A New Emerson Moog Modular System. Really?

Although not all of you may be dying to know this, Moog Music has a suprise in store: a new edition of the legendary Keith Emerson Moog Modular System. The reproduction of that system (80 modules) is fondly boasted to be a true recreation of the original instrument:

“The new Emerson Moog Modular System is comprised of handcrafted Moog modules built from the original circuit designs and are true recreations of the originals, utilizing the same hand assembly methods used in the Moog Music factory in Trumansburg, NY in 1969. The modules in the new Emerson Moog Modular System are built just as the originals were, by hand-stuffing and hand-soldering components to circuit boards, and using traditional wiring methods.” (Moog Music)


Be that as it be: a closer look shows that despite its size, this system only offers 5 (audio) VCOs: a package of 3 VCOs (with 3 osc controller) and another package of 2 VCOs (with a single osc controller). In addition, there are two large 921 VCOs, primarily for modulation purposes. That makes a total of 7 VCOs, which, in effect, is the Moog System 55. And which leads us to the question of price …



The new Emerson Moog Modular System is estimated on the internet to cost approx. 80 000 USD. Now, whether a replica of a 7-VCO system without MIDI and without all those other little goodies is worth this sum, is – let’s be honest – to be doubted. Evidence perhaps, that the Moog Music company actually lives from its name.


Our humble question: “Will this ‘PR-project for the New Emerson Moog Modular System’ really result in a new Moog production line of modular systems in the near future?” That would be, to say the least, a truely great addition to the music market …

Link: www.moogmusic.com
Link: http://createdigitalmusic.com (worth reading …!)

Photos (c) createdigitalmusic.com
Graphics (c) Mark Vail – Vintage Synthesizers

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