Moog Little Phatty

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The Little Phatty is the next great thing to emerge from the revitalized Moog Music synthesizer company. It is sort of a notch below the Voyager, but should not really be categorized as such because the Little Phatty is a powerful synth with a layout and design that looks less into the past and more towards the future.

The Little Phatty boasts a 100 percent analog signal path, 100 user editable presets and a 37-note keyboard. It is a monophonic synth with two oscillators (the Voyager has three osc). Waveform selector is continuously variable between waveforms (tri, saw, square, pulse) and there is oscillator-sync. The filter is the classic Moog ladder design. Two ADSR envelope generators are available for the volume and the filter. And finally a nice LFO with six waveshapes, four destinations and rate/depth controls helps to get things moving. The 'Master' section of the keyboard has controls for Tuning, +/-2 Octave Transpose, Glide, Pitch/Mod wheels and some data entry controls. There are no on-board sequencers or effects, however.

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The interface couldn't be simpler and despite the minimized number of buttons and knobs, there are no hidden pages or sub-layers of button functions - all controls are still very hands-on and provide excellent visual feedback via two-tone back-lit buttons, dials and pitch bend / mod wheels. Beautiful, hand-built, simple, effective, powerful - classic Moog design. The Little Phatty is designed to offer a 21st century analog Moog synthesizer in a compact portable package and at a price every musician can afford.

The standard edition is the Stage model (pictured top). Moog initially released a special, limited edition run of 1,200 individually numbered Bob Moog Tribute Edition synths. The limited run, Tribute Edition of the Little Phatty (pictured above) has special Moog wood side panels, a Bob Moog signature plate across the front and rear, comes with a CD-ROM featuring highlights of the Bob Moog Memorial Celebration Service and a special Bob Moog poster.

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OK so they aren't that cheap. And they aren't very feature-rich compared with some of its competitors. But it is a genuine Moog. Its sound engine was designed by the late and great Bob Moog himself. It's the final synth he built for us. And it simply sounds amazing! It's analog but with such ultra-stability and such a modern and expressive interface, using the Little Phatty is an absolute joy - for experimenting, learning, jamming and having fun - it's one of the best 21st century synths for analog basses, leads, effects, noises and more.

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88 Visitor comments
June 15, 2011 @ 3:05 pm
I almost think there should be a minimum qualification in synthesis exam before you can post here? So many ignorant posts about this great synth. If you don't understand how to get a good sound out of it than ask around. These can sound great once you suss the way it works. Read the Manual maybe? The great thing about the LP is that it is one of the few synths that responds to CV AND midi AND has patch storage! That is just amazing to me what you can do with this simple synth.
mark toth
June 11, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
I have a Little Phatty and I think ( having owned a Mini Moog D) and a MOPHO , I truley can live without the Phatty . The mopho may not have the exact filter/sound then the Phatty but the average person can not tell the diffrence ! Hopefuly other people ARE . If you can afford both the LP and Moho great , If I could only have one , I would sell the Phatty .
Les farrington
April 30, 2011 @ 5:44 am
I bought one of the first Tribute Phatties. I will agree that this is not a very flexible synth in that it has no arps, and all of the features you find on most modern synths, but it is a Bully.
I played about ten new song ideas for my songwriting partner recently and he Always asked "what's that sound?"..... It was always the phatty. It isn't a voyager, it's not a minimoog, it's a phatty. It has it's own sound, rich chewy bossy goodness. And it's only 1400 bucks!! And it's Beautiiful in the dark. I'm proud of Mr Phatty.
March 21, 2011 @ 9:50 am
Sluggish envelopes are a function of EGR amount, use it! The potentiometers are digital, with a resolution of 4024 points. There is a workaround. If you really want true analog control over the filter, buy an analog pot, a +5V power supply and wire to synth. No zipper!
The overload knob is great and unique to the LP. The Voyager's lack of indicator lights around the knobs is annoying. I know that the LP does this so you can see the value of multiple parameters assigned to the same knob, but it's so useful playing live (dark setting) that anything else feels like I'm playing blind.
February 24, 2011 @ 11:01 am
We have one of those at my college and well its really horrible i can make a 'Phatter' bass on my DX7 and thats already losing its sound quality due to old age the moog little phatty its not the type of synth i would like to make a songwith or use on stage
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 Ultra-stable analog Oscillators
  • LFO - 1 LFO;
    Sources: 4 waveforms (saw, sqr, tri, ramp) + Filt. Env. + Osc 2, (Sample & Hold and Noise also available on Stage Edition).
    Destinations: Filter, Pitch, Wave, Osc. 2.
  • Filter - 1 Low Pass Filter (Classic Moog Ladder Filter) with ADSR Envelope Generator
  • VCA - 4-Stage ADSR Analog Envelope Generator
  • Keyboard - 37-note keyboard with +/-2 Octave Transpose
  • Memory - 100 user editable presets
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT, CV (pitch, vol, filter) / Gate
  • Date Produced - 2007
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    Reviewed December 2007.

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