2013 NAMM Show: Pricing and specifications for the new Moog Sub Phatty analog synthesizer are now available. The new two-oscillator synthesizer will be Moog’s most affordable keyboard synth, with a street price of $999.
According to Moog, ‘the Sub Phatty grinds and screams with a uniquely aggressive voice — making it the new standard for synth bass, analog percussion, and a wide range of sound design applications.’
“We set out to design the grittiest Moog synth ever, one that still offers all of the great sound and flexibility that Moog synthesizers are known for, but that also really has teeth,” said Mike Adams, President of Moog Music. “One of the great advantages of the Sub Phatty is its ability to conjure aggressive sounds that cut through a dance mix, stand out on-stage, or burn up the studio. We think that everyone from producers and sound designers to DJs and synthesists will have a blast using it.”
We’ve got photos, video and specifications below. Check it out and let us know what you think of the new Moog Sub Phatty!
The Moog Sub Phatty
The Sub Phatty’s filter includes the transformative new Multidrive circuit, a combination of OTA distortion and FET drive. At low settings, Multidrive adds warmth and width; when pushed, it delivers ‘a screaming snarl that is highly reactive to resonance, waveshape, and oscillator level’.
Users can access a total of 16 definable presets via the 4×4 preset matrix on the Sub Phatty’s front panel. This matrix also doubles as a control panel for the instrument’s ‘subcutaneous nerve center’ — users can select filter poles, set pitch bend amounts, toggle between legato glide modes, and more. These functions can also be accessed via the included Sub Phatty standalone/plugin editor.
The configuration of the Sub Phatty’s mixer section allows users to easily determine, at any given moment, which sources overdrive the filter and which simply pass through it. The mixer section further hosts controls for a square wave sub oscillator; those operating the Sub Phatty can utilize this tool as a third oscillator for added depth, or to craft monstrous Moog bass. Also in the mixer section is a noise generator, voiced to deliver rich, punchy low-frequency content, designed for analog percussion and sound effects.
- ‘Vintage’ Moog sound
- 25 Keys, 31 knobs and 13 switch controls
- Multidrive circuit technology for a gritty, saturated distortion
- Powerful square wave sub oscillator for deep thick bass tones
- Bold unique voice
Sub Phatty Audio Demos:
Moog Sub Phatty Specifications:
- Sound Engine: Analog
- Number of Keys: 25
- Type of Keys: Semi Weighted
- Other Controllers: Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel
- Polyphony: Monophonic
- Sound Sources: 2 Variable Waveshape Oscillators, 1 Square Wave Sub Oscillator, 1 Noise Generator
- Mod Sources: Triangle, Square, Saw, Ramp, SH, Filter Envelope
- Mod Destinations: Pitch, Osc 2 Pitch Only, Filter, Waveshape
- Filter: Moog Ladder Filter 20Hz-20Khz
- Audio Input: 1xTS
- Audio Output: 1xTS, 1xTRS Headphone
- Presets: 4 Banks, 4 Patches Per Bank
- MIDI I/O: DIN In, Out, and MIDI over USB
- CV/Gate Inputs: Filter CV, Pitch CV, Volume CV, KB Gate
- Transposition: +/- 2 Octaves
- LFO: 0.1Hz-100Hz
Moog Sub Phatty Demo Video:
Here’s the official description:
The Sub Phatty has the soul and hands on control of a vintage Moog synthesizer in a completely new, aggressive sound design machine. It has 25 keys, 31 knobs, and 13 switches that connect you directly to the analog heart of this powerful instrument.
Its oscillators have been designed to perform with unmatched clarity, and accuracy in any environment with no warm-up time necessary. They are fat, punchy and loaded with harmonic content.
A new Multidrive circuit in the filter section totally transforms the sound of this analog synthesizer into a screaming beast. Create gritty attack, asymmetrical distortion, and saturated hard-clipping sounds that tear through the densest mix.
The mixer section houses a powerful square wave sub oscillator designed to add depth, thickness, and side splitting bass to any sound. In addition to this, a specially voiced noise generator has been incorporated for sculpting hard hitting, all analog percussion sounds and other sound effects.
The Sub Phatty joins the Moog arsenal with a new and boldly unique voice. Its engaging and dynamic interface fuses a connection between man & machine that opens the door to unprecedented sonic exploration.
The Moog Sub Phatty is expected to ship in March, with an MSRP of $1,099 (street price $999). See the Moog site for more info.