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Classical Notes: May 23, 2012 Archive

The Well-Tempered Google Synthesizer

Posted at 10:55 AM on May 23, 2012 by ClassicalMPR

Google is helping the world to celebrate what would have been Robert Moog's 78th birthday with a mini-moog, (er, mini-goog) synthesizer.

While we're still getting used to it, we want to get your creative juices flowing, and have you share a composition or two with us!

How to do it:
Google has its own instructions, but here's the short version:

  • You can click the keys, or use your keyboard (your home row is a good place to start).
  • If you're familiar with waveforms, attack/decay/sustain, etc., you should check out this explainer PDF from moogmusic for what the particular knobs/switches do what. Otherwise, just mess around and have fun.

  • When you're ready to record, you can do up to 4 tracks. Record each track by clicking on the VU meter -- it'll light up a little bit, then hitting the Record button. Then click the next VU meter to do the 2nd track... and the 3rd and 4th.

  • You can go back and re-record a track by clicking on the meter again. When you're all done, click the chain link icon and drop it in the comments.

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