Moog Is Putting Braille On Its Synth So the Visually Impaired Can Jam

Moog just trotted out a new version of its popular Sub Phatty synth that's got a braille overlay to help the visually impaired. It's hard to believe it took the legendary manufacturer this long to get around to it, especially given that it's actually a pretty simple modification to the panel's design. » 5/08/14 3:00pm 5/08/14 3:00pm

Moog Spent Three Years Building a $90,000 Copy of Keith Emerson's Synth

Keith Emerson's massive modular synthesizer was the centerpiece of his persona as the virtuoso keyboard player in progressive rock super group Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. The custom rig was his throne. Moog just spent three years reverse engineering the thing. Who's got $90,000 lying around to buy it? » 4/01/14 10:01am 4/01/14 10:01am

Moog's Theremini Makes It Impossible to Play the Wrong Note

Originally invented in the 1920s, the theremin is the weird instrument responsible for spooky science fiction soundtracks for a half-century. Its woozy sound is unmistakeable, but it is also notoriously difficult to play. Bob Moog started selling theremins in the 1950's, and today, his company announced a new version,… » 1/24/14 8:45am 1/24/14 8:45am

Moog Minifoogers Pack Brain-Crushing Sound Into Affordable Stomp Boxes

Moog Music's new "Minifoogers" are a line of compact, analog effects pedals that'll allow you to warp the sound of your guitar or another electrified instrument in myriad ways. They're packed with all the Moog sound we've come to expect from the brand, without the high price tag its products usually command. » 10/08/13 2:22pm 10/08/13 2:22pm

How Inventor Paul Vo Created a Little Black Box That Could Change…

The Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer is one of the most innovative musical instrument products created in years. Strap one onto any acoustic guitar and you can transform the way it sounds by breaking—or at least manipulating—the laws of physics. Here's the story of how inventor Paul Vo made a device that sounds like magic. » 4/09/13 3:22pm 4/09/13 3:22pm

Paul Vo Has Made an Entirely New and Impossibly Awesome Instrument

Inventor Paul Vo has developed an entirely new way to modify the sound of instruments. Stringed instruments for now, at least. Before I twist your brain into knots trying to explain how it works, take a moment to listen to the Vo-96 acoustic synthesizer in the video above. Moog teased this concept as the LEV-96 back… » 2/18/13 6:20pm 2/18/13 6:20pm

All the Most Awesome Blinky Lights and Gnarly Sounds From NAMM 2013

NAMM is the musical instrument industry's annual woohoo of a trade show where all the big names show off the fancy new wares they want the musicians of the world to embrace. But if you don't actually go to the show, the best part is watching demo videos full of crazy sound and batshit blinking lights. Here's our… » 1/25/13 1:00pm 1/25/13 1:00pm

Google's Rad Synth Doodle Explained By Moog Music Chief Engineer

We first got a look at the Google Doodle celebrating Robert Moog's 78th birthday on Google.jp yesterday, and now it's live in the US. Synthtastic! But, uh, how do all of those knobs and sliders work? Here's an excellent explainer on how to play the synth by Moog Music Chief Engineer Cyril Lance. Hint: Start out by… » 5/23/12 9:49am 5/23/12 9:49am

Gibson's Dark Fire: Les Paul Reborn as RoboCop

It looks like the reason Gibson's self-tuning Robot guitar » 11/10/08 9:45pm 11/10/08 9:45pm had a limited run is that the legendary guitar innovator had a much more insane second stage already blueprinted up: Gibson's Dark Fire Les Paul-style digital guitar is the crowning shred-related scientific achievement of our time. Think of it as the Robot…

Moog's First Guitar Features Infinite Sustain: So Go Out and Have a Bite

If you had the new Moog Guitar Paul Vo Edition you could play, go out and have a bite...in Italy, come back to the States and Waaaaaaaaa...you'd still be hearin' that one. Moog, the company best known for their line of synthesizers, has turned their innovative eye towards the guitar and emerged with an instrument… » 6/10/08 3:15pm 6/10/08 3:15pm