The Bob Moog Foundation ignites the innovator in us all through exposure to interactive educational experiences that draw from Dr. Bob Moog’s legacy of groundbreaking work at the intersection of music, science, and imagination.
The Bob Moog Foundation
The Bob Moog Foundation provides hands-on opportunities for children and adults to explore the science of sound through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool and the preservation of Bob Moog’s archives and musical inventions, which will converge in a future interactive museum, or The Moogseum, online and in Asheville, NC.
A large portion of the proceeds of these tutorials go to support their work!
Marc Doty the foundation’s Archive and Educational Specialist employs his knowledge of the history of electronic music, his understanding of synthesis and the physics of sound, and his love for the work and history of Bob Moog in order to further the legacy of that great innovator and musical instrument designer.
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See how Control Voltages changed the world of electronic music and synthesis...
The Foundation Of Synthesis 105
The VCA & Other Tools
Learn all about VCAs, Ring Modulation and lots of other advanced synthesis tools in this fifth course from The Foundation Of Synthesis series created exclusively for us by The Bob Moog Foundation...
The Foundation Of Synthesis 106
Learn all about designing lead, bass and some just plain nasty sounds on very exotic hardware in this synthesis course by Marc Doty of The Bob Moog Foundation...
The Foundation Of Synthesis 101
The Synthesis Of Synthesis
Learn The Foundation of Synthesis from synth master Marc Doty and support the educational activities of the Bob Moog Foundation all at the same time...
The Foundation Of Synthesis 103
Learn all about Filters from synthesist Marc Doty and support the educational activities of the Bob Moog Foundation all at the same time...
The Foundation Of Synthesis 102
Learn all about Oscillators and sound generation from synthesist Marc Doty and support the educational activities of the Bob Moog Foundation all at the same time...
Lyford Rome wrote on November 27, 2018
Engaging and concise, Marc Doty provides an abbreviated overview of the many concepts involved in musical synthesis.
Lamentably (and perhaps due to copyright constraints?), we hear interesting stories about the earliest instruments, but never actually hear the historical instruments themselves! The learner is left to search for examples on their own....
I appreciated his shout out to Daphne Oram and the BBC radiophonic workshop in the timeline at the end, as well as the explanation of the different composers using electronic synthesis before its popularity in rock music.
I learned something new, and am off to search for recordings of the Novachord.
Simon Jones wrote on November 11, 2018
I've tried to learn this subject a lot of times with limited success.
By watching this I now understand it.
If you want to learn about sound and synthesis then this is the course.
Bart W. wrote on December 7, 2016
Fascinating crash course on the history of synthesizers! Not to mention, sound and how it's generated, transferred and translated, broken down and explained in a way I've never before understood! Excellent course!
G Crook wrote on July 26, 2016
Outstanding review of wave synthesis. It's great to be shown where this all came from and why.
Now I can actually understand what knob I'm tweaking and why! thanks!
Simon wrote on May 12, 2015
Great introductory overview with some neat tips. The volume balance between the voiceover and the synth in some videos could be a little better though - I found myself continually turning the volume up and down to avoid blasting my housemates with piercing tones!
Doubleshot wrote on April 30, 2015
A very solid overview on the history of synthesizers, as well as how sound works, and a brief brush on the different components and types of synthesis. As someone who has some experience with synthesizers, some of the information was a little redundant to me, but all in all, it is well worth the time to watch.
Brock wrote on April 24, 2015
I am glad that the first MPV course on synthesis covers creating music electronically. The historical timeline of synthesis machine progress is good information to understand. I feel like knowing the basics of synthesis is as fundamental to my role as a music producer as knowing music theory. Looking forward to the more advanced synthesis courses!
JRS wrote on April 16, 2015
This is a fantastic work, more than a tutorial this presentation is a great compendium of technological break thru creations and amazing inventors that shape the history of electronic instruments.
n4Sphere wrote on March 24, 2015
This is the last video of the moog series and this video is one of the better ones.
Bottom line: it is okey. I expected something different with a little bit more education, not just explaining how the synth works. But on the other hand it is cool to see these old beauties in action.
n4Sphere wrote on March 23, 2015
So far the first video i really like from this video series. Good explanation of Portamento and Glissando. The touchpad is a super cool feature from the Voyager and explained quite nice :)