Sunday, October 12, 2014

Moog Modular System I, II and III "Setting Up Your Moog Synthesizer" installation and operation guide, 1970

Moog Modular System I, II and III "Setting Up Your Moog Synthesizer - A Guide to Installation and Operation of Synthesizers I, II and II" 16-page installation and operations manual, 1970.

Also available as PDF (4MB).

According to the InterWebz, today is the 50th Anniversary of the Moog Modular. To help celebrate in my own little way, I thought I would scan my 16-page installation and operations manual. I've seen bits and pieces of this document everywhere, but I haven't come across the whole thing. It probably does exist. But just... in... case... here it is.

Moog Music has posted a special 50th Anniversary video for this occasion. I highly recommend watching it, even if just for the GAS factor. But you are bound to learn a thing or two as well.

One of the most informative parts of the video for me is an explanation to the possible "why" of Moog's choice of the "S" trigger. The video goes into it around the 8:45 mark, comparing it to the short found in the electronics of a door-bell button. Aaaaaaaah. That does kinda make sense.

If you are really in "the moog" for more Moogy goodness, check out a few other juicy Moog Modular pieces from the blog, including System 15, 35 and 55 multi-page brochures...

...and several later module brochures I recently posted. 

You'll notice this installation and operations document is looking a little... well... old, and I often get asked why I don't "clean up" my scans. One reason is... not gonna lie... laziness. But it's also about capturing the time period. This document is over 40 years old, and I like the look, feel and smell of it.


Maybe. :)

Happy 50th, Moog Modular. You make me happy.