October 22, 2014
When Leon Theremin first introduced his instrument back in 1928, the world was astounded by this new instrument that you could play without touching. Using two antennas to control the pitch and amplitude of the theremin, you could create all kinds of unique sounds with this instrument. Moog founder Bob Moog loved the instrument so much that he developed theremin kits which he would sell through the mail. We had Jim Debardi from Moog give us a great history of Leon Theremin, Bob Moog, and the modern theremin in our Moog Factory Tour Series. Flash forward to Winter NAMM 2014 where we first saw the latest theremin from Moog: The Moog Theremini.
The Moog Theremini holds true to the same principles of the original patented device, but Moog has added 21st century control to allow for expansive sound options, integrated FX control, and analog control voltage output. Take a …
January 25, 2014
The theremin is a staple in the Moog catalog. It was the first instrument Bob Moog began selling back in the early days of the company’s foundation. He would send mail order kits to customers so they could construct their very own theremin. Fast forward to today and we have one of the first updates to this eclectic instrument with the Theremini. Incorporating the same technology from the Animoog iPad app. the Moog Theremini allows for even more control and with a better level of audio fidelity in an affordable instrument package.
The design looks like something from a 1950s science fiction movie which is aesthetically awesome. In addition you have delay and pitch bias control for sound manipulation and creation. With CV and USB I/O, the possibilities to incorporate this into your existing synthesizer rig have been expanded. It comes loaded with its own presets but you can of …
July 16, 2013
Much of what goes on over in the synthesizer and analog music production gear sector is mind blowing. Even the most technical and relevant objects can still be looked at like piece of art. If they were to rest on your coffee table as a center piece and never got used, they would still be worth the purchase (as if they were a piece of classic artwork). What impresses me the most out of these custom builds is how thorough these renditions actually are. Not only are they technically sound, the developers have take the extra step to ensure they look professional.
The only part missing from this equation is to have a proper demo. In order for a product to exist and look good – it also has to sound good in the hands of a proper musician. Someone had the brilliant idea of taking a Roland 303 clone, …
December 27, 2012
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 …
December 16, 2012
When one man performs on stage with an array of digital DJing gear, the performance itself may very well be the icing on the cake. The real issues at hand are, “How am I going to get this software together with all of this hardware?” Much like setting up a computer for the first time, there are compatibility concerns as well as issues of what program will control what piece of hardware. A third aspect that has to be looked at is master and slave set-ups. If you use beatgridding or tempo locking in Ableton, will Traktor be able to follow it’s every command?
Arkaei stunned audiences at this year’s IDA competition by forgoing the traditional turntablist techniques for something more confusing and modern. His gear alone might have left people scratching their heads. Aside from the obligatory scratch mixer (in this case a Kontrol Z2), he use two …