UK design shop Dorothy has a new cutaway schematic print that reveals the inner working of the Minimoog analogue synthesiser that's been a distinctive part of electronic music for decades. But you won't find transistors or electronic components inside — just 28 electronic music pioneers hidden like a Where's Wally book.
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Moog's first iPad app, called the Animoog, did an incredible job smashing together iPad tech and old analogue instruments, back when tablets were very much a new thing. It's nearly five years later, and Moog has launched an all-new app, digitally memorialising its classic $US10,000 ($13,351) Moog Model 15 Synthesiser. Luckily, the app comes at a 99.7 per cent discount.
Launched in late 2013, the littleBits Synth Kit lets you snap together the different components of a synthesiser into an extremely minimal modular instrument. Today, littleBits is adding three new modulates to its lineup, allowing its toy synth to connect with other musical tools like, uh, your computer.
Last year, Korg set out to recreate the Arp Odyssey, a legendary synth that went out of production back in 1981. How does the result sound? Pretty darn good!
Earlier this month, Moog announced that it would be reissuing an extremely limited number of rebooted instruments from the company's extinct line of crazy modulars from the 1970s. You'll probably never actually get to play one, but at the very least you can revel in the magnificent demo in the video above.
NAMM is the musical instrument industry's annual woohoo of a trade show where all the big names show off the fancy new wares they want the musicians of the world to embrace. But if you don't actually go to the show, the best part is watching demo videos full of crazy sound and batshit blinking lights. Here's our favourite stuff from this year's show, complete with the desire inducing videos.
From 1978 to 1983, Korg produced the MS-20, a two-oscillator analogue synth that was patchable with 6mm cables a lot like a custom modular synth setup. People liked it because of its smooth sound and because the patch panel allowed you a limited degree of customisability without needing to invest in additional units. The MS-20 mini is this classic synth reborn in a tinier package.
And to think your parents claimed you were wasting your life playing thousands of hours of video games as a kid. Little did they know you were actually building up important musical skills that could one day see you performing at Carnegie Hall — at least if they let you play this fantastic Pianocade keyboard/video game controller hybrid.
Today's Google Doodle for Robert Moog's birthday is amazingly cool. The only thing cooler than a browser-based analogue synthesiser hooked up to a digital reel-to-reel tape machine is, well, a real Moog synthesiser hooked up to an actual tape machine.
We first got a look at the Google Doodle celebrating Robert Moog's 78th birthday on Google.jp yesterday, and now it's live in the US. Synthtastic! But, uh, how do all of those knobs and sliders work?
You spend days at work in the studio, cranking out track after track with your trusty MIDI controller. On a whim, you decide you're tired of using it, so you wad it up into a ball, throw it away, and draw a new one. Wait, what? Yeah, SketchSynth will someday make this a reality.