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 …
November 21, 2012
With advancements in midi and touch technology, we are beginning to see engineers bring some musical inventions to live without having to reinvent the clarinet or guitar. The QuNeo is a small example of one man’s idea coming to fruition, and it is the implications more than the product itself that help us see where it’s all headed.
We already have ways to control sound using computers – this we know. The most obvious way to achieve this is using a regular layout midi keyboard to trigger samples on a computer. This is effective, but at the same time it’s boring and lacks showmanship, especially if you’re trying to emulate a guitar on a keyboard. The guys and gals who are out there creating midi controller that are shaped like guitars are the ones who are really bringing showmanship and form back into their performances.
The theremin, by contrast, is …