Arturia Moog Modular V

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Arturia's Moog Modular V is an excellent and affordable way to experience the classic Modular Synthesizer. In short, modular synthesis was the birth of analog (and eventually digital) synthesis in which various task specific "modules" were linked together to create musical sounds. One module may consist of an oscillator, another may be the filter, an effect, an LFO, etc. Users would patch cables between them to route a signal from module to module in an effort to create musical sounds.

One of the absolute fathers of modular synthesizers was Moog's behemoth Modular series, and now Arturia has created a virtual synth based on the classic Moog series. The look, sound, feel, and experience have been emulated and improved upon here in Arturia's Moog Modular V, which is available for all popular soft-synth formats for Mac and PC (VST, DXi, Audio Units, MAS, RTAS, HTDM, and more).

Arturia uses "TAE" - True Analog Emulation to create a nice and warm and very close re-creation of the original Moog sound. It virtually eliminates any 'aliasing' caused by digital oscillators and even creates some of the instabilities associated with a genuine 'analog' sound. The MMV was developed with help from Bob Moog himself to insure an accurate recreation.

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An original Moog Modular, though antique and hard to maintain and afford these days, was ultimately more customizable than this new soft-synth. Users could pick and choose which modules they wanted to install in their Moog's wooden cabinets, but Arturia's MMV comes with a pre-determined set of modules which can't be swapped out or changed, unfortunately. In fact, the MMV itself does not represent any particular modular system originally released by Moog either (such as the Moog 3P or 55), and rather comes with a collection of all-around useful modules selected from among Moog's history of modular synthesizers.

These modules include: 9 oscillators, 3 filter slots, 2 LFOs, 6 envelopes, VCAs, mixers, triggers, a 3x8 step-sequencer, etc. Patching is very much like the original method, but is color-coded for easier visual navigation. When you start drawing a patch, it's possible destinations are indicated on-screen too, and the cables will wobble, bounce and move out of the way of the mouse as you navigate. Unlike the original, you can also connect any output to multiple inputs for greater flexibility.

The nine oscillator modules are modeled after the Moog 921a and 921b oscillators which offer simultaneously available sine, triangle, sawtooth, and pulse waveforms. White and Pink noise is also available, based on the Moog 923 module. The three independent filter modules offer lowpass, highpass, filter coupler (band pass), and a new resonant multi-mode configuration. They sound great, although not quite the same as the original Moog, especially at high resonant frequencies. Additionally there's a filter bank modeled after the Moog 914 Filter bank, with 9 adjustable frequency bands (sort of a graphic/parametric EQ). There are 6 Aux ADSR envelope generators modeled after the Moog 911 envelopes as well as two main ADSR envelopes for the output amplifiers.

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It is within this first window (pictured at top) that you can see, edit and patch all the modules responsible for creating and shaping your sounds. The second window (above) shows the step sequencer, effects sections, virtual keyboard, and any quick access global controllers. The sequencer is modeled after the Moog 960 sequencer module, with three rows of 8 steps (24 steps total); it's like three independent 8-step sequencers. Each row has it's own outputs and trigger inputs. The sequencer can be used to control the oscillators, envelopes, filters, etc. for very creative and animated sounds.

Above the virtual keyboard are some very cool controllers such as two X-Y Sound Controller joysticks, 3 Filter Cutoff knobs and two ADSR controls for the two main VCA's, and a flexible Keyboard Controller section to adjust pitch bend and modulation ranges and keyboard followers. These allow you to split or layer the keyboard zones, adjust and transpose tunings, and utilize portamento and legato effects. The effects offered are new (never available on the original Moog) and include a flexible Dual Delay and Stereo Chorus.

Additional modern day features include MIDI implementation, non-drifting oscillators and plenty of patch memory storage. In fact, the MMV ships with over 400 patches created by experienced sound designers and also has several template patches to get you started making your own patches! Although not a totally accurate re-creation of a particular Moog Modular, Arturia's MMV does emulate the look, feel, sound - the experience - of using a Moog Modular with modern day features quite well. And don't forget, it is endorsed by Bob Moog himself! It's the perfect tool for anyone interested in these classic machines or anyone wanting to learn about how synthesizers and all their individual components work together to create sounds.

