March 27, 2013
When discussions about DJing come up, the definition of what the DJ actually is, comes into question. Some will always stick to the broader definition of the word, meaning a person who commands the selection of music currently being played. In that definition it does not denote how the DJ is to play music, or whether any of what he does can be controlled by a computer. Some argue that using a computer adds an inhuman layer to DJing. The funny part is that even with digital DJs there is some discrepancy over what is useful and what is useless.
For the most part, even non-DJs could see the advantage and usefulness of using an iPad within the traditional DJ layout. It is small and portable, and it serves a small purpose without taking too much space on the decks. However, some will still argue against then in favor …
February 9, 2013
It’s a crying shame that much of the DJ gear that is out there costs too much to own. If we are lucky we can save a few dollars a week and put it into an account, in hopes that we may be able to afford something nice down the road. Unfortunately, many of us will never get to use that money on a new toy or an expensive piece of gear since life likes to deliver other problems for us to solve beforehand. One can always dream I guess. If you’re a synth collector then the costs associated with a new or old piece of gear are not relatable to other life expenses.
Somehow and someway that piece of gear you’ve been wanting will be bought. If not, there are other ways to cope with you obsession. Like a kid who dreams of cars they can never afford, we …
January 18, 2013
We have reached the end of our Moog Factory Tour series with a look at a new technology Moog are developing. With a sensoriactuator and ferromagnetism, Moog and their engineering department are dubbing this new technology LEV 96. Essentially what they are developing is something that takes natural harmonic tones and transfers them into the onboard analog circuit to produce unique tones and sound palettes. The initial design is being used with an acoustic guitar but in the future, LEV-96 could potentially be affixed to a number of different surfaces. This little control surface boasts over 90 individual control systems so you can expect that the sonic possibilites here are potentially endless with enough creativity and exploration.
Unfortunately this is the end of the road for our Moog Factory Tour series as well as any new Moog news to announce before Winter NAMM 2013. We will of course be sharing …
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 …