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
john b
June 5, 2013 @ 7:27 pm
and not forgetting Klaus Schulze who also used / uses the Memorymoog
Thealien666
March 30, 2013 @ 7:15 pm
This was a big failure for Moog Music when it came out. Too much circuitry inside a poorly ventilated box, even with a big fan underneath. Crashing of the poor underpowered Z80 cpu driving everything inside, is frequent. As well as the going out of tune of the Curtis chips with every 1 degree change in the room.
This was a Dave Luce design, and had nothing to do with Bob Moog, who had left the company long before this came out.

Anyway, the only thing Moog inside this, is the ladder filter. Everything else is Curtis chips. Hence the rather harsh sound it produces, mentioned by others.
FlametopFred
March 22, 2013 @ 3:37 pm
Owning a MemoryMoog Plus was hours of total bliss and joy combined with moments of sheer terror. When using live it would crash - usually when I was to provide a sonic wonder intro to a song. Too much circuitry inside too small a cabinet ... add stage lights and .... SURPRISE! I AM CRASHING NOW!

Other than that one major flaw, it was one of the best sounding synths I ever owned.

Would I buy another ? No - but I would by 6 or 8 Slim Phatty's and gang those together under one MIDI keyboard.
Tom
February 13, 2013 @ 5:22 pm
My Memorymoog has never really won me over, and when Hans Zimmer said that it was an example of how a Moog should NOT sound, I think I know what he means. I find it to be harsh and overly brash compared to the warm minimoog, or the silky, almost acoustic sounding Roland Jupiter 8, and I never really found a place for it in my music. Sadly, mine has developed tuning problems recently.
D Djordjevic=Deian Mountbatten
January 19, 2013 @ 12:31 pm
I rented a Memorymoog from 1989-1991 and only played it on a new version of HYMN as alternative to ELIZABETH'S EMPIRE and a couple of background sounds to fatten up my Prophet VS strings,but leaving only 2 Oscillators on,my Moog Prodigy sounded fatter and nicer for lead-synth,so I never bought it.My 1979 Moog Prodigy has the best 2 Oscis ever built.To be honest:the best Memorymoog sounds I ever heard were live by John Lord,he was Captain Memorymoog. www.myspace.com/ultravoxii.
Regards,Sir Dejan Djordjevic,Basement Flat Rear,189 Sandgate Road,Folkestone,Kent,
CT20 2HJ,UK
 
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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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