Moog Music Press Releases http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music Kirby Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:32:19 -0500 Moog Music Press Release Feed Now Shipping - New Minitaur v2-2 http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/now-shipping-new-minitaur-v2-2 http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/now-shipping-new-minitaur-v2-2 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Today Moog Music is excited to announce that Minitaur v2.2 is now shipping and through October 10th, all new Minitaurs purchased from an Authorized Moog Dealer will come with a free set of wood side pieces.

The new Minitaur v2.2 update expands this powerful analog bass synthesizer with a host of new performance elements and user requested features, including front-panel access to new LFO wave-shapes, oscillator hard-sync and much more…

http://www.moogmusic.com/news/introducing-minitaur-v22 to see what’s new in Minitaur v2.2.

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The Final Countdown: Minimoog Model D Production Ending with a Banger by Mike Dean http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/the-final-countdown-minimoog-model-d-production-ending-with-a-banger-by-mike-dean http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/the-final-countdown-minimoog-model-d-production-ending-with-a-banger-by-mike-dean Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Today, we announce that after a whirlwind year back in production, our limited re-issue run of the iconic Minimoog Model D synthesizer is coming to a fast end. To commemorate the close of production of the world’s first portable synthesizer, we invited prolific producer Mike Dean to spend one day creating a new Minimoog Model D track at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC. Dean wrote and recorded the new track “Three Jewels” on the Minimoog build line while Moog production engineers crafted some of the final Model D synthesizers beside him. With the track completed in just five hours, Dean walked out of the Moog factory with its employees at the end of their shift—last year Dean spent a weekend at the Moog factory, crafting “Grande Faucon” in 48 hours.

The Minimoog Model D was originally introduced in 1970 and built until 1981. Then in May 2016, we resumed building the Minimoog Model D for the first time in 35 years. Orders for the synthesizer quickly outpaced our initial estimates, leading to the addition of a night-shift to meet demand for the iconic instrument. Our parts-inventory for the Minimoog Model D project was originally expected to span multiple years of manufacturing, but is being consumed at a much higher rate than anticipated. Thus, this second historical production run of the Minimoog Model D will reach completion much earlier than intended, and this marks the final opportunity to acquire a new Minimoog Model D.

This re-issue project has truly been a labor of love; from our deep dive into the varying designs of the original Minimoogs, to the restoration of classic production techniques required to adhere to 1970s specifications—we even had the opportunity to collaborate with our supply partners to reissue long-discontinued transistor technologies that were crucial to the Minimoog’s legendary sound.

Through this adventure, we’ve had the honor of communing with innovative artists like Gary Numan, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) and the late Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic), whose intrinsic relationship with these circuits opened a cosmic channel through which they could share their love with the world, while also inspiring a new generation to explore the Minimoog Model D.

Since its introduction in the early 1970s, the Minimoog Model D has altered the course of music. It provided artists with a completely new type of instrument; one through which they could focus and explore the infinite sonic energy of analog electronic sound. And then it was gone—set aside in the 80s as the promise of digital synthesis moved in. Then last year, the Minimoog mothership returned into orbit at Moogfest and the iconic instrument once again resumed production at the Moog Factory. Not simply a story of life coming full circle, but rather an example of life’s upwardly spiraling nature. We find ourselves at once returning to a point in the past, but with the perspective and knowledge of the present, forever on a path to the future.

The Minimoog Model D has been a part of our daily lives here at the Moog Factory for over a year now, and is woven into the fabric of our history. As we draw closer to the end of this limited production run, we reflect on this labor of love as one of the most rewarding and joyful projects we have ever undertaken.

Thank you for sharing in this creation and joining us on this magical journey.

Contact your local authorized Moog dealer or distributor to purchase one of the final Minimoog Model D analog synthesizers.

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Announcing the SUB SEQUENT 37 CV http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/announcing-the-sub-sequent-37-cv http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/announcing-the-sub-sequent-37-cv Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 Today we are excited to announce the SUBSEQUENT 37 CV. This limited-edition redesign of the ultra-powerful Sub 37 Tribute Edition analog synthesizer is limited to 2000 pieces worldwide, with the first 125 units built live on-site at Moogfest 2017. Anchored by a pair of solid aluminum side pieces inset with North American hardwood and affixed to a rugged steel and aluminum enclosure, it features four assignable CV outputs and two assignable Gate outputs for interconnectivity with large-format and Eurorack modular systems, an upgraded keybed for improved playability, a high-powered headphone amplifier for live-monitoring, and a modified analog signal path.

