Animoog

TEC

Moog Music is incredibly honored that Animoog received the 28th annual TEC award for Audio Apps Technology For Smartphones and Tablets.

Animoog, powered by Moog’s new Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE), is the first professional polyphonic synthesizer designed for the iPad. ASE allows you to dynamically move through an X/Y space of unique timbres to create a constantly evolving and expressive soundscape.

 Animoog captures the vast sonic vocabulary of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the modern touch surface paradigm, enabling you to quickly sculpt incredibly fluid and dynamic sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play them.
 
Visually captivating and sonically immersive, Animoog brings iPad based music production to the next level. Whether you are new to synthesis or a professional, Animoog’s unique user interface gives you the power to easily create a visually vibrant and sonically rich universe. It is the ultimate tool for total creative expression!
 
Animoog’s diverse library of timbres is derived from analog waveforms captured from classic Moog oscillators, both vintage and modern, and run through a boutique’s worth of high-end outboard and analog signal processors. These include modular synth panels, Moogerfooger pedals and more.

New In Animoog Version 2.1

        * Retina graphics

        * File and Project Browser added to 4Track

        * AudioBus updated (v1.0.1)

• Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE) - An exciting new Moog technology that allows the user to move dynamically through an X/Y space of unique timbres to create an expressive and constantly evolving soundscape.
 
• Timbre page – Assemble unique sounds in the X/Y space from timbres of a wide variety of vintage and modern Moog synthesizers and pedals Note: this is NOT simple sample playback.
 
• Polyphonic Modulation - Simply slide your fingers to control multiple modulation parameters in Animoog right from the keys.
 
• Polyphonic Pitch Shifting - Easily manipulate the exact pitch of each note in a chord by rotating or sliding your fingers.
 
• Delay Module - A classic analog style ping pong delay.
 
• Thick Module - From bit crushing to unison voice detuning and drive, this module adds depth, edge and character to Animoog’s already massive sound palette.
 
• Moog Filter - The classic four-pole Moog ladder filter with High Pass, Low Pass and Band Pass modes.
 
• Record Module - Record your performance and overdub new layers, or play along live. Transfer recordings between Animoog and any other apps which support AudioCopy/AudioPaste
 

• Path Module - Direct ASE through Animoog’s X/Y space to create new expressive and shifting sounds that will blow your mind!
 
• Orbit Module - Control the rate of orbit in the X/Y space around the path you created for subtle to insane voice manipulation.
 
•  Flexible Modulation Matrix - Amp,Filter and Mod Envelopes, LFO with infinitely variable wave shapes and sync, and four super flexible and assignable modulation slots.
 
•  MIDI in/out - Use your LittlePhatty or any other MIDI controller to control Animoog.

• The MIDI Expansion Pack transforms Animoog into a MIDI controller as innovative and richly expressive as the Animoog sound engine itself.

• MIDI Mapping is also expanded, with the ability to send any assignable MIDI CC messages from Animoog’s on-screen controls, including the X-Y Pad. This allows you to use all of Animoog as a control surface for your plugins or external hardware. In addition, you can record and play back MIDI knob tweaks in the same way as you can a keyboard performance.

• Accelerometer Integration - Gives Animoog owners the ability to tilt their iPad in any direction as an interactive 3D modulation source.

• Audiocopy/Audiopaste integration and support for the Audiobus platform.

Animoog

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Momentum by Sascha Dikiciyan

Animoog 313 by Mike Huckaby

Acoustic Expansion Pack

Metallic Expansion Pack

The Grateful Dead Expansion Pack

Vintage FX Expansion Pack For Animoog

Vintage Vibe Expansion Pack For Animoog

Monster Moog Expansion Pack For Animoog

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Manual Animoog Manual 2011-10-17 PDF

Animoog is a professional polyphonic synthesizer that carries on Dr. Robert Moog's exploration of touch-surface technologies to create new and expressive musical instruments.

