Introducing The Model 15 Modular App
First Synthesizer Utilizing Metal, Apple’s Advanced Graphics Engine
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.