Moog’s Sound Studio bundles are modular synth starter kits
We have already discussed how modular synthesis has something of a moment. But, the barrier to entry is relatively high. Affordable hardware often lacks musicality, and even if you choose something like Moog’s semi-modular Sub-harmonic, your setup may still seem incomplete. There are all kinds of accessories like mixers and cables that you need. Plus, part of the modular appeal is connecting different devices together to see how you can push the boundaries of a particular instrument.
Moog’s new Sound Studio bundles can’t solve the cost associated with modular, but they do give you everything you need to start your synthesizer adventure. There are two options to choose from, but the core of each is the same. They combine a semi-modular melodic synth – either the Mother-32 or the Subharmonicon – with the semi-modular percussion synthesizer the DFAM, then flesh out the set with a two-tier stand, patch cables, cable organizer, mixer and power hub, plus a patch book, teaching materials, games and even adorable cardboard cutouts.
The point here is to give someone everything they need to start their journey to synthesis. Now they are not cheap. The Mother-32 package is $ 1399 and the Subharmonicon package is $ 1449. So it’s not really for someone starting their musical journey (unless they have a lot of disposable income). Instead, they’re better suited for avid amateur musicians who want modular synthesis to be the next chapter in their adventure.
To celebrate the Sound Studio packs, Moog is also releasing a new 7 song EP, called Explorations in analog synthesis which features contributions from Julianna Barwick, Ela Minus and Dan Deacon. The EP is available for free on Soundcloud.
Moog’s Sound Studio bundles are now available from regular Moog resellers.