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Cherry Audio Rackmode Signal Processors Review 2024

The renowned sound of the Moog Signal Processors from the 1970s and 1980s is brought back with Rackmode Signal Processors, a collection of seven magnificent virtual effects and one instrument plugin. Thanks to our partnership with synth guru and DSP whiz Mark Barton (MRB), who modeled them with circuit-level precision based on the original hardware, these analog jewels have never before been recreated as virtual effects. The collection consists of:

Vocoder Rackmode (instrument and effects versions)

Phaser in Rack Mode
Ring modulator in rack mode
String filter in Rackmode
Frequency Shifter in Rackmode
Graphic EQ in rackmode
Parametric Rackmode EQ

For today’s music makers, these classic effects have been improved with contemporary features like presets, syncable LFOs, stereo processing, and complete Apple Silicon M1 native support. Along with sounding great, they also have real rack-mounted interfaces that preserve the style and history of these vintage equipment.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Moog Signal Processors were created to revolutionize studio production. The 16 Channel Vocoder, created by innovator Harald Bode, the 12 Stage Phaser, the Ten Band Graphic Equalizer, and the Three Band Parametric Equalizer were among the ground-breaking products that were showcased. The unique String Filter developed by Moog’s Custom Engineering Department and the Frequency Shifter and Ring Modulator invented by Harald Bode were additional related devices.

In both the past and the present, Moog Signal Processors have been used in industrial facilities all around the world. They have helped a variety of musicians create their individual sounds, including Wendy Carlos, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, Genesis, Jan Hammer, Mouse on Mars, and Coldplay. And a wide range of producers, like Sylvia Massy, Mike Elizondo, and Giorgio Moroder, have cited these black boxes as essential pieces of their studio equipment. These units are becoming harder to find and sell for prices that are significantly higher than their initial cost, assuming they can ever be discovered at all.