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
Micke
April 10, 2009 @ 11:49 am
The MM has also been used by Larry Fast (Synergy, Peter Gabriel),
Saga, Nick Magnus/Steve Hackett band, Herbie Hancock, Tangerine Dream, Joe & Gino Vannelli, You, Geoff Downes/Asia, Jerry Goldsmith (film soundtracks), The Cars (2 on the 1984-5 tour), Images In Vogue, Bronski Beat, Don Airey, Art Of Noise, IQ, Devo, Klaus Schulze and Peter Wood (on Cyndi Lauper's debut album).
Benny
February 22, 2009 @ 12:54 am
6 MiniMoogs or not. Who cares??? They shouldn't be compared. They're totally different synths and that's why you need them both! : ) In and of itself, the MemMoog is a great synth that is guaranteed to take you on a sonic journey each time you turn it on. It's like getting in a space ship. It can sound delicate and trippy, or it can deliver huge orchestral stabs. One of the top analog poly's ever created IMHO. I'd part with a lot of others before I parted with this one.
planetplayer
January 12, 2009 @ 10:26 pm
I played this and loved it. It made a lot of metallic sounds and FM feedback operator type sounds. I love Love it! The only problem I remember is that sometimes the whole unit would lockup and had to be restarted.I would not call this a Minimoog plus although it looked like one? It looked like a Moog. Wish I had one. I would not use one live. Oh osc sync and strings were nice.
olsen
December 9, 2008 @ 12:38 pm
F***, it's not a 6-voice-minimoog, it has curtis chips for VCO's, VCA's and envelopes inside, that's why it can't even come close to a mini....except for the filters it's more a roland or sequential design....but jep, it's a great synth...
Jeremy Abel
December 6, 2008 @ 10:37 am
It's also used by The National Bank
 
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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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