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
minimal synth
June 9, 2012 @ 8:38 am
so, i just picked up a used Signature model. i'm having a blast with it, but i'd like to update the firmware. this model has no USB or any ports (other than MIDI) that I can connect to my computer. anyone know how to make this happen? i'd hate to have to send it into the good people at moog music just to update the OS...
Dr Feelgood
April 17, 2012 @ 10:34 am
I really like the Phatty and I am considering getting one, but I SO WISH that Moog would come out with a 2 or 4 voice version of this thing. I know it's the Moog Sound and all, and that's great, but a monophonic synthesizer is so limiting.
Galactic Traveller
March 26, 2012 @ 1:16 am
I bought Little Phatty last week. After couple hours of playing I must say that I feel that now I have my first proper synth. The sound quality and usability of Little Phatty is simply awesome. I have had couple of vintage analog synths before and played many other, but this is the first one that I loved from the first seconds on. Next thing to buy is of course the Moogerfooger CP-251.
strangerhythm
February 27, 2012 @ 9:46 pm
I bought my Moog Little Phatty tribute edition synth as soon as it came out (serial #0506). I have owned many analog synths and this one is one of the best. Classic Moog sound; sounds like a simplified Minimoog. You really have to play the knobs on this thing to get into it, as with any analog synth. I miss my Juno 60 (it broke), loved the prophet 08 but hated the encoders (might consider getting a PE edition), but my Moog is the one I have kept the longest and will continue to keep for it's classic Moog tones and amazingly PHAT analog BASSS
Klarity
January 12, 2012 @ 12:27 am
Big fan of this synth. Does absolutely everything I need it to, live and in the studio, all without breaking a sweat. Never had tuning problems on mine, but cutting it on early on a winter morning and playing it immediately reminds me of my MS-20. Usually it's good to go after 10 minutes or less. Not gonna get these sounds out of any VA, and most other analogs! Continuously variable waveshapes, filter pole switching, and overdrive all allow for your very own sound.... But no matter what there's no mistaking it's a Moog. This ones a keeper.
 
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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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