Workshop Details: Moog

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Mike Szczys 10/30/2014 at 16:053 Comments

Meet the Moog Werkstatt. This hackable analog synthesizer is the centerpiece of the Moog workshop. Moog have kindly offered to loan us 10 units for the day which we'll be able to hack on, learn a bit about how audio waveforms are produced, and alter the output by connecting your own circuits. Get ahead of the game by looking at some of the Moog tutorials.

If you do not have a workshop ticket:

Bring your own synthesizer along, or build one using your favorite microcontroller.

If you're just getting started with embedded, grab an Arduino board and bring it with you. There are already numerous examples of how to make synths using the popular platform.

Those who have more experience with embedded, we'd love to see you working on some homebrew chiptunes hardware!

For those that already have Moog Workshop tickets:

There will be a variety of hardware provided for you to prototype with on the day, here's a list of some of the things we will have available that have been kindly provided by the Moog workshop sponsor Mouser:

Of course we'll also have a random selection of resistors, capacitors and other basic components like logic level shifters.

In addition to the Moog itself we will have Teensy 3.1 boards on hand to interface with the synthesizer. This board can be programmed using the Teensyduino framework: We will also be providing a number of the Teensy Audio Adapters to make it easier for you to pull in and push out audio.

We will also be providing some Arduino Uno's, along with the excellent Analog Shield from Digilent giving you 4 full 16bit ADC and DAC's controllable from your Arduino IDE. So you might want to checkout the library and demo code for that.

Things you should bring

We can't provide everything, while we're trying to get most things you'll need for the day, additional things you might want to bring with you include:

Examples of previous hacks

There just aren't that many examples of interfacing a microcontroller with the Moog. Let's change that with this workshop. Start researching the Moog and any hacks you'd like to perform using the hardware. Here are some examples to get you started:

Noise Generator:

This one is demonstrated by the Moog crew themselves:

Spoofing the keyboard:

The Teensy 3.1 can be used to emulate key presses on the Moog allowing you to script the playback of notes so that both of your hands are then free to manipulate the waveforms during playback. [Peter Churchyard] published an example of this hack:


Jasmine Brackett wrote 11/20/2014 at 15:28 point
Don't forget - if you attended Hackaday Munich and picked up a swag envelope, there was a code for 30% off the store. That means you can get 30% off a Werkstat -

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David Smith wrote 10/31/2014 at 08:48 point
In addition to the microcontroller board, will there be analog components? I'd be more interested in designing some analog audio processing effect. I think we'd need some op amps, resistors, caps... the standard stuff.

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Mike Szczys wrote 10/31/2014 at 13:44 point
Yes, we have a big order coming in from Mouser. I'll try to get more details posted about what is in there.

Feel free to bring your own as well, or to sketch some circuit ideas ahead of time.

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