Moog's Emerson modular clone at AES show

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Moog's Emerson modular clone at AES show

Post by Dave Peck » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:43 pm

Moog's recently completed clone of Keith Emerson's massive Moog modular synth is in their booth at the AES show in Los Angeles. I saw & heard it up close & personal this afternoon - and I even got to play it. It's spectacular. I'm going back tomorrow. Sorry, didn't have a camera with me.

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Post by freeyerheel » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:19 pm

looks like you'll be able to order one for $150,000.00, seems like they are doing them completely NOS! I wonder if they will ever consider making smaller systems say 3 oscillators filter ect.... for say 50 grand? i think its cool that they are like the old ones but it certainly comes with the price tag to match.

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Post by paults » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:20 pm

I bet they sell at least 6 of them.

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Post by freeyerheel » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:31 pm

seems a bit excessive but hey at least you know your money is going to have an exact replica to the T. I think that part is cool, and im sure its a ton of work, but synthesizers.com and others have been making systems pretty darn close for years, maybe they dont know they have competitors. I'm kidding but.. I guess im not convinced that having NOS parts would really make all that much difference for the chunk of change needed to own a real moog modular. those modules are works of art though. they would also be a joy to work on.

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Post by ignatius » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:47 pm

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wow. pretty awesome you got to play it dave!

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Post by sduck » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:53 pm

Posted today by Moog Music -

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Post by paults » Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:57 pm

The 6 people will have *no intention* of ever playing them.

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Post by JohnLRice » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:47 am

paults wrote:The 6 people will have *no intention* of ever playing them.
You mean the delivery of them will look something like minutes 1:50 through 4:30 of this video clip? :hmm: :hihi: :hail:

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Post by freeyerheel » Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:58 pm

very accurate film interpretation of what it will be like for the 6! that cracked me up i need to watch 2001 again!

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Post by Synthoholic » Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:12 pm

This would probably be a little more accurate:

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Post by JohnLRice » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:50 pm

Synthoholic wrote:This would probably be a little more accurate:

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:eek: :hihi:

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Post by suitandtieguy » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:09 am

i think it's amazing.

if you think it isn't, you don't know what it is or you're Eric Barbour.
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Post by milkshake » Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:23 am

They make 5 of these.
4 are sold, so if your fast....
At the end of this video.
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Post by Synthoholic » Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:07 am

What pisses me off about this whole thing is that I got into modulars wanting a Modusonics system 15 built exactly in the same NOS fashion as these (by a '74 era Moog engineer. Approx 55k for a System 55 and the Emerson System is not twice that in modules.)

So Moog wants to get back into the market by making an elite few get what amounts to TONTO.

Five people get 11 oscillators rather than 12-13 people getting three.

By the time the "economy" version of these things trickle down to the common man they will be surface mounted and silk screened.


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Post by moogboy » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:45 pm

Alright Moog, I love this thing. I really do. I wish I had a job that could pay for it.

Now, what are you gonna do with that 750k you grossed off of it? How long do I have to wait to buy a Moog modular dammit?

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Post by sduck » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:48 pm

My guess is that theyll use most of that loot to pay down various debts, if they're using standard music business financial practices.
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Post by synthetic » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:27 pm

I spoke to Gene a bit at AES. They've sold four at $150k. He hinted that at least one went to someone who saw ELP live in the '70s and now had the means to have the synth themselves. I assumed they sold to people like Deadmaus. I played it for a few minutes, the preset system is really fun.

I asked if they have plans beyond that and all he could say was, "I have a lot of ideas." But they are completely NOS parts as you've read elsewhere. He said the toughest part were the colored translucent switchcaps but they found them. He said they have tons of parts. When they found a part they would buy all of them that they could.

I think it will stay in the "custom shop" price range for quite a while while they see what the market does. Maybe a System 55 for $60k if we're lucky.

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Post by freeyerheel » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:38 pm

they are works of art and priced like they should go into the MET! It seems like a bad business plan to me. if they are trying to turn profit seems like there would be a lot more money in keeping the prices say double that of COTK's or MOS-LAB rather than trying to fetch the cash it would go for on ebay, and collectors marketing. If they are trying to send a message that only the rich should buy this then they are doing the right thing! I might be alone in thinking this way but i dont care sue me, im poor and want one! so for now i'll say " a medium sized doepfer would kick its ass"! and cost you the same as one module when sold separately.

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Post by synthetic » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:02 pm

Let them recoup their R&D investment on the trust fund babies so we can afford the next generation.

They were also giving away these sweet cards:

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I grabbed two of them. Opening bid: $150,000

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Post by paults » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:03 pm

Kinda like the synth you got there :sb:

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Post by synthetic » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:57 pm

paults wrote:Kinda like the synth you got there :sb:
Me too. It's from this company that used to come out with large format modules. I think they were called "Module of the Month" ;)

[edit:] But seriously, excited for the new 5U stuff. Two massive 5U manufacturers awakening from the depths. :sb:
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Post by EMwhite » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:01 pm

I like the "No lucky man" sign at the bottom of that pic. Reminds me of the Wayne's World bit where the sign in the guitar store says "No Stairway to Heaven"

Does anybody have a module by module map of what is real and what is fake (either wired to some random DIY synth or LFO behind the panel or just a bunch of knobs connected to nothing).

Clearly that bottom left is the pitch black Korg tuner and I suppose the DB25 goes to that preset box but I thought I read something about the FFB on the bottom right being fake ?
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Post by paults » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:51 pm

I like the "No lucky man" sign at the bottom of that pic. Reminds me of the Wayne's World bit where the sign in the guitar store says "No Stairway to Heaven"
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Post by Synthoholic » Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:25 am

I want to make a correction to my post above. I complained about it having 11 oscillators and I think it might be 7 or 8. I wrote that from memory of what Gene said in one of the videos, so sorry for that.

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