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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December 17, 2011 @ 2:59 pm
VCOs need to warm up if you want their tuning to be stable. This isn't a LP problem, it's just how VCOs work. I wouldn't say the LP warm up time is any greater than any other VCO analog.
Slightly detuning oscillators is a really common technique. I don't see how presets that take advantage of this could be viewed as a flaw. Actually, I don't see how the presets matter at all when judging a synth.
I have been using a LP live for years. They’re fun to use and they can sound pretty great. It's weird reading the stuff people post on here. People thinking the Mopho is virtual analog?
December 13, 2011 @ 9:43 am
Yes, the PCB's are stuffed in China, but they are assembled and tested in Ashville NC.
December 13, 2011 @ 7:07 am
Fancied some of that Moog sound to go along with my mostly roland stuff. Got a tribute version very cheap but basically all the pots on the front are shot,working but skippy. Have to say i do like the moog muffled creamy sound mixed with my other gear. Adds another dimension. BTW this made in america is a load of BS opened the LP to replace pots. Cheap Tiwanese pots and all boards made in Taiwan. Build quality is bad, god knows but my 30 year old Juno 60 will still be going when this the Little Phatty has long died. Come on synth producers, stop cutting corners and make some quality kit!
December 11, 2011 @ 2:41 pm
All these people saying mean things about Mr. Phatty are making me sad. I have a collection of synthesizers, all of them analog, and most of them vintage. The little Phatty is my absolute favorite above all of them, and it has such a rich character that I feel like it has a soul of its own. Please don't share your opinion until you have tried it!
November 24, 2011 @ 10:38 pm
d-moog, it's true. Some presets are intentionally "detuned" @ OSC 2, but this is not the "out of tune" issue that is the problem. The issue is both the Little Phatty and the Slim Phatty have a circuit that requires a specific temperature before the oscillators will be in tune (A440). It seems the Slim Phatty needs a longer time to "warm up" whereas the Little Phatty takes only a couple of minutes. Next time, try this out. After a night being off, turn it on and test it with a tuner. I'll bet ya its out, even a couple of cents and after a short amout of time, it will be in tune.
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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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