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26 Visitor comments
Nate Goulet
June 6, 2013 @ 12:32 pm
physical controls & the physical appeal of the originals,
I am far more impressed with the software versions of the classics than the
originals themselves. Having cool preset patches is very important, a good
starting point. I couldn't find any patches on the Voyager or Model D that
sounded nearly as impressive as what I've done with the Arturia product.

And since I cover classic rock & Prog rock songs, let me say you
absolutely can duplicate the sounds of the original keyboards with software.
January 3, 2013 @ 1:07 am
I bought this guy back in Oct. of '12. Srsly one of the BEST sounding synth plugs I have ever used. One of my favorite things to do in my DAW(Renoise) is take out a few automation devices and TONS of lfo's that are set to random, patch it up, and watch it fly! Oh and aftertouch! It's amazing! Making a patch using 6 osc's with 3 of them using slight aftertouch is like hearing the horns of the apocalypse! A MUST buy for any plugin fan and/or sound engineer!
March 24, 2012 @ 11:19 am
After 40 years of playing synths, & at one time owning all of the original hardware, Arturia has done an uncanny job at bringing these classics to life. The V-Collection value is insane. I've A-B'd my Voyager against the MoogV w/identical, basic patches (1/2 osc, same VCF/EG settings, etc) and there is no difference in sound. In a mix? Impossibly close. And as some have noted, if you run it thru a nice tube preamp it may sound more "analog" than the original! I agree you'll never replace a Minimoog for live performance, but in the studio? Sorry. Its a romanticism. Like owning a '57 Chevy.
March 21, 2012 @ 11:05 am
One little anecdote :
Some years ago I found myself in a mastering room with a well known
engineer (who mastered albums for Placebo, Public Enemy and many others)
I had a track which contained a sequence made with the Arturia Moog MV. The minute
he heard the track he jumped up and asked me loudly "What synth is this???!!!"
I told him the truth of course, but I had him fooled for a while.
This story is true. Note that this is the only softsynth that was corrected
and aknowledged by Bob Moog himself.
March 2, 2012 @ 11:23 am
sounds ok but not more another va synth for me
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    Moog Modular V
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Mono / polyphonic (up to 64 voices per instrument)
  • Oscillators - 9 oscillators (simultaneously available sine, triangle, sawtooth, and pulse waves) plus white/pink noise generators. Based on original Moog 921a Oscillator Driver and 921b Oscillator modules. No aliasing from 0.1 Hz to 16 kHz, 64-bit floating point precision, Sampling rate: up to 96 kHz
  • Modulation - 2 LFOs with 5 simultaneously available waveforms (sine, sawttoh, triangle, square, random, and trigger output) also with fade-in, delay, tempo sync, and PWM and FM inputs.
  • Filter - 3 filter slots with lowpass (24dB/oct lowpass), highpass, Filter Coupler (based on Moog 904 module), and resonant multimode. Additional filter bank (14 bandwidths available) based on Moog 914 filterbank module.
  • VCA/Envelopes - 2 VCAs, 6 ADSR envelopes, 16 auxiliary VCAs with modulation inputs
  • Arpeg/Seq - 24-step sequencer based on Moog 960 step sequencer
  • Keyboard - 61-key virtual keyboard
  • Effects - 1 stereo delay, 1 chorus
  • Memory - More than 400 presets, made by professionals
  • Interfaces - Runs stand-alone with ASIO, DirectX, Sound Manager and Core Audio, or as a plug-in using VST-2.0, Audio Units, RTAS, HTDM, MAS, and DXi.
  • Macintosh - G3 500 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, MacOS 9.x, Mac OS X 10.2
  • Windows/PC - Pentium II 500 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, Windows 9x/2000/ME/XP
  • Date Produced - 2003
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