Moog Modular System 55

One of the most noticeable changes in the course of musical history is the invention of a marvellous musical instrument called synthesiser. This piece of a beast is something that dominated the most remembered decades of all time, like 1970s and 1980s.

Moog Modular System 55 on the market

The very first synthesisers came in the 1960s for commercial or home use. With the legends like Moog Modular, Ems VCS, Mellotron, a synthesiser has changed the course of history of musical instruments thereon. Since the day it came out until the hay day of 1970s and 1980s, the music scene was heavily shaped by the sound of synthesisers. Synthesisers did not only shape the sound of those decades but gave a birth to a whole new culture and art.

Moog System 55 came out about during 1973 until 1981. Later in 2015, this beast was reissued. Of course with advance features imposed along with the classic components like the iconic Moog 24db filter. All kinds of Moog or Modular synthesisers are highly expensive. System 35 cost around $22,000, System 55 cost around $35,000. Yet, once you get your hands on it, you will see you will never be able to hear anything like the sound coming out of a Moog Modular.

The most prominent works and ultimate utilization was done by Keith Emerson. You definitely should check out their works as well as works of  the electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze.

The importance of patching

What you can do with a Moog Modular is beyond the capacity describing it with words but it is on your imagination and really the opportunity to hear the sound of the Moog. It is worth noticing that, unlike a keyboard synthesiser, where it is just plug and play mostly, Moog modular requires a general patching to make it work and audible.

You won’t hear a thing unless you understand the fundamentals of patching. As a side note and warning, better read the manuals or consult the sellers for a basic assistance while you make your first patch to avoid any damage to your speaker, ear or anything inside Moog.

The sounds created with a Moog Modular system

These series of synthesisers allow to connect 1 to 3 Moog Keyboards. This is incredibly convenient since you can play various sounds connected to various components at a time. You are also of course able to use joysticks, pedals, ribbon controllers, wheel to bend pitch or modulate sound. The most common forms of waveforms every Moog Modular offers are Sine, Sawtooth, Square and Rectangular.

You can produce various timbers of sound. You are also able to add extra harmonics to your sound. With a beast like Moog Modular, you are easily able to produce sound like a bright, wholesome, brass characteristics with waveforms like Sawtooth wave and so on.