New teaser picture from Dave Smith

January 20, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on New teaser picture from Dave Smith 

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“Past is Prologue”

Perhaps a hint on Tempest, since the quote above has links to Shakespear’s work with the same name…

 

Moog goes modular – again

January 20, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Moog goes modular – again 

Moog Music has announced that is manufacturing a limited amount of three of the System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15, three large format modular synths.

On January 19, 2015 Moog Music Inc. announced their plans to recommence a limited run manufacturing of three of their most sought after 5U large format modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973.

To commemorate the announcement, Moog shot a short film at their factory about the inspiring and multifaceted relationship artists have with modular synthesizers. The video features electronic music pioneers such as Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Herb Deutsch alongside performances on the new Moog modular systems by Holy Ghost! (DFA Records), Gavin Russom (ECSTATIC/Entropy Trax), Max Ravitz AKA Patricia (L.I.E.S./Opal Tapes/ Spectral Sound), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Western Vinyl), Jacques Greene (Vase/LuckyMe) and M. Geddes Gengras (Stones Throw/Leaving). Each artist played a patch on one or more of the new Moog modular synthesizers recorded in one take with no overdubs.

Moog Modular Synthesizers: http://www.moogmusic.com/content/moog…

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Press release:

January 19, 2014 Asheville, NC: 50 years ago the Moog modular synthesizer represented as radical a transition as Kandinski’s abstracts or Kodak’s cameras – offering both a break from yesterday and a startling glimpse of tomorrow. And, as with all cultural explosions, the impact of Dr. Moog’s invention was impossible to evaluate from the epicentre. It’s only now, 50 years down the line that we can get some measure of the importance, and the sheer untapped potentiality of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.

Today, it is with great excitement that we announce our plans to recommence a limited run manufacturing of three of our most sought after 5U large format modular synthesizers: The System 55, the System 35 and the Model 15. These three modular synthesizer systems were originally created and manufactured by Moog in 1973.

To commemorate the announcement, we shot a short film at our factory about the deeply inspiring and multifaceted relationship artists have with modular synthesizers. The video features electronic music pioneers such as Suzanne Ciani, Malcolm Cecil, David Borden, Dick Hyman and Herb Deutsch alongside performances by contemporary modular artists like Holy Ghost! (DFA), Gavin Russom (ECSTATIC/Entropy Trax), Max Ravitz AKA Patricia (L.I.E.S./Spectral Sound/Opal Tapes), Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith (Western Vinyl), Jacques Greene (Vase/LuckyMe) and M. Geddes Gengras (Stones Throw). Each artist played a patch live, in one take, with no overdubs on one or more of the new Moog Modular systems.

The System 55 is available for purchase for 35,000 USD; System 35 is $22,000 USD, and the Model 15 costs $10,000 USD.

In this video, electronic music and sound design pioneer Suzanne Ciani explores the Moog modular System 55 for the first time in decades. Ciani came to the Moog factory in Asheville, NC to play the first System 55 newly handcrafted by Moog in over thirty years. The patch, created and performed live, was shot in one take and features a sequence designed on the 960 Sequential Controller that’s driving three 921B oscillators into a 904B High Pass filter whose cutoff is being modulated by a 921 oscillator. A second set of 921B oscillators is also being played manually into a 904A Low Pass filter whose cutoff knob is also being modulated by the 921 oscillator. The resulting sound of each is then sent through its own dedicated MF-104M analog delay for ambience. The audio has been captured directly with no eq, compression, or editing applied.

KORG/ARP Odyssey NAMM Teaser

January 9, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on KORG/ARP Odyssey NAMM Teaser 

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Korg today shared this teaser on Facebook for a Korg/ARP NAMM Preview:

Korg invites you to be a part of our exclusive Pre-NAMM show experience.

We will be unveiling the industry’s most highly anticipated products with artist performances and featured guest speakers.

Teaser pictures of the new Korg Odyssey

December 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Teaser pictures of the new Korg Odyssey 

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Korg has shared this teaser image for the new ARP Odyssey, saying only “Be prepared for a new evolution 1-22-15″. Jan 22 is the opening of the 2015 NAMM Show, so we can assume that the new Korg ARP Odyssey will make its official debut at the event.

Korg announced plans in February that it plans to reissue the ARP Odyssey. At the time, Korg also announced that ARP co-founder David Friend was joining Korg as their chief advisor on the Odyssey.

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With Behringer also getting into the game, as announced some days ago, we may have an interesting NAMM show ahead of us :-)

Summer NAMM: A Condensed Travelogue in 3 min

July 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Summer NAMM: A Condensed Travelogue in 3 min 

Get the Nashville, Summer NAMM experience in under 3 minutes.

2014 Winter NAMM Show – Moog 500 Series Analog Delay

January 31, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on 2014 Winter NAMM Show – Moog 500 Series Analog Delay 

Trent from Moog Music walks us through the 500 Series Analog Delay with full MIDI plug-in control for integrating with your digital audio workstation.

Future-Retro introducing the Zilion on NAMM 2014

January 30, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Future-Retro introducing the Zilion on NAMM 2014 

The Zilion is a very compact masterclock and sequencer with a weird sliding data entry control. It is still in the prototype stadium probably coming still this year from production. Jered Flickinger as the inventor is explaining the idea and the possibilities of the product in this video giving examples of what to do with it on the fly.

Schmidt Synthesizer at NAMM 2014

January 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Schmidt Synthesizer at NAMM 2014 

This is the ultimate analog polysynth. Eight voices, four oscillators per voice, all discrete point-to-point circuitry. It costs the price of a new economy car (literally, it’s $20,000), and you know what? We’ll walk to work.

Elektron Analog Keys NAMM 2014

January 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Elektron Analog Keys NAMM 2014 

The Elektron Keys builds on the already superb Elektron Analog Four and gives it 61 keys making an already amazing classic a solid performance tool.

NAMM 2014 Tracktion T5 Features Exclusive

January 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on NAMM 2014 Tracktion T5 Features Exclusive 

We got a sneak look at the new features of Tracktion 5 at NAMM 2014

Just a couple of the features: Step mode patterns – address multiple instruments with a step based pattern type.

Track Freeze mode position – freeze the track after the compressor but before the EQ or whatever you need – very cool for CPU load management.

Nested edit patterns – take an entire arrangment or section, re-arrange, trim and edit and throw it back on the timeline as a single object – really cool idea.

There are many more enhancements demoed in the video.

Traktion is available from the Traktion website.

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