BRUNO ENDER LEE – “Galactic Moog 2″ – performed live August 24. 2013
MiniMoog Voyager Old School (bass), Moog Little Phatty Stage II (arpeggios), Moog Etherwave Theremin, Arturia MoogModular V (fx-sequence)
composed, arranged & produced by Bruno Ender Lee; 2013 Velvet Voyage Productions
Albert Glinsky, author of Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage sat down with us to give a brief history of the Theremin covering everything from it’s orignal inception in a Russian chemistry lab to it’s developement as a musical instrument. In addition to outlining its rich history Glinsky gives a basic tutorial in playing the Theremin and points out some of the refinements that Bob Moog made to Leon Theremin’s original design.
Soundcrafts is a new video series from Moog Music Inc. that explores the importance of creating new sounds through insight from renowned artists, producers, and engineers from around the globe.
The first episode features Bryan Michael-Cox, a Grammy winning songwriter and producer who has worked with Mariah Carey, Usher, Destiny’s Child, and countless others during his extensive career. In this session Cox delves into the importance of creating and exploring new sounds, and its relationship to making lasting impressions on listeners.
Weird random sequence generated by a Minimoog Voyager RME driven by a Roland TR606 via Moogerfooger MF101 envelope follower CV out to VX 352 CV expander.
Since there is almost no video in youtube that shows the practical uses of the Moog CV expanders ( VX 352 & VX 351) I decided to put online this lo quality video just to show a (funny) experiment on the day one I connected these machines…sorry for the poor audio quality, recorded from my iphone mic, but this clip was intended only for documentation purposes…enjoy!
Modular exploration, details below:
Literally walked in from a pub lunch this afternoon and flicked the on switch for a demo for my mate Dave – so here’s the Hoedown patch “from cold” so to speak. I’m still getting to grips with moving in and out from the patch, but it’ll be good…;c) Amazing how this thing can sound (almost) in tune from the word go…
The Moog modular synthesizers use the 900-series of modules. These modules, many of them designed entirely by Robert Moog, are examples of analog synthesis at its finest. The modules are actually quite musician-friendly with straight forward input and output jacks and clearly labeled knobs. There are no technical electronic diagrams silk-screened all over them or esoteric controls. They were very easy to grasp conceptually, making them perfect candidates for music labs and professional musicians alike.
The voltage-controlled oscillator modules produce stunning tones with only one real drawback…drift. Revised VCO modules (the 921-series) were eventually released that offered more stable tuning. But the legend of the Moog sound truly comes from the 24 dB/oct lowpass filter (the 904A). To this day, no one has come close to improving upon the original Moog filter and its patented ladder design. Additional modules include VCAs, envelope generators, highpass filters, equalizers, noise generators, a sequencer, and utilitarian modules such as audio mixers, control voltage processors and power supplies. There is no dedicated LFO module, however. Instead, one of the VCO modules has a rate slow enough (0.1 Hz) that it can be used as an LFO instead of a sound source.
Background video description:
Here is a little demo of the majestic R.A.Moog 901 VCO – the original and BEST VCO ever made! I’m really happy because this 901 (not to be confused with the 901 A B combo VCO) came with my original modular IIIC system that I bought in 1994, but it NEVER WORKED. Thats right – I tried a few times over the years to get it fixed but it seemed to beat the fixers – until last week when I took it to my friend. He fathomed it out and also did a simple mod to it on my request – I have added pulse width modulation on the square wave – something that Robert Moog himself didn’t think of implementing on the first generation of VCOs. So for the first time I have a 901 VCO with PWM and it sounds spectacular. In this patch I am using the 901 and two 901B oscillators mixed together, and a third 901B saw wave to modulate the pulse with of the 901. Unfortunately the MP3 encoding on the MOV file does terrible things to the purity of these sounds, it sounds nothing like the real thing, in fact nothing sounds as good as these up close
Moog Voyager OS, Prophet 08, Juno 60, Yamaha EX5, Hollowsun Drumbox
“It could be me but doesn’t the Tardis engine look like some sort of old Con Brio synth with a couple of MC-500s on the dashboard and a massive vintage KerPlunk set in the middle?
Anyway…..He’s coming to get you!! – HIDE UNDER YOUR BED (unless you’re like my better half and I and have a divan, in which case you’re done for).
Imagine if Tom Baker had gone head-to-head with ultimate Master Roger Delgado. That would have made for a cracking watch. Obviously, I liked Anthony Ainley but he always seemed like a very hammy Zod with a bit of Kenny Everett thrown in for good measure.”
Background video description:
I was asked on the Gearslutz forums if the Sub Phatty could do something that is a bit smoother and not quite so aggressive. It’s no voyager, but you can get some smoothness out of it. No comments on the playing itself, please. I never said I was a musician
Also, I have a cold. Sorry for the heavy breathing into the mic
I did this all live on camera, completely dry (no effects or eq). I didn’t try to create these patches ahead of time. You can certain do more, especially if you play with the two envelope generators.
Given that it’s only two octaves, I can’t recommend the Sub Phatty for leads and other similar work. Even for bass, I’d prefer another octave. That said, it’s a great sounding synth that is built like a tank. Great knobs, great key action, and a really solid feel.
Here’s the Sub Phatty recording I did which prompted this one:
Sonic takes a look at the new Moog mono.With discrete gain staging and drive on both filter input and post filter with Multi-drive, plus a host of hidden features, how does it stack up?
“Created a chiptune-typical arpeggio lead sound on the Nord Rack and played around with it.”
Gear used in this video:
- Clavia Nord Rack 2X (chiptune arpeggio lead)
- Moog Slim Phatty (bass)
- Kurzweil Micropiano (piano)
- MAM mb33 mkII (bitcrushed 303 acid bass)
- Vermonad DRM1 mkIII (analog drums)
- Akai MPC 500 (sequencing)
- Korg Kaosspad Mini (decimator effect on mb33)
- Yamaha Tenori-On (sequencing mb33)
- Yamaha AW1600 (recording, mixing & mastering)