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Moog Opus 3 can be heard in these songs:

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Blood Gulch Blues
Spiritual
No One
Funny Farm
A Girl Named Tex
Space Invader
(617)
Superhero
Vale Deah
All As One
Half Life
Ghosts That Linger
Colors
Daydream No. 19
Good Fight
Keep Moving
Alien Champion
Champion
35mm Man
Another One Down
Outpost Sunset
Flying By Wire
Fifty
Bolt
Hero Superstar
Faraway
Best Girl
Bloody Mary Mix
Reverie Six (and Change)
When We're Together
Steady Ride
Bolt
A Girl Named Tex
Best Girl
Blood Gulch Blues
Contact
Colors (Instrumental)
Good Fight (Instrumental)
Red vs. Blue Season 12 Soundtrack
Half Life
Funny Farm
Half Life (Instrumental)
Contact
Red vs. Blue Season 13 Soundtrack
Faraday (feat. David Levy)
What We Fight For (Half Life)


This synth has been with the band since 1997. You can see it pictured on our early shows with Susan, as well as our 2012 show in Austin, TX, with Violet at the helm. "Helm" is an appropriate term to describe this synth whose numerous sliders and controls make it seem more like a WWII U-boat than a musical instrument.

The Opus 3 can sound a bit sterile by itself, and it benefits from being run through a decent overdrive pedal and a tube amp. The amps and pedals we used vary depending on the era and the player. Susan liked going direct (Superhero), but later switched to a RAT pedal, Wendy used a RAT pedal and played it through an Ampeg VT-22, while Violet uses a Tubescreamer into an early 1980s Marshall JCM-800.

While it was once possible to get these relatively inexpensively (200-400 USD), they have been climbing in price in the last few years.