Every musician dreams of owning a Moog synth. Since its development by Dr. Bob Moog and its premier at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the Moog has become integral to modern music. It was made commercially popular by Wendy Carlos’ breakout album Switched-On Bach and now you can find the Moog sound in nearly every genre: from Sun Ra to Dr. Dre, from David Bowie to Brian Eno and of course, Keith Emerson’s legendary Moog set up.
But here’s the thing: Moog ain’t cheap. Your average Moog synth will run you about $600, up to $5000, and you can buy an emulation of Emerson’s rig if you’ve got $150,000 to spare. So for years musicians have clamored for an affordable, customizable option. The company eventually premiered the Werkstatt Analog Synth Kit at Moogfest 2014 but the at-home version has only become available this month.