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January 15, 2013

Moog Factory Tour: Testing and Calibration

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 …

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January 8, 2013

Moog Factory Tour: Minimoog Voyager

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 …

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January 2, 2013

Moog Factory Tour: Slim Phatty, Little Phatty, and Moog Guitar

The next part in our Moog Factory Tour series takes us behind the scenes into the craftsmanship and history behind the popular Moog Slim Phatty and Moog Little Phatty monophonic, analog synthesizers. Jim also walks us through the history behind the innovative Moog Guitar and talks about why it is so different from a traditional guitar and electric stringed instruments. The point that Jim and Moog Music Inc. want to drive home is that they are crafting their instruments in the same ways they always have. They keep the construction of their instruments in house and continue to use analog signal paths in an era when many companies are moving towards digital. This should be no surprise to those loyal Moog customers, but it’s still great to hear that Moog Music Inc. is staying true to the legacy that their founder Bob Moog left behind.

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December 20, 2012

Moog Factory Tour: An Introduction

While at Moogfest 2012 we were fortunate enough to have Orbital and Chad Hugo demo the sounds they created for the new all white Moog Slim Phatty. We also got an exclusive demonstration of using control voltage with the Moog Minitaur and a selection of Moogerfooger pedals. Even after the amazing shows at Moogfest we still wanted more Moog so we asked Jim Debardi to take us on a tour of the Moog Factory to show us how they make their instruments, the history behind Bob Moog and the factory, and a sneak peek into the new technologies they are designing.

In our introductory video Jim gives us a brief history of Bob Moog while also providing some infromation as to how the inner workings of the factory function. All Moog products are hand made (with the exception of the t-shirts, hats, and knick-knacks we couldn’t leave Asheville without) …