UPDATED 4/27: CONGRATULATIONS to our winner of the Moog Liberation synthesizer, Asaf Sanzer of Natanya, Israel!
Big Moog Love to everyone who entered! Your support is endlessly appreciated. The funding raised will help us expand Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool to hundreds more kids this fall!
The Bob Moog Foundation’s raffles receive worldwide attention, and for good reason. The instruments that we offer are always iconic vintage rarities in excellent condition, coveted by a breadth of collectors and synthesizer enthusiasts.
Our spring 2015 raffle is no exception! We are raffling a vintage (ca. 1980) Moog Liberation synthesizer, serial number 1858, in excellent condition as a fundraiser for our education and historic preservation projects. Only 2000 tickets will be sold, making the odds of winning quite good, especially when tickets are purchased in multiples.
The raffle begins on March 16, 2015 and ends at midnight ET ( 4 a.m. UTC) on April 20, 2015 or when all tickets are sold. The winner will be randomly selected and will be announced on April 24, 2015.
The raffle is open internationally.
Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100 and can be purchased through our online store.
Included in the raffle is a rare original owner’s manual for the Liberation, written by Rock Wehrmann.
The Moog Liberation is distinctive in its form and function as a keytar, or guitar-shaped synthesizer. It was one of the first of its kind when released in 1980, and gave the musician freedom to move around stage while playing. The Liberation was quickly adopted by such bands as Devo, The Human League, Jean-Michel Jarre, Tom Coster of Santana, Herbie Hancock, Spyro Gyra, and more.
This instrument is in excellent technical condition. It has been meticulously restored by the highly regarded vintage synth specialists, Tone Tweakers. There are minor exterior flaws comprised mostly of chips in the paint, a badge of its vintage status.
The Moog Liberation is a strap-on dual oscillator monophonic/polyphonic analog synthesizer with one voltage controlled 24dB/octave Moog filter (VCF) and one voltage controlled amplifier (VCA). It boasts a polyphonic section, which allows for synth-like chords, a ring modulator, noise generator, syncable VCOs, and a ribbon controller, located in the neck portion of the instrument. It comes with two accessories, the interface/power supply and a 40′ cable. The instrument is in its original case, which is in excellent condition save light exterior wear.
Take a look:
Detailed features from the original Liberation manual from 1980
- Temperature regulated ultra stable audio oscillators
- Logical control panel layout with signal processing from left to right
- Two voltage controlled audio oscillators, each with separate three-position rocker switches, waveform selectors, and volume controls. Oscillator two has a separate interval control. (Both oscillators one and two are tuned with Master tune control).
- Switchable oscillator synchronization. Force control of sync sweep.
- Separate low frequency modulation oscillator with triangle and square waveshapes
- Variable modulation amount wheel controls amount of vibrato, trills, wah-wah and/or tremolo
- Separate filter and oscillator force or wheel switches
- Patented Moog voltage controlled 24dB/octave filter with self-oscillation filter
- Separate contour generators for VCA and VCF
- Keyboard force sensor
- Digital Ring Modulator
- 44 note polyphonic oscillator bank
- Neck controls for pitch bend, filter cutoff, force sensor, modulation, glide and volume
- External synthesizer interface – 1 volt/octave output (includes pitch bend, keyboard, modulations, force)
- On-Off Switch
- 40’ Interconnect cable
- XLR connectors for durability
- Interface box can be rack mounted or used free standing
- Sample & Hold
- LED indicates modulation rate
- LED indicates trigger
The Liberation raffle follows the Foundation’s fall 2014 raffle of a vintage Minimoog Model D, won by Danny Hagan of Statesboro, Georgia. Funds raised from the Foundation’s raffles support our educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool; and our Archive Preservation Initiative.