“We are really excited to incorporate community feedback into the evolution of an instrument. Adding CV interconnectivity was the starting point, but we have also increased the headroom in the mixer and significantly extended the range of Multidrive, giving the SUBSEQUENT 37 CV expanded sonic capability and modular control.” - Cyril Lance, Moog Chief Engineer

The SUBSEQUENT 37 CV’s mixer now has double the headroom of the Sub 37 Tribute Edition. Taking advantage of the mixer’s newfound flexibility, the gain-staging of the Ladder filter has been reshaped to boost harmonic saturation and analog compression. Completing the sonic evolution is a re-tuned Multidrive circuit that extends well beyond the grit and growl of the original Sub 37.

SUBSEQUENT 37 CV production is limited to 2000 pieces worldwide. Each instrument is lovingly handcrafted by Moog employee-owners. The first 125 units are available for purchase exclusively through Guitar Center during Moogfest 2017, May 18-22, and on guitarcenter.com.

FEATURES
SOUND ENGINE EVOLUTION – Greater sonic dimension
MORE MULTIDRIVE – Wider range and dirtier than ever before
ROOM FOR TWO - More headroom means Duo mode sounds even better
6 ASSIGNABLE OUTPUTS – Modular connectivity with 4x CV outs and 2x Gate outs
UPGRADED KEYBED – Lightweight with swift action, velocity, and aftertouch
HIGH-POWER HEADPHONE AMP – Cue up your next sound in the loudest of venues.
LIMITED EDITION — 2000 units produced worldwide

SUB 37 DESIGN – All the controls and features found on the Sub 37 Tribute Edition:
- Perform in Mono or Duo modes
- 37-note velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch
- 2 modulation busses with assignable source and destinations
- DAHDSR (Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release) looping envelopes with sync
- 256 presets - 16 banks of 16 patches
- Syncable arpeggiator and step sequencer
- Classic Moog Ladder Filter with resonance, Multidrive, and selectable filter slopes

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Moogfest Announces Suzanne Ciani as the 2017 Moog Innovation Award Recipient http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moogfest-announces-suzanne-ciani-as-the-2017-moog-innovation-award-recipient http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moogfest-announces-suzanne-ciani-as-the-2017-moog-innovation-award-recipient Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400 The 2017 Moog Innovation Award will be presented to Suzanne Ciani at Moogfest 2017, the annual music, art and technology festival in Durham, North Carolina. This award recognizes her 45 plus years of genre-defying work that exemplifies the bold, innovative spirit of Bob Moog. Past recipients include visionary artists like Gary Numan, Devo, Brian Eno, Bernie Worrell, and Thomas Dolby, and synth designers like Herb Deutsch.

Ciani, the first woman to receive the award, superseded many of her male contemporaries as a synthesist, sound designer, and composer. Well known as an early protege and long-time devotee of Don Buchla, and a friend of Bob Moog, her use of synthesizers created entirely new sounds that opened minds around the globe to electronic music as a valid form of expression. She is a five-time Grammy nominated composer and the first woman to score a Hollywood film. Her work has been featured in countless commercials, video games, and feature films.

Today, Ciani continues to inspire generosity, curiosity, and experimentation for a resurgent, multi-generational community of synth-enthusiasts and electronic music fans. Ciani’s 4-hour durational performance at Moogfest 2016 modulated between a rolling quadraphonic soundscape, stories about her early days working in New York, and tips for operating rare Buchla synths while spatializing audio. Ciani returns to Moogfest 2017 to receive the Moog Innovation award, where she will perform and be celebrated in a workshop, featured conversation as well as host a screening of a recently released documentary about her innovative life in electronic music.

Additionally, we are pleased to have more voices added to the choir at Moogfest…

Comedians often are the reflexive lens of culture, giving uplifting commentary to our often complex world. With this spirit in mind, comedian and actor Hannibal Buress will be joining us as the comedic lens and moderator in two conversations: One with the wildly inventive hip-hop producer & lyricist Flying Lotus, and another with psych-pop trio Animal Collective and legendary 1970’s synth pioneers and psych outfit, Syrinx.

Chicago based experimental song stylists Circuit de Yeux will be added to this year’s line-up, bringing her conversely expressionate sense of abstract pop to the Moogfest stage.

