MESSE06: PREVIEW- New Synthesizer from Moog

2 oscillator, monophonic analog      23/03/06
MESSE06: PREVIEW- New Synthesizer from Moog
Can you guess what it is yet?

Moog have been surrounded by conjecture and speculation this last few months - Winter NAMM, people were expecting some kind of BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. A Memorymoog for ther new century? A killer poly VA? Alas it wasn’t to be, but we have it on good authority - there’s no better than Moog themselves, that on the 29th March 2006 they will be unveiling a new 2 oscillator monophonic analog programmable synthesizer. It was Bobs vision to bring this synth to market - sadly due to his untimely depature from this world, he wont be able to see that final stage. Wednesday of next week will see the new synth finally unwrapped As yet no name has been forthcoming, but we do have a significant amount of detail as to it’s architecture and by the looks of it, there’s a lot of Minimoog in there and from the sound of it something of the Moog Source parameter access – we’ll see. Be sure to check back with us on or after the 29th for full details – we hope to bring you video of the new synth asap – we’re booked in on Wednesday at the show.
    Synth Engine:
    Sound Sources are two ultra-stable analog VCOs. Parameters for the VCOs are:
  • - Osc. 1 Octave: 16’, 8’, 4’, 2’
  • - Osc. 1 Wave: Continuously variable from triangle through saw and square to skinny pulse.
  • - Osc. 1 Level
  • - Glide Rate<
  • - Osc. 1 2 Sync On/Off
  • - Osc. 2 Frequency
  • - Osc. 2 Octave: 16’, 8’, 4’, 2’
  • - Osc. 2 Wave: Continuously variable from triangle through saw and square to skinny pulse.
  • - Osc. 2 Level
  • - Fine Tune (for both Oscillators, located at the bottom left of the panel)
    Sound Modifiers include a single VCLPF: 24 dB /Oct Moog Ladder filter, with filter Overload control and a single Output VCA. Filter parameters are:
  • Cutoff
  • Resonance
  • Kb. Control Amount (how much the Key CV modulates the Filter)
  • Filter Env. Amount (how much +/- the filter envelope modulates the filter)
  • Overload
    An Envelope Generator section provides two ADSR EGRs: one to modulate the Filter (Filter EGR) and one to modulate the VCA (Volume EGR). For each EGR, the parameters are:
  • Attack
  • Decay
  • Sustain
  • Release

    The Modulation section contains a 4-waveform LFO, and a 1x1 Mod Buss with 6 possible mod sources and 4 possible destinations. Its parameters are: LFO Rate

  • Mod Source: (LFO triangle, LFO square, LFO sawtooth, LFO ramp, Filt. EGR, and Osc. 2
  • Mod Amount (the amount of modulation w/ the mod wheel all the way forward)
  • Mod Destination (Pitch, Osc. 2, Filter, Wave)

    The User Iinterface (UI) section is described in the UI spec, below the LCD and UI controls are the following:
    Performance controls:

  • 37-note keyboard
  • Spring-loaded pitch wheel
  • Mod Wheel
  • Glide On/Off
  • Octave Down
  • Octave Up

    To the right of the front panel is the Output section. There is a Master Volume control, an Output On/Off switch, a Headphone Volume control, and a headphone output jack (1/4� TRS)

    The side of the instrument houses the I/O of the instrument.

  • AC In (100-250VAC, 50-60 Hz
  • Power On/Off
  • Audio Out
  • Ext. Audio In (accepts +4dBu line level signal)
  • Pitch CV In (1 V/Oct)
  • Filter CV In
  • Volume CV In
  • Keyboard Gate In
  • MIDI In
  • MIDI Out

    Basic Editing of sounds
    Sound editing of continuous parameters (like Filter Cutoff) is done from the front panel by enabling a parameter with its switch (its LED becomes illuminated), and then adjusting its value control. There are 4 value controls, one for each section: Modulation, Oscillators, Filter, and Envelopes. Each is surrounded by a ring of 15 LEDs that show approximately the stored or edited value of the current parameter. The value controls are analog, and when a parameter is activated, the analog control signal is switched to directly control that parameter (RACâ„¢ or Real Analog Control). For each section, only one continuous parameter can be activated at a time for editing. For parameters that have multiple possibilities (such as Mod Source) pressing that switch advances through the possible Mod sources. For On/Off type switches like Osc. Sync, the LEDs are On when that parameter is on or Off when the parameter is off.

Specs subject to change without notice.

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