The Build & Sound Of The New Moog Grandmother Synthesizer

A fat sound, semi-modular architecture and beginner friendly, that’s the new Moog Grandmother Synthesizer

The rumours and leaks are true! Moog Music will release for Moogfest 2018 the Grandmother semi-modular Synthesizer. Today, several US-based music shops released videos about the Grandmother where you can hear the history of it and the sound.

In my opinion the Grandmother is a great sounding analog Synthesizer with a simple design that invite everyone to play with it. Also musicians without knowledge of synthesis can directly play with it. Very curious to hear more about it.

Analog Architecture

All the basic building blocks of a modular synth are included in the Grandmother’s design, and even some welcomed extras. There are two analog oscillators each with their own selectable waveforms including triangle, sawtooth, square and pulse, with a hard sync button to align them appropriately. The analog LFO is perfect for adding some movement to your sound and with its audio-rate capability, it can act as a third oscillator for bigger, more aggressive sounds. There’s also a classic Moog 4-pole 10Hz-20kHz Ladder filter, patchable 1-pole high-pass filter, and an analog ADSR envelope generator ready to sculpt your sound. 

Beyond The Basics

The Grandmother would be an excellent machine with only the essentials, but Moog innovates further by adding in an analog hardware spring reverb tank that can add a subtle shine, while taming any harsh frequencies. The reverb tank can also be used to process external sources as a standalone effect. Grandmother also has a built-in arpeggiator that’s easy to use and an onboard sequencer that can store up to 3 sequences with up to 256 notes each.

Vintage Vibe, Modern Connectivity

Despite its vintage-inspired design, Grandmother has all of the connectivity needed for a modern production environment. There’s a 5-pin MIDI In/Out/Thru as well as MIDI over USB for instant integration with your host computer. Grandmother also features 1/4″ main output and a 1/4” external audio input for guitars, drum machines, and more. Grandmother’s 32-note premium Fatar keybed makes this a premium standalone synth but will also work perfectly as the front end to an existing modular system. No matter how you decide to use it, Grandmother will give you a lifetime of sound exploration. 

Features

  • 100% analog synthesizer with 32-note Fatar keybed
  • Semi-modular design, requires no patching to play
  • All normalized connections can be interrupted for full modularity
  • Hardware Spring Reverb can be used to process external sounds
  • 1/4” External audio input for guitars, drum machines, and more
  • Easy to use Arpeggiator and Sequencer
  • Store up to 3 sequences with up to 256 notes each
  • 2 Analog Oscillators with selectable waveshape and hard sync
  • Classic 4-Pole 10Hz-20kHz Ladder filter
  • Patchable 1-Pole High Pass filter
  • Analog ADSR Envelope Generator
  • Analog LFO with audio-rate capabilities
  • DIN MIDI In/Out/Thru and USB MIDI
  • Patchable bipolar attenuator
  • Works with Mother-32, DFAM, Eurorack modular systems and more
  • 41 patch points with 21 inputs, 16 outputs and a Parallel-Wired 4-jack Mult

The Moog Music Grandmother Moogfest edition will be available for $899 USD.

More information here: Moog Music 

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