One Ticket Gets You A Chance at Three Different Synths
The Moog Trifecta Raffle is now closed! Many thanks to the 2,209 people from 40 countries who purchased 3,923 raffle tickets! The three winners of the three synthesizers will be announced on Thursday, September 27th on this page and on social media.
We are thrilled to bring a new twist to our 2018 fall raffle! Instead of offering one amazing vintage Moog synthesizer, we are offering three: A Memorymoog, Moog Source, and Moog Rogue as first, second, and third prizes, respectively. All three synths were built in Moog Music’s Buffalo, NY factory in the early 1980s, have been fully restored, and are in excellent technical and cosmetic condition.
The Moog Trifecta Raffle begins on August 27, 2018 at 12:01am EDT, and ends on September 24, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT
OR when all 5500 tickets sell out, whichever comes first.
Tickets are $25 each or five for $100, or 10 for $200 and can be purchased here .
Every ticket purchased helps power our work! Funding raised from the raffle will be used to expand the Foundation’s hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and to help fund its newest project, the Moogseum, which was announced last week. The Moogseum, a planned interactive, immersive storefront museum bringing Bob Moog’s legacy and the science of sound and synthesis alive for people of all ages, will be located in downtown Asheville, NC. It is expected to open in April 2019, with an online Moogseum to follow later that year.
Please make sure to review the Rules and Regulations before entering.
Here’s a bit about each of the legendary synthesizers that we are offering.
Memorymoog: A True Analog Powerhouse
The Memorymoog is a very unusual and powerful polyphonic synthesizer with six voices for each of the three oscillators. This particular Memorymoog, serial number 1460, has been retrofitted with MIDI and a sequencer, making it a Memorymoog Plus (although the nameplate was never replaced to reflect the increased capability). It boasts a variety of other standard and unusual functions, which are detailed below. It’s estimated value is $7,000 and has been meticulously serviced by vintage synth specialist Wes Taggart, a lauded technician for Memorymoog restoration.
Check out three Asheville musicians, Ben Hovey, Jamar Woods, and Simon Thomas George, exploring the Memorymoog below!
- Three voltage controlled oscillators with mixable waveforms
- Polyphonic, with six articulated voices per oscillator
- Auto tune function tunes oscillators in less than five seconds
- VCO syncing
- Unison mode for a robust 18 oscillator monophonic bass and lead
- Six 24dB-per-octave Moog ladder filters
- Dual concentric vernieresque tuning pots feeding true discrete Moog ladder filters into overdrive
- Ultra fast envelope generators (ADSR, not ADS as on the Minimoog)
- Sample and hold
- Extensive modulation section with numerous routings
- Alpha numeric readout that gives controls old and new values side by side when editing existing patches so they can be returned
- 100 patch memory driven by a 0-9 a-d keypad with a massive LED patch number readout
- Interfacing including the ability to drive a monosynth from the highest note played from either CV/Gate or CV/S-Trig
- Arpeggiator features nine different modes, including a mode where all voices are triggered simultaneously
This model has been retrofitted with these Memorymoog Plus features:
- MIDI interface
- Basic polyphonic and monophonic sequencer, the latter of which controls an externally interfaced monophonic synthesizer (via rear panel CV/gate/trigger jacks)
- More stable oscillator control
Purchase your tickets to win the Memorymoog, Source or Rogue here .
Want to know more about the Memorymoog? Heres a bit of history on the instrument, and some more detailed specifications about its features and functionality:
Moog Music’s 1975 release, the Polymoog, revolutionized a synthesizer market desperate for a polyphonic synthesizer. But it wasn’t long before companies like Yamaha, Sequential Circuits, and Roland started churning out full-featured and popular voice-assignment-polyphonic synthesizers like the CS-80, the Prophet 5, and others.
In a synthesizer market that was now without the Minimoog (which ceased being produced in 1982), Moog Music, Inc. needed a flagship synthesizer that would meet the needs of the burgeoning keyboard market. The Memorymoog was born.
