Moog Memorymoog

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The Memorymoog was the last official synth, made back in 1982, to come from Moog before they eventually went bankrupt and out of business. As a result, it was never fully completed; as MIDI technology was just coming out, the Memorymoog never did get to fully implement MIDI capability. There were two versions of this synth: the Memorymoog and the Memorymoog Plus (the version can be determined via the Autotune feature). The Plus model added a basic MIDI implementation, a Sequencer, and it also had more stable oscillator control, making the Plus model more valuable to collectors than the standard model.

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Due to the seemingly incomplete MIDI implementation as well as a less than perfect user-interface/operating system, some popular upgrades and retrofits have been produced and these days it is very common to find Memorymoogs with these retrofits. The most valuable upgrade is the Lintronics Advanced Memorymoog (LAMM), originally designed for the standard model, but also available for the Plus model. It provides a redesigned operating system, advanced MIDI functions and improved hardware components. Kenton Electronics produces MIDI retrofits for both the standard and Plus Memorymoog models (Kenton and Lintronics can even install these upgrades for you, considering the delicate nature and value of the Memorymoog). These upgrades can substantially increase the stability, MIDI functionality and value of the Memorymoog.

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The Memorymoog is like having six Minimoogs stacked in one! Features include VCO syncing, sample and hold, and separate filters for each voice! It also has a Unison mode for a fat 18 oscillator monophonic bass and lead sound. And as its name would suggest, it has memory storage - 100 patches! It should also be noted that, while they appear relatively rugged, Memorymoogs are prone to problems, notably missing or stuck voices. It is used by 808 State, The Orb, The Crystal Method, Air, Jean-Michel Jarre, Freddy Fresh, Jan Hammer, Bon Jovi, INXS, Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, Moog Cookbook, Rick Wakeman, Labradford, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), George Duke and James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III.

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55 Visitor comments
Bob Fales
November 15, 2008 @ 4:37 pm
Hi VSE & Contributors,
I'd like to say that the Memorymoog Plus or not is a great sounding inst. I have a MM+, a Mini-Moog Mdl D, Source,a Taurus II an OB-8 and an Andromeda A-6. I've been around and would always like to learn more. I do have to say that w/MM+'s 18 Oscillators of power that it is like having 6 Mini's and the filter regardless of who actually supplied Moog the components has virually the same filter design. Also, I know the sequencer is taxing the CPU. But, with that said I have just bought a Obe DSX Seq and will use that. I use my MM+ alot and also the mini. and altough they're distinct they're both great Moog's. I give the MM+ a thumbs up. Thanks Bob F.
King Me
November 1, 2008 @ 12:33 pm
No it's not a 6 voice minimoog, though it has many similarities in it's layout including the classic Moog ladder filter. Everything is hardware based including the envelopes. To say it has slow attack compared to a Mini is complete ballz...It sounds like a huge fat lump of analog meat. A flawed but incredible sounding beast for sure. The plus is more flawed than the first model, they helped it with a better auto-tune system then ruined it again by over stressing the CPU by adding a sequence and a virtually useless MIDI port.

Just to correct the above text: All MM's can be MIDI retrofitted....
October 20, 2008 @ 1:20 am
Totally agree with henry, Minimoogs had way sharper attack on VCA. I tried to get the MemoryMoog+ to 'bounce' like a Minimoog but the attack was just too slow... MemoryMoog+ was nice for strings and pads stuff tho...
September 27, 2008 @ 5:01 am
"having six Minimoogs stacked in one! "
LOL-- Please do HEAR synth before writing such Nonsense.
The architecture is completely different, these are 2 different machines.
Is like saying -matrix1000 is 6 mono Ob SEm
September 9, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
This synth features in the book analogue preservation here:
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 Voices
  • Oscillators - 3 VCO's per voice
    (pulse, saw, triangle, or any combination)
  • LFO - triangle, pulse, sine, and square waves
  • Filter - One 24 dB/oct lowpass VCF w/ ADSR per voice!
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Effects - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sample & Hold. Plus model had a sequencer
  • Memory - 100 patches
  • Control - CV / Gate (MIDI available on the Plus model, and by retro-fit/modifications)
  • Date Produced - 1982 - 1985
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    Review updated May 2010.

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