Dust off that Minimoog and hear it in a new way: The real legacy of Moog is when sounds keep evolving from his ideas. That’s led Craig to make new Moog-inspired sounds with a digital synth. And just as importantly, it’s led a new charge to preserve the history of electronic music, like this original Minimoog found in the Moog collection. Photo courtesy The Bob Moog Foundation.

Craig Anderton is easily the most prolific music technology writer on the planet. We got an exclusive interview with him at Cakewalk at the NAMM show to talk about the technologist who has had the biggest impact on him: Bob Moog.

Craig talked to us about two projects, each a tribute to Moog’s legacy. First, there’s The Minimoog Tribute, an inexpensive expansion pack for Cakewalk’s Rapture and Rapture LE synths. Why another set of Moog samples, given there’s a fake Minimoog patch or thirty in just about every synth? Craig tells us he wanted to do something different: really create patches that “cover” the classics rather than duplicate them, taking advantage of samples of his personal Minimoog but blending them with Rapture’s digital capabilities.

Craig also talks about why he chose Rapture, because “it basically says twist my knobs, man, have a good time.” (I won’t touch that one.) In all seriousness, he describes the relationship with the synth as being a personal one.

And this isn’t just a preset pack. It’s got gear porn in it, too — cue the Moog porn bassline.

Craig Anderton’s MiniMoog Tribute Expansion Pack [Cakewalk]

Liz interviewed Craig for CDM at the Cakewalk booth:

NAMM08: Craig Anderton @ Cakewalk – Moog Tribute for Rapture [cdm@blip.tv]

But the real reason Craig wanted to have this interview wasn’t just to talk about his product — it was to make an impassioned plea for The Moog Foundation, which is working to save the vast archival materials Bob Moog collected through his life. They’re not just the history of Bob, or the history of Moog synthesizers: they’re a chronicle of the history of electronic music. And they now have met a formidable foe: humid southern weather. But you can help:

NAMM08: Craig Anderton @ Cakewalk – Moog Foundation [cdm@blip.tv]

A portion of the proceeds from the Minimoog expansion pack for Rapture will be donated by both Craig and Cakewalk to the fund, but even if you’ve only got $10 or $15, consider giving something directly to the foundation — or volunteer or contribute in other ways.

Moog Foundation Call to Action

Donation form

Have Moog synths influenced the way you use non-Moog synths and software? We’d love to hear how — aside from the obvious ways, of course. I know my approach to sound was deeply affected by using both the Buchla and Moog modular systems, even applying thinking about sound and synthesis to very different digital systems. Let us know in comments.

  • Cort3x

    I'm not even sure that I can call up a memory of how the "moog sound" is. I might be able to recognise it, but it's simply not very familiar to me.

    It interests me that something that makes all kinds of sounds through manipulation of variables has had an impact on so many people's personal aural histories. Instruments like these seem to me a thing of the past (909, 303, Moog synths etc)- I can't think of anything we have today that has had the same effect on people. But who knows, maybe the Nord synths will gain similar fame sometime in the future?

  • I think the Moog sound has been so influential as to become something we take for granted; that's part of what Craig was saying (and it means it's not even a discrete thing you can point to any more, we're so used to it).

    But that's a really good question, what else might have that kind of influence. Moog has the advantage of being first, of course. I think we're also deeply influenced in terms of how we assemble music by sequencers and DAWs, though there's not a clear pioneer there that I know of.

    Maybe the answer to your question is more personal, as far as recent instruments. But all of this I think makes an event stronger arugment for the important of the preservation mission at the Moog Foundation, not only for Bob Moog but all the people he worked with.

  • no such thing as humidity here in colorado. they can, um, put all that stuff in my basement studio if they need too. i promise i will take good care of it.

  • Perfect timing. I've been saving my pennies for a Moog.

    I like this guy, he has an obvious love for this field.


  • Phos…

    It was so nice seeing the interview with Craig Anderton. Since my first copies of Electronics Projects for Musicians and Guitar Electronics for Musicians, I've been a fan of his.

    Please, can I make a suggestion for future interviews of this type?

    See if you can find a microphone with a more focused directional pattern for interviews in noisy environments.

  • Future interviews — absolutely.

    And my guess is we'll be doing them in environments other than the NAMM floor in general. But I managed to botch some of our sound, so what we had to go with for this was our backup audio. Next time, we'll be doing this in a studio with a proper setup for actual music and no trade show din in the background. And proper sound. 😉

  • bumhed

    is that britney spears?

    He starts talking about falling in love and blushes

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  • Damn, that mic flag looks sweeeet!

  • I first heard and witnessed Moog equipment on some older skinny puppy / download tracks. – The distinct sound of the filters and kaleidoscope of possibilities are titillating..

    I have to imagine the sound and response of full on / semi modulars systems through software emulations. Because i own little real equipment… Thankfully … technology has become so close.

    If i had a moog or buchla board… Id end up processing it through modern software anyway.

    Rapture looks like it was injected with some soul & has a plethora of modern processing abilities to it.. The fact he added tutorial movies in the package is going to be helpful to synth enthusiast

    Craig Anderton is the man !

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