Automatic Gainsay wrote: Moog never produced a drum machine and is not known for doing so. In fact, except for the recent postings on the Moog Forum in regard to the 700 series, most people had never heard it.
Looks like a drum machine to me? Here is one of the Bob Moog designed modules in the 700 system built for Eric Siday. Capable of playing back repeating patterns with a clock, tempo, and pattern selectors. Just looks like it was made in the 60's. Quite capable of playing beats.
Eric Siday comissioned Bob Moog to build a percussion/drum machine. It was used but not completely finished yet at the live MOMA concert before it was delivered to Eric.
Eric Siday was famous for all his TV adds, jingles, and corporate sound logos. I'm sure millions of people have heard the 700 he used but do not realize it. His Moog audio logos could be heard on many american TV spots from the NET logo (pre PBS) to the CBS, ABC, and Screen Gems logos. This guy was playing a Moog for millions. He released two albums, Sounds Of Now 1 and 2 in 1971. Eric was very talented and what sounds like real drums could be the 700 and could be actual percussion, or half and half. You can bet though, if Eric paid Bob Moog to bulid him a drum pattern machine, he used it on many recordings, and lots of people have heard them. This was not some obscure machine sold to some obscure artist. He inspired many to seek this new technology, and so many people heard a Moog for the first time because of Eric.
So yes, Moog did produce a single purpose drum machine. I'm sure if anyone had the money back then, Bob would have built you one too! They were only limited by the people willing to pay for one.
Today Moog Music could build one for much less I'm sure. Would be an interesting direction since they do have a history with synthesized percussion.