Piktor Posted September 26, 2013 Share Posted September 26, 2013 I realize the some of the most popular posts on this forum are about new gear. I know, because I read them too. Despite that, I hope that no one minds that this post goes in the opposite direction. I love it when someone gives me a useful idea about how I can do something new with an old piece of equipment. The particular piece of equipment in question is 35 years old and somewhat rare. I bought my Multimoog brand new from Mothers Music in 1978. (I bought a second one in 1988 for 1/10 the price.) Apparently, Moog manufactured only about 1000 Multimoogs. Therefore, I realize that this post has limited appeal, but I am hoping that I might reach at least some Multi owners here on this forum (as well as on one other forum). I can see that McGoo on this forum still has one. I want to share a discovery that I made long ago. My discovery might not be an entirely unknown technique, but I have searched the Internet and read the original Multimoog manual and I have not found this information described anywhere else. The trick that I discovered makes the Multimoog capable of producing sounds that, I believe, it wasnt intended to produce. (Of course, someone might know otherwise.) I am an infrequent contributor here, but I am a frequent reader of this forum and I have always appreciated peoples generosity in sharing encouragement, ideas and information on this forum. In that spirit, I have created and uploaded some videos to YouTube that I hope someone finds useful. I certainly do not want to be the only person who knows this (as far as I know) undocumented trick. Admittedly, my YouTube videos dont have high production values, but, I think that they explain my trick well enough. Some of the videos are short (1 minute long) segments where I improvised something to demonstrate a particular application of a sound. Warning: If one is not a Multimoog owner or a synth fan, I suppose the videos could seem pretty nerdy. My You Tube channel is Piktor Music, which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEKrAqZh_BAEyZpmTltlGeA To do this trick, you wont need to modify your Multimoog itself in any way. The trick makes it possible for the instrument to have capabilities that you might take for granted in other synths, but were not obviously available on the Multi: - Have continuous LFO control of sync. - Use an envelope to control sync (like that Prophet 5 sound). - Sweep the synced oscillators with controllers other than keyboard pressure (e.g. like Jan Hammer did with a pedal). - Set oscillators A and B an octave apart without relying on the sub-oscillator. - Have all this and more! - bonus: Check out the way my sample and hold has mutated into something cooler. See the worlds ugliest home-made voltage control pedal. I would be interest to know if anyone finds this useful or if you have any questions. P Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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