Piino is currently being developed as a “sketchbook” for musicians. Designed by Jack Marple, the ultra-compact synthesizer merges a classic wooden exterior with a modern internal interface.
Still in the concept phase, Piino is equipped with 16 keys, six customizable effects presets, two effects sliders, four effect knobs, input/output jack, a touch screen, a loop station, a three-inch speaker, and a wooden trackpad to further manipulate and fine-tune tones.
Some of the most important innovations in electronic music came about by mistake. Whether it be the way that Roland's TR-808 and then the TR-909 drum machines were picked up and abused by early techno and electro producers, the emergence of the Fairlight sampler, or the accidental advent of quantisation or the Moog's filter sound, unintentional discoveries about aspects of certain equipment have had a profound impact on the growth of electronic music.
The last ever Emerson Moog Modular system — which is currently being built at Moog headquarters — will be shown off to the public at the Sweetwater Gearfest on 23rd June before it's sold for $150,000.
The brainchild of Dr Robert Moog and Keith Emerson, the original EMMS was built in the 70s over many years and is widely regarded as the ultimate modular system.
Since then, Moog has been trying to recreate the system and has since built two more as a technical exercise, with the final system expected to be finished this month.
In a limited run of 25 units, Moog Music Inc is reissuing its classic ‘cabinet’ IIIc synthesizer. The mammoth unit was made famous by Wendy Carlos and Giorgio Moroder and pre-dated Moog’s most famous synth: the Minimoog.
Made up of modules that create or control sound, the huge synths are part of a very limited run and each one will built using the original documentation, art and circuit board files.
Behringer displayed the finished prototype of its Minimoog clone over the weekend, whilst setting up shop at Berlin's Superbooth tech conference.
It was one of three new products displayed by the boutique synth company at the show, with the clone set to come in at a relatively affordable $399. A genuine Minimoog will set you back a whopping $3,749.
Behringer are one step closer to the release of their controversial Minimoog Model D clone.
Pictures posted on the Gearslutz forum show a working prototype of the Model D clone circuit board, where you can roughly see the positioning of the knobs that are associated with the original’s control panel.
Whilst Behringer are moving fast with their clone of the legendary synth, they also state that whilst they have a working motherboard it will be some time before the actual product will hit the shelves — it's likely to land by the end of the year.
Moog has created an ultra-rare drum machine which will be available to just 100 lucky synth fans and titled Drummer From Another Mother.
The synth will be the end result of the Engineer VIP workshop held at this year’s Moogfest, but a place in the course will set you back a cool 1500 bucks.
The workshop is set to be taught by top Moog engineers and will consist of two three-hour sessions across two days with no previous experience in synth building required.
Moog have announced they're discontinuing their Minimoog Voyager XL synth this week, bringing an end to the Voyager line as a whole.
The Voyager XL was launched seven years ago to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Minimoog, whilst the original Voyager was the last synthesizer to be fully designed by the company’s founder and namesake, Bob Moog, before his death in 2005.
The axing of the Voyager XL will signal the end of the line for the Voyager models, which also included the Voyager RME and Voyager Old School.
Moog has to be the defacto name when it comes to synths and sounds, everyone loves a little bit of Moog action be it hardware or software.
Now Expanding Sound has created a selection of Ableton Instruments that are based on the MemoryMoog, another one of Moog’s classic synths that can be used with Ableton’s Live software.