Holy mother of moog

i think this is going to be my next christmas present to myself:

specs:

VOLTAGE CONTROLLED OSCILLATOR

Single VCO with simultaneous Sawtooth and Pulse wave Outputs (+/-5V)
1 V/Octave from 8Hz to 8KHz (16KHz max with LFO/CV)
Panel Frequency control (+/-1 Octave)
Toggle Selector for waveform routed to the mixer
Pulse Width control
Linear FM and 1V/Octave Exponential FM inputs (+/-5V)

NOISE

Output normalled to Ext Audio input
White Noise output (+/-5V)

VOLTAGE CONTROLLED MIXER

Crossfades between selected VCO waveform and Ext Audio input (normalled to White Noise)
Mix CV input (+/-5V)

VOLTAGE CONTROLLED FILTER

20Hz to 20KHz switchable Low Pass/High Pass 4-pole Transistor Ladder Filter with voltage controlled Resonance
VCF Cutoff input (+/-5V)
VCF Resonance input (+/-5V)
VCF Output (+/-5V)

VOLTAGE CONTROLLED AMPLIFIER

Selectable CV Source: EG or ON (drone)
VCA CV input (0 to 8V in EG mode and/-5V in ON mode, summed with signals from ON/EG switch)
Output Volume Control (VCA Out and Line/Headphone Out)
VCA output (/-5V) and rear panel 1/4" Headphone/Audio Output (/-1.7V peak)

LOW FREQUENCY OSCILLATOR

Square wave output (+/-5V)
Triangle wave output (+/-5V)
Selectable waveshape to VCO and VCF MOD sections
Panel Rate control .1Hz to 350Hz (600Hz max)
LFO Rate CV input (+/-5V)

ENVELOPE GENERATOR

Variable controls for Attack and Decay
Sustain ON/OFF for single-trigger (ASD) or multi-trigger (AD) behavior
External Gate input (0 to +5V; Tolerant of 10V gates)
EG output (0 to +7.5V)

VCO MODULATION

Selectable Source: EG/VCO MOD or LFO (EG normalled to VCO MOD in)
VCO Mod input (normalled to EG/VCO MOD switch position)
Variable Modulation Amount control
Selectable Modulation Destination: VCO Pitch or PWM (PWM summed with Pulse Width panel control)

VCF MODULATION

Selectable Source: EG or LFO
Variable Modulation Amount control
Selectable VCF Modulation Polarity (+/-)

VOLTAGE CONTROLLED MIXER/ATTENUATOR

Voltage controlled crossfade/mix circuit for mixing two DC coupled signals
Mix 1 Input (Normalled to ground)
Mix 2 Input (Normalled to +5V)
Mix Control CV input (-5V to +5V)
Mix Output: Un-inverted output (-5 to +5V)

MULTIPLE

1x input 2x output signal multiplier
Mult Input: Buffered signal
Mult Outputs: 1 and 2

KEYBOARD

Single octave 13-note keyboard (In Step Edit Mode this is used to select, mute and enable sequencer steps.)
Octave Up/Down buttons select from 8 available octave settings
Glide Time control
KB CV output (-5 to +5V)
Gate Output (0 to +5V)

SEQUENCER

Dual-mode 32 step sequencer with 64 sequence locations
Performance Modes:

  • In KB Mode, the Keyboard is used to play the instrument, enter sequence data and transpose sequences.

  • In Step Mode, the keyboard functions as the step sequencer interface and is used to enable and mute steps, update note data and select sequence banks.

Each sequence step includes: Note Value, Gate Length (Tie), Rest On/Off, Accent On/Off, Glide On/Off and Ratchet count (up to 4 note-repeats occurring in the duration of a single note)
Sequencer Panel Controls: Tempo, Swing, Run/Stop, Hold, and Reset
Sequencer Control Inputs: Tempo, Run/Stop (also used for sync), Reset and Hold
Sequencer Control Outputs: KB, Gate, Accent Pulse

PATCHBAY

The patchbay contains 32 patch points (3.5mm)
Available Inputs: External Audio, Mix CV, VCA CV, VCF Cutoff, VCF Resonance, VCO 1V/Octave, VCO Linear FM, VCO Modulation, LFO Rate, Mix 1, Mix 2, VC Mix Control, Mult, Gate, Tempo, Run/Stop, Reset and Hold
Available Outputs: VCA, Noise, VCF, VCO Saw, VCO Pulse, LFO Triangle, LFO Square, VC Mix, Mult 1, Mult 2, Assign, EG, KB, Gate

ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT

• Multipurpose control output for selecting from 16 available functions: Sequencer Accent, Sequencer Clock, Sequencer Clock /2 Sequencer Clock /4, Decimated "Ramp”, Decimated "Saw”, Decimated "Triangle”, Stepped Random, STEP 1, MIDI Note On Velocity, MIDI Channel Aftertouch, MIDI Pitch Bend, MIDI CC1 Mod Wheel, MIDI CC2, MIDI CC4 and MIDI CC7

SPECS

• Dimensions: 12.57“W x 4.21“H (with knobs) x 5.24“D

• Weight: 3.5 lbs.

