Yay! I’ve bought a DIY Minimoog. (And Jenny is going to love it!)

Isn’t it GORGEOUS? Classic Minimoog – less of a control panel, more of an erogenous zone for synth nerds. Tell me you don’t want to feel up these knobs! The pure beauty of a one-of-a-kind electronic instrument. The design and the sounds are still in highest demand more than 50 years after its design – and I was pretty sure I’d never, never even be tempted to buy one.

I never even wanted a Minimoog!

Let’s be honest: Moogs are ludicrously overpriced, and overhyped. Not a single classic Moog ladder filter sound you couldn’t do just as well with a modern plugin, or almost any modern hardware. Hey, even the R3 – my most underdog synth – can do pretty decent Moog impressions. And if you are with the “Digital-will-never-sound-like-true-analog” esoterics, there is still the option of Neo Old School: Using the old design with the upsides of modern analog technology. Get yourself a Boog, for fuck’s sake. (And a life.)

Still… as we know, it’s all about the workflow – and about that unique combination of how an instrument looks, feels, and sounds. So when I saw a Moog enclosure and front panel on eBay for a couple of Euros, I could not resist and had to buy it.

“It’s aliiiiive!” – How to give life to an empty corpus

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iPad-Animoog: Killer!

An sich freue ich mich ja immer noch diebisch über die Animoog-App auf meinem iPad, trotz kleinere und größerer Zipperlein bei Bedienung und Systemintegration. Getrübt wurde diese Freude allerdings vom letzten Update auf V1.1.0: das führte nämlich auch bei mir dazu, dass gar nichts mehr ging – die App stürzte gleich wieder ab. Etwas Rumexperimentieren hat die Lösung gebracht: einfach löschen und nochmal neu installieren.

Nachtrag: Manchmal hilft es, erst die FAQ zu lesen – auch wegen der Warnung: Vor dem Löschen alle Sounds zu iTunes speichern, sonst sind sie weg!