Change is in the air in Asheville, as Moog Music makes some major staff layoffs.
When it comes to iconic synthesizers, Moog stands as a beacon of innovation and craftsmanship, just ask your typical synth lover what their fav is, and its probably a minimoog.
However, winds of change are sweeping through its hallowed halls, following a landmark acquisition by inMusic, a heavyweight in the audio equipment industry.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Moog Music, a cornerstone of American synth craftsmanship, is undergoing a significant transformation, with its workforce facing uncertainties.
Sources indicate a notable shift, affecting a group of skilled instrument makers who have recently experienced layoffs. Speculation surrounds the future of Moog’s production, with suggestions of potential operations moving to Asia, a notion supported by insights from Synth Anatomy.
In reports from CDM and mixmag, products like the DFAM and Mother-32 are mentioned as being impacted by this restructuring. However, flagship models such as the Grandmother, Matriarch, and Minimoog Model D may continue production in the United States.
The acquisition of Moog by the inMusic conglomerate earlier this year marked a substantial turning point in the company’s history. With a portfolio that includes notable audio technology brands like Akai, Alesis, Denon, M-Audio, Marantz, and Numark, inMusic signaled its intention to steer the company in a new direction.
Established in Asheville in 2011, Moog Music transitioned from an employee-owned enterprise in 2015 during the change in ownership. President Joe Richardson described the acquisition as a “new chapter,” committing to preserving the unique sound, quality, and manufacturing principles that define the brand.
The future of Moog, a revered figure in the world of synthesizers, is currently in a state of flux. It will be intriguing to see how these developments shape Moog’s trajectory and what new opportunities may arise. Here’s to hoping for a positive future for Moog and the music community!