January 15, 2013
In this part of our Moog Factory Tour series, Jim Debardi discusses the testing and calibration process involved after the manufacturing of the Minimoog synthesizer. The testing and calibration process described here is not just for Minimoogs, but it’s a careful and precise process that is done to every instrument before it leaves the factory. Having every instrument go through a rigorous quality control process is something Moog prides itself on and is a great peace of mind for Moog instrument users. This process is often times very specific to a certain instrument so Moog tapped their engineering department to develop testing devices that exist solely for the purpose of testing Moog instrument functions. Because Moog is dedicated to manufacturing their instruments by hand, they similarly dedicate time and effort into having a human element involved when testing the quality of an instrument’s build. This shouldn’t be a surprise to some when considering …
January 8, 2013
Our exclusive Moog Factory Tour takes us to one of the most celebrated and widely used analog synthesizers, the Minimoog Voyager. Jim Debardi takes us on a guided tour of the Minimoog by providing a little history as well as guding us through how the Minimoog Voyager is constructed at the Moog Factory.
The original Minimoog Model D was designed by Bob Moog and manufactured throughout the 1970s and into the early 1980s. It was the first time that musicians were able to have a compact and affordable means of producing analog synthesizer sounds that were beginning to dominate a lot of the popular music of the day. The Minimoog was highly regarded for its fantastic filter and oscillator sounds as well as its analog circuitry which defined the way synthesizers were constructed throughout the decades following the Minimoog’s release. In 2001 Moog Music announced plans to update and release a new version of the …
November 8, 2012
When the orderly life as we know it comes to an abrupt end, followed by the destruction of societies and all organized ways of living, currency will become officially useless. The only thing that will actually retain value on its own will be precious metals, or more specifically, gold. Gold is such a precious resource, that people will put gold on anything – even if it serves no purpose and even if it serves to make it unusable in the future. Maybe gold toilets are a little off the chart here, but we’ve seen gold on the DJ scene before.
When Technics was a sponsor of the DMC competitions, gold turntables were handed out to each winner – complete with a gold-covered vinyl record. Obviously these were not for sale and could not be bought. Other gold-like offerings have been made available in limited editions, but most of these had …
September 24, 2012
Given the way Moog designs, tests, and creates their exception synthesizer products, it becomes clear why some synths must be given the axe, even when they’re a top of line product with zero problems or issues. These handcrafted devices require much more work and energy to produce than the average device – created using cheaper production-lines in high volumes.
The Minimoog Voyager Series, known for its variety of customization options and backlit buttons, will soon be discontinued and given a slight price drop. The CEO Mike Adams stated that the timing coincides with their 10th anniversary, when the new line of Voyagers is set to be released.…