By now of course you are probably aware that the Google doodle of the day is a fully functional Moog synthesizer. And if you’re not, what the hell are you doing here? Didn’t you hear me? The Google doogle is a fully functional Moog synthesizer! These things cost thousands of dollars back in the day and now you can have one for free.
Here’s a guide to all the knobs and buttons, courtesy of redditor h_veins:
Explanation of knobs:
- Top left – Overall gain/volume
- Top Right – OSC1 gain
- Mid Right – OSC2 gain
- Bottom Right – OSC3 gain
- Top left – Cut off for top right oscillator
- Top mid – Pitch (? or maybe a general mod) of top right oscillator
- Top right – Waveform for the top oscillator
- Mid left – cut off for mid right oscillator
- Mid right – waveform for 2nd oscillator
- Bottom left – cut off for bottom right oscillator
- Bottom mid – pitch (? or general mod) for bottom right oscilator
- Bottom right – waveform for 3rd oscillator
- Top left – Sounds like general cutoff
- Mid left – sounds like portamento, or how much the pitch glides between each note played.
- Top – Attack (how long it takes for sound to ramp up)
- Mid – Decay (how long it takes for sound to ramp down, or the tail if you think of it visually)
- Bottom – Sustain (the amplitude of the note after its peak when being played)
Now go get your Gary Numan on! To get you started, here’s a right rockin’ hit from way back when.