I'll tell you a secret. The MG1 was my first exposure to synths, back when it was sold retail in Radio Shack.Automatic Gainsay wrote:I'm always glad to see someone give the MG1 some love. It is desperately under-appreciated! Yeah, it's crappy in a lot of exterior ways, but dang if it isn't capable of a very great deal of nice and interesting sounds!calaverasgrande wrote:Someone mentioned the MG1? That is kind of my definition of mojo. I've played a lot of other Moogs, but that little synth is so bratty and just plain 70's/80's sounding! The polyphony section gets a lot of hate. But it actually can make for some nifty sounds. Think phaser effect and a low mono osc for an early Kraftwerk tone. Or just a touch of filter and LFO and its kinda funky.
It also has a more nasal/shrill tone than most other Moogs. Kind of more Devo and less Prog? Aside from the mushy action it is one of my favorites.
I wish mine would come back from the dead!
(my avatar is an MG1 btw)
Yeah I'm that old.
I really think the only major shortcoming of the MG1 is the lack of pitch and mod wheels. But then that is kind of a strength too, as it keeps you out of proggy lead territory.
Apparently there is a modification that can be done to firm up the triggering. IIRC it has to do with a bypass capacitor value change on the poly/triggering circuit. If I ever get around to finding the parts to fix my MG1 that is a mod I will want to do. When I had my MG1 next to my SH09 the difference was annoying!