The Bob Moog Foundation – an independent non-profit, dedicated to preserving the legacy of synth pioneer Bob Moog – has announced its Winter fundraising event, a raffle for a vintage Moog Source synthesizer.
The Moog Source featured in the raffle is serial number 3948 and was built in Buffalo, New York in the early 1980s. The instrument has an estimated value of $3,500 USD. It’s also signed by Bob Moog himself – which makes it is priceless to collectors.
The instrument was donated to the Bob Moog Foundation by musician, composer, and sound designer Erik Norlander, who co-designed the legendary Alesis Andromeda analog synthesizer and more recently the IK Multimedia UNO Synth.
Norlander’s Moog Source was used on the Dukes of the Orient Freakshow album and was also the synth sampled for IK Multimedia Syntronik 2 “Sorcerer” virtual instrument.
Here’s Erik Norlander sharing the story of his Moog Source:
Norlander has been a long-time supporter of the Bob Moog Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Advisors.
The Moog Source features rich sound quality and a technical lineage rooted in the legendary Minimoog, widely regarded as the most iconic, archetypal analog synthesizer of all time. The Source was manufactured from 1981 through 1985, and was the first Moog synthesizer to offer patch memory storage in 16 preset locations. It also features a cassette tape jack, which transfers patches to and from an external tape.
The Source is lauded for its sequencers, sample and hold, arpeggiator, presets, and unique data wheel. The synthesizer features a mylar touch control panel, single-knob functionality, and the trademark Moog sound.
The raffle is open now and ends on February 26, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) or when all 5,000 tickets are sold. The raffle is open internationally. Tickets are available for $20 each, 6 for $100, 14 for $200, or 40 for $500.
As an added bonus for this raffle, entrants will get a 2024 Bob Moog – His Life and Work 90th Birthday Commemorative Calendar with the purchase of a bundle of 6, 14, or 40 tickets. This offer is valid until the limited quantity of calendars runs out.
The winner will be announced on Friday, March 1, 2024.
About the Bob Moog Foundation
The Bob Moog Foundation is an independent non-profit organization.
Funds raised from the raffle will be used to expand the Bob Moog Foundation’s hallmark education project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, which has inspired over 30,000 elementary school students through the science of sound. The raffle will also help support the Bob Moog Foundation Archives and the Moogseum, an immersive, experiential facility located in Asheville, North Carolina, which brings Bob Moog’s pioneering legacy and the science of sound and synthesis alive for people of all ages. The Moogseum opened in May 2019 and has since welcomed over 35,000 visitors from all over the world.