Given that most of our every waking hours during NAMM shows are taken up either shooting or editing videos, it's a rare event that any of us get time away from our computers, but this evening I sneaked off and visited the 27th Annual TEC Awards ceremony - and I'm glad I did, too.
Apart from performances by Steve Vai - who was honoured with the Les Paul Award - with Billy Sheehan and other special guests, one of the highlights for me was the award to Moog Music for Musical Instrument Technology/Hardware for the Slim Phatty.
I'd been chatting to the Moog guys before the show, and they really did not expect to win an award, so it was great to see the smiles on their faces when their name was called out.
Actually I'm not sure if the award shouldn't have been for 'Manufacturer's Name Most Likely to be MisPronounced', but hey, good for them anyway ;-]
They've been busy since the release of the Slim Phatty - checkout the video we shot today of their cracking new mini bass synth, the Minitaur, and look out for another coming tomorrow for their 500-series offering.
I agree, the Slim Phatty is one of the best low cost analog synths to date. Pure analog sound easy to program and patch storage. The only other synth that comes close is the Mopho by Dave Smith. Congrats Moog for such a great job.
21-Jan-12 05:12 PM
Agreed. Also, the Tetra is an amazing deal, albeit with no audio input. But you can stack those voices in Combi mode and it gets over the top ridiculously fat. Or, you can cycle through voice like the Korg Mono/Poly, which is unusual but cool.
22-Jan-12 10:47 AM
Performance synth combines algorithmic and sample-based synthesis