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A tour of Animoog
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Moog Animoog iPad / iOS Sound Design Tutorial Pt 1: How to Get Started
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Exploring Animoog: Anisotropic Synthesis Engine
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Exploring Animoog: Orbit
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Exploring Animoog: Sound Design Part 1 - Rhythmic Pad
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ANIMOOG - TIMBRES
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CELEBRATE BOB: Moog Store Performance
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Celebrate Detroit
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ANIMOOG x ABLETON
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Animoog V2
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Wired: Moog Debuts an iPad Synth From the Outer Limits

Not content to stop at creating some of the world’s best synthesizer keyboards, the big brains at Moog Music have built an iPad app.

The Animoog takes the familiar, spaced-out sound profile Moog is famous for and warps it, using the iPad’s multi-touch interface and some very cool animated visualizations to create a unique instrument. It’s simple enough for anyone to play, but also deep enough to encourage extended experimentation. On top of that accomplishment, the Animoog is just about the trippiest sound-thing available for the iPad.

Ask a musician who’s into vintage synthesizers and he’ll tell you: There’s something about a Moog synth’s analog design that’s difficult to replicate. The musical instruments company, founded by electronics pioneer Bob Moog in the 1950s, makes keyboards that sell for thousands of dollars and are used in studios and on stages by the biggest names in rock and pop. Radiohead, Rush, Air, Stevie Wonder — they’re all Moog devotees.

The Animoog not only treads upon the same sonic territory as other Moog creations — if you’ve played a Moog, the interface will feel familiar — but it also takes the aesthetic into totally new directions.

The app’s main screen is dominated by a big X-Y pad. It looks very ’70s-analog-esque, sort of like an oscilloscope. Under that is a keyboard. As you key the notes (it’s polyphonic, so you can play more than one note at a time), small, multicolored sprites begin orbiting a node on the X-Y grid. When you drag this node around the grid, the sound modulates. Adding other nodes changes the path of the blippy sprites — they begin to flit around the various nodes, hopping from orbit to orbit like electrons swooshing around the nuclei inside a molecule.

The controls on the right are classic Moog. They dictate the speed and intensity of the filter modulations, and there are delay, detune, overdrive and bitcrusher effects. There’s also a bank of preset configurations. If you stumble on something of your own creation that you really like (which happens often), you can save it as a new preset. You can adjust the keyboard, too — adjust its range, make it glide between notes like a theremin, or change the scale modes to play microtones or Middle-Eastern-sounding things.

This isn’t Moog’s first sound app — there’s also the $8 Filtatron, a miniature oscillator and sample-tweaker — but it is the company’s first attempt at building an entirely iPad-based instrument.

“The obvious thing we could have done was to emulate Moog synthesizers,” Moog Music chief engineer Cyril Lance tells me, “but we decided instead to focus on the technology of the iPad and create a new musical instrument that fully embraced the iPad’s touch interface and rich graphics.”

Lance says it was important to his team that they create something equally capable of being both static, one-dimensional and very musical, as well as multi-dimensional and really wild. Here, they’ve succeeded — setting the orbits to a very slow pulse around a single node creates very pure, bell-like tones that have a dreamy quality. Add complexities to the orbit, twist a few knobs, and you’re headed straight toward Ursa Major at full warp speed.

There are dozens of presets to play with, from percussive sounds to soothing string sounds to ominous drones. I tried dialing up some of my own creations and spent a few hours plucking out pleasant, meditative melodies. But I spent an equal amount of time serving up some deliciously flavorful facemelts with extra hot sauce.

All this space cadet talk — orbits, travel, cosmic vibrations — is a conscious part of the design, Lance says.

“The inspiration came from working with the vast soundscapes of modular synths, where the only limitation is how many arms you have to play the keys, move the knobs and patch cables,” he says. Stretching those limits required building a new language.

“The X-Y pad creates a different paradigm of traveling visually through a sonic universe with orbiting voices that live, breathe, and evolve as they’re played. Animoog also allows you to configure that universe.”

WIRED A varied instrument capable of both subtle and wild sounds. Excellent sound quality. Plenty of presets to explore. Hours of fun, even if you’re not very musical. This is what the iPad was made for. On sale for $1 — which is a steal, people — for a limited time.

TIRED Advanced features are quite complex, and you’ll need to RTFM. Keys are tiny — you can make them bigger, but that reduces the range of notes. And you thought it was tough to wrestle the iPad away from the kids before.

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