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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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MC a professional user from USA writes:
Nope, I'm in the same boat as you are and I tried. No one sells a LAMM kit, they're not available. You gotta send it to Rudi in Germany (shudder).

I bought my Memorymoog from the factory for $1000 in 1985 when the Y*m*h* DX7 put almost every analog out of existance. I wouldn't call it new, it's a plain MM with Plus hardware and upgrades added and it came with a new warranty at the time.

This was the best keyboard purchase I ever made. It continues to surprise me, I am forever learning on it. It is the baddest, fattest synth ever made. This thing has some serious BRAWN! Three VCOs per voice, six voices, mmmmm. Then put it in unison for eighteen VCOs all at once. Nothing sounds like it. It gets very very close to the Minimoog sound, but only the Minimoog can deliver that G R O W L in those basses. There are two big reasons for the difference: the Memorymoog uses CEM3340 VCO ICs (Minimoog is discrete VCO), and the Minimoog filter is not perfect - the resonance disappears at the low end, while on the Memorymoog it's constant across the whole range. The Memorymoog filter is the classic transistor ladder filter and it is one of the best of the Moog line, it's only bested by the Minimoog and the 904A lowpass filter from the colossal Moog Modulars.

The Memorymoog is the equivalent of a Triumph - perpetual maintenance and calibration is the price you will pay for the power, but if you can keep it up it's WORTH it. It has withstood years of gigging (I carry it in a flight case), but back in 1995 it just would not hold its calibration and the monophonic CV was way out. So I dug in and replaced critical connectors because the original ones had oxidized beyond cleaning. Not an easy job but well worth it, as it stays in tune better than the day I bought it. If you want the details they're in the AH Archives at http://www.midiwall.com/archives/ah/.

For years I have searched for a synth that could deliver the power of the Memorymoog and only one thing comes close: the Alesis Andromeda. Sure the A6 lacks a 3rd VCO but most of my MM patches only use two VCOs anyway, and those patches that use the 3rd VCO as an LFO tracking the keyboard can be easily duplicated with the A6's powerful LFOs.

None of the VAs can come close to the Memorymoog. The OBMx couldn't do it (bleah), the Matrixes did OK on the pads and strings but that's it. The only synth that made the Memorymoog nervous is the Oberheim OBX - very very sweet in unison mode.

This is a classic and if you're willing to tolerate periodic calibration and cleaning of the connectors, it's a great buy. The plus models are the more reliable ones, they have most or all of the reliability upgrades, otherwise you're looking at a $600 job for the upgrades.

You can get a MIDI upgrade (plus models only) from Fred McNiff (check the AH archives for his URL). The upgrade removes the dumb omni mode and lets you select the MIDI channel (hooray!). It also adds MIDI reception of pitch bend, mod wheel, foot controller, volume, and sustain pedal. MIDI foot controller can be routed to the footpedal inputs of the MM - great for filter or synced VCO sweeps over MIDI :) I've had this upgrade since 1990 and it's worked great. The MM sits on the MIDI line with fifteen other MIDI instruments receiving dense MIDI data and it never burps.

I'm never getting rid of mine. It's a keeper.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-10-2001 at 17:01
Al Taylor a hobbyist user from US writes:
Have had my MM since new. Bought it in '82, to learn how to play. A bit of overkill, I know. Want to do the Linntronics upgrade, but won't spend the money. Able to do the work myself, but Big Briar told me a couple years ago it had to be performed by their shop or Linntronics. Anyone know where I can get a kit?

The calibration is tedious to get through, but not impossible. Anyone needing advice, give me a shout...

TIA, Uncle Al

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-07-2001 at 22:33
bob a professional user from UK writes:
I owned one of the first memorymoogs in the UK, and it was my pride and joy until the autotune started to go weird (right in the middle of a European tour, just what you need). I kept disabling the voices to get round the out of tune boards, but it was a one way street to a minimoog. In the end, only three of the boards would tune up. I ended up dumping it in Germany as nobody could fix it (remember, Moog had just gone bust and Linntronics didn't exist). Why oh why didn't I just stick it in the cellar and wait a few years? I've owned one, loved it, hated it, thrown it away and I STILL want one! If you have the option to get one, grab it....it's the best analogue there is, forget the OB-x, prophets and jupiter 8's. Accept no substitute (but get the Linntronics upgrade).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-01-2000 at 06:41
Sh.M from Sweden waht else writes:
The fact is I got 2 memory moog plus models yesterday, and guess what, both are in mint condition, smelling nice wood and I and my friend were playing with em whole night until our eyes poped out. It plain rocks and I would get one more If I just could get another. It's worth its money in every aspect, does it sound minimoog? no no no, this thing is thiker, better sound that puts minimoog in ashame. Btw my access virus rocks too

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-12-1999 at 13:53
Andrew a professional user from USA writes:
I could go on about the features, or how great this synth looks, or etc., but what really matters is the sound. If you want the sound of a great analogue synth, this is the best of the best. A true classic. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a million.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-02-1999 at 04:54
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