I was watching the short YouTube video How ‘Apollo 11’ Gives the Moon Landing New Life | Anatomy of a Scene and near the end the narrator says:

My music composer, Matt Morton decided to do a period score, using only instrumentation that was around pre-1969, most notably, he went out and got a 1968 edition Moog synthesizer.

What 1968 Moog synthesizer is this?

I'm not sure if I should post this question here or in Movies SE. If there are Moog aficionados here they may know it right away, so I thought I would try here first. The only thing I can think of is the cover of Switched On Bach.

cover of Switched On Bach


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It's a Moog modular Synthesizer IIIc

From Matt Morton - Apollo 11

Matt wrote, orchestrated, performed, recorded, and mixed all of the original music for the film, as well as the teaser trailer and the theatrical trailer. Every instrument and effect used in the score existed at the time of the mission in 1969 including the Moog modular Synthesizer IIIc (see below), the Binson Echorec 2 (tube echo), the Mellotron (early keyboard sampler used by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, etc.), and the orchestra.

I had a quick listen to this video & the trailer, and I have to say that all the synth noises I could pick out from this & under the orchestra could be made in VSTi these days (or certainly close enough for those of us without a Hollywood budget;) I have several plugins that can do Moog, ARP, Mellotron & the like, all really quite convincingly, if not as a single 'patch' then at least by layering.

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    And interesting comparison between real analog synths and virtual synth plugins is the difference between the Stranger Things (real) and Dark Matter (virtual) soundtracks. Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 16:26
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    Looks like I chose the right site to post, thanks very much!
    – uhoh
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 16:52
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    I'd have probably struggled to choose too - but I'm on both, so you'd have got the same answer from me on either ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 19, 2019 at 16:56
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    @uhoh and at Tetsujin, we seem to hang out in the same places :-) Commented Oct 28, 2019 at 4:12

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