February 4, 2020
“Used to transmute vocals, transform synthesizers, and electronically encode sound for decades.”
Moog is bringing back its Moog 16 Channel Vocoder this year.
Making its debut in the 1930s, “Bell Labs introduced the technology as a telecommunications device that could deconstruct the most fundamental elements of human speech and then reconstruct a new electronically synthesized voice,” shares Moog.
“During WWII, the US military used this advancement to electronically encode classified audio messages that could be reconstituted on the receiving end.”
The instrument later became used in music, television, film and video games, by artists including Giorgio Moroder, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Dre and Kraftwerk.
Moog 16 Channel Vocoder features 16 patchable bands ranging from 50-5,080 Hz, a sample/hold switch, external patch cords, selectable hiss (sibilance), buzz (plosive), and balance control, as well as footswitch operation.
Available for £3831 / $4999, head here for more info in advance of its release later this year.