Cherry Audio has released a free software synth, Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Synthesizer, that’s designed to emulate the bizarre Radio Shack Realistic Concertmate MG-1.
The MG-1 was Radio Shack’s attempt to bring analog synthesizers to a home audience, and it has some quirky features as a result. It was based on Moog monophonic designs, but through the lens of a retailer that didn’t believe people would want to buy a monophonic synth. So it’s essentially a mashup of a budget Moog monosynth with a simple electronic organ.
The Surrealistic MG-1 Plus Synthesizer is described as “a super authentic recreation” of the MG-1, but it also has some features that expand on the original’s capabilities.
- ‘Ultra-Accurate’ Analog modeling
- Dual oscillator monophonic plus polyphonic oscillator bank
- Super fat 24db “ladder” filter
- Over 130 presets
- “Bell tone” ring modulation
- Tempo syncable LFO
- Expanded octave ranges
- Multiple note priority modes including legato and retrigger
- Full MIDI control
- Full DAW automation for all controls
- Surrealistic MG-1 Plus is available in AU, VST, VST3, AAX, and standalone formats.
It’s available now as a free download for MacOS & Windows.