Why? What do you think Moog could bring to the drum machine world that isn't available already? Moog's bread and butter is monosynths with ladder LPFs, they've basically just been making slightly different versions of the same synth for the past forty years. Pretty much everything else they've done (Moogerfoogers excepted) has been a bit of a dud. (Pianobar anyone?)Cumulus wrote:Seriously, what I'd like to see is a Moog analog drum machine.
I'm fairly happy with Moog just making really good sounding monosynths and leaving the drum machines, polysynths, samplers, etc to Elektron and others like that. Pretty much all I think Moog could offer in those areas would be a really nicely designed case with some vanilla sounding stuff inside. Not really interested in a Moog LPF 3 VCO/voice polysynth, imagine the amount of mud you could pump out in the low end with that! 24 unstable oscillators beating against each other with the definition in the top end taken out by the filter, creating a huge mess of low mids that you'd just EQ out as soon as you'd finished tracking. I prefer my polysynths clean and precise and preferably with a HPF somewhere in the chain to clean up the bottom end slightly.
Anyway, I think this synth is cool! It sounds good, it seems like it will look pretty good (compact, lots of knobs, hope they just do a gently sloped panel and no weird shapes like the LP, although the cutout on the bottom right of the PCB in the video has me wondering) and it will probably get a whole bunch of people into tweaking knobs and programming their own sounds instead of just playing presets. It's not something that I'm interested in buying because I have a modular to be my monosynth, but just because I'm not going to buy it it doesn't mean I'm gonna rag on it or demand Moog make a polysynth or anything.
PS I've heard Moog were experimenting with FPGAs and FPAAs a while back, that would have been useful for making a polysynth but I don't know if they had any success with it at all.