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
Russ B
April 30, 2014 @ 7:29 am
i had one for about 18 months and adored it. the tuning was super stable, it delivered those velvet like 70's solos and actually didnt feel as limited as you might think. you can easily coax some brutal overdriven stuff. its built like a tank and only reason i moved it on was to pre order a sub 37. upgraded the LP to latest firmware so you have arpegiator added in. a wonderful analog and not just a first time buyer unit.
December 10, 2013 @ 9:10 am
The LP was my first analog synth. If you tweek the knobs you can get some very decent sounds out of it. But unfortunatley at least my phatty seams to be always a bit out of tune, unless it's 30 plus degrees outside. Compared to my Dave Smith PE08 which sound's always phat no matter what you do with it, the Phatty seems to be a diva, who needs a lot of strokes to sound good. Since I have the DS PE08 I rarely use it. A max of 3 stars from my side.
December 7, 2013 @ 7:27 pm
I like how the "specs" say Ultra Stable OSCs. not really. I have a LP and like it very much, but for the money, its a little weak in features. I also tried poly chaining a few for polyphonic.. nightmare...the tuning would drift all over the place. not cool. that said.. it does sound like a moog and in my opinion, the filter sounds better then the voyager, which to me had a film over the tone.
November 18, 2013 @ 3:12 pm
Very impressed so far with the sound I'm getting from it. I'm using the Moog for a live setup. Sounds great, built well and not too big. You can get some nasty bass out of it. Big difference using a VA and now Analog. I don't think I can go back to a VA.
September 20, 2013 @ 3:08 pm
This thing never ceases to amaze me.
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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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