User guide • Read online or download PDF • Moog Music Animoog for iPhone User Manual • Moog Music Musical Instruments. The new Anisotropic Synthesis Engine (ASE) is the heart of Animoog. It is a dynamic waveform animator comprised of an X/Y grid with 8 TIMBRES containing Have fun exploring Animoog; Play with the controls and try to find out what they do; Wanna get to the next level? Read the manual. Yeah, rare are the ones who.

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Richard Lainhart on Nov 27, in Review 2 comments. On October 17,Moog Music released Animooga music app described as “the first professional polyphonic synthesizer designed exclusively for the iPad”.

Whether or not Animoog is in fact the first professional iPad synth anijoog arguable and that statement certainly has been argued about since the releasebut any new music technology from Moog is worth taking a look at. In xnimoog review, that’s just what we’ll do. Triggering the keyboard produces one or more tones I’m using the Afterbuzz animogo here: Playing this preset reveals that the keyboard along the bottom, styled after the touchplate keyboards found in some early modular synths, lets you slide from note to note and add a manual vibrato to the tones, somewhat like the Haken Continuumas well as slide along the length of the key to add another level of expression.

The keyboard is polyphonic, with individual finger control over each note. In animoogg example, still using the Afterbuzz preset, I’m playing a low drone and improvising over it, gliding between the notes in a very organic and expressive way:.

You can also hear the notes getting brighter as I slide my finger along the length of each key on the Y axiswhich in this case opens and closes a filter.

This expressivity makes Animoog a joy to play, and you can spend hours just improvising with the more than 60 preset sounds available.

They all take advantage of this two-dimensional keyboard in different ways. And you’re not limited to just this one exotic scale: Dragging the handles of the green bar directly above the keyboard lets you change the overall range of the keyboard and the number of notes displayed. But there’s much more to Animoog than just the presets, as you’ll see when you dig under the hood a bit.

Anisotropy means “being directionally dependent” wood, for example, is anisotropic mnual that it’s easier to split along the grain than against the grain. In this case, it refers to the main way Animoog generates timbres.


Unlike the standard analog subtractive synth model, where you start with a basic static oscillator, then filter it, modulate its amplitude, and so on, Animoog generates its basic timbres by starting with wavetables, essentially short samples of synthesizer sounds, which may be static anmioog changing internally.

Moog calls these Timbres. These Timbres are then stacked in groups to make a grid of different tonalities you can navigate through, either manually animooy automatically, to mmanual complex tone color changes over time.

Tapping a Timbre previews it, tap one on the left to select it, then tap one on the right to load it into the selected slot. Referring back to Figure 2 above, the bright green spot in the grid called the voice location corresponds to maunal currently active Timbre. If I manually drag that green voice location spot around in the grid while playing, you’ll hear the sound smoothly morph from one Timbre to another, depending on the position of the spot:.

Dragging in the X and Y axes together both morphs and slides. It’s a wonderfully interactive way to create complex changing timbres.

The real strength of naimoog ASE however, comes when you automate the changing timbres, which is where the “directionally dependent” part of the engine makes an appearance. You can drag the voice location dot in the grid to offset this Timbre path to a different location ani,oog the grid, and your notes will still follow the path, but through a different group of Timbres. You can also edit the path points by selecting the PATH module on the right tap the arrows at the top of the lefthand module grouptapping the Edit button, and then dragging individual points to new locations.

Tapping animpog the grid lets you mannual new points to the path. The MODE control tells the note to loop along the path, to ping-pong, or travel once and stop. You can have paths of up to 15 points, so quite complex shapes are possible. It’s all something animooy the various Vector Synthesis technologies found in certain keyboard synths of the 80s and 90s, and it’s a very powerful technique for generating organic shifting timbres that really can’t be created any other way.

Moog is to be applauded for incorporating this synthesis technology in an iPad-level synth, and giving it such a friendly and easy-to-use anmoog interface. Beyond the complexities of the Timbre Grid, Moog has also included some more familiar synthesis features: You change the envelope shapes by dragging the breakpoints in the envelope curves.

These can be a little hard to grab at this size, so in a nice touch, Moog lets you zoom an envelope to the full window size by double-tapping it:. Animoog isn’t multi-timbral however, and only responds to one MIDI channel at a time, so you can only play one sound at a time.


External keyboard splits, for example, aren’t possible. Beyond that, Animoog includes modules for Orbit, which lets your note “comet” spin around its ahimoog as it follows the path, for even more complexity in timbral morphing.

The Delay module provides a standard digital delay with Time, Feedback, and Mix controls, and the Record module lets you record short sections of your playing, then loop and overdub them. Record also lets you Copy and Paste your recordings into other apps that support AudioCopy janual AudioPaste, and you can use iTunes to extract your recordings for use outside the iPad.

That’s how I recorded the examples in this review. I mentioned Animoog’s release date above for a reason: Not such an incredible deal, but still a good price for such a worthwhile music app. Animoog is one of the most powerful music performance apps currently available, and one that turns the iPad into a genuinely expressive and creative synthesis platform.

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A NonLinear Educating Company. Moog releasing Animoog for iPad has created a lot of buzz amongst iPad-wielding musicians. Richard Lainhart delves in deeply, as only experienced synthesists can, to discover how special this app is.

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Hey Richard, Thanks ainmoog this very detailed, in depth review. I first spotted Animoog for iPad a while back, and have been holding off because I could see I’d be spending a lot of time playing, experimenting, and learning. This article will help greatly with this process. Your sound examples are very expressively played, by the way. One could say that the app is expressive, but it takes a musically expressive person to bring that out of the app.

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Thanks, Adam, for your kind words – I’m glad you found the review useful. Animoog is a wonderful app, as I mentioned, and I think you’ll have a lot of fun exploring it. Want to join the discussion? Categories News Reviews Tutorials Interviews.