Look away now if you're not based in the US, and somewhere near the West Coast at that. In time for NAMM, Moog Music announced an esoteric, limited-edition synth, a collaboration with a pop-up artistic collective calling themselves the Moog House of Electronicus. The instrument is named "Sirin, the Analog Bringer Of Joy", and is exclusively available from the Moog House of Electronicus at 712 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, until January 30th, 2019. After that, the Moog House of Electronicus is closing, and any remaining Sirins will be sold worldwide... if there are any left. Only 2500 are being made!
Frustratingly, Sirin sounds very interesting. A compact synth like the Minitaur, the brightly coloured Sirin is based on the analogue design of the classic Moog Taurus bass pedals, but is the first in the Taurus family to be capable of much higher notes — in this case, up to D8 — allowing the generation of some interesting lead sounds as well as Taurine bass tones. As with all Moog designs, using Sirin is a highly tactile, knob-twiddling experience, and the basic sounds can be fed through a classic Moog ladder filter, and two ADSR envelopes, and/or be modulated by a multi-wave LFO. Still deeper control and editability, including the option to assign six further LFO types, is accessible if you address Sirin via a USB-connectible PC/Mac Editor/Librarian, free to download from the Moog website.
Sounds great, doesn't it? But by the time you read this, Sirin may already be gone forever. If you ever get the chance to place an order, she's apparently all built and ready to ship in exchange for 599 of our Earth dollars. Best of luck!
Edited on February 8th, 2019, to add, for the benefit of UK readers:
According to UK Moog distributors Source in London, a few Sirins will definitely make it to the shores of the UK — although they don't know how many yet, so if you're based in the UK and fancy owning one, contact them without delay via www.sourcedistribution.co.uk. The correct UK price will be £709. This replaces the incorrect, lower price in the printed March edition of SOS, which we were given too late to correct before that issue went to press.