay
- 1x 912 Envelope Follower
- 1x 914 Extended Range Fixed Filter Bank
- 1x 984 Four Channel Mixer
- 1x 991 Lowpass and Highpass Filter with Attenuator
- 1x 992 Control Voltage/Attenuator Panel
- 1x 993 Trigger & Envelope Voltages Panel
- 1x 994 Multiples Panel
- 4x Console Panel No. 3, each including: 4-input mixer with + and – outputs, 2 Trunklines, Control Voltage Switches, Master Volume, and Click Filter
- 1x Console Panel No. 1 including: 3 Control Voltage and Trigger Outputs
- 1x Console Panel No. 9 including: Power Switch, Pilot Lamp, Fuse Holders
- 1x 350 Watt 120 VAC or 230 VAC Switch Selectable Power Supply
Pricing and Availability
The Moog Synthesizer IIIp is available to order now for US $35,000