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Moog Music Resumes Production Of The World’s First Portable Synthesizer http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moog-music-resumes-production-of-the-world-s-first-portable-synthesizer http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moog-music-resumes-production-of-the-world-s-first-portable-synthesizer Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400 Today, Moog Music announces that they have resumed production of the Minimoog Model D synthesizer after more than 30 years. Introduced in 1970, the Minimoog Model D was the first portable synthesizer and served as the archetype for all electronic keyboards that followed. Conceived as a response to the large-scale modular synthesizers of the 1960’s, the Minimoog’s portability, affordability and accessibility made it the go-to instrument for musicians looking to expand beyond the traditional sounds of the time. Bernie Worrell used the Minimoog to establish Parliament Funkadelic’s futuristic funk sound. Kraftwerk employed the Minimoog on the successful concept album Autobahn, sparking an entirely new genre. Gary Numan replaced his live band’s guitars with Minimoog’s, creating the prototype for industrial music. The classic sound of the Minimoog Model D can be heard on Bob Marley’s Catch A Fire, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic; Detailed in the mini-doc series “A Brief History Of The Minimoog”. Moog Music today releases the second installment of the series chronicling the influential artists of the 80’s & 90’s who used the Minimoog Model D to explore new genres and discover the sounds of tomorrow.

A Brief History Of The Minimoog Part II:

Each Minimoog Model D is lovingly handcrafted at Moog’s employee-owned factory in Asheville, NC. This legendary 3-oscillator monophonic instrument is securely housed in a hand-finished aluminum chassis and locally-sourced Appalachian hard-wood enclosure. To realize the unmistakable sound of the world’s first performance synthesizer, Moog Music preserves the component placement and through-hole design of the original analog circuit boards, employing military-spec precision resistors and custom-reissued transistors to complete the circuit.

Though no changes have been made to the original sound engine or audio signal path, the Minimoog Model D now includes a series of functional modifications to expand the instrument’s sonic capabilities beyond the factory specifications of a 1970’s production unit. These modifications include a premium Fatar keybed with velocity and after pressure available via top panel CV jacks, a dedicated analog LFO with triangle and square waveshapes, CV outputs for pitch, gate, velocity and after pressure, basic MIDI integration, and a mixer overload modification, which when engaged, allows the Minimoog Model D to conjure thicker and far more overdriven sounds than before.

The Minimoog Model D is now available for order through authorized Moog dealers world-wide.

*NOTE: Due to the complexity of the build process coupled with the demand for other Moog instruments, we are only able to produce a small number of Minimoog Model D units per month.

Link
Product Page: http://www.moogmusic.com/products/model-d

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Introducing The Model 15 Modular App http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/introducing-the-model-15-modular-app http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/introducing-the-model-15-modular-app Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400 Today, Moog announced the release of the Moog Model 15 app, an iOS version of the iconic 1970’s modular synthesizer. It is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

Designed to evoke the joyous experimentation and sonic bliss of its predecessor’s vintage hardware, the Moog Model 15 app meticulously recreates the look, feel and sound of its highly expressive analog namesake. From the legendary Moog 921-series oscillators and 904A Low Pass Filter, to the coveted 907 Fixed Filter Bank; each module’s character, harmonic complexity and mystique has been ardently preserved.

In the video clip above, Suzanne Ciani, one of the first and most influential female elec-tronic music composers and synthesists, creates a short sonic sketch using the Moog Model 15 modular synthesizer app. Ciani explores the custom-programmed sounds she designed in the app alongside Moog technicians as they hand-build the app’s hardware modular namesake at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC. Listen to Suzanne’s full com-position here.

Ciani’s unique patches are available as a free expansion pack in the Model 15’s in-app store.

Expanding beyond the traditional offerings of an analog Model 15 synthesizer, the Moog Model 15 app has total MIDI integration, dedicated Audio Bridge and MIDI Bridge mod-ules, a looping recorder module, a ping-pong delay module and a new extension cabinet populated with additional amplifiers and voltage controlled attenuators.

To develop the most immersive and expressive modular interface possible, the Moog Model 15 app has been designed utilizing Metal, Apple’s new advanced graphics engine. We worked directly with Apple to take full advantage of the CPU-maximizing tech in iOS 9, freeing-up valuable CPU processing power to run audio at 4x full rate while ensuring that all zooming, panning and modular patching throughout the application feels completely natural. The additional processing power enables all of the calculations to be fully dynamic while introducing spontaneous imperfections, which mimics the behavior of real analog circuits.

