To honor one of the city’s most inspiring citizens, the Mayor of Asheville, North Carolina, has declared today, May 23, Bob Moog Day. Moog, a pioneer in the world of analog synthesis, lived in Asheville for many years prior to his death in 2005, and his Moog Music company is still based there.
For the uninitiated, The NAMM Show is one of the musical instrument industry’s biggest events. Like the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit, NAMM (short for the National Association of Music Merchants) is a tradeshow where manufacturers from around the world debut the latest tech toys and musical instruments to literally tens of thousands of attendees—think Winter Music Conference but for production tools, and you have the general idea.
This year’s NAMM was a mashup of recently announced gear combined with some truly incredible surprises from companies like Korg, Dave Smith Instruments, and Moog. After assessing the announcements, we picked our 10 coolest products at NAMM 2013. And here they are…
The big gear-manufacturer trade show NAMM kicks off in Southern California tomorrow, but we’ve already got a couple huge announcements for you today. Click on through for the inside scoop on some marvellous new toys from Korg and Moog.
The music-tech world is ramping up for NAMM, the industry’s biggest trade show, which takes place at the end of January in Anaheim. And, as always, the world’s biggest synth makers are prepping to reveal their newest gear lines. So what’s Moog got up its sleeve? Click on through to see.
Trailblazing artists, genre-blending DJs, and world-class clubs are the forward-facing trends that shape our industry. But behind the scenes, new production tools are the unsung drivers of progress in electronic music. For example, Native Instruments’ Massive softsynth is at the core of both dubstep and complextro, while Roland’s classic TR-808/909/303 boxes arguably served as the launchpad for everything we hear in clubs today.
So, if you want to get the inside track on the future sounds of dance music, you need look no further than the newest toys of the trade. Accordingly, here’s Beatport News’ take on the most interesting and innovative musical products of 2012.
Everyone loves a Google doodle, but this one released today to celebrate the 78th birthday of departed synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog is pretty hard to top—especially for gear nerds like us. Today’s doodle is a fully functional Minimoog replete with a Record function, so you can capture all the silly noodling you’re about to do.
One of the countless holy grails of software emulation is the successful recreation of the Moog filter sound.
This is sure to raise a few eyebrows, especially considering that countless producers have purchased Moog’s Little Phatty for the express purpose of using its filter to process other sounds.
Thus, a software version could be a tremendous value, especially combined with the outstanding effects that are already bundled with the UAD.
Last week, Propellerhead Software – makers of the ever-ubiquitous Reason – quietly released a free Moog-inspired ReFill for registered users of Reason.
The Moog Foundation ReFill is a collection of Thor patches designed by synth gurus Mark Vail, Craig Anderton and Gordon Reid.
The idea behind releasing the Moog-flavored ReFill is to generate awareness for the Moog Foundation, whose stated purpose is, in their own words:
“The mission of The Bob Moog Foundation is to document, celebrate and teach innovative thinking and to support and honor the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog. Our four long range goals are: scholarship, outreach programs, unique community events and a Bob Moog Museum.”
The interwebs are all abuzz – and rightfully so – about Moog’s latest instrument.
Now that we have your attention, keep reading and prepare to have your mind properly blown.