Five modern synthesizers - one amazing company
PATCH & TWEAK with Moog is half creative inspiration and half loving celebration. Dive deep into the possibilities of five Moog semi-modular synthesizers, while celebrating all things Moog.
PATCH & TWEAK with Moog is a practical guided tour and learning resource for Moog’s five semi-modular instruments the Mother-32, DFAM, Subharmonicon, Grandmother, and Matriarch. Clear tutorials and inspiring example patches cover each of these Moog instruments in detail – then combine them with one another and with third-party synthesizer modules to expand their power.
The book also celebrates the storied history of Moog Music and its founder, Dr. Robert A. “Bob” Moog. It features 30 interviews with artists and past and current Moog designers, and is rounded out with a biography of Bob Moog, a look at Moog Music today, and a comprehensive Moog product timeline. Between its inspiring stories and tempting musical recipes, PATCH & TWEAK with Moog is a must-have for new and experienced synthesists and other Moog fans.
Discover secrets and tips from artists
Over 60 years of invention, innovation, and inspiration have placed Moog synthesizers in the hands of millions of artists – a Who’s Who of amazing musicians in every genre of music, giants of decades past, and hot young players alike. Get ready to get your Moog on with Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), soundtrack composer Mark Isham, synth legend Suzanne Ciani, modular master Hideki Matsutake (YMO), and Stranger Things composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, as well as artists like Hannes Bieger, King Britt, Daedalus, Danz, Drum & Lace, Bana Haffar, Lightbath, LP Giobbi, MACK, Daniel Miller, mini bear, Mylar Melodies, Noir Et Blanc Vie, Sarah Schachner, Synth Witch, Therminal C, We Are KING, Woo York, and Adrian Younge.
Moog the man and Moog the company
Engineer, educator, and inspiration to many, Robert Moog carried his creative fire from theremins built in his parents’ home to synthesizers that redefined modern music, becoming a household name in the process. We bring you an exclusive retrospective of Bob Moog’s life, as well as an interview with Herb Deutsch, the man who helped Bob Moog design the first Moog Modular. The book concludes with an extraordinary 66-year illustrated timeline of Moog products and a look at Moog Music today, and multiple interviews honor employees past and present who carry Bob’s vision forward.
Inspiration in an instant
The beauty of semi-modular synthesizers is that you can start playing them right away, but with a few patch cables and some inspiration, you can take them so much further. PATCH & TWEAK With Moog ground you in the basics of synthesis, control voltage, and audio patching, then carries these concepts into practical use on each of the five Moog synths. From there, you’ll learn how to further expand your world by connecting them to one another, and even combining them with external synthesizer modules and other gear.
Five Moogs and every one’s a star
PATCH & TWEAK With Moog gives equal time to all five of the Moog semi-modulars. Learn about the Mother-32’s sequencing capabilities, the DFAM’s rhythmic tricks, the Subharmonicon’s interwoven textures, the Grandmother’s performance-oriented flexibility, and the sheer paraphonic power of the Matriarch. Dedicated tips and sample patches for each instrument make sure nobody gets left out… but be careful! By the end of the book, no matter which Moogs you started out with, you’re going to want all five!
Interviews you can use
Artist interviews can be fun to read, but do they ever teach you anything you can use? In PATCH & TWEAK With Moog, they do! Nearly every interview takes time to discuss how these artists use the very synthesizers featured in this book. You’ll get ideas, inspiration, and tons of specially-created patch ideas for the five Moog semi-modulars, all from the people who rule the music world with them.
The bjooks team
PATCH & TWEAK with Moog is written by Kim Bjørn with the full cooperation and assistance of Moog Music. It features contributions from Alex Maiolo and Mike Metlay and is edited by Mike Metlay and Diana Smethurst.