To welcome more people into the world of modular synthesis, we have included a number of learning-based features in the Moog Model 15 app. When a starting patch point is selected, all available patch destinations are immediately highlighted, assisting the user in the concepts of modular signal flow. Also included in the application are a special class of “Tutorial Presets” that provide guided, step-by-step, instructions on patch creation and signal flow. The Moog Model 15 app will ship with preloaded Tutorial Presets, as well as offering users the ability to easily create and share their own Tutorial Presets from inside the application.

The Moog Model 15 app supports all 64-bit devices running iOS 9.3.1 or later. Compatible devices include iPhone 5s or newer, iPod touch 6 or newer, iPad Air or newer, and iPad Pro.

The Moog Model 15 app is available for $29.99 on the App Store now.

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Moog Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for its Modular Recreation at 31st Annual TEC Awards http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moog-receives-outstanding-technical-achievement-award-for-its-modular-recreation-at-31st-annual-tec-awards http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moog-receives-outstanding-technical-achievement-award-for-its-modular-recreation-at-31st-annual-tec-awards Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Moog Music announced that it has won an award for Outstanding Technical Achievement from the NAMM Foundation for its faithful recreation of the Model 15, System 35 and System 55 modular synthesizers. Moog Music CEO and President Mike Adams was on hand to accept the award, which was presented in the Musical Instrument Hardware category at a special recognition ceremony on January 23rd during the 2016 NAMM show.

“It is an immense honor to be recognized with a TEC award for the Modular Recreation,” said Adams. “The award is a testament to the genius of Bob Moog’s original designs created over 40 years ago, and the hard work our team at Moog Music has put into faithfully recreating these classic instruments.”

Presented by the NAMM Foundation, the TEC Awards celebrate the best in professional audio technology and sound production. TEC award recipients are selected by a panel of respected industry professionals from the audio and creative disciplines. In addition to its win for the Modular Recreation, Moog Music was also nominated in the Musical Instru-ment Amplification & Effects category for its MF-Chorus and MF-Flange Minifooger ana-log effects pedals.

Modular Recreation
Following its recreation of the Emerson Moog Modular system last year, Moog began handcrafting three more modular systems starting in January 2015. These Modular Rec-reations include the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 analog synthesizers. Each system matches the original product specifications, manufacturing techniques and processes from the 1970s. Every module is built just as they were in 1973 - by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods. Even the front panels are photo-etched aluminum, a classic process rarely used today, to maintain the classic and durable look of vintage Moog modules.

For more information on Moog’s modular synthesizers, please visit http://www.moogmusic.com/products/modulars/.

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Moog Modular Recreation, MF-Chorus & MF-Flange Nominated for TEC Awards http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moog-modular-recreation-mf-chorus-mf-flange-nominated-for-tec-awards http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moog-modular-recreation-mf-chorus-mf-flange-nominated-for-tec-awards Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Moog Music has been announced as a nominee for the 31st Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, in the category of Outstanding Technical Achievement. The Moog Modular Recreation received a nomination in the “Musical Instrument Hardware” category, while the Minifooger MF-Chorus and MF-Flange analog effects pedals both received nominations in the “Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects” category.

Presented by the NAMM Foundation, the TEC Awards were created to celebrate the best in professional audio and sound production. Winners will be announced Saturday evening, January 23, 2016 in the Anaheim Hilton’s Pacific Ballroom and via a live event web stream. Following a two-month call for entries, a panel of respected industry professionals from the audio and creative disciplines carefully evaluated each entry before selecting products for nomination.

Mike Adams, CEO and President of Moog Music, commented: “Everything we do at Moog is a team effort, and we are all very excited and grateful to the TEC Foundation for all three nominations.”

Moog Modular Model 15

Moog Modular Model 15

Modular Recreation
Following the faithful recreation of the Emerson Moog Modular system last year, Moog began recreating three more modular systems starting in January 2015. These Modular Recreations include the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15 analog synthesizers. Each system matches the original product specifications, manufacturing techniques and processes from the 1970s. Every module is built just as they were in 1973 - by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods. Even the front panels are photo-etched aluminum, a classic process rarely used today, to maintain the classic and durable look of vintage Moog modules.

