Originally posted by [ ¾ ]:Specifically, between the ARP 2600 and Odyssey vs. the Minimoog and Micromoog.
Mini and Micro? Two quite different machines..!
My long time nemesis / back-stage keyboard drinking buddy and I have these long-standing, yearly debates about (among other silly topics) Moog vs. ARP
Well, that was THE debate among keyboardists back in the '70!
He was always an ARP champion, and said that ARP's stayed in tune better, sounded better, blah blah blah.
Staying in tune better and sounding better are two very different things. Someone say early Minimoogs sound better *because* their tuning is unstable.
Even though I owned a 2600 for years and years, I am truly a Moog proponent (anyone that buys a Moog is required to use words like "proponent").
Sadly, I didn't keep my Mini, but now have an SE-1, which is close enough for comparisons.
To my mind, the Minimoog is capable of getting all the sounds that an Odyssey can get, and the sounds a 2600 can get (without patch-cords).
I think you're way wrong here. What about a sync sound, or a ring-modulated one? Plus, the filters on these two machines sound quite different, and the oscillators, too. The Mini has a spectacular sound quality for sure, but not a great variety of possibilities.
When you hear a song with a Moog on it, you can tell; when you hear a song with ARP on it, you can tell.
Sure! Doesn't this contrast with your previous statement?
I prefer the Moog sound ~ but have no concerns about missing any ARP sounds because they can be covered comfortably.
Maybe we're snobs, maybe we're geeks. But it is always fun to spot a Moog or ARP on record and see if you can't get that same sound.
Not sure where I am headed with this post, just maybe noting the amazing similarities between the instruments ~ they are not so different as everyone might think. Your thoughts?