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Modular Moogs (3C, 2C, 1C, 3P, 2P, 1P, 10, 12, 15, 35, 55, C.E.M.S)
A list of modules for the Modular Moog

Production period:
3C/2C/1C: 1967-72
3P/2P/1P: 1970-72
10/12: 1971-73
15/25/55: 1972-81

Quantity produced:

-Moog 3P, - Moog 12
- Custom Moog 12
- Moog 15
- Moog 35
- Moog 55
- Moog 55 brochure
- a smaller Moog Modular
- Mark Isham's Moog Modular
- great picture of a large Moog Modular
- another large Moog Modular
- Vladimir Ussachevasky's early Moog Modular
- Analog Modular Synthing:Becoming a Krell Musician - An Autobiographical Patch
by Mark J. Bradlyn

Famous Fingers
Who played this instrument?

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image courtesy of Kevin Lightner

When most people think of synthesizers they think of all-in-one instruments that are programmed by pushing buttons, turning knobs, or pushing sliders. However, that is not the way it all began. The first synthesizers were modular, in that they were a group of modules that each performed a separate function. For example, one module, called an oscillator, produced a waveform (sawtooth, sine, pulse, etc...) and another, the amplifier, modified the amplitude (volume) of the waveform. Each of these two modules had inputs for control voltage (CV). For the oscillator, the higher the control voltage, the higher the frequency of the wave. For the amplifier, the higher the control voltage, the larger the amplitude of the waveform was, and therefor the volume of the sound. These modules can be patched together in an almost infinite number of ways, making sound far more complex than today's synthesizers can even dream of making.

Between the years 1967 and 1981, Moog Music was designing, improving upon, and selling modules for their modular synthesizers. Although each modular system was available custom configured, there were many stock design models of the Moog modular synthesizer. Models included: 3C, 2C, 1C, 3P, 2P, 1P, 10, 12, 15, 55, 35, and C.E.M.S. (Co-ordinated Electronic Music Studio).

Famous Fingers
Who Played This Instrument?

Paul Beaver, Earnest Berk, Paul Bley, John Cage, Wendy Carlos, CBS Records, Malcolm Cecil, Chick Churchillen Years After, Vince Clarke, Comfortable Chair (John Densmore's other band), Nik Condron at Streetnoise Synthesizer Studios, Dennis DeYoung from Styx - a Moog 10 modular, Earthstar, Electric Lady Studio (1C), Elektra Records, Keith Emerson - played a 3C live with extra modules including a TV monitor, Progammer modules, custom sample-and-hold, some working some for show with pre-sets, Florian Fricke of Popol Vuh, Jurgen Fritz, Mort Garson, Greg Guiffria from the 70's rock band ANGEL, George Harrison, Richard Hayman, Dick Hyman, Mick Jagger (in 'Performance' on-screen) Gershon Kingsley, Bernard Krause, Lothar and the Hand People, Robert Margouleff, Roger McGuinn, NBC, Alwyn Nikolais, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Eberhard Schoener, Klaus Schulze, Walter Sear, Sun Ra, Tonto's Expanding Head Band(T.O.N.T.O.- "The Original New Timbral Orchestra" is a drastically expanding Series 3), Gil Trythall, Stevie Wonder - on the album "Talking Book": "Stevie Wonder plays the Arp and Moog synthesizers" Vangelis Mike Vickers, Klaus Wunderlich, Yellow Magic Orchestra/Hideki Matsutahe

The 55/35/15

Larry Fast, Jan Hammer (with remote keyboard), University of Massachusetts, Masterworks, Bill PAyne, Richard Pinhas, Tomita, Tangerine Dream, Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode, Hans Zimmer

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