Moog Vocoder

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In 1979 Moog released a vocoder of their own, although its design and architecture is almost identical to the Bode 7702 vocoder. It's a 16-band analog vocoder which separates a given synthesizer sound (carrier signal) into seperate frequncy bands ranging from 50 to 5080 cycles per second. It does not have any internal oscillators so it is designed to be used as a processor for external carrier and modulator wave sources. The modulator is typically a vocal or drum beat used to modulate the carrier/synth sound being processed.

It has microphone and line inputs as well as 16 synthesizer inputs (1 for each frequency band) and 16 outputs. This 16 channel cross-matrix patching system is cumbersome, but useful during the modular synth era, allowing for full external patching between synth and vocoder sections. Other features include a high-frequency bypass, a short 6ms response time for capturing fast percussive sounds, sample-and-hold, and a global bypass switch to turn off the vocoding effect. Unfortunately there is no output mixer, MIDI or CV/Gate. It has been used by Saga, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Wendy Carlos, Moog Cookbook, Devo, and filmaker/composer John Carpenter.

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8 Visitor comments
July 14, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
Yes, the Sennheiser Vocoder VSM201 is indeed the vocoder that Mr. Neil Young used on his album 'Trans'...not the Moog 16-Channel MBVO 327A Vocoder!!!!
July 10, 2011 @ 7:58 pm
Actually I read in Dave Tompkins book 'How to Wreck a Nice Beach' that Neil Young actually used the Sennheiser Vocoder VSM201 for his robotic-vocals on his 'Trans' album!
May 24, 2011 @ 10:21 am
What a vocoder!
It's now on sale on Ebay for 6.200.00 Dollars American. Holy Fudge!
March 20, 2011 @ 11:08 pm
'davidhorizon' = ""Alphaville also used it in their song "For A Million". ". I'll have to CHECK-THAT-OUT!!!! LOVE to have one of these!!
March 10, 2011 @ 9:13 am
Alphaville also used it in their song "For A Million".
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - N/A (16 frequency bands/channels)
  • Oscillators - None
  • LFO - None
  • Filter - NOne
  • VCA - No ADSR or output mixer controls
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - None
  • Control - Foot control jack inputs for bypass and sample and hold
  • Date Produced - 1979
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