The Surrealistic MG-1 Plus is a loving recreation of an oddball collaboration between Moog Music and '70s/'80s consumer electronics giant, Radio Shack. The story goes that Radio Shack's marketing believed they could sell a synthesizer to budding musicians and hifi enthusiasts, leading to an OEM deal with Moog and resulting in the Realistic Concertmate MG-1. These sold for $500, and depending on your perspective, this was either crazy cheap for a geniune Moog synth with a real ladder filter, or really expensive for a Radio Shack item.
Radio Shack association not withstanding, the MG-1 was a great sounding little synth with a few dumb limitations, all of which have been addressed with Cherry Audio's Surrealistic MG-1 Plus. These limitations included a limited range two-and-a-half octave keyboard (MG-1 Plus responds to any keyboard range), limited octave switching (MG-1 Plus adds a three-position transpose switch), and very limited square-wave only polyphony section (MG-1 Plus adds a sawtooth, mod abilities, and a range switch). We'll get into the specifics in each section of this manual, but suffice to say, MG-1 Plus builds upon the original easy-to-use, great sounding MG-1, and adds to the fun with convenient, modern features.
This manual will detail each section of MG-1; the order of the chapters follows the signal flow (as opposed to the physical layout of the front panel sections).
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