English electronic pop icon Gary Numan signs Moog Synth to help music education nonprofit, The Bob Moog Foundation

eNewsChannels: music educationASHEVILLE, N.C. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: The Bob Moog Foundation is proud to announce a raffle for a vintage Minimoog synthesizer, signed by English electronic pop music icon Gary Numan. The raffle runs from November 20, 2013 through December 31, 2013. This raffle is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; a chance to own the most sought-after vintage synthesizer of all time.

Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. Only 1200 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased on the Foundation’s online store.

The Minimoog(R), created in 1970 by R.A. Moog Inc., is a portable synthesizer that featured the most often used aspects of the Moog modular synthesizers — simplified and repackaged for use by musicians who sought basic electronic sounds in a more expressive and portable package. This compact synthesizer, with its functional design and great sound, caused a musical instrument revolution which left no genre of music untouched by synthesis. Even today, despite amazing advancements in technology and 43 years of synthesizer production from many companies, many keyboard players consider the Minimoog to be the best synthesizer ever made.\

Gary Numan, best known for his hits “Are ‘Friends’ Electric” (as Tubeway Army) and “Cars,” and now enjoying a resurgence in his career, performed at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in October of 2013 and signed the synthesizer while visiting backstage with the Bob Moog Foundation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance not only to own a vintage Minimoog, but to own what might be the only Minimoog ever signed by Gary Numan.

The Minimoog being offered, serial number 4245, has been modified by Rich Walborn, former Chief Engineer at Moog Music, Inc. (Buffalo), with the following:

* Roland MIDI to CV conversion modifications: The Minimoog has been modified to integrate with a Roland MIDI to CV converter which allows features such as aftertouch to affect the sound production of the synthesizer.

* Second Oscillator Sync: The 2nd oscillator’s waveform can be forced to restart with the first oscillator’s waveform, causing the desirable effect called “sync.”

* CV and Gate Out jacks: This Minimoog, unlike a stock Minimoog, or even a Voyager, can control other synthesizers via CV, allowing you to play them with the Minimoog’s keyboard

* Bend: the ability to change the range of the pitch wheel has been vastly augmented

This raffle is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; a chance to own the most sought-after vintage synthesizer of all time for a mere $20; a chance to have what might be the only Minimoog ever signed by popular electronic music icon Gary Numan; a chance to have a synthesizer modified by Moog engineer-to-the-stars, Rich Walborn; but most of all, the opportunity to support Bob Moog’s legacy by supporting the educational work of the Bob Moog Foundation.

More information about the raffle can be found at http://www.bobmoogfoundation.org/ .

Tickets can be purchased directly at: http://bit.ly/I4QTd8 (shortlink to BMF Store page).

The Bob Moog Foundation ( www.bobmoogfoundation.org ) honors the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog through its mission of igniting creativity at the intersection of music, history, science, and innovation. Its projects include Dr. Bob’s Sound School, a nine-week curriculum teaching the science of sound through the magic of music, the Archive Preservation Initiative, an effort to preserve and protect an extensive and historic collection of archival materials that help tell the history of electronic music genre, and a future museum where the first two initiatives will converge. The Bob Moog Foundation is an independent, donor-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with Moog Music, Inc.

Minimoog(R) is a registered trademark of Moog Music, Inc. The Bob Moog Foundation is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting the legacy of Dr. Bob Moog, and is not affiliated with the companies referenced above.

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