Moog 16 Channel Vocoder

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Moog Desktop/Rackmount Vocoder Effects Processor with Updated Mechanical Connectors and Modern Power Supply

The Moog Factory in Asheville, NC has resumed production of the highly sought-after Moog 16 Channel Vocoder, an instrument which continuously analyzes the timbral characteristics of one sound (Program) and impresses these timbral characteristics upon a second signal (Carrier). Originally introduced in 1978 and famously heard on Giorgio Moroder's 'E=MC2,' this model has been used to transmute vocals, transform synthesizers and electronically encode sound for over 40 years.

Moog Music has gone to great lengths to ensure that this distinct electronic voice carries on. Derived from the original vintage schematic, Moog 16 Channel Vocoder's analog voice circuits are hand-soldered at the employee-owned Moog Factory in Asheville, NC to preserve that classic 1978 sound. Updated mechanical connectors and a modern power supply improve reliability and long-term serviceability while ensuring that the analog soul of this instrument – and its unique character and idiosyncrasies – remains unchanged.

Moog 16-Channel Vocoder on counter with microphone connected

16 bands
Moog 16 Channel Vocoder offers 16 patchable bands ranging from 50 to 5,080 Hz for optimal encoding of the fundamental spectral characteristics of the human voice. In addition, 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, Moog 16 Channel Vocoder's ultra fast response time makes it additionally useful for capturing the fast transients of percussive sounds.

detail image of Moog 16-Channel Vocoder panel showing SAMPLE/HOLD control switch

Sample and 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 and can be controlled via remote footswitch.

detail image of Moog 16-Channel Vocoder panel showing SAMPLE/HOLD control switch
detail image of Moog 16-Channel Vocoder panel showing EXTERNAL PATCH control switch

External patch
Use the included patch cords to interconnect this powerful vocoder with other analog gear or create unusual 'cross patches,' allowing you to select any frequency range of the Program and impose those characteristics upon any frequency range of the Carrier.

detail image of Moog 16-Channel Vocoder panel showing BALANCE and MODE CONTROL control knobs

Hiss, buzz and balance
Selectable HISS (sibilance), BUZZ (plosive) and BALANCE controls allow you to fine tune the fundamental details of your electronic voice.

detail image of Moog 16-Channel Vocoder panel showing BALANCE and MODE CONTROL control knobs
detail image of Moog 16-Channel Vocoder rear panel showing PATCH SELECT, SAMPLE HOLD and BYPASS footswitch inputs

Footswitch operation
The SAMPLE/HOLD, EXTERNAL PATCH and effect STATUS parameters may be remotely controlled for live performance via footswitch.

Moog 16-Channel Vocoder with several patch cables connected

Use Moog 16 Channel Vocoder to dial in beautiful choral accompaniments, expressive melodic voicings, and lush analog articulations. A powerful tool for analog sound design, this instrument is crafted to provide a lifetime of sonic experimentation and creative inspiration.

Moog 16-Channel Vocoder with several patch cables connected
More Information
Manufacturer Moog
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer Patch cables
Power supply
Effects Vocoder
Audio Inputs 1/4" mono carrier audio input
1/4" mono program audio input
Audio Outputs 1/4" mono main output
Control Connections (16) 1/4" filter band CV inputs
Power Adaptor External, included
Width 17.34"
Depth 15.31"
Height 7"
Product Weight 17.5 lb

Moog Music Inc. Limited Warranty

Moog warrants its products to be free of defects in materials or workmanship and conforming to specifications at the time of shipment. The Warranty Period is one year from the date of purchase.

If, in Moog's determination, it has been more than one year since the product shipped from its factory, Moog will determine whether or not to honor the warranty without regard to the date of the purchase.

Your new product warranty is transferrable to a new user with a proof of purchase dated less than one year prior to the current date. To initiate a warranty transfer, email Moog with a copy of the original proof of purchase, the serial number, and your personal information and Moog will update the warranty status.

During the Warranty Period, any defective products will be repaired or replaced, at Moog's option, on a return-to-factory basis. This warranty covers defects that Moog determines are no fault of the user.

The Moog Limited Warranty applies to USA purchasers only. Outside the USA the warranty policy and associated service is determined by the laws of the country of purchase and supported by the local authorized distributor. If you purchase outside of your country, you can expect to be charged for warranty as well as non-warranty service by the service center in your country.

You must obtain prior approval in the form of an RMA (Return Material Authorization) number from Moog before returning any product. Click 'Customer Service' at the Moog website to request the RMA # via email or call Moog.

All products must be packed carefully and shipped with the Moog supplied power adapter. The Voyager and Little Phatty must be returned in the original inner packing including the foam inserts. The warranty will not be honored if the product is not properly packed. Once you have received the RMA# and carefully packed your Moog, ship the product to Moog Music Inc. with transportation and insurance charges paid, and include your return shipping address.

Once received, Moog will examine the product for any obvious signs of user abuse or damage as a result of transport. If the product is abused, damaged in transit, or is out of warranty, Moog will contact you with an estimate of the repair cost. Warranty work will be performed and Moog will ship and insure your product to your United States address free of charge.

Please initiate your warranty online at the Moog Music Website by clicking 'Product Registration.' If you do not have web access, fill out all the information on the card included with your shipment and mail it to Moog.

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Generally, package estimated transit days are as follows:

  • Upper Midwest: 1-3 days
  • Central US, South East US, and East Coast: 2-4 days
  • West Central US: 3-5 days
  • West Coast: 4-6 days
  • Alaska & Hawaii: 7+ days
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