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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54 Visitor comments
Technician Larry
February 4, 2011 @ 4:12 am
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alain
January 26, 2011 @ 9:18 am
Le plus beau polyphonique jamais construit. Un grain Moog unique avec ce fameux "tchou sound" délivré par les 18 oscillos. Forme un couple incroyable avec le Jupiter 8. Une technologie cependant immature qui s"est éteinte avec l'arrivée du numérique. Quel dommage ... Pas de problème de tuning particulier pour moi ...

The most beautiful polyphonic ever built. A single grain with that famous Moog "choo sound" issued by the 18 Osc. Forms an amazing couple with the Jupiter 8. Technology, however immature "s off with the arrival of digital technology. ... No problem tuning for me ...
Rafael Rodrigues
December 11, 2010 @ 12:29 pm
Unfortunatelly, it is so unfinished synth and that kills point in owning it (tehre are expensive upgrades though).
I don't think it is sonically different league than Prophet 5 v 2.3, I would always pick P5 over it.
Typical warm CEM sound.
thesauce
November 7, 2010 @ 1:52 am
$750 - $2000? Yeah try $5000 on ebay. On a side note I wish these synth overviews showed the date they were written.
Steve Brittenham
April 21, 2010 @ 6:26 pm
Bought mine in '83 or '84, and performed with it until '92. The tuning got to be a major pain in the later years. But the sound was awesome! And I loved having custom program banks I could step through with the footswitch. Made live program changes a breeze. It finally became unplayable (because of tuning) in '97, so I pulled it from my studio and it sits in it's case. I still won't give it up.
 
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Perfect Circuit Audio.

    Additional information provided by DAC Crowell.

    Review updated May 2010.

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