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
R Bell Music
June 13, 2013 @ 9:47 am
im quite shocked at some of the comments. that it doesnt do fat bass etc. my god really?
i picked a stage 1 up in nearly mint condition for a great price. it had the lastest OS build installed and albeit no USB midi like the stage 2 but easily upgraded if needs be.
it has a completely unique Moog signature sound and i swear ill never part with mine.
any synth that can convince my little boy synths and music in general is what he wants to do is fine by me. the new OS build gives you all the midi fixes and the ARP feature in stage 2. so if you want that Moog sound, trust me, it is here!!
Jimmy
May 12, 2013 @ 11:17 pm
Does anyone know if I could use a pedal connected to the CV input on the back of the Phatty to modulate my sounds (like an expression wheel) in a live performance?
Audiofanzine
April 11, 2013 @ 1:02 am
Hi everyone! You can check out our recent review of the synth here: http://en.audiofanzine.com/analog-synth/moog-music/sub-phatty/editorial/reviews/ moog-sub-phatty-pro-review.html
sunra
January 9, 2013 @ 3:44 pm
Wonderfully expressive synthesizer, especially with the cv out mod and moogerfoogers. The sound is massive and thick, yet smooth. Almost everything on this synth is important and useful.
Jonny
December 30, 2012 @ 1:18 am
I love mine. Yeah sure, it's totally overpriced, and pretty limited, but my god, it has a sweet filter, with fast response, FAT oscillators, and a excellent friendly face. It sounds beautiful, and you will struggle to make it sound bad. I love mine, bottom line. People will trash talk it mainly for the price, and i don't blame them. But this thing is a moog, and sounds like it. My only gripe is that the filter sounds EVER SO slightly modern, if you owned an original moog, or still do, you will notice the difference, personally i liked it, it can get much more wild than my rogue was able to.
 
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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
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    Reviewed December 2007.

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