MOOG Siren: The $599 analog messenger of joy!

On the heels of releasing their most expensive keyboard synthesizer  in a long time (possibly ever), the Moog One, Moog Music has just released word about a new, compact synth in the exact shape, size and layout of the Moog Minitaur.

With only 2,500 units being made, Sirin was created in celebration of the “Moog house of Electronicus Pop-up” experience and will only be available for a limited time as they stated there will be no more made…ever!

The Sirin appears to be an update to the Minitaur which Moog implies by stating:

Based on the legendary Moog Taurus sound engine, and presented in the familiar compact form of the Moog Minitaur–Sirin is the first instrument in Moog’s Taurus family of bass synthesizers designed to generate pitches far above above middle C, with an extended frequency range that reaches notes up to D8.”   

                                                                 

Owners of the Minitaur will remember the same “based on the legendary Moog Taurus sound engine” sales pitch that excited so many, including myself.  I still very much love the deep bass sounds I get out of my Minitaur.  Unfortunately, despite a fair amount of criticism and years of shoddy programming in regards to the software/PC side, the Sirin will also need to be connected to a PC/Mac and used in tandem with an editor to engage several of it’s “under the hood” functions as Moog has previously called them.  To be fair, over the years they have released firmware updates for the Minitaur that have enabled some “shift” style shortcuts to the hardware interface that really help a lot despite being a little confusing at times.  I personally busted out some sticker-printer paper and meticulously labeled every one of those shortcuts on the Minitaurs face which greatly improved the workflow.  However, there are still a few functions that will require the editor on the Minitaur and undoubtedly will be the same for the Sirin.

I will be interested to hear some more demos and to see how the Sirin differs from the Minitaur (besides the upper register of tones) and decide if I actually need one.  I will also continue to hope (and write to Amos Gaynes, the head engineer on the Minitaur project) for the Minitaur XL, which will include a LCD screen and negate the need for the editor.  Please let Moog know if you agree and hopefully one day it will arrive.

Features:

  • Brushed Stainless Steel Chassismoog logo
  • Free Editor/Librarian in Standalone and Plugin modes
  • Moog Taurus Ladder Filter (20Hz – 20 kHz)
  • “Under the Hood” functionality for extended capabilities.

 

Specs:

  • Analog Sound Engine
  • 128 Presets
  • Monophonic, Dual Oscillator (Saw and Square Waveforms)
  • Note Range:  E0 – D8
  • VCO 2 Frequency Range: +/- Semitones
  • Hard Sync: On/Off
  • Glide:  Selectable LCR, LCT, EXP – Legato On / Off
  • Filter:  20Hz – 20KHz Ladder Filter
  • LFO Mod Waveforms: Triangle, Square, Saw, Ramp, Sample & Hold, and Filter EG
  • Mod Destinations:  Oscillator Pitch, Oscillator 2 Pitch only, and Filter Cutoff
  • Envelopes:  2x ADSR Envelopes w/ Legato On, Legato Off, and EG Reset
  • 1/4″ TS Audio Input/Output
  • 1/8″ TRS Headphone Output
  • MIDI I/O:  DIN In, and MIDI I/O over USB
  • CV to MIDI Conversion
  • Dimensions:  3.1”H x 8.6”W x 5.2”D
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs
  • Includes Power Supply (100-250VAC, 50-60Hz, +12VDC)
  • PRICE:  $599

Until then, please enjoy the video below demonstrating some of the beautiful sounds the Sirin is capable of making.

VIDEO – Moog Siren (Moog Music Inc.)

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