Robert Moog's Prototype Synthesizer, 1964-1965

Summary

This prototype synthesizer--a collaboration between engineer Robert Moog and composer Herbert Deutsch--is a musical icon. Synthesizers create unique electronically-produced sounds. Moog's solid-state synthesizer was musically superior and much more portable than earlier vacuum tube-based systems. In 1968, the album “Switched-On Bach" introduced the Moog synthesizer to a wider audience. Synthesizers quickly became a mainstay of popular music.

This prototype synthesizer--a collaboration between engineer Robert Moog and composer Herbert Deutsch--is a musical icon. Synthesizers create unique electronically-produced sounds. Moog's solid-state synthesizer was musically superior and much more portable than earlier vacuum tube-based systems. In 1968, the album “Switched-On Bach" introduced the Moog synthesizer to a wider audience. Synthesizers quickly became a mainstay of popular music.

Artifact

Synthesizer

Date Made

1964-1965

Creators

R. A. Moog Company 

Place of Creation

United States 

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Moogseum

Object ID

82.68.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Wood (Plant Material)

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 8.25 in  (keyboard)

Width: 36.75 in  (keyboard)

Length: 21 in  (keyboard)

Height: 19 in  (generator / amp)

Width: 10 in  (generator / amp)

Length: 7 in  (generator / amp)

Height: 19 in  (power supply)

Width: 10.125 in  (power supply)

Length: 10 in  (power supply)

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