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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87 Visitor comments
Youknowjuno
November 10, 2012 @ 8:52 am
Great sounding synth but has the most bug-infested midi implementation I've ever known. Constantly crashed and took about three firmware updates to no avail. Until I did away with the midi and ran it with CV/gate (as Bob intended) and now we get on great!
orlando
September 13, 2012 @ 6:20 pm
To address the complaints about the limited interface: I don't find it hard to use, with the notable exception of the envelope section, where there is only one knob to address eight parameters (ADSR for the filter and amp envelopes). It's hard to get a mental "picture" of the envelopes, and for me it's a shortcoming of this otherwise very nice synth. For performance purposes, you have to think quite carefully about which envelope stage you want to program into a patch in order to be able to change it on the fly.
Dorian
September 6, 2012 @ 12:42 pm
This is a great synth, if you like only having access to one parameter from each section at any given time. Which nobody does. And since this synth is simple enough that they could have had a knob for each parameter like we saw in the good old days, it's especially sad to see that functionality abandoned over and over again in current synths from the big manufacturers. So sad. Such a great sounding synth, it has to protect its parameters from us musicians.
johnnys
July 2, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
I've just got my new LP. it's an incredible tool, this sound can simply not be replaced.
but the best part with no doubt is the interface. you can jam with it in such an intuitive way, plus it's great for recording if you like genuine dynamics of synths.
there's really no limit for the sounds you can make with this thing, and it's all good!
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...
 
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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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