Moog Multimoog

Moog Multimoog synthesizer
Moog Multimoog

Should I be embarassed to admit I had never heard of the Multimoog until this one showed up on our doorstep? The Multimoog was a Moog monosynth made between 1978 and 1981 and I’m not sure I understand how it was intended to fit into the Moog product line, or what is “multi” about it. 

A contemporary of the Prodigy, it looks cheaper, with the one-piece plastic body of synths like the Sequential Pro One, but has a lot more modulation routing options for making strange noises, and a little pitch-bending ribbon controller. Perhaps it was intended as an alternative to the Prodigy for weirdos. Like the Prodigy and other “budget Moogs” like the Rogue, MG-1, and its 1-oscillator little brother the Micromoog, it offers AR only, not ADSR, for its envelope.

It has a full Pratt-Read keyboard assembly which was clackety and in need of new bushings, and also thoughtfully offers these easy-access removable panels underneath to make adjusting the key contacts easier. “How clever and thoughtful of Moog to do that,” I thought, before realizing that this amounted to an acknowledgement on their part of how unreliable this whole system is.

Multimoog key contacts as seen through the "trapdoor"
Multimoog key contacts as seen through the “trapdoor”

Work Done: reflowed all pin and wire connectors as this suffered from the same kinds of cold-solder-joint intermittent problems as all of its Moog contemporaries. The physical construction inside is kind of clumsy, involving a surprisingly large metal pole and an absurd number of staples. New electrolytic capacitors and rectifier diodes for the power supply, cleaned controls, rebuilt Pratt-Read keyboard, tuned and calibrated.

3 thoughts on “Moog Multimoog”

  1. I owned a Multimoog in the 1980’s. It was my first multi-oscillator synth and I loved the sound and the feel/weight of the keys also. I also loved the pitch ribbon because its design gave it a little different use and versatility than a wheel. With this synth I was able to come close to emulating the famous “Fuzz Guitar 1” patch from the ARP Pro Soloist/Pro DGX which to me was a very difficult sound to emulate. Even Tony Banks was unable to emulate it well once he abandoned his Pro Soloist in later years.

  2. Hi Alison. Very much enjoying reading through your restoration comments on this vintage gear.

    Not sure why the “Multi” name was chosen exactly but likely something to do with being sized number of occilators between the Micro-Moog and the Mini-Moog. So, a need to have a two syllable word starting with M. I think!

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