A new Moog will hit the streets soon!! I'm at the Knobcon synth convention in Schaumburg (Chicago). Moog has a little side room here and they're allowing people to take a brief visit with a prototype of their latest synth. No cell phones or cameras allowed. I just got out and was impressed by what I saw.
The name is Mother-32. It's a single voice semi-modular knobby desktop synth with a built-in sequencer. The sequencer has 32 steps. There are 32 CV input/output jacks. MIDI in but no MIDI out. The Moog ladder filter is switchable between LPF and HPF. The sequencer if highly flexible and has lots of cool tricks up its sleeves.
Interesting. I'm surprised they didn't wait until NAMM to announce this.
Do you know what the specs are synth-wise? I find it hard to believe they'd manage to include a sequencer, HPF and cvs i/o yet keep a price so close to the Minitaur without sacrificing something. Maybe digital osc?
Single osc, vco, Moog ladder filter. The width is around 10". This is just my guess but it seems to be a Werkstatt with a nice case and full size knobs along with a variant of the Sub 37 sequencer. I don't think you can store multiple patterns. But I believe that the guy doing the demo said that you can feed new patterns to it on the fly from a DAW.
I'm surrounded by modulars here at Knobcon. I'm not going down that rabbit hole. But semi modular looks really attractive to me. The demo included using the osc to click the sequencer.
I took another guided tour of the Mother-32. Here are some notes from memory.
$599 is the street price.
The sequencer has memory for 64 patterns. You can get 303-like patterns out of it by assigning glide, gate length, and accent per step.
The sequencer has ratcheting, which is a repetition of a note up to 4 times per step. Ratcheting can be adjusted on the fly while the sequence is playing
The voice is not exactly from the Werkstatt. But there is some sort of relationship.
They had three of them chained together, producing kick, snare, hihat and melody lines. If you're counting, that's 4 sounds out of three single-osc monosynths. One of the Mother-32s was set up so the pitch of the drum osc was varied from low to high on alternating steps, producing a kick-snare pattern.
There is a noise source that can be mixed with the regular oscillator sound.
I was particularly impressed with the sound of the kick/snare. Very solid. I'm most likely going to buy one at some point.
The Mother32 is a Eurorack synth module that is a basic all-in-one synth voice. It comes in its own case, but can also be mounted in a Eurorack system. Architecturally, it is a single-VCO Moog synth voice – but with 32 audio and control voltage patch points, a built-in sequencer and ‘Moog sound’.
We had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the new Moog Eurorack synth with Moog’s Steve Dunnington. The Mother32 promises to be a inexpensive standalone Moog synth module and also a great starting point for building a Eurorack modular system.
Moog was not allowing anyone to take pictures or record video yet, because the Mother32 is scheduled to be officially introduced in October. But read on for the details that we can share now!
• All-in-one Moog synth voice in Eurorack format
• Can be used as a standalone desktop synth module or as part of a Euro system
• MIDI & CV control
• 32 patch points
• Built-in step sequencer, with per-note control over a large number of parameters, including gate length and ratcheting
The Moog Mother32 is expected to be available in early October, priced at US $599.
Isn't there like a synth equivalent of a Police Sketch Artist attending that can draw us a picture at least?
Last edited by genshi; 13th September 2015 at 01:16 AM..
Reason: Added info from Synthtopia
Are the CV ins/outs for breadboard jumper wires like the Werkstatt, or does it actually have 3.5mm jacks?
Actual jacks, though my friend claimed they were 1/4 inch... I think he meant 3.5mm (he recently acquired an Arp 2600, so he's got 1/4 inch on the brain!) but either way, 32 CV jacks for Audio/Control.