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January 11, 2013

Arturia MiniBrute Overview

If you read much about the Arturia MiniBrute in synth forums, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone outside of the most absurdly elitist of synth snobs saying anything bad about it. While it is their first foray into proper analog hardware, Arturia have brought into the world a tough little synth with features not often aligned with the price point of the MiniBrute. They have been hard to get ahold of, but I finally picked up one during the brief second we had them in stock.

One of the nicer features that I don’t really touch on during this brief overview video is the aftertouch. While I mention it in passing, I don’t go on and on about just how rad aftertouch on an affordable analog synth is. So let me do it here: OMG YOU GUYS!!!! AFTERTOUCH!!!!

That said, it really is quite a nice option to have …

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December 27, 2012

Moog Factory Tour: Etherwave Theremin

In this part of our Moog Factory Tour series, Jim Debardi explores the history of the theremin and its relation to Moog Music Inc. The theremin is not only the oldest electronic instrument, but it’s also the instrument that laid the groundwork for Bob Moog’s legacy with electronic instruments and synthesizers. Be sure to check out our Moog Factory Tour Introduction and be on the lookout for the remaining parts of this series.

Just like in our last post, we will use this post to give you the latest news from Moog Music Inc. On the heels of the release of the Animoog V2 iPad App comes the incorporation of the Grateful Dead Expansion Pack. This pack takes the sounds from the Grateful Dead’s Feb. 14th 1968 performance at the Carousel Ballroom and turns it into a pack that features 82 presets and 45 timbres for use within the …

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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) …

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November 27, 2012

Creating Analog Sounds: Moog Minitaur and Moogerfooger Pedals

While at the Moog Sound Lab during Moogfest 2012 we got an exclusive overview of how to integrate the Moog Minitaur analog bass synthesizer with a series of Moogerfooger pedals. Amos Gaynes walked us through some of the signature sounds on the Minitaur while tweaking his pre-made sequence using the MF-102 Ring Modulator, the MF-103 12 Stage Phaser, and the MF-104M Analog Delay.

Taking advantage of analog sounds is a great way to expand your production or performance. The Moog line of analog synthesizers provide specific tonal and sonic capabilities that could take you hours or days trying to emulate digitally with software. Here are some more specific features of each of these devices:

Moog Minitaur

While on the surface the Moog Minitaur looks limited, it is actually quite expansive with the ability to load and store 100 presets within the Minitaur’s internal memory. This is something new that Moog have …

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November 15, 2012

Denon SC2900 Overview

Those of you who have been looking for an affordable professional CDJ you need look no further than the Denon SC2900. This multi source media player stacks up quite nicely when compared to the popular Pioneer CDJ 2000 but at a fraction of the cost. If you are familiar with the Denon SC3900 with its motorized platter, then you will be very familiar with all of the features on the SC2900. The main difference being that the platter on the SC2900 is not motorized, making it more like a traditional CDJ than a vinyl turntable. The basic layout is identical to the SC3900 and if you want to know more about the SC3900 then visit our overview of the SC3900.

The SC2900 has all the functionality you need to get up and running for your next DJ gig. Here is an overview of some of the features we found to …