Moog have announced a new monophonic semi-modular synth called Grandmother. Expected to retail for $999, the synth was leaked ahead of the annual Moogfest festival. Its retro colours mimic those of classic gear and features the classic Moog ladder as well as modules inspired by Moog's own backcatalogue. With two oscillators, two envelopes, arpeggiator, sequencer and built-in spring reverb, it looks like a flexible synth with patch points for modulation.
Moog have teased a new build-your-own synth the Subharmonicon. Seemingly following the same form factor as their DFAM percussion synth and Mother-32 mono synth, the Subharmonium is designed around a mathematical music composition forumla developed by Russian composer and music theorist Joseph Schillinger.
Moog have released an official Minimoog Model D iOS app. The Minimoog was the first ever portable synth released originally in 1970 and has been ported to iOS with some extra features including four-note polyphony, 160 presets, an arpeggiator and effects like ping pong delay and modulation effects. Given the nature of iOS, there’s also integrated MIDI control, iCloud backup, Ableton Link and inter-app audio support. It's available now priced at $4.99.
The Lego Moog Sub Phatty is what every synth fanatic needs, because it combines two of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century. LEGO— building blocks of any healthy childhood— and Moog, which just announced its new drum machine, Drummer From Another Mother, after upgrading the award-winning Sub 37 synth last summer.
Moog has announced a new Eurorack compatible drum machine called Drummer From Another Mother.
The drum machine is actually a commercial version of a limited DIY kit, which was available at Moogfest last year and is the second member of Moog's Eurorack family of hardware.
Unlike most drum machines, the DFAM is monophonic and therefore can only play one sound at a time.
Where the possibilities come is by using the modular patchbay on the right side of the DFAM's faceplate.
Moog have upgraded their award-winning paraphonic synth Sub 37 with the SUBsequent 37, discontinuing the original model. With a new mixer stage featuring double the headroom of the original, an improved keybed, a redesigned Multidrive stage as well as a tweaked ladder filter for extra harmonic saturation, the SUBsequent 37 builds on what was already an extremely powerful synth. Like the first itieration, the SUBsequent 37 is paraphonic, allowing users to control the pitch of both oscillators independently, for psuedo-polyphony.
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.