Bob Moog explaining the aspects of the analog synthesizer by using the analog board of the Minimoog Voyager
The Prodigy was an entry-level monosynth from Moog, which has since become a very popular and widely used Bass-synth in techno and electronic music. It was designed as an affordable dual-oscillator synth. It was, however, designed without any help from Bob Moog himself. But that didn’t stop the Prodigy from becoming an excellent analog synth!
Its simple yet effective design employs two voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) with saw, triangle and pulse waveforms…all classic analog stuff! There’s also a genuine Moog 24dB / octave lowpass filter (emphasis), A/D/S envelope generator, and LFO with square or triangle waveforms and routing to the VCF, VCO or both! Even Portamento, Pitch and Mod wheels. To save money there are no highly flexible modulation routings, no on-board sequencers or arpeggiators, and a simple 32 note keyboard.
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Hello Everyone this is another update on the mods I have been performing inside a Prodigy and thought I would share.
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MOTU and the Bob Moog Foundation have released of the Bob Moog Foundation Encore Soundbank, a new and exciting collection of instrument and percussion sounds produced in commemoration of Bob Moog’s 81st Birthday, coming up on May 23rd. All proceeds from the sale of the Encore Soundbank will benefit the Bob Moog Foundation.
The library ships in the form of a UVI soundbank that can be loaded into the cross-platform, universally compatible UVI Workstation virtual instrument player, available for free download from. The library can also be loaded into MOTU’s MachFive 3 sampler for side-by-side integration with other MachFive-compatible soundbanks. Most of the 200+ Encore Soundbank presets are scripted to include vintage Moog-style filter and envelope controls.
The following artists generously contributed to this project: Vince Clark, Al Kooper, Jordan Rudess, Suzanne Ciani, Larry Fast, Tangerine Dream (Edgar Froese / Thorsten Quaeschning), Goldfrapp (Will Gregory), Kevin Antunes, Adam Holzman, Erik Norlander, Peter Gorges, Amin Bhatia, CJ Vanston, Drew Neumann, Kevin Lamb, Dave Spiers, Jack Hotop, Jerry Kovarsky, Kent Spong, Klaus Peter Rausch, Taiho Yamada, Michael Koehler, Chris Cox, “Magic” Dave Roberts, Marty Cutler, Marc Doty and I Monster (Dean Honer / Jerrod Gosling).
The soundbank is released in special remembrance of Edgar Froese, who enthusiastically donated sounds for the project, but passed away suddenly on January 20, 2015. His contribution to the Encore Soundbank was one of his last musical endeavors.
Sounds included in the library were created using classic instruments including various Moog modulars and Minimoogs, Buchla modular, EMS Synthi A and VCS3, Yamaha CS-80, Alesis Andromeda, Sequential Circuits Prophets, Hammond B3 organ, classic Korg synths, rare Russian Polivoks, multiple theremins and effects pedals, a rare and exotic Ondioline, and an extremely rare Moog Apollo, plus much more.
“Bob Moog’s legacy touches each and every one of us every day, ” said Jim Cooper, Director of Marketing at MOTU. “Here at MOTU, we were inspired by the milestone of his 81st birthday, to pay tribute to his lasting effect on music. What better way than with kids, and supporting the work of the Bob Moog Foundation to educate and inspire them through his life’s work.”
Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, notes, “The Foundation is tremendously grateful to MOTU and the contributing artists who have made the Encore Soundbank an extraordinary resource for musicians across genres. The funding generated from this product will allow us to expand our educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and to inspire even more children through the intersection of science, music, and technology.”
Price: $99. All proceeds will be donated to the Bob Moog Foundation.
Sequential Session with Elektron Analog Four and Moog Little Phatty.
Moog Sub 37 Firmware 1.1.0 Sequencer testing & some tweakings
Moog today released a major firmware update for the Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer.
The update adds a variety of step sequencing features, including step edit mode, skips, ratcheting and per-step mod sequencing; control voltage mapping that lets you control just about anything via the external CV inputs; and the option to add randomness to the oscillator tuning.
Video: Yesterday I got a note from Moog that the long anticipated 1.10 firmware for the Moog Sub 37 was now available. Today I scheduled time in my studio to install it and test out some of the new features. This update is significant because the bulk of the updates are new features! In this video I demonstrated step edit mode and quick mapping of modulation destinations.
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Get a crash course in analog synthesis from master MOOG engineer Gene Stopp as he talks with DJ/Producer Nick Hook at the MOOG factory in Asheville, NC for Converse Rubber Tracks Moog Week.
Vintage synthesizer sound tutorial series featuring the Minimoog
supported by UVI: http://bit.ly/retrosound-uvi
The infamous lead sound in Pink Floyd`s “Welcome To The Machine” made with the Moog Minimoog Analog Synthesizer (1975)
album: Wish You Were Here
Short improvisation with a triple Moog setup and Elektron Octatrack.
Craig Leon, famous for his work with The Ramones and Blondie, as well as his work in the classical arena with such leading artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Joshua Bell and Sir James Galway, talks about the inspiration behind and the process of creating his latest record: “Bach to Moog.”
In 1968, the album ‘Switched On Bach’ inspired many musicians of the time to explore the wondrous new world of synthesized music making. This ground-breaking album was the first ever to take standard classical repertoire and interpret it solely on a device which generated new sounds electronically. Although there had been research and sonic experiments earlier, it was after this breakthrough release that the synthesizer entered the mainstream of modern experimental and pop music recording.
As a welcome extension to the synthesized exploration of Bach’s music and the many creative opportunities that opened up 50 years ago, ‘Bach to Moog’ album integrates the Moog modular synthesizer into the orchestra as a solo instrument, in ensemble and also as a processor of other instruments.
Album Preorder Links
Bach to Moog, the new album from composer, arranger and producer Craig Leon, showcasing the newly re-issued Moog System 55 Modular Synthesizer featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.