Turn Your iPhone Into a Moog Synth!

Music Tech

One of the most influential instruments of the 20th Century, the Moog synthesizer is now available on your iPhone!

Invented in the 1950s by Robert Moog, Moog synthesizers combined the physical elements of a piano with the electronic sounds of a theremin. It went largely unnoticed until 1967 when it was played by electronic music pioneers Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause during the Monterey Pop Festival.

During the 1970’s it’s full potential was unleashed by the likes of  funky proto-electro artists like Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder who created their music entirely from synthesizers, and prog rockers like Yes and Tangerine Dream who used its otherworldly sound to take rock n’ roll to the next level.

Now all of this can be yours for just 99 cents through the new Animoog iPhone app. Visually, it retains the sleek retro look of the Moog synthesizers.

Performance-wise, according to the Moog Web site, “The Animoog captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the modern touch surface paradigm, enabling any user to quickly sculpt incredibly fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play them.”

You can record a performance and overdub new layers, play along live, and transfer recordings between Animoog and any other apps. Pretty amazing stuff! Robert Moog passed away in 2005 but his legacy lives on through his namesake instrument.

Interested? Head over to Moog’s website for a more in depth look and to download.