Moog Music’s MF-Chorus

Moog Music’s MF-Chorus

MF-Chorus and MF-Flange
The MF Chorus is a 100% analog BBD based time modulation pedal with mono or stereo output capabilities and dedicated expression pedal input. The unique design allows it to create a wide range of sounds that extend far beyond the reaches of traditional analog chorus. Everything from subtle shifting and analog vibrato all the way into modulated slap delay is possible.

The MF-Flange is a 100% analog BBD based harmonic manipulator pedal with mono or stereo output capabilities and dedicated expression pedal input. It features a flexible voicing switch with two unique flanger voices, vocal and traditional, as well as 4 wide range controls that allow for completely unique sound sculpting and even analog chorus.
The NAMM TEC Awards is held live from the NAMM Show, the world’s leading music product industry trade event. The January 23 event begins with a reception at 6PM, fol-lowed by the awards ceremony at 7PM.

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Moog Music Becomes Employee-Owned Company http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moog-music-becomes-employee-owned-company http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/moog-music-becomes-employee-owned-company Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 On Tuesday, June 9th, Mike Adams, Moog Music Inc. President/CEO, stopped production in the factory at 4pm and gathered the employees for an impromptu meeting. Adams began by saying, “I called you all here to let you know I sold the company.”

After a brief silence, he continued, “The good news is I sold it to all of you.”

Moog Music Inc., the electronic musical instrument company founded by the late synthesizer pioneer Dr. Bob Moog, is proud to announce that as of June 6, 2015, Moog Music Inc. is an employee-owned company.

“The employees at Moog Music Inc. are what make this company successful,” said Ad-ams. “I feel the best way to recognize their passion and hard work is to give them owner-ship.”

Adams’ decision is in line with the vision of Dr. Moog, who wanted the company to not only be a place that took care of its employees and their families, but also rewarded their hard work by sharing in the company’s financial success.

Said Dr. Ileana Grams-Moog, Dr. Moog’s widow, “Bob and I consulted an expert in worker-owned businesses in 2001, but weren’t able to make employee ownership at Moog a reality. Bob would be thrilled that Mike Adams realized this shared dream four-teen years later.”

The ESOP will not change company operations. Mike Adams will remain the Moog Music Inc. President and CEO.

Moog Music Inc. has experienced significant growth in recent months and years:

  • The company has experienced an average of 18% revenue growth for the past 12 years.
  • The company’s YTD revenue is up 46% over 2014.
  • Five years ago, Moog Music Inc. had 27 full time employees, today, there are 62 full time employees.
  • Moog has increased its production space by 38% in the last fourteen months.
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Experimental Artist M. Geddes Gengras featured in Category 5: A new interview series from Moog http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/experimental-artist-m-geddes-gengras-featured-in-category-5-a-new-interview-series-from-moog http://hummingbirdmedia.com/clients/moog-music/press-releases/experimental-artist-m-geddes-gengras-featured-in-category-5-a-new-interview-series-from-moog Fri, 01 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Today, Moog Music released a conversation with M. Geddes Gengras as part of their new interview series called Category 5. The series derives its name
from the cables used to enable modern digital communications. Via Skype, Gengras explores the motivations behind 3 Impressions, the 3 song EP he composed as a practical application of Moog electronics. In this video the artist describes his exploration of analog effects modules and process-based sound design.

The announcement of Gengras’ EP coincided with Moog Music’s announcement of the discontinuation of two of their Moogerfooger analog effects pedals used in these recordings: the MF-105M MIDI MuRF (est. 2009) and the MF-107 Freq Box (est. 2007). Moog plans to continue building a limited quantity of units at their factory in downtown Asheville while parts and materials last. The MF-105M and the MF-107 have found their way into countless studios and stage rigs around the world. Users include Arcade Fire, Panda Bear, Dan Deacon, John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joey Santiago of the Pixies. If you are interested in purchasing one, please visit an authorized Moog dealer.

M. Geddes Gengras’ work is described as being ‘based in modular synthesis, comfortably straddling a variety of forms and remaining rooted in a deep affinity for the limitations of analog electronics and a keen ear for timbral manipulation.’ His extended exploration of the modular inter-connectivity of Moogerfooger analog effects on 3 impressions is a testament to Bob Moog’s vision of creative expression through control voltage.

Links:
Category 5 feat. M. Geddes Gengras: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_RqZOi0-To&feature=youtu.be

3 Impressions EP: https://soundcloud.com/moogmusicinc/sets/3-impressions-m-geddes-gengras

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