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Moog 16 Channel Vocoder

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Reproduction of the legendary vocoder derived from the original vintage schematic.

Originally introduced in 1978, the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder has been used to transmute vocals, transform synthesizers and electronically encode sound for over 40 years. The Moog factory in Asheville, NC has resumed production of the highly sought-after instrument. Derived from the original vintage schematic, the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder’s analog voice circuits are hand-soldered to preserve that classic late-’70s sound. Updated mechanical connectors and a modern power supply improve reliability and long-term serviceability. However, they’ve ensured that the analog soul of this instrument—and its unique character and idiosyncrasies—remains unchanged.

The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder is a powerful tool for analog sound design, crafted to provide a lifetime of sonic experimentation and creative inspiration. The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder continuously analyzes the timbral characteristics of one sound (Program) and impresses these characteristics upon a second signal (Carrier). Use the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder to dial in beautiful choral accompaniments, expressive melodic voicings and lush analog articulations.

16 Bands

The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder offers 16 patchable bands ranging from 50–5,080 Hz. These frequencies are optimal for encoding the fundamental spectral characteristics of the human voice. A selectable DIRECT mode passes an additional high-frequency channel (above 5,080 Hz) to the vocoder output for a greater degree of vocal intelligibility. While traditionally associated with vocal effects, the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder’s ultra-fast response time also makes it useful for capturing the fast transients of percussive sounds.

Sample & Hold

When you articulate a sound and press the Sample/Hold switch, the tonal characteristics of that sound will be held until the switch is returned to the out position. This function is particularly useful in creating sustained vocal phrases without pausing for breath. This feature can be controlled via remote footswitch.

External Patch

Use the included patch cables to interconnect the 16 Channel Vocoder with other analog gear. Or, create unusual cross patches, allowing you to select any frequency range of the Program. Then impose those characteristics on any frequency range of the Carrier.

Hiss, Buzz and Balance

Footswitch Operation
Via footswitch, you can remotely control the Sample/Hold, External Patch and effect Status parameters for live performance.

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16 Channel Vocoder Specifications:

  • Processor Type: Vocoder
  • Analog/Digital: Analog
  • Number of Channels: 16
  • Form: Desktop and Rackmountable
  • Effects: Vocoder with Sample/Hold, External Patch, Hiss & Buzz
  • Analog Inputs: x1 Carrier Audio, x1 Program Audio, x16 Filter Band CV, x3 Footswitchable (Sample/Hold, Patch Select, Bypass)
  • Analog Outputs: x1 Main Output Audio, 16x Filter Band CV
  • Power Source: External power supply, 120/240 VAC input, 12VDC @ 3A output
  • Power Usage: 16W at 12VDC
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 17.34", 15.31", 7"
  • Weight: ~17.5lbs

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