Moog

Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share

7 June 2019

Moog Synthesizers never sway from their core beliefs

I never would have imagined that in my 60th decade I would have taken such a fancy to the world of electronic instruments. Granted, it wasn’t until our work with cymbal legend, Sabian, and a few visits to the coveted NAMM conference that my interests prolifically piqued with digital and FM synthesis. Among those musical brands peaking my interest are Moog Synthesizers, headquartered right here in North Carolina.

MoogTo quote my eldest son – a musician in his own right – “To own a Moog is to have arrived. In the music world, it’s a brand of such merit and sonic integrity.”

Dr. Robert Moog, an electrical engineer and physicist, developed Moog, pronounced like “vogue,” after studying at Queens College, Columbia and Cornell. As a student in Cornell, he began dabbling with synthesis and was inspired to make a device that could be compact and affordable.

That became the Moog Synthesizer, which includes patch cables and controls that enable the user to develop a particular pallet of sound. Moreover, it includes a playable keyboard, which at the time, was a revolution in itself.

“Just consider the Mother-32, the ‘intuitive and expandable semi-modular’ synthesizer. Its design hearkens to vintage musicality, with wood panel sidings, sturdy parameter knobs and patch ability. It looks killer. And sounds like butter. And this is just one of a trove of synths produced by Moog.”

The Moog brand stands the test of time

Sometimes a brand comes along that never wavers from its core beliefs. Moog is such a brand.

Stealing from the brand’s homepage:

To many musicians, the original Moog modular synthesizers have never been surpassed; they are the traditional benchmark for analog synthesis. These synthesizers are icons – visually, sonically and historically. Typically, electronic instruments are considered “obsolete” after just a few years, but Moog modular synthesizers have endured for a good reason; they defined elegant design, great quality and incredible sound.

I couldn’t agree more. Just consider the Mother-32, the “intuitive and expandable semi-modular” synthesizer. Its design hearkens to vintage musicality, with wood panel sidings, sturdy parameter knobs and patch ability. It looks killer. And sounds like butter. And this is just one of a trove of synths produced by Moog.

It’s exciting to witness a brand that’s never lost its vision. For Moog, it’s always been about the sound, quality and design. And I don’t ever foresee those root aphorisms swaying.

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