- Sight & Sound
October 21st, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Moog Music Debuts The Ladder, a Dynamic Transistor Ladder Filter
– First 500 Series Module from Moog Music-
AES • NEW YORK CITY • October 20, 2011—Moog Music, a North
Carolina-based electronic musical instrument manufacturer, today
announced the release of The Ladder, a Professional 500 Series Dynamic
Ladder Filter based on Bob Moog's original ladder filter design. The
Ladder is Moog Music’s first 500 series module for the Pro Audio
market and is designed to add depth, flexibility and classic Moog
vibe to sound sources.
“There have been a lot of firsts for Moog this year." said Mike
Adams, President/CEO of Moog Music Inc. "The release of Animoog, the
first professional synthesizer for the iPad has introduced us to whole
new segment of customers. Now The Ladder will reacquaint Moog with
the Pro Audio community that embraced Moog Modular Synthesizers in the
1960's. We are very happy to see the market utilizing this exciting
format and we look forward to developing other modules.”
The Ladder packs all the punch, fullness and analog euphoria of the
original Moog Filter, but adds key component and feature upgrades
required for professional studio use. From classic Moog filtering and
vibe to modern sweetening and wild, exciting behavior; The Ladder is a
powerful, articulate sound sculpting tool.
The Ladder features include:
Low Pass and High Pass: The Ladder has inherited the smoothest all
analog filter section possible. Choose between LP and HP at the
flick of a switch.
Cutoff: Simply adjust this knob to determine where The Ladder begins
to sculpt the sound.
Attack and Release: These variable controls allow you
to perfectly dial in the timing behavior of The Ladder's envelope
section. Use them to open and close the envelope as fast as lightning,
or slow as molasses.
Amount: Use in Positive or Negative mode for mild to extreme
sound shaping and manipulation. The amount determines how much signal
is sent to the envelope section of The Ladder. From slight timbral
excitement and voicing to extreme compression-like behavior and even
reversed filtering is achievable.
Resonance: Controls the amount of harmonic bump at the cutoff
frequency. This is the voice of The Ladder. Create sweet, dynamic or
extreme speech like behavior and beyond. Accentuate specific
frequencies to excite a sound or create completely new and unique
NOTE: The Ladder's Resonance control can push the unit into
self-oscillation. This can be used for effect if desired.
2Pole/4Pole: Select how aggressive the filter slope is. 2 pole is
equal to 12db per octave, which is smooth and sweet, while 4 pole is
24db per octave, which is hard, aggressive and most similar to a
Classic Moog filter.
Bypass: Totally transparent relay bypass for routing
and A/B comparison
Availability and pricing: The Ladder will be available at Moog
Dealers worldwide in December 2011 for MSRP US $849.00.
More information on The Ladder can be found at
About Moog Music: When Bob Moog invented the Moog synthesizer in 1964
he revolutionized Popular music. His creations touched thousands of
lives as synthesizers gained acceptance in the music world and became
the catalyst for new forms of sonic expression. Although he passed
away in 2005, Bob Moog’s spirit lives on with Moog Music, a company he
originally formed in 1954 under the name R.A. Moog. Moog Music is the
leading producer of analog synthesizers, electronic musical
instruments and effects pedals such as Slim Phatty, Little Phatty® and
Minimoog® Voyager® synthesizers, Moogerfooger® effects modules,
Etherwave® theremins, Taurus Bass Pedals and The Moog Guitar. Bob
Moog’s innovative spirit permeates the entire culture of the company
he founded. Moog Music designs and manufactures its products in
downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more about Moog Music at
Hi-res Photos available at http://moogmusic.com/imgs/500_Series_High_Res.zip