Moog Music MF-102 Ring Modulator
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Moog Music MF-102 Ring Modulator

MF-102 Ring Modulator, Modulador en Anillo from Moog Music in the Moogerfooger series.

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James... 22/12/2011

Moog Music MF-102 Ring Modulator : la opinión de James... (content in English)

"Its the real deal"
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Frequency rotary control, which varies the carrier frequency over a six-octave range.
Rate rotary control, which varies the LFO's frequency from 0.1 Hz to 25 Hz.
LFO Amount rotary control, which adjusts the amount that the LFO output sweeps the carrier oscillator.
Mix rotary control, which crossfades continuously from unmodulated to modulated audio.
Drive rotary control, which adjusts the gain of the audio input.
Square-Sine rocker switch, which chooses the LFO waveform.
Lo-Hi rocker switch, which chooses between the low frequency carrier range (2 Hz to 130 Hz) and the high frequency carrier range (60 Hz to 4,000 Hz).
Level, a three-color LED that is used to set the DRIVE control.
LFO, a LED that indicates the LFO rate.
Bypoass, a two-color LED that tells whether the ring modulator is on or bypassed.
On/Bypass, a rugged, smooth-acting stomp switch

UTILIZATION

This is a totally analog device that is basically a clone of the original...by the original maker. I use mine for freakout ambient spacey music with a guitar. I honestly am not an expert on these and I've learned mine in the last few months just by messing with the knobs till something happens. I didn't even read the manual and I honestly don't see it being a lot help beyond having a bunch of techy mumbo jumbo. One thing i found out soon is that it isn't true bypass which is unfortunate for a pedal of this quality. A lot of boutiquey companies have their own ring mods and I have tried them but at the end of the day I really think this moog is the real deal.

I don't use mine terribly often but when I do it hasn't failed me and has been reliable. It seems built well.

SOUND QUALITY

If you have used a ring mod before there won't be (too) many surprises here. It takes time to experiment to get the sounds you want or didn't know you wanted. This will make your guitar sound...not like a guitar. The easiest way to describe it is an oscillating wah pedal on steroids. It also has a tendency to take you out of tune which is a constant issue with ring mods. What can you do? Just be careful and learn how to control it, you'll be okay. The wierd spacey sounds you will get are well worth it.

OVERALL OPINION

My big complaint I guess is the size. For such a wacky effect, it takes up a ton of board space. For this reason I see it as more of a studio pedal and I only take it to gigs where I know I'm gonna need it. I'm not omar from The mars volta with some massive pedal board. If you want a classic ring mod and not someone's version of it, I would say get this. It's not terribly overpriced and it seems solid.