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    Moog Matriarch

    Semi-modular Synthesizer

    Much more than just an expanded Grandmother, the Matriarch has all the makings of a classic Moog synth.

    Reviews Apr 2020
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    Moog Subsequent 25

    Synthesizer

    There's a lot more to Moog's Subsequent 25 than meets the eye...

    Reviews Mar 2020
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    Moog One

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    The Moog One is the most ambitious instrument the company have ever built. We put it through its paces in our world exclusive review.

    Reviews Aug 2019
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    Moog Grandmother

    Semi-modular Analogue Synthesizer

    Don’t be misled by the colourful panel and eccentric name — the Moog Grandmother is a serious and capable synthesizer.

    Reviews Sep 2018
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    Moog Minitaur Rev 2.2

    Bass Synthesizer

    Moog’s bovine bass synth just keeps getting better.

    Reviews Nov 2017
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    Moog Model 15 App

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    This four-voice polyphonic Model 15 app, which is both an educational tool as well as a musical instrument, mimics the original (primarily monophonic) Model 15, and offers much more besides.

    Reviews Jul 2016
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    Moog Theremini

    Theremin

    The Theremini’s pitch-quantisation and price tag make it the most accessible Theremin instrument yet.

    Reviews May 2015
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    Moog Sub 37

    Synthesizer

    Moog’s latest synth, the Sub 37, sees the company return to the form that made their reputation back in the 1970s.

    Reviews Nov 2014
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    Moog Minitaur

    Analogue Bass Synthesizer

    The Minitaur may look like a simple beast, but there’s much more to Moog’s most affordable synth than meets the eye...

    Reviews May 2012
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    Moog Voyager Old School

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The Voyager Old School sees Moog returning to their roots, but is there a place for an all-analogue, 1970s-style synth in the 21st century?

    Reviews Dec 2008
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    Little Phatty by Bob Moog

    Programmable Monophonic Analogue Synthesizer

    Bob Moog's final project carries his visionary synthesizer design into the future.

    Reviews Nov 2006
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    Voyager By Bob Moog

    Version 2 OS Updates • Anniversary Edition • VX351 • CP251

    Since the release of the Voyager analogue monosynth last year, Bob Moog's company have been busy producing OS updates, special-edition versions, and accessories. We bring you up to date with a look at the lot.

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    Moog Sonic 6

    Analogue Synthesizer (Retrozone)

    The pioneering Sonic 6 has a complex and intriguing background, featuring not only the synth industry's most famous name, Bob Moog, but also that of an unsung hero called Gene Zumcheck - a shadowy figure now, but one whose contribution to synthesis deserves acknowledgement.

    Reviews Mar 2002
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    Figure 1: A simple six-oscillator synthesizer.

    The Theoretical Acoustic Guitar Patch

    Synth Secrets

    Having explained last month the reasons why analogue synthesis of guitar sounds should be well-nigh impossible, Gordon Reid puts the theory to the test...

    Techniques Sep 2001
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    Synth Secrets Aug 2001 header image of acoustic guitar being played.

    Synthesizing Plucked Strings

    Synth Secrets

    Having dealt exhaustively with the mechanics of brass instruments and how to go about synthesizing them, we turn to instruments that use plucked strings to generate their sound, taking the complexities of the acoustic guitar as an example.

    Techniques Aug 2001
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    Brass Synthesis On A Minimoog

    Synth Secrets

    Last month we looked at how analogue modules can reproduce the sound of a real trumpet. All very well if you own a wall-sized modular system — but what if your means are more limited? Gordon Reid adapts theory to practice with a Minimoog.

    Techniques Jun 2001
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    Figure 1: [top-left] A simple monosynth. Figure 2: [bottom-left] A four-note broken chord played on a low-note-priority monosynth. Figure 3: [top-right] A four-

    Introducing Polyphony

    Synth Secrets

    Having explored the way monophonic and duophonic analogue keyboards work, Gordon Reid puts away his Minimoog and Odyssey and descends into the complex world of polyphonic synths to a flourish of complex jazz chords.

    Techniques Dec 2000
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    Figure 3: [top] Creating a. Figure 4: [bottom] The chromatic scale generated by the configuration in.

    Priorities & Triggers

    Synth Secrets

    In these days of 64-note polyphony and 32-part multitimbrality, it's easy to forget the importance of note-priority systems in analogue monosynths — yet they can have a drastic effect on what you hear when you play or trigger an old synth. Gordon Reid provides a refresher course.

    Techniques Oct 2000
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    Figure 1: [left] An irregular, non-repeating waveform.

    Envelopes, Gates & Triggers

    Synth Secrets

    You press a key on your synth. It plays a note. That's it, right? Wrong. We explain the role of envelopes, gates, and triggers in this deceptively simple process.

    Techniques Nov 1999
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    Figure 1 [top] and Figure 2.

    Of Filters & Phase Relationships

    Synth Secrets

    Having dealt last month with the concepts of envelopes, oscillators and LFOs, Gordon Reid moves on to the subject of filters, and the havoc they wreak on the signals that pass through them.

    Techniques Aug 1999
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    Figures 7, 8 and 9: Shown from top to bottom.

    What's In A Sound?

    Synth Secrets

    In Part 1 of this (63-part) series exploring the world of subtractive synthesis, Gordon Reid goes right back to basics. What are waveforms and harmonics, where do they come from, and how does the theory relate to what we actually hear?

    Techniques May 1999
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