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
August 28, 2009 @ 11:51 am
tried this one a while back at the music store and i think my boots melted. a great synth for people of a newer generation who respect the old school sound but want reliable technology. as far as the sound goes, don't even ask. it's fat as hell, fluid and utterly moog. well worth the price in my opinion, but one should always try the voyager to be sure what's the best for one's use.
August 22, 2009 @ 7:21 pm
Rush also uses this... on when they're on tour. VERY unfortunately, Rush doesn't seem to use any synths in their new songs.
August 21, 2009 @ 9:52 pm
In the words of Stevie wonder "the moog is the only instrument that will let me fully express myself". I love it, theres nothing that sounds even close to it. No software or hardware...and i have been looking for a while for a partner for it. May have to get another moog.
August 7, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
I've had mine almost a year now, and I'm absolutely in love. Not even the Voyager, which I have used extensively, can compare to the compact, easy to use, and great sounding design of the Little Phatty.
July 30, 2009 @ 3:28 pm
Ive owned countless synths, and sold of countless synths, including the Voyager. This one still remains as 1 out of my 3 all time favourite synths that Ive chosen to keep (all analog). Sounds fantastic, incredible logic interface, and by adding a Cp-251 and a MF-104z, it can do it all, making it semi-patchable. Moog also builds on this product more than their other ones, by adding an arpeggiator, a Little Phatty Preset Library Program for your computer, as well as USB. Its the last synth Bob Moog truly left us, and it is truly a wonderful thing in every way.
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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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