Book Recommendation: PATCH & TWEAK with MOOG (by Kim Bjørn)

Another piece of synthesizer history, this time with a foreword by Hans Zimmer. “PATCH & TWEAK with MOOG” is a remarkable summary of historical as well as modern Moog instruments. As usual, current composers and live acts also have their say, reporting on “their” use of Moog synthesizers. Practical patch examples around Grandmother, Matriarch and all other Moog patch synthesizers round off the book successfully.

Admittedly, the sister-book “PATCH & TWEAK with KORG” is (minimal, slightly) more informative. But this fact is due to the fortunate circumstance that Korg also deals with the history / instruments of ARP, which significantly expands the entire information status. And here … well, Moog is just Moog.

But of course, that’s still a quite elaborate chapter of history, and there are heaps of instruments to talk about. The arsenal of Moog gear covered and pictured is huge! The excellent photos come, among others, from Vintage Works, Perfect Circuit, Techno Empire and – of course – from the PR department of Moog Music itself.

“PATCH & TWEAK with MOOG” is a must-have for every synth enthusiast who appreciates analog synthesizers (old as well as new ones) and who is not averse to profound historical as well as artistic background information.



is a practical guided tour and learning resource for Moog’s five semi-modular instruments the Mother-32, DFAM, Subharmonicon, Grandmother, and Matriarch. Clear tutorials and inspiring example patches cover each of these Moog instruments in detail – then combine them with one another and with third-party synthesizer modules to expand their power.

The book also celebrates the storied history of Moog Music and its founder, Dr. Robert A. “Bob” Moog. It features 30 interviews with artists and past and current Moog designers, and is rounded out with a biography of Bob Moog, a look at Moog Music today, and a comprehensive Moog product timeline. Between its inspiring stories and tempting musical recipes, PATCH & TWEAK with Moog is a must-have for new and experienced synthesists and other Moog fans.


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“Es genügt, einen Ton schön zu spielen” sagte der Komponist Arvo Pärt im Jahre 2005. Diese Aussage ist ebenso einfach wie ich auch exzellent: Es braucht kein Meer an Tönen, denn entscheidend ist der Klang. Dass so mancher Vintage-Synthesizer der 70er und 80er Jahre teils unerreicht hochwertige Klänge liefert, steht außer Frage. Doch tatsächlich leben wir “heute” in einer nahezu perfekten Zeit. Einerseits hat man – mehr oder weniger – noch Zugriff auf die Vintage Analogen, andererseits wird auch bei Neugeräten die wichtige Komponente des hochwertigen Klanges wieder zunehmend berücksichtigt. Doepfer, Cwejman,, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Studio Electronics, COTK, John Bowen und andere Hersteller bauen hervorragende Synthesizer, die den “Klassikern” in nichts nachstehen. All diesen (alten wie neuen) “großartigen” Instrumenten ist Great Synthesizers gewidmet. _________________________________________________________ In 2005 composer Arvo Pärt said: “Playing one tone really well is enough”. In other words, it is sufficient to play one tone 'beautifully'. I agree with that. All musical efforts are focused on the sound itself. Although I studied classical music (piano and drums), it’s the electronic sound that inspires me. Synthesizers are the epitome of new sounds and exciting tonal spheres. Today, many companies produce high-quality - excellent! - synthesizers: Doepfer, Cwejman, MacBeth, Moog, GRP,, COTK, Studio Electronics, John Bowen and others. It's their products I'm really interested in ... apart from Vintage Synthesizers, which I have been collecting for 20 years. Subsequent to our former websites Bluesynths and Blogasys, Peter Mahr and I have now created GreatSynthesizers. We hope you like it.

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