Web Exclusive! First Impressions: Moog MF-106TC Analog Time Compressor

March 31, 2009


According to Moog Temporal Engineer Amos Gaynes, "The history of invention and innovation is replete with instances of accidental successes, and Moog's musical mad scientists—who are constantly experimenting, tinkering and tweaking—recently had a Benjamin Franklin kite-flying-like experience, and the result was the amazing and logic-defying MF-106TC Analog Time Compressor. We accidentally reversed the clock phasing in the time generation on our MF-104Z Analog Delay, and discovered that it can actually work in reverse, compressing the time stream instead of expanding it. Much to our amazement and delight we began hearing sounds up to 1000 milliseconds before we played them.”

“The Analog Time Compressor circuit on the MF-106TC can eliminate digital latency in real time, or sound like you're playing faster than you really are,” explains Gaynes. “We were particularly struck by the fact that the Analog Time Compressor’s unique Slap-Forward delay effect sounded even better than Slap-Back.”

“The MF-106TC has hundreds of unique applications,” added Moog Marketing Manager Chris Stack. “Used on the Pitch Preview output of our new Etherwave Plus Theremin, you not only hear your note before the audience does; you actually hear it before you play it.”

The Guitar Player staff was immediately wowed by this timely device, which definitely represents a bold step back from the future. According to Moog, however, customers should not attempt to reverse the clock phasing of the time generation circuit on their MF-104Z Delay to mimic the capabilities of the MF-106TC Analog Time Compressor, because without the factory-installed flux capacitor added, a standard MF-104Z will be seriously damaged.— Barry Cleveland

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