Moog revives its large modular synthesizers
In 1973, Moog first started manufacturing its big giant format modular synthesizers that pack a wall of knobs, patch cables and different controls. The System fifty five, System 35 and System 15 went out of manufacturing as musicians desired to have one thing a bit extra moveable, however simply earlier than the beginning of NAMM 2015, the corporate introduced these big setups are coming again. Final yr, the parents at Moog remade Keith Emerson’s (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer fame) modular system, and in the course of the three-yr-lengthy course of, discovered a factor or two about recreating the unique Nineteen Seventies circuitry. Just like Emerson’s mannequin, the brand new System trio will probably be “a real recreation of the unique,” utilizing the many years-previous schematics to precisely reproduce the specs — proper right down to all the hand soldering, conventional wiring and photograph-etched entrance panels.
Why revive these iconic devices now? Nicely, as Moog places it, “Artists had solely begun to understand the huge prospects of those giant format modular synthesizers once they went out of manufacturing over thirty years in the past.” The curiosity in basic modular devices has definitely grown, and it appears various people are anxious to get their arms on one to discover that untapped potential. As you may anticipate, these devices shall be in restricted portions with fifty five of the System fifty five ($35,000), 35 of the System 35 ($22,000) and one hundred fifty of the System 15 ($10,000). To be able to correctly have fun the return of its giant format synths, Moog has a brief movie that discusses the trio’s significance, and you may see it slightly below.