A new chapter for Moog, as it lays off its most skilled crew

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!