Our friends Chachi and Alan write in from San Francisco’s music tech haven, Robotspeak, to share a video giving the Moogerfooger FreqBox some hands-on time. Since the FreqBox needs some signal to do its magic, they turned to two great sources: Alan’s guitar, and Chachi’s Roland TB-303.

We hope to have some more on the FreqBox soon; let us know if you’ve gotten one yourself and how it’s working out for you.

Previously: NAMM: Moog Music moogerfooger FreqBox Meant to be Heard, Not Seen?

  • "- Awesome!

    – Cool !"

    – Totally !

  • Wow, great for guitar as well.

  • I love it. Instant daftness.

  • Paul

    Just a few days ago, I took some time to demo one at Starving Musician on Shattuck in Berkeley. I left feeling slightly underwhelmed, but I'm also very happy to accept that the circumstances were less than idea– I was playing it with a guitar (not an instrument I'm skilled with), into an amp that I don't know, and with a pair of cheap headphones (so as not to annoy the crap out of everyone within earshot with my shoddy skillz, but very little bass).

    My take on it was that it's fairly static, and really needs something to follow– phaser, vibrato, or reverb, maybe? I didn't have the time to add anything else to the signal chain, which was a shame. I got the hang of it, mostly.

    The way I looked at it, it had two sort of modes– sync'ed and unsync'ed (with regard to the incoming audio source). Unsync'ed, the VCO just ran, and was modulated by the envelope followed, so pitch changes were described by how HARD you played. I felt this rather counter-intuitive, but I'm sure that's just me needing to come up with a good use for it. I felt much more comfortable with sync'ed mode, where the VCO tracked the pitch of the incoming signal.

    I feel confident that someone with more chops than I and a smidge of determination could get some really wild stuff out of the MF-107.

    The demo video, however, shows me that I clearly need to head across the Bay and get in touch with Robotspeak.

  • johnk

    I won a freqbox in the CDM giveaway last month. When I got it in the mail last week I spent probably four hours playing single notes on my guitar, twiddling knobs and laughing just like Alan in that video. It seems to me that the most interesting and useful sounds come out of it when adjusting the parameters while playing. I dont have an expression pedal handy, but I believe one can be attached to the back panel to adjust any of them, instead of turning the knobs manually.


  • poopoo

    Johnk, you NEED expression pedals with the Moogerfoogers. They makes them really come alive.

    If you are diy inclined you could build a simple sequencer to to run into it as well. here's a crappy one I built for friend… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPZFkSiAuLY

  • johnk

    hahah, well that would explain why the booklet that came with it has "an expression pedal is highly recommended especially for using the FreqBox with a guitar" italicized, bolded and underlined. I'll have to grab one this week.

  • meh

    i dont really get this demo. i mean for the most it seems like the user is just trying to use it like a lpf. i also do not think that it works well in the context it is being demoed. i mean it sounds like it its behaving more like a lpf than its intended use. well i dont know if it could actualy have a intended use. i think it would be far coler to use for processing a lead line i mean the sound here is not really a improvement or anything better than the sound of the tb303s stock filter.

    i can sort of see the user is stuck in that midset as well.

    so yeah not a very good demo in fact i think its put me off of owning one.