Moogfest 2018 returns to quaint Durham, NC, on May 17-20. The three-day event will once again offer music and technology fans an assortment of panels and music showcases organized by one of the mainstays in the world of synthesizers.
If you’ve ever dreamed about building their own Moog synth, well, you’re in luck. The brand is offering the rare opportunity to construct an unreleased at this year’s Moogfest.
Those who purchase the $1500 for the Engineer Festival pass will get the chance to build the Sub-Harmonicon, a brand-new, unreleased synth, alongside Moog engineers.
The synth is inspired by the Trautonium, the Rythmicon, and the Schillinger System and is described as “a semi-modular harmonic kaleidoscope that divides into itself until everything that is up becomes down.”
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The two-day workshop is open to all enthusiasts — a technical background in synth-building isn’t required, but space is limited. In addition to building your own synth and getting full access to panels and showcases, the passes gets you the following:
- VIP Access to all events and exclusive areas.
- Complimentary food and beverage in select areas.
- Prioritized access to workshop registration.
- Access to a dedicated Festival Concierge who organizes your Engineer class schedule and is available for any questions you have may have.
- A custom embroidered patch representing the 2018 Engineer Workshop class.
More info about the Engineer Pass and other festival options can be found here. If you’re on the fence, keep in mind that payment plans are also available.
On the eve of Moogfest 2017, Durham, North Carolina-based Moog Music running today through May 21, Moog have introduced the Subsequent 37 CV, a limited-edition redesign of the Sub 37 Tribute Edition analog synthesizer. Only 2,000 units will be manufactured, with 125 units built live at the festival at the Moog Pop-Up Factory.
Obligatory press release gush from Moog Chief Engineer Cyril Lance: “We are really excited to incorporate community feedback into the evolution of an instrument. Adding CV interconnectivity was the starting point, but we have also increased the headroom in the mixer and significantly extended the range of Multidrive, giving the SUBSEQUENT 37 CV expanded sonic capability and modular control.”
Sound Engine Evolution – Greater Sonic Dimension
More Multidrive – Wider Range And Dirtier Than Ever Before
Room For Two – More Headroom Means Duo Mode Sounds Even Better
6 Assignable Outputs – Modular Connectivity With 4X Cv Outs And 2X Gate Outs
Upgraded Keybed – Lightweight With Swift Action, Velocity, And Aftertouch
High-Power Headphone Amp – Cue Up Your Next Sound In The Loudest Of Venues.
Limited Edition — 2000 Units Produced Worldwide
Sub 37 Design – All The Controls And Features Found On The Sub 37 Tribute Edition:
Perform In Mono Or Duo Modes
37-Note Velocity Sensitive Keyboard With Aftertouch
2 Modulation Busses With Assignable Source And Destinations
Dahdsr (Delay, Attack, Hold, Decay, Sustain, Release) Looping Envelopes With Sync
256 Presets – 16 Banks Of 16 Patches
Syncable Arpeggiator And Step Sequencer
Classic Moog Ladder Filter With Resonance, Multidrive, And Selectable Filter Slopes
Without Dr. Robert Moog and the instruments he created, electronic music would sound very different today — if it even existed at all. There has already been a documentary made to document the impact Moog synthesizers have had on the world (2004’s aptly titled Moog), but nobody has ever made a film that follows the story of the man behind the music, at least not until now. Bob Moog’s daughter, Michelle Moog-Koussa, is at work on a movie that will tell the tale of her father’s personal journey, showing not only what he’s done and what his work has meant, but also who he is and how he did it.
Robert Fantinatto and Jason Amm, the directors responsible for the excellent modular synth documentary I Dream of Wires, are working with Moog-Koussa to make Electronic Voyager a reality. Besides digging into the details of Bob Moog’s life, the film is set to include interviews with everyone from Moby and Portishead’s Adrian Utley to Moog’s peers like Tom Oberheim and Roger Linn. But like any movie, this one costs money to make, so if you’ve got any interest in expanding on the Moog legacy, pitch in a couple of bucks to the film’s Kickstarter fund and help make it happen. You can earn some cool rewards in the process too.
Fifty years after introducing the Moog Modular, which was the world’s first voltage controlled synthesizer, Moog Music unveiled the new Emerson System at Moogfest, honoring Keith Emerson, of Emerson, Lake & Palmer fame, and his seminal collaboration with Bob Moog. Development of the custom handcrafted unit took three years with designers using the original documentation as well as circuit board and art files for nearly every original Moog module. To celebrate the introduction of the new Emerson Moog Modular System, Moog Music featured Emerson as a headliner at Moogfest 2014. In the video below, Emerson explains how he came to know Bog Moog and the learning curve he faced when he bought his first Moog synth.
According to Gizmodo, the unit will sell for at least $90,000. Crazy? You decide.