The Memorymoog featured six articulated voices, which meant it needed an amp, two envelopes, and a filter for each voice. In addition to these, it also needed at least an oscillator per voice. But unlike many other polyphonics of the time, the Memorymoog took its cue from the Minimoog with three oscillators. That means that it had three oscillators per each of the 6 voices, resulting in a staggering total of 18 oscillators! To sum up: six amps, six filters, 12 ADSR envelopes, and 18 oscillators!
Like the products of Sequential Circuits and Oberheim, the Memorymoog produced its sounds using integrated circuits called Curtis chips, named after their maker, Doug Curtis.
However, each of the six filters is a full-on 24dB-per-octave Moog ladder filter, which gave the Memorymoog a much-desired Moog character.
In addition to being a powerful analog polyphonic synth, the Memorymoog also had the ability to operate as a monophonic synth. In monophonic mode, you had the opportunity to choose how many voices (and associated oscillators) you’d like to stack in your monophonic sound. As a result, you could set it to operate with a single oscillator per note all the way up to a staggering 18 oscillators per note!
The modulation options on the Memorymoog were extensive. Unlike the Minimoog, the Memorymoog had a dedicated and full-featured low-frequency oscillator. But the modulation options didn’t stop there. Like the Minimoog, the 3rd oscillator could be used as a modulation source through the “Voice Modulation” section. This functionality used the 3rd oscillator and the filter envelope as modulators very similar to the “Poly Mod” section that made the Prophet 5 so popular. Audio-range oscillator modulation, 2nd-oscillator pitch modulation for sync effects, secondary PWM for variations in PWM settings for different oscillators were all possible with the Voice Modulation functionality. Combined with the LFO and the dedicated Foot Pedal modulation section, the Memorymoog had nearly infinite modulation options!
There were a few interesting and unique options present on the Memorymoog, as well. For example, the “Unconditional Contour” function forced the envelope to go through its entire cycle after the keys are released, despite the fact that usually, key release would cause the envelope to jump to its release stage. This allows a player to quickly play a chord that could progress while the player plays other keyboards, etc. The “Keyboard Follow” portion of the Contour Generator could scale envelope length according to frequency to allow the synth to emulate the propensity for stringed instruments, for example, to have shorter note durations with increases in frequency.
The arpeggiator featured 9 different modes, including a mode where all voices are triggered simultaneously.
The Memorymoog had 100 patches storable in its memory. The original factory programs were designed a group that included Wendy Carlos, Tom Coster, Herb Deutsch, Larry Fast, Jan Hammer, and Bob Moog Foundation Board member Dominic Milano!
The Memorymoog is one of the most sought-after vintage analog synthesizers in existence due to its substantial power, 3-oscillator-per-voice structure, and gorgeous sound.
The Moog Source
The Moog Source is a 37 key, two oscillator synthesizer with unique features such as patch memory storage, flat-panel membrane buttons, single data wheel assignment, and more. It has two voltage controlled analog oscillators and the legendary 24 dB Moog filter. The unit being offered is serial number 2221 and has an estimated value of $2,400. The Source has been used by such legends as Tangerine Dream, Jan Hammer, Depeche Mode, Devo, and Vince Clarke.
The Moog Rogue: Small But Mighty
The Moog Rogue is a compact, two oscillator monophonic synthesizer often referred to as “small but mighty” for its legendary powerful bass sounds. Versatile and user-friendly enough to be used as the Taurus II Bass Pedal synth, the Rogue has been used by Will Butler of Arcade Fire, Vince Clarke, Peter Gabriel, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Howard Jones, and more. The unit being offered, serial number 4462, has been restored by acclaimed restoration house Tone Tweakers, and is valued at $2,000.
- Polyphony: Monophonic
- Oscillators: 2 VCOs
OSC 1: Pitch: 32′, 16′, 8′; Wave: Sawtooth, Rectangle.
OSC 2: Pitch: 32′, 16′, 8′; Wave: Sawtooth, Square.
- Memory: None
- Filter: 1 24dB/oct lowpass w/ cutoff, emphasis, env amount
- VCA: Attack, Release
- Keyboard – 32 keys
- Arpeg/Seq – NO
- Control – CV / GATE (V-trig in, S-trig out)
- Date Produced – 1981