Moog is a household name, among both synth enthusiasts and the wider musician community alike. Famed for paving the way for analog synths, they're widely credited with defining the modern synth formula. For decades, musicians and manufacturers have expanded their setups in pursuit of ever-more complex and unique sounds, resulting in all manner of wild compositions and musical styles.
In a break from this trend, Moog have stripped away the bells and whistles and produced an intuitive synth that's designed for one thing: play. Say hello to the Grandmother Dark!
The Dark Series
This the same great instrument you know and love - now with a darker stylistic twist. The new sleek and minimal all-black aesthetic harks back to the timeless modular control panel designs that were the inspiration behind the synths initial creation. It also offers a more simple alternative to the original multi-coloured look of the initial model.
Ready, set, play!
Looking at its interface, it's quite apparent that Moog have built the Grandmother with fun in mind. This setup is designed to encourage experimentation, with heaps of potential patch combinations to play with. You've got the best bits of the classic Moog design; chunky black controls, clear labelling, smooth faders, velocity-sensitive keyboard. These elements have been streamlined to ensure that you'll not only find it easy to make noise with this thing - you'll enjoy it too!
The only way is modular
As mentioned before, the interface makes the Grandmother far easier to navigate. This will be particularly useful for those who aren't experienced in using modular synths - they can often be a daunting prospect.
Moog have adopted a semi-modular approach. The strips act as modules, despite being part of an all-in-one setup. Inspired by its modular synth ancestry, the Grandmother's sound engine, modulation engine and onboard spring reverb (yep, you read that right) are entirely analog. Add to the mix an intuitive arpeggiator and sequencer and numerous filter options, and you've got a compact synth powerhouse that'll deliver on every level!
A variety of patching options expands the sonic horizon even further. Use this to override internal connections and change the order of the Grandmother's components, potentially resulting in a truly weird and wonderful tonal palette. Finally, the Grandmother can be used as an analog audio processor for external sound sources, as well as a sequencer and keyboard front end for other compatible synths. The possibilities are limitless - go forth and play.
- All-black design
- Classic Moog design appointments; chunky controls, easy-to-use faders, clear labelling
- 32-note Fatar keyboard with velocity
- All-analog sound engine and modulation
- Built-in spring reverb tank; yes, it rattles!
- Optional patching for near-infinite sonic combinations
- External input for instruments
- 3 sequence patches to store your own patterns - up to 256 notes each!
- Hardware Spring Reverb can be used to process external sounds
- 1/4” External audio input for guitars, drum machines, and more.
- Semi-modular - no patching is required
- 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
- 32-note Fatar keyboard with velocity
- All normalized connections can be interrupted for full modularity
- 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
- Oscillators based on Moog Minimoog
- Mixer based on Moog CP3
- Filter based on Moog 904
- Envelope Generator Based on Moog 911
- VCA Based on Moog 902
- Spring Reverb based on Moog 905