Name that synth [resolved]


#1

Hi all,

Hope you’re good!

I have a stylised picture of a synth at home (not sure which one) but it is on the desk on a photo from the Ableton website (below) can any of you kind people tell me what it is?

Cheers in advance


#2

Realistic MG-1 from Radio Shack. Built by Moog, as it happens.


#3

Thanks very much - I thought it had a Moogy look to it!

Similar styling to the Grandmother


#4

I’m sure the similarity is intentional. The Grandmother’s side panels are very similar to those on the MG-1 and the ones used on the similar Rogue (my first “proper” synth back in 1981).


#5

Hey I had one of those! Sounded surprisingly good too.


#6

Indeed it did. I like the sound of that era of Moog quite a lot. I used to dream of getting an MG-1. I still have the ‘guts’ of one of my old Rogues from which I plan to eventually build a module for my 5U modular system. The MG-1 had a leg up on the Rogue, though, as it was capable of divide-down ‘polyphony’. Neat synth, really, and still not too expensive on the secondhand market.


#7

I had that and the CS-01 at the same time, another “consumer-grade” synth that was quite useful.


#8

Yeah! With a breath controller input, too! Underappreciated, that one.


#9

Another cool tidbit about the MG-1 is that Paul T. Schreiber, who currently manufactures ultra high-quality Eurorack modules as Synthesis Technology, was largely involved in its design. It’s a very unique (and a bit odd) Moog synth with its strange polyphony and ‘home-market’ qualities.


#10

Indeed! He was one of the first guys to put modular systems back on the map with his MOTM kits and modules. I have a couple of modules that i need to convert from MOTM format to MU. Neat (and very, very high quality) modules!


#11

Oh yeah, damn - he made the MOTM format too.
Quite an interesting fellow to say the least, I highly recommend watching this interview

And to stay (slightly more) on topic, here is a really nice and cute demo of the MG-1:


#12

That MG-1 demo is fantastic. I’d not seen that before!


#13

Mr. Schreiber is one of my favorite “characters” of the synth world. His interviews on Darwin Grosse’s podcasts are great. Schreiber’s got a great sense of humor and his anecdotes about his long experience with synth and computer manufacturing and design are interesting.


#14

Its interesting to see some of what youre up to and enjoy your synth expertise here as well - when i started getting into music yours was one of the first names i knew, as i read stuff you did designing synth patches and such!


#15

Thanks, that’s really nice of you to post!


#16

No, thank you!