The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its fundraising raffle for an excellent condition Moog Source synthesizer signed by Bob Moog himself. Originally released in 1981, the Source represented a unique combination of tradition and progression in the sonic world. Here's the details direct from the Foundation...
The raffle begins at 7:00 a.m. (ET) on February 5, 2024, and ends on February 26, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) or when all 5,000 tickets are sold. The raffle is open internationally. Tickets are $20 each, 6 for $100, 14 for $200, or 40 for $500. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 1, 2024.
The Moog Source featured is serial number 3948 and was built in Cheektowaga, New York. It has an estimated value of $3,500 USD and will instantly become a valuable collector's item to whoever wins the raffle. With Bob Moog's signature, it is priceless.
The Moog Source features rich sound quality and a technical lineage rooted in the legendary Minimoog, widely regarded as the most iconic, archetypal analog synthesizer of all time. The Source was manufactured from 1981 through 1985 and was the first Moog synthesizer to offer patch memory storage in 16 preset locations. It also features a cassette tape jack, which transfers patches to and from an external tape. The Source is lauded for its sequencers, sample and hold, arpeggiator, presets, and unique data wheel. The synthesizer features a mylar touch control panel, single-knob functionality, and the trademark Moog sound.
The Source was generously donated to the Bob Moog Foundation by accomplished musician, composer, and sound designer Erik Norlander, who co-designed the legendary Alesis Andromeda analog synthesizer and more recently the UNO Synth analog synthesizer for IK Multimedia. Norlander's Moog Source was used on the Dukes of the Orient Freakshow album and was the specific hardware synth recorded for the IK Multimedia Syntronik 2 "Sorcerer" virtual instrument. Norlander has been a long-time supporter of the Bob Moog Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Advisors.
"This Source is signed by Bob himself, and its new owner will have an extremely special piece of synthesizer history in addition to a beautiful sounding musical instrument," noted Norlander. "It is a solid performer with the epic Moog transistor ladder filter sound that we all know and love. For me the Source brings much of the weight of the Minimoog Model D but also some noticeable midrange punch that gives it its own sonic character. Owners of multiple Moog instruments will find that the Source occupies its own unique space and will be a worthy and treasured addition to any synth collection."
Funds raised from the raffle will be used to expand the Bob Moog Foundation's hallmark education project, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, which has inspired over 30,000 elementary school students through the science of sound. The raffle will also help support the Bob Moog Foundation Archives and the Moogseum, an immersive, experiential facility located in Asheville, North Carolina, which brings Bob Moog's pioneering legacy and the science of sound and synthesis alive for people of all ages. The Moogseum opened in May 2019 and has since welcomed over 30,000 visitors from all over the world.
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Tickets are $20 each, 6 for $100, 14 for $200, or 40 for $500
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