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
Jonathan Bruno
September 22, 2011 @ 10:03 am
Never loved a synthesizer this much. How many morons post negative reviews?? What's wrong with you guys LOL. Warm bass or leads and can be so aggressive too. And it is Phat and sounds analog. If you don't know what you are on about? don't post.
September 1, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
i own the little phatty and its an amazing tool.looking to purchase the slim phatty and going poly.the software is kind of hard to get around ..
August 9, 2011 @ 2:20 pm
The Phatty Stage II is a flat out great synth in its own right. I use this thing live and the sound quality is rich and warm, it is easy to tweak when playing and the presets and performance preset section make it a breeze to change sounds on the fly during songs, plus this thing is kinda small and easy to lug around to gigs and rehearsals. It is super easy to program even though you only have one knob per section the lights and buttons make it a snap to program. Would like to get a Voyager for the extra osc, env and mods, but this thing has a sweet giggable form factor and sounds awesome.
Lex Wily
July 8, 2011 @ 11:44 pm
Beautiful analog sound. Easy to navigate. I bought the Slim Phatty edition after falling for the Mopho. There is a difference between analog and virtual analog and I won't say one's better than the other. You take the sound and make it into music. After using the Phatty for just a few hours, I'm already happy. Leads feel electric and the BASS IS PHAT!!!
June 23, 2011 @ 6:34 am
This synth sounds amazing, and the structure is great as well, easy to navigate through. Only complaint I have is that the knobs feel really cheap, but then again I'd rather turn a cheap knob and hear a moog ladder filter in action than turn a more expensive knob on any other synth. I will probably get this as soon as I get money, if I don't find some vintage moog that fits my needs for a decent price.
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Moog Music

    Reviewed December 2007.

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