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Moog. A storied history. A bright future.
MOOG - designing revolutionary instruments since 1953. Learn about this iconic company and its key instruments.
By Josh Flynn | Published 22.10.19
The synth-maker has been at forefront of instrument design for many years – the tone their synthesizers produce is both recognisable and legendary. Favoured by true auteurs such as Rick Wakeman, J Dilla, Hans Zimmer, and Jean Michael Jarre. In fact, just about any musician who skirts around the realms of electronica is drawn to the warmth, performability, the organic nature of the Moog sound.
Classic instruments like the Moog Theremin and the Moog Model-D paved the way for the new class of incredible synthesizers –the employee-owned company specialise in producing instruments that not only create musical sounds – but tools that allow the musician to symbiotically interact with the distinct sonic character that Moog's synthesizers are known for.
A community ethos
Moog itself is owned by its employees. Every single person who works under the roof of their North Carolinian factory has a stake in the success of the Moog business. Moog's ethos is evident in the quality of their instruments. Team work, collaboration, and personal insight – it all adds to the experience of performing with a Moog. Despite their technological foundation – these are truly human instruments.
Below you will find information on all the major Moog instruments that we stock. These instruments all have their idiosyncrasies, differences, and stylistic focus but all of them share one thing – and that is respect towards Bob Moog's vision to create the most beautiful sounding instruments available.
Welcome to the family
Let's start with a future classic. The Moog Matriarch may be one of the company's newest designs but nothing they produce is as indebted to the past. This fantastic synthesizer takes the aesthetic influence from its predecessor – the Moog Grandmother – and provides paraphony, a wider selection of patch points, and beautiful filtering capabilities. The Matriarch is the classic Moog sound turned up to eleven. The warm character adding layer upon layer of cosy pads, delicious bass lines, or airy leads and arpeggios – a timbre reminiscent of artists like Boards of Canada, this synthesizer is ideal for pure electronic ambient music – whilst allowing you the freedom to journey into the different territories.
Moog Matriarch Paraphonic Analog Synth | https://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/Moog-Matriarch-Paraphonic-Analog-Synth/2YID
Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer | https://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/Moog-Grandmother-Semi-Modular-Analog-Synthesizer/2HQV
The classic analog sound
There are multiple synthesizers that invoke Moog's classic sound. The sound itself was developed by Bob Moog during the early beginnings of the company. It is synonymous with the early days of synthesis but always sounds fresh and modern whilst also sounding incredibly organic and natural.
Nothing offers these classic timbres like the Moog Mother-32. This is true Moog sound distilled into a portable and compact box. With plenty of scope for flexible sound design thanks to the expansive patch bay. The Moog Mother-32 Analog Synthesizer is a live performance and production powe-house, providing musicians with a diverse range of raw analog sounds. Hook two of these together in the attractive case and you have unlimited scope for producing beautiful sounds.
For the ultimate in Moog sound, the Moog One provides tri-timbral, polyphonic, analog landscapes in spades. Designed to inspire imagination, stimulate creativity, and unlock portals to vast new realms of sonic potential. This amazing synthesizer is the pinnacle of what Moog is capable of. Pads, leads, bass – all of it sounds creamy and full of character.
Moog Mother-32 Analog Modular Synthesizer | https://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/Moog-Mother-32-Analog-Modular-Synthesizer/1DZI
Moog ONE Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer, 16-Voice | https://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/Moog-ONE-Polyphonic-Analog-Synthesizer-16-Voice/2P8X
A commitment to quality
For a more conventional synthesizer style, the Sub Phatty provides your music productions with a huge sound. The fat bass sound is only mitigated by careful application of the exceptionally musical low pass filter. One of the most unique features of the Moog Sub Phatty synth is the Multidrive circuit, allowing you to incorporate the rich and powerful post-filter overdrive.
Expand your sonic palette with the legendary Subsequent 37. This amazing tool provides plenty of sound-design capabilities. It features 37 velocity-sensitive keys so you can really express yourself with a nice responsive action.
Moog Sub Phatty Analog Synthesizer | https://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/Moog-Sub-Phatty-Analog-Synthesizer/PI9
Moog Subsequent 37 Analog Synthesizer | https://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/Moog-Subsequent-37-Analog-Synthesizer/23TG
The special one
Truly one of a kind. The Sirin is a limited edition run of a Taurus engine-based synthesizer. This superbly beautiful and vibrant synthesizer creates soaring leads and pulses. Ideal for idiosyncratic electronic music where development of timbre is paramount. The Sirin is ideal for this, the class 4-pole ladder filter and two lightning-fast ADSR envelopes and LFO opens you up to creative experimentation, offering a wide spectrum of expressive timbral variety.
Moog Sirin Analog Synthesizer, Limited Edition | https://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/Moog-Sirin-Analog-Synthesizer-Limited-Edition/2V2U
Find out more
Moog Analog Synthesizers | https://www.gear4music.com/Synth/Analog/Moog
Moog Keyboard Synthesizers | https://www.gear4music.com/synth-keyboard-brands/Moog
Moog Modular Synthesizers | https://www.gear4music.com/synthesizer/Modular/Moog
Moog Semi-Modular Synthesizers | https://www.gear4music.com/synthesizer/Semi-Modular/Moog
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