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The MOOG Grandmother is an Old-School Analog Synth for New-School Producers
The MOOG Grandmother is an all-analog, semi-modular synth with classic aesthetics; a "sonic playground" inspired by MOOG Modular Synthesizers of the 60s/70s but with "no patching required".
MOOG's latest analog synthesizer takes its styling from the classic modular synthesizers of the '60s and '70s, but the Grandmother is far from retirement. This semi-modular, all-analog synthesizer is built to appeal to the latest generation of musicians and producers who have been re-discovering the joys and the musical journey of modular synthesis. While traditional modular synthesis has a steep learning curve that prevents many from entering this murky world, the Grandmother's semi-modular architecture means that less-experienced users can dive right in and start making music with "no patching required."
The Grandmother features a full assortment of 'modules' to get you started creating music. It features an all-analog sound engine, modulation engine and an on-board spring reverb alongside an easy-to-use arpeggiator and sequencer for additional programming capabilities. Up to 3 sequences can be stored with 256 notes each, giving you plenty of room for personalising your own programs.
The Grandmother's unique design is a culmination of various modules, hand-picked and incorporated for a truly one-of-a-kind synthesizer. For instance, the oscillators on the Grandmother are based on the MiniMOOG, the mixer is based on the MOOG CP3, and the Spring Reverb is based on the MOOG 905. At the heart of the MOOG Grandmother is a pair of analog oscillators with selectable waveshape and hard sync options. This combination of classic modules creates a versatile sonic palette that can be used to create everything from atmospherics pads to vintage-style synth leads.
Patching is not required to operate the MOOG Grandmother, but users can override the internal connections via the 41 internal patch points and start to explore true modular synthesis. The Grandmother can also be used as an analog audio processor for external sound sources, or it can act as a front-end keyboard for expanding external modular systems. The 1/4'' input allows connection for guitars, drum machines, and more.
The Grandmother also includes a classic 4-pole 10Hz-20kHz Ladder filter, patchable 1-pole high-pass filter, analog ADSR envelope generator, analog LFO with audio-rate capabilities, 32-note Fatar keyboard with velocity and a wide range of connectivity including DIN MIDI In/Out/Thru and USB MIDI.
Check out MOOG's own video below on the Grandmother. "To explore the sonic possibilities and cosmic context of Grandmother, MOOG Music visited the Linear Labs studio of artist-composer Adrian Younge (Black Dynamite, Netflix’s Luke Cage)."
This keyboard is due to be debuted at MOOGfest 2018. Find out more about the MOOG Grandmother.
See the complete range of MOOG SynthesizersBy Matt Wilkinson
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