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History of Moog Music
R.A. Moog Co. and the original Moog Music.
The original Robert Moog company, based in Trumansburg, New York, was founded in 1953 as R.A. Moog Co. and manufactured theremin kits and later modular synthesizer systems. This company became Moog Music in 1972, and through Bob Moog's collaboration with people like Herbert Deutsch, Moog Music developed some of the most popular synthesizers of all time.
In November 1971, the company moved to Williamsville, New York. An old factory at the northern end of Academy Street was purchased. The company was renamed Moog Musonics and then Moog Music. In 1976, the company moved to a much better facility on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.
After the company became Moog Music, it underwent several changes of ownership and was eventually acquired by Norlin, the musical instrument manufacturer (who also owned the Gibson guitar company at the time). Norlin produced a number of synthesizers under the Moog name in the late 1970s, but they were less successful than Robert Moog's own designs.
Poor management and marketing led Bob Moog to leave his own company in 1977. Moog Music was bankrupted in 1986. The company was liquidated and officially terminated in 1993.
Robert Moog retired from Moog Music in 1977 to the music industry and founded Big Briar to produce Theremine under the name Etherwave. Big Briar added a variety of analog-electronic musical instruments to its range, mainly effect pedals called Moogerfoogers.
In 1999, Big Briar partnered with Bomb Factory to jointly develop software modeled plug-ins for Pro Tools TDM based on the Moogerfooger effect pedal lines. Robert Moog worked closely with Bomb Factory to ensure the product remained true to the classic Moog sound.
New Moog Music
Newly assembled Sub Phatty instruments under test.
In 2002, following a lawsuit with Don Martin, who had previously acquired the rights to the name Moog Music, Robert Moog regained the rights to the Moog Music brand in the U.S. and immediately changed the production of Big Briar products to Moog. Another company, Moog CE, sold modules for the original systems of the 1970s and agreed to change its name to allow Moog to re-enter the market. In 2002, Moog Music hired Michael Adams as vice president of business operations.
Following the company's name change, Moog released the Piano Bar, a device developed by Don Buchla that transformed the physical movement of keys on an acoustic piano into MIDI information.
In that year, Moog Music began producing a modern version of the classic Minimoog synthesizer, the Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition, based on the same electronic principles as the original, but with modern features such as MIDI and a three-axis touch screen control. The name Voyager was chosen in a competition where keyboarders could submit their own ideas for possible names for the new Minimoog. However, since Alex Winter of Wales had acquired the British trademark rights to "Moog" and "Minimoog" in 1996 and had been producing Moog instruments ever since, the early British Minimoog Voyager models were referred to as "Voyager by Bob Moog" instead. It was only later that Bob Moog bought back the trademark rights to "Moog" and "Minimoog" in Great Britain.
In 2004, Moog Music celebrated its 50th anniversary, and Moog Music released a Voyager Anniversary Edition, the Moogerfooger MF-105 MuRF Multiple Resonance Filter Effect Pedal and the Etherwave Pro Theremin. In 2006, Moog Music introduced a new analog synthesizer with 37 notes and 2 oscillators, the Little Phatty. It would be the last Moog synthesizer designed by Moog himself. After its release, it was considered the true legacy of the Minimoog legacy. The instrument also broke new ground as it was the first Moog synthesizer with a USB port, as well as the first of the new Moog products to offer the ability to chain other Little Phattys to create a polyphonic instrument.
Robert Moog died in August 2005 as a result of brain tumours. Michael Adams continued to lead the company as President.
The Hungarian band The Moog asked Moog Music for permission to use the name. This was granted on the condition that the band preceded the name with "The".
2008 saw the release of Moog Guitar, Moog Music's first entry into the electric guitar market. Moog Guitar is an electric guitar with the unique ability to magnetically hold or mute its strings. The technology developed by inventor Paul Vo was developed in Zion Guitar Company guitar bodies to Moog specifications and the instrument was manufactured by Moog. The first guitars released were Paul Vo Collector Editions. Standard versions and MIDI guitar synthesizer versions were introduced later.
In 2011, the Slim Phatty was introduced, a modular version of the Little Phatty.
In January 2012, Moog announced the Minitaur, a two-stage pedal-less bass synthesizer designed to replace the Taurus bass pedal.
In 2013, Moog released the Sub Phatty, a 25-key monophonic synthesizer that had a more aggressive analog sound than the Little Phatty. Many who tested the instrument compared the Sub Phatty to the original Minimoog in spirit, if not in sound. On September 9, 2013, Moog announced that he would no longer continue the Little Phatty.
In 2014, Moog announced the Sub 37 synthesizer, a 37-flap paraphonic version of the Sub Phatty. Moog also launched the Workshop 01 synthesizer kit, which, after some assembly, results in a monophonic, patchable synthesizer with an oscillator. Werkstatt was originally presented at the Moogfest 2014 in an Engineering VIP workshop and is primarily intended as a teaching aid: Moog announced the discontinuation of the Slim Phatty module on November 11, 2014.
In 2014, the Moog Modular Synthesizer was also reborn when Moog Music designed and built a faithful replica of Keith Emerson's Moog Modular, called Emerson Moog Modular System, for three years to mark its 50th anniversary. Moog engineers used original circuit designs and production methods to create as accurate a system as possible. Moog Music plans to build a very limited number of these synthesizer systems.
On June 10, 2015, Moog Music announced that its 62 employees hold 49 percent of the company.
In November 2015, Moog Music released Mother 32, a semimodular, monophonic single-oscillator synthesizer. This is Moog's entry into the Eurorack format, a cost-effective framework for modular synthesizers that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Mother 32 includes a step sequencer and is hardwired internally, making it easy for beginners to use. However, it has 32 patch connectors that allow the musician to use the device similar to a modular system, with the ability to create new sounds and connect other devices. Supplied in a desktop case, it is also possible to remove the front panel and integrate it into a Eurorack system.
In July 2016, Moog Music announced a limited edition of a new edition of the legendary Minimoog Model D. The new model is the latest addition to the Minimoog range. The sound and appearance were faithful to the original. Moog even worked with supply partners to obtain transistors that had been unavailable for many years - transistors that were essential to the sound of the Minimoog. The new edition added features such as a special LFO (low frequency oscillator), so the third oscillator no longer had to play this role. The imminent end of the Reissue run was announced at the end of 2017.
At Moogfest in May 2018, Moog Music announced the Moog Grandmother, a semimodular synthesizer inspired by the circuits of the original Moog Modular and the first Moog synthesizer to feature an integrated spring reverb.