More Synth Work Chronicles

This weekend I’ll be doing minor repairs to the Roland JX-3P and Realistic/Moog MG-1 synthesizers, as well as some modifications to the Marantz PMD-221 cassette deck and Intellijel Eurorack 2HP passive Mult module.

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Moog Mother 32.

I love the fact that this is actually a thing.

Moog Mother 32 Sketch from Gearslutz

Check out the crazy thread on Gearslutz …. not a lot of detail, but it is always fun to read the rampant speculation.

The quick skinny:

  • Last weekend at Knobcon, Moog had a special “no photography” area where they were inviting people to look at a new product.
  • The new product may have similar lineage to the Werkstatt.
  • Eurorack compatible
  • 32 patch points
  • Complete synth voice with a single VCO
  • Step sequencer
  • MIDI in
  • MSRP: $599 USD
  • Available in mid-October 2015

Some thought the product would be announced yesterday, but so far there has been no announcement. The picture above was skteched from memory by a Gearslutz user.

Guilty synth pleasures #1: “The Sneaky Panther”

IN the style of Jean-Jacque Perrey and a zillion other “Moog” artists from the late 1960s and early 1970s, “Synthmania” has posted this most excellent piece using his synthesizers.com modular. This silly little ditty is unashamedly nostalgic and more than a little playful, and the author even shares a little explanation of how it was created. Enjoy.

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Vintage Synth Ownership: A Labour of Love.

My recent acquisitions are a Roland Juno-106 and a Korg Poly-800II, both in excellent condition. Instant gratification. Not too shabby.

But sometimes a synth requires more nurturing. Sometimes crazy people like us even document their restorations for the world to see.

Moog Opus 3: 20 years in a damp basement

A Moog Opus 3 that was deserving of a better life.

Check out this picture-laden blog entry chronicling the resurrection of a Moog Opus 3. I find these types of blogs inspirational – they make me want to start documenting the stuff I do too.

I’ve done restoration work on a Yamaha CS40M, a Roland Jupiter-6, a couple of Roland Juno-106 keyboards, and a Korg DW-6000. Making a damaged or deteriorating instrument playable again is simply one of the most gratifying things a musician can do.