December 22, 2012
Any synthesizer or DJ gear manufacturer understands that technology will shift and move even in the absence of them. Just because they have the hottest selling product on the market right now, or a hold over the newest technology that is out, it doesn’t mean that they can retain their throne forever. The iPad and iOS created an equalizer for consumers who are looking for the best way to produce music. They were given cheaper alternatives to complicated software or expensive hardware, and they’ve done a good job of using it to its fullest extent.
The animoog is similar to the iMPC and Akai’s decision to port their hardware to the iOS. It is simply foolish to think that the hardware lovers out there won’t find a way to embrace new piece of technology and run with it. Even experimental MIDI instruments have been getting a boost in publicity, and …
December 20, 2012
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) …
December 15, 2012
Not everything is going as planned for the folks over at Moog. They, as any other DJ gear manufacturer, have been trying their best to get their name out there and participate in events that host electronic music makers and electronic music making gear. There’s always the large events such as NAMM that takes place once a year in a heavily guarded outpost in an overpopulated city. But this doesn’t mean that they don’t take the small venues seriously either. The name “Moog” is likely to attract more people to any type of gathering than a gathering without their sponsorship – but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out.
The guys who bought your Moogfest 2011 and 2012 tried to repeat the same lineup for 2013 – but it looks like this may not be possible this year. Taking place in Asheville, North Carolina, the event will no longer go …
December 9, 2012
When I was a snotty kid in grade school, I had the pleasure of touring the Hostess factory – which, sadly does not exist anymore. For a kid no older than 9 years old, it was the closest I’d get to the fantasy of visiting Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There were millions of baked goods produced each day, in a variety of appeasing colors such as pink, white, and blue. It was almost as if the Easter bunny was made of candy, and someone had chopped him up into small bite sized pieces. As I grew older, however, the thought of having the factory to myself became less and less of a fantasy.
Today, electronics are my “candy”, and there is a lot I would give to have the chance at entering one of these “factories”. The Moog Factory is something to be admired. Simply owning one piece of Moog …
December 7, 2012
In our last piece of exclusive content on the Moog Minitaur and Moog Moogerfooger pedals, Amos showed off how to integrate multiple analog synthesizers into your performance or production. This time Amos shows off the control voltage functionality on the Moogerfooger pedals. For those of you already familiar with control voltage and its applicable uses, you can watch the video to see how Amos uses CV with the Moogerfooger pedals. For those of you unfamiliar with control voltage, here is a brief explanation:
Control Voltage Explained
Voltage is the measurement of how much power is passing through a circuit. Control voltage is typically used to control the pitch or the parameters of an analog synthesizer. This varies in application based on the type of electronic device you are using. For example when voltage is increased on an amplifier it increases the volume. Control voltage for analog synthesizers is used to control the …