On May 23rd 2012 (which would have marked Bob Moog’s 78th birthday), Google featured a playable synthesizer much like the musical machines Moog created in the 1960s. The Google version was complete with three oscillators, one filter, a filter envelope and an amp envelope. It also featured a four track recorder to record your very own compositions and share them on Google+.
Using the Google synthesizer
The synth is loaded in the browser and the computer keyboard becomes a series of notes. Use the Left / Right keys to select a knob, and the Up / Down keys to adjust its level. Alternatively, use the mouse to play notes or to adjust parameters with more precise control.
Recording the track
For this project we set a goal to finish the track in 1 hour, but failed miserably and dedicated 2 instead. We used Soundflower (a free application by Cycling74) to route audio from the Google page into Ableton Live. This made the possibilities endless for looping, adding effects and tracking live drums.
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