• Power Consumption: 2.8W

• Included Power Supply: 100-250VAC, 50-60Hz, +12VDC 1A

• Patchbay: 32x 3.5mm jacks

• Rear Panel Audio Out: ¼” Headphone / Audio

EURORACK SPECS

• Current Draw: 230mA (+12V – from 10-pin header)

• Mounting Dims: 60HP (.69” 26mm Module Depth)

that sequencer can do programmable slides and ratchets!
it’s going to be great for sequencing things like elements…

the sequencer certainly is one of the main attractions.

the rest looks like a simple yet versatile, and probably very good-sounding little monosynth with lots of patch points. i think i saw it being described as a ‘werkstatt on steroids’ somewhere. and i know firsthand that werkstatt is an excellent little synth.

also, it has the letters ‘m o o g’ printed on it.

so, what’s not to love? :slight_smile:

Fantastic. As long as this can trigger a Werkstatt via the gate out, this will go on the short lit of stuff to get.

I also hope that the MIDI can be sent to the keyboard and gate outs.

Hmmm… besides the sequencer, what’s the appeal of this?

as an accessory, moog now also offers eurorack cases.
the design is a bit too much on the rustic side for my taste, though.

They had several of these at Knobcon (behind a closed door where only 3 could enter at a time, but not before surrendering your phones and camera’s to the Moog guardians). Soundwise, it’s a Moog (and it says Moog which may be a bigger appeal). Function-wise I think it’s one of the best single voice eurorack modules available. The sequencer is not very intuitive, but a nice addition nonetheless. The pricepoint is pretty impressive. It would be hard pressed to piece together individual modules with the same capabilities for the same price.

Note about the boats: they are not powered.

@pichenettes: Give a Werkstatt a try if you can get your hands on one. The single oscillator has a bigger sound than the Minitaur with two oscillators. Not to mention that the Werkstatt has very smart patching options. It’s hard to explain, but the balance is very well done. The filter is also a draw for others, and it is nice to have highpass as an option on the Mother 32.

The sequencer is the least interesting thing for me. Since this has MIDI, I will be sequencing it externally. There are also some options to do CC to CV as there is a decent 1 channel MIDI to CV converter inside. Still no word on triggering a Werkstatt. If I didn’t have one of those, this would be less enticing.

The big deal for me is the patch bay. It is off to the side and full of options. A modular Moog, while vanilla on the surface, is a stupidly powerful tool. The best part? No one will argue with genuine Moog sound. I could use many other synths to get these sounds, but if you use a Moog, people tend to think it sounds better. Name recognition and all of that. Pretty much the same reason to get a Prophet 6. Powerful, “vintage” sound with little to no thinking.

Overall, it is just a win-win at that price point. The only other competition at this price range for a single-voice modular is the PM starter systems, Atlantis, and Elements. The advantages of the Moog is that it is stand-alone, has MIDI built right into the panel, and has more patch point options.

The werkstatt sounds like a textbook sawtooth oscillator in a moog ladder filter.

which is no bad thing at all.
but i prefer its pw sound. i usually do…

“Function-wise I think it’s one of the best single voice eurorack modules available.” Really!? Why? I think single-voice Eurorack modules are an oxymoron. Just seems silly to go through the trouble of getting into Eurorack and then buying a complete single-voice module. I’m also not much of a sucker for a specific synth’s sound, I would imagine very few people could pick a synth by sound alone. I like to think the way a synth is programmed and played has more to do with its’ sound than any intrinsic electronic attributes. As for functionality, I’ll stick with my Anushri or Phenol. From what I’ve heard, the price is at least reasonable.

yeah, i wouldn’t think of this as a euro module either.
to me, it’s an appealing little standalone synth with some great options for interfacing with microbrute, wekstatt, eurorack, you name it.

> The werkstatt sounds like a textbook sawtooth oscillator in a moog ladder filter.

I agree, i need my detuned synths! Guess its time to look for a used anushri.

I’ve never been a fan of Moog but I can admit that they can do good work (like on the sub37 which is excellent… and to a lesser extent the minitaur). But this thing looks so lazy - even the UI layout is ugly (the kind of awkward “grid” layout I would do - Anushri, Ambika… - before I realized there are people whose brain is hardwired for making 2D things look good).

The only new idea is apparently in the sequencer (ratcheting).

pichenettes> Hmmm… besides the sequencer, what’s the appeal of this?

It’s got that especially fat, eponymously-named, deceased founding designer sound, despite having only a single vanilla analogue oscillator. Not something that Gillet Instruments should aspire to, at least not prematurely.

aw cmon guys, i think you’re being too harsh here.
anyway, i’m looking forward to playing with one of these…

With Moog following Roland, Oberheim and Dave Smith footsteps, can we just all agree that Eurorack has officially lost its nerdy appeal ? :slight_smile:

Maybe there’s some weird cross-atlantic cultural divide that makes Europeans not really seeing the appeal of Moog like Americans do? :wink:

> aw cmon guys, i think you’re being too harsh here.

Process us through this fat mommy’s filter.

> can we just all agree that Eurorack has officially lost its nerdy appeal ? :slight_smile:

Yes, I’m considering switching to Kilpatrick.

> Maybe there’s some weird cross-atlantic cultural divide that makes Europeans not really seeing the appeal of Moog like Americans do? :wink:

That might be true. Moog activates the same part of my brain as cheerleaders and pickup trucks.

naw, that’s not it, i don’t think.
take me, for example: i’m about as european as they get, and i find this one really attractive.