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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Ph_balance from United kingdom writes:
Welcome to the Jekyll and Hyde of analogue synthesizers. Unlike its monophonic and more illustrious predecessor the memory moog. had people’s opinions divided One the Mr Jekyll side huge, rich, thick poly sounds that simply fill a mix out without trying. A decent set of modulation options including a voice modulation section ripped off the prophet 5. Plus third oscillator as a mod source ala minimoog. Even engineering touches to act like the Minimoog for example mixer pots that distort to give that creamy sound. All the advantages of the improved minimoog’s voice is that you don’t end up sounding like someone else with a mini.

On the Mr Hyde side A poly sound so fat to point of being unusable as it just takes up so much space unless that is what you want. It is very hard to make this keyboard blend with anything else in a mix. Sonically the sound can be too dense. The architecture does not lend itself well to being polyphonosized Although to be fair the concept behind the instrument should have made it sure-fire hit .Poor timing on it release, and not really bench tested also let it down.

I have had the pleasure of owning 2 of these instruments The first one was a plus with a Kenton MIDI kit. The tuning stability did not really last more than six months. Then occasionally said six tuned but this was no guarantee. It seems that because the plus modification was added this just meant more to go wrong with the Memorymoog. I eventually sold it after nearly a year in service. I got and Oberhiem Xpander in the deal . I later got a second moog an ordinary one, fitted with a Kenton, which I still have there have been the odd tuning glitch but it does return to say 6 tuned but only after a long time to burn in But will need a retune eventually. In conclusion this keyboard is not as bad as some people make it out to be. But this may depend purely on luck Sonically I like the instrument good sweeping string and swirling pad sounds and loads of sfx pseudo ring mod using the voice mod section. The third osc in low frequency mode creates out of phase waveforms, there are 6 of them, adding to the fatness!! I have learned to use the moog to make the sound more controllable by tuning down the oscillators and the use of compression / eq to create some very useable, mix friendly, unique textures. This most certainly a studio instrument unless you have an LAMM . But if looked after and regularly serviced should be an excellent studio workhorse But be prepared to pay for it!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-27-2007 at 16:19
Martin Kepple. a professional user from Europe writes:
I have dealt in analogue gear for over 20 years and have had a few of these. I tend to avoid them for several reasons. The are over priced, difficult/dangerous to post (you just know it will turn up broken), unreliable and people have higher hopes and expectations than the synth can provide. I never guarentee one. I tell people to check the synth thouroughly before buying. The second it leaves my office it's their responsibility. I make them sign a disclaimer to that effect. You just can't guarentee one. It's suicide. I find the sound ugly. It doesn't do anything useful very well. Unlike the prophet and Jupiter, you can't pin it down to a style or sound. It's a lumbering old fog horn of a synth. Not nice or classy. Just in yer face. I know loads of top musos who bought them new and they didn't like them either. Repair costs are very high. Ownwrship is an adventure. No mm would last 18 months without a breakdown. Not even new. Disregard that. If you are a collector, it's a nice thing.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-01-2006 at 10:13
Skystone a part-time user from Muenster/Germany writes:
I have owned a Memorymoog 18 months ago and since then it is the heart of my studio. I do have comparison to competitor synths like OB8 and stuff, but for the type of music I make there is no comparison. I also tried a lot of virtual analog plug-in-stuff and crap, but the MemoryMoog simply is it. 6 voice polyphony, 3 VCOs, the filter, the routing options... what do you need more? I even can't subscribe that there is a lot of technical problems. Sometimes there's a hanging voice but that's it. I had more problems with other stuff.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-29-2006 at 15:08
WD a hobbyist user writes:
I'd always heard of the legendary tech probs with the Memorymoog, but have not experienced much of this at all, seems the problems (and nightmares for techs) are related to the original, non-Plus, non-Midi version. It came out in '82, late in the analog world and was apparently rushed into production by those who had an idea what was about to happen with the DX-7. This explains the original version which probably shouldn't have been released in it's current state. Plus versions have occasional glitches, but nothing serious, if not abused and if left safely indoors.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-30-2004 at 16:47
Roger a professional user from Glendale, CA writes:
My Dad gave me an MM+ when I was around 13 yrs old after years of piano lessons. As a kid I would put on phones and play whatevs on it. AFter that time, it sat unharmed in (New) Jersey until I realized at the age of 33 (when I could afford to collect analogs) that I had to have it shipped to Los Angeles and rehabilitated. When it got here, the key contacts were all dead and had to be replaced. It works ok now, some of the low register keys don't work and it needs to warm up to be in tune. This is a device beyond compare. I have an Oberheim Xpander and a Prophet VS - fantastic musical instruments but specific, precise, and slightly more restrained. The MM+ (#3305), in contrast, seems more inherently out of control, emotional, unpredictable. It creates sonic enormity. Sounds seem to "pour" out if it in a less mediated way than any other keyboard I have played. This is my opinion, and I offer it because if you can find one in good condition it should be the first thing you buy for your studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-14-2004 at 00:03
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