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
Cedric C.Carter
January 12, 2013 @ 9:05 am
I used to have a Memorymoog PLUS with MIDI. I LOVED it (18 oscillators) but I was always afraid that if it needed any work, I could either NOT find a competent technician to work on it OR it would be so EXPENSIVE to have the work done it would have been prohibitive. So I sold it and got back what I had originally paid for it. I now live in Asheville, North Carolina and the Moog Music Inc. factory is "literally" only about seven miles down the road from where I live!!! I asked a Moog sales rep about a "re-do" of the Memorymoog (a-la-Minimooog Voyager. The cost: ASTRONOMICALLY HIGH!!!
Kenneth
July 31, 2012 @ 1:21 am
The demo provided here is a steaming pile of dog poop.
Simon
May 18, 2012 @ 2:55 am
I have had this monster for 5 years and it has been a dream. Everytime you go to it, it gets better and better. They are worth a lot now £4000+ for a very good one. I'd be mad to sell it. It's quite simply the best synth ever made up there with the arp 2600 and EMS Synthi. If you get one keep it!!!!!! They will be worth 10k in 10 years time!

IT JUST MAKES A STATEMENT IN ANY MIX!
Kim
May 5, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
I owned one of the early Memorymoogs. Stage, full time. Traveled in an Anvil Flight Case! Amazing sounds! Every parameter is preset, "live" to tweak on stage. Sold it. Years later, I found another Memorymoog, #1931. This MM was a LAMM (Lintronics Advanced MemoryMoog). Complete MIDI controls (works perfectly) and the oscillators are stable due to the new digital operating system. Rudi at Lintronics is a genius. Dr. Bob Moog and Rudi worked this out together. If Bob liked this new OS in his synth, it has to be good . and it is! I wouldn't be without this advanced memorymoog. www.lintronics.de
Curtis chip mcgee
May 1, 2012 @ 6:53 pm
This beast uses Curtis chips.. Unreliable to all hell but makes sounds like no other. Tit for tat. What a blessing and a curse!
 
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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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  • Images from Perfect Circuit Audio.

    Additional information provided by DAC Crowell.

    Review updated May 2010.

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