Cherry Audio Intros Memorymode, A Software Emulation Of The Moog Memorymoog

Cherry Audio today introduced Memorymode, a new software synthesizer for Mac & Windows, based on one of the very best-sounding polyphonic analog synthesizers of the 80s – the Moog Memorymoog.

Memorymode was modeled upon a vintage Memorymoog that was originally owned by jazz legend Chick Corea. The developers say that Memorymode “expands upon the original, without compromising any of the sound or functionality that made it great”, adding new synthesis features, greater polyphony, adjustable ‘slop’, MPE support and more.

Cherry Audio has updated the original design with a variety of features:

  • Memorymode’s LFO, arpeggio, and delay effects all feature one-button tempo sync.
  • Filter and amplitude velocity sensitivity add a new layer of expressiveness.
  • A unique Drift parameter allows continuously-variable adjustment of tuning accuracy, from perfectly in tune, to aged and loose, or anywhere in between.
  • The ‘Modern’ button brings Memorymode into the present with fattened bass and sparkling highs.
  • Comprehensive MPE support is included for expressive controller performances.
  • Memorymode’s effects add the final polish to patches, including a stereo phaser, a stereo ensemble, a flexible tempo-synced echo and a reverb section.
  • The user interface has also been streamlined and simplified, trading the original instrument’s numeric-keypad-and-command-numbers with pop-up menus and an improved value display window.

Memorymode Demo Track:

Galassi created this 80’s-inspired track using sounds of the Memorymode synthesizer:


  • Ladder filter with selectable 12- and 24-dB/octave slopes
  • “Authentically modeled” three oscillator voice architecture
  • Up to 16-voice polyphony
  • Over 600 presets, programmed by industry veterans
  • Expanded Voice Modulation section with up to six simultaneous destinations
  • Improved arpeggio section w/tempo sync
  • Drift control for increased analog realism
  • Tempo-syncable LFO
  • Detunable unison mode with up to 48 oscillators per key
  • Improved single-key chord memory mode
  • Modern button for beefy lows and crystalline highs
  • Highly optimized coding for high performance with ultra-low CPU load
  • Advanced one-click UI magnification
  • Comprehensive MPE support
  • Studio-quality phaser, ensemble, delay with tempo sync, and reverb effects
  • Full MIDI control and DAW automation for all controls

Patch Comparison:

Pricing and Availability

Memorymode is available now with an intro price of $39, normally $59.

7 thoughts on “Cherry Audio Intros Memorymode, A Software Emulation Of The Moog Memorymoog

  1. Sounds great, but I do hear a little more oscillator slop on the Memorymoog in a couple of the comparisons. I’d be interested to hear a demo of what the ‘drift control’ sounds like at different settings.

  2. Owned a MemoryMoog for ten years; just downloaded the demo. Yep…they’ve done it. The 5% difference between the real thing and this $40 plugin is negligible. One of the reasons I sold my MM is because it was so raw and powerful you almost couldn’t record with it–it bullied every other sound in the mix. This plugin captures the character and versatility, and I’ll actually be able to sneak it into tracks and play it live onstage without bringing an 80 pound (delicate) beast with me. Well done!

    1. I owned one of the early Memorymoogs back in the late 80’s early 90’s. It’s sound was different from the other big analogs like a Prophet or Oberheim. It was somewhat raw and buzzy if that makes any sense. It had the ablilty to cut through in a mix with guitars where other synths didn’t do well. Some sites say that it was like 6 Mini Moogs in a poly, but that is not accurate. It isn’t.

      I do own Memorymoon, but it is not 64 bit (32 bit only) so won’t work with the newest version of Cubase. I wasn’t impressed with it.

      None of the emulations I have heard sound like a Memorymoog. Maybe this one will do better.

      I’ll give it a try. For the money it’s a no-brainer.

      1. Listening to the demos, It sounds great. Well worth the price. VST sales can rise or fall on the quality of the demos and this demo is excellent.

  3. The Memorymoog was always (loosely) my favorite of the line, although I never landed one. I loved my Mini, a pair of Multimoogs and etc., but the MM still had the Moog growl of the monosynths. Solovox is right about what a spectrum-filler it can be, but the demos sold me right away. Its easy to like the monster-pads, but they included a lot of the delicate side as well. I’m not only buying one for myself, I want to give them out for Xmas. Mom, Santa brought me a Memorymoog!

  4. I owned one for a few years in the 80s, loved the sound, hated to part with it. What with so many other good software emulations of classic synths having come out in recent years, it’s hard to believe it has taken this long for a good MM emulation to hit the market. But Cherry Audio has come through, and I am totally here for it. Thanks guys!

  5. Insta buy for me. Demo sounded great. Own other CA products, so supporting this excellent. affordable VST release is a no brainer. Cheers to Cherry Audio for all the sonic fun.

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