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The Return of the Iconic Moog Synthesizer IIIc

Moog Music has announced the return of the Moog Synthesizer IIIc model. This special synth will be in production for a very limited time.

Every Synthesizer IIIc will be manufactured using all-original records, art, and circuit board files. Each instrument includes thirty-six hand-stuffed, hand-soldered modules, including ten 901-Series audio oscillators, the 984 Matrix Mixer, and the 905 Spring Reverb. All modules are securely mounted into two hand-finished, solid walnut console cabinets at the Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina.

The Moog Synthesizer IIIc production will be highly limited. Only 25 units will be produced and sold worldwide.

Klaus Schulze Re-Releases Another Green Mile

Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze has re-released Another Green Mile (Mig Music). This album was originally released in 2002 as part of the strictly limited and sold out 5 CD boxed set “Contemporary Works II”. The bonus track ‘Voice ‘n’ Harmony’ is from the 10th CD ‘Adds & Edits’ of the Limited Wooden boxed set ‘Contemporary Works I’.

Moog Music Resumes Production of the Iconic Minimoog Model D

Moog Music announced today that after more than 30 years, production of the Minimoog Model D synthesizer has resumed. The Minimoog Model D was the first portable synthesizer and served as the standard for all electronic keyboards that followed.

Conceived as a response to the large-scale modular synthesizers of the 1960s, the Minimoog’s portability, accessibility, and expressiveness made it the go-to instrument for musicians looking to expand beyond the traditional sounds of the time.

The Minimoog Model D has been used by music innovators to give shape to the sounds of the future. Progressive rock and fusion luminaries like the late Keith Emerson (ELP), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Chick Corea (Return to Forever), Jan Hammer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Jürgen Fritz (Triumvirat) and Peter Bardens (Camel) led the way. Later, Bernie Worrell used the Minimoog to develop Parliament Funkadelic’s futuristic funk sound.

German band Kraftwerk used the Minimoog on the pioneering concept electronic music album Autobahn. Gary Numan replaced his live band’s guitars with Minimoogs. The classic sound of the Minimoog Model D can be heard on Bob Marley’s “Catch A Fire” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Each Minimoog Model D is handcrafted at the employee-owned Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina. 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 preserves the component placement and through-hole design of the original analog circuit boards, employs military-spec precision resistors and custom-reissued transistors to complete the circuit.

Even 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.

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

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More about Moog Music: www.moogmusic.com

The Global Synthesizer Project Opens Call for Audio Submissions

Sound-art designer Yuri Suzuki and Moog Music are seeking audio submissions for “The Global Synthesizer Project.” This interactive electronic musical instrument installation consists of users who synthesize environmental sounds from around the world.

Using an archive of atmospheric field recordings from diverse geographies, The Global Synthesizer Project empowers users to create new sonic surroundings through the manipulation of a diverse collection of source materials.

 

Yuri Suzuki
Yuri Suzuki

 

To populate the custom Moog-designed-and-built synth modules with a unique archive of world sounds, the Global Synthesizer Project is asking audio adventurers and sonic scouts from across the globe to contribute local sounds from their regions. Field recordings can be submitted to GlobalModular@moogmusic.com in either .aiff or .wav format.

 

 

The Global Synthesizer Project will debut at Moogfest 2016, a celebration of future thought and future sound taking place in Durham, North Carolina, May 19-22. To learn more about this year’s festival, visit moogfest.com.