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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Moog Takes Us Back To The Future

Moog Modular Keith Emerson model image
Moog Modular Keith Emerson model
As I stated in my NAMM report, Moog Music has brought back some of its classic modular synths from what many claim to be the "golden age" of electronic music back in the 1970s. These include the System 55, 35 and 15, and a special Keith Emerson replica version that will go for a whopping $150,000.

These things aren't for the faint of heart since you really have to know about the inner workings of synthesis in order to make them sing, since there's no presets to rely on. Of course, that's exactly why we love them so much as well. Each sound is completely nuanced based upon the programming, not an algorithm.

Here's a very cool movie about modular synthesis featuring a variety of synthesizer heavyweights including Malcolm Cecil, Dick Hyman and Suzanne Ciani, who really pioneered the use of the instruments back when they were first new.

You can find out more about Moog Modulars here.




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