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
nik
November 17, 2008 @ 4:43 pm
i own little phatty , and i know it is not a mini or arp or what ever, but i still belive it is one of the best synts ever made . .
beautiful in his simplecity and functionality.
original in design and sound.
capable to blow any mind away with the power of his colours!
if one can play : )
of course you can bee fastidious and meticulous, this synth is not perfect, but what is?
i know,i know : mini, arp, obx, jupiter 8, etc.etc..
: )
Joe
November 9, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
Great little synth, my house-mate has one. Im not usually a big fan of things that have multiple uses for one knob but this is implemented perfectly, it doesn't slow you down at all. If it had a multi-mode filter i would buy one straight away without a second thought. Real shame it doesn't.
Jareth
October 23, 2008 @ 8:00 pm
This is an awsome little synth! It looks great and plays great. I have an early stage model and it shakes the walls when playing bass tones. Glad that moog stuck with analog oscillators unlike other brands.
Michael DeAngelis
October 14, 2008 @ 10:46 am
Geddy Lee from Rush used this on the recent Snakes and Arrows tour.
Marc
October 3, 2008 @ 9:24 am
It's a MOOG, and it's affordable (after some considerable saving!)

Nothing in it's price range can beat it (analog) unless you start looking at second hand kit....

All of my other kit is digital (VA's, FM, PD, SD, etc) and this thing blows them all away. Having never owned analog before the sound is so deep, dirty, and raw. Because of this I'm struggling to place it in my setup as it stands out so much I have to tone it down.

Great for Goldfrapp style basslines, the interface is easy to use and the whole things feels pretty well built.

V2 has added the Arp which has increased it's use, I have done the software update but doubt I will add USB.

Only complaint is some times the buttons seem pretty unresponsive and have to push them a few times.

Always wanted a MOOG but was too scared to spend huge amounts on potentially unreliable 2nd hand kit, gotta thank Moog for producing something thats cost is more earth bound
 
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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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