The Moog synthesizer is an iconic electronic instrument developed by the late Dr. Robert Moog in the 1960s, and one of the first commercially successful monophonic synthesizers of its time. It rose to prominence in 1967 when Wendy Carlos recorded the album “Switched-On Bach” using the Moog, performing classical music using synthesizers. When Moog introduced a more portable unit called the Minimoog, bands such as Yes and Tangerine Dream took it and made it a signature part of their sound.
The amazing thing about technology is that it constantly evolves, and today you can have a digital recreation of the Moog synth on your 4th gen iPod touch, iPhone 4 or 4S (the processing power required precludes the use of previous models of iPhone). Enter the Animoog.
Previously released for the iPad, the Animoog for iPhone is a new version for the smaller devices. The interface works surprisingly well on a small screen, and sounds can be manipulated through touch in real time as you play. Beyond the preset sounds you can choose timbres from various vintage and modern Moog synths and pedals. The Animoog for iPhone also features loop recording, and accepts MIDI in (via available third party MIDI to Dock Connector interfaces). Here’s a short sample of something I just whipped together before I wrote this article, it uses two different preset sounds and was recorded by using the built in looping and overdubbing features of the app.
It’s on sale at an introductory price of $0.99, and will be going back up to its regular price of $9.99 soon, so act quickly if you want to take advantage of this sale.