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
bob
October 10, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
I'm returnig my slim phatty.
I realy like the sound, but there is a problem with autotune.
It's a disaster, it goes out of tune every 10 or 15 minutes.
Adam
October 7, 2011 @ 11:51 pm
Alain,

I would return your unit. Sounds like it has some issues. I picked up a slim phatty the other day (same thing as a LP) and I am very impressed with the sound. The VCO's, VCF and LFO are directly taken from a Voyager. I own a Rogue, and the LP/SP kicks its ass! Also, nowhere does it say they are manufactured anywhere but in NC. It says "handcrafted" in Asheville, NC on the box.

I for one have put a Voyager on my savings list. It's gonna take me a couple of years, but in the meantime, the Phatty will fill the void nicely!
John
October 1, 2011 @ 7:48 am
Lets be honest here, we're paying for the moog logo and bragging rights "yes I have a moog" not the sound anymore. There are better new 100% analog synths out there for cheaper but they don't have the moog logo on so people overlook them too easy. This synth is nothing special and overpriced
Elbass Basslee
September 24, 2011 @ 3:34 pm
Al,
Moog Music still makes the MiniMoog Voyager, so if you have the $4,000+ to pick that up, than I guess you really don't have the need for the Phatty
When you mention that the ladder filter is 'flawed' on the Phatty, can you be be more specific? I haven't noticed and issues with my filter. Sweeps are smooth and responsive and no frequency 'dead spots'. I love the sound of the Phatty filter, and when OL is applied it gets a real rough edge that gets things moving.

IMO the Phatty is a BEAST, but there are a lot of synths that I like, not just one.
Alain
September 24, 2011 @ 9:35 am
This synth is a Chinese piece of crap that has absolutely nothing to do with a Minimoog, or a Voyager, or even a Rogue. The ladder filter implementation is flawed, the sound is dull, the hardware is flimsy (especially the keybed). It doesn't live-up to the sound and build quality we have come to expect from Moog. It would be more appropriate with a name like Casio. If you own one of these, you might be happy with it until you hear it, side-by-side with a Minimoog. Then you'll realize what you're missing.
 
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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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