16 Channel Analog Vocoder
After more than 40 years, Moog Music has resumed production of the highly sought-after Moog 16 Channel Vocoder. The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder, originally introduced in 1978 (and heard most famously on the title track of Giorgio Moroder’s E=MC2), has been used to transmute vocals, transform synthesizers, and electronically encode sound for decades. With the instrument’s reintroduction, Moog Music has gone to great lengths to ensure that this distinct electronic voice carries on. Derived from the original vintage schematic, the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder’s analog voice circuits are hand-soldered at the Moog Factory in Asheville, North Carolina to preserve the original instrument’s classic sound. Updated mechanical connectors and a modern power supply improve reliability and long-term serviceability while ensuring that the analog soul of this instrument—and its unique character and idiosyncrasies—remains unchanged.
The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder offers 16 patchable bands ranging from 50 to 5,080 Hz for optimal encoding of the fundamental spectral characteristics of the human voice. In addition, a selectable DIRECT mode passes an additional high frequency channel (above 5,080 Hz) to the vocoder output for a greater degree of vocal intelligibility. While traditionally associated with vocal effects, the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder’s ultra fast response time makes it additionally useful for capturing the fast transients of percussive sounds. When you articulate a sound and press the Sample/Hold switch, the tonal characteristics of that sound will be held until the switch is returned to the out position. This function is particularly useful in creating sustained vocal phrases without pausing for breath and can be controlled via remote footswitch. Use the included patch cords to interconnect this powerful vocoder with other analog gear, or create unusual “cross patches,” allowing you to select any frequency range of the Program and impose those characteristics upon any frequency range of the Carrier. Selectable Hiss (sibilance), Buzz (plosive), and Balance controls allow you to fine tune the fundamental details of your electronic voice.
Updated mechanical connectors and a modern power supply improve reliability and long-term serviceability while ensuring that the analog soul of this instrument—and its unique character and idiosyncrasies—remains unchanged. Use the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder to dial in beautiful choral accompaniments, expressive melodic voicings, and lush analog articulations. A powerful tool for analog sound design, this instrument is crafted to provide a lifetime of sonic experimentation and creative inspiration.
• ANALOG INPUTS: x1 Carrier Audio, x1 Program Audio, x16 Filter Band CV, x3 Footswitchable (Sample/Hold, Patch Select, Bypass)
• ANALOG OUTPUTS: x1 Main Output Audio, 16x Filter Band CV
• Desktop & Rackmountable
• Dimensions: W 17.34" x D 15.31" x H 7"
• Weight: 18 lbs
• External power supply, 120/240 VAC input, 12VDC @ 3A output
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