At Knobcon 2015, Moog Music today offered a sneak preview of a new synthesizer, the Mother32.
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 (VCO, noise, multi-mode VCF, envelope generator, VCA, LFO) in Eurorack format
- It manages to pack a lot of interesting features into a small synth, including:
- frequency and pulse-width modulation on the oscillator;
- invertable envelopes on the filter mod:
- 1-octave keyboard controls in the front panel, similar to the Werkstatt’s; and
- normalized connections let you use it without patching, but extensive patching options let you create a custom signal path.
- Can be used as a standalone desktop synth module or as part of a Euro system
- MIDI & CV control
- 32 patch points
- Built-in 32-stage step sequencer, with per-note control over a large number of parameters, including gate length, accent, glide and ratcheting
- External control of the step sequencer, including tempo, run/stop, reset and more
- 64-sequences can be saved
- In addition to the single case, Moog will have racks that will stack 2 or three of the Mother32 synths
The Moog Mother32 is expected to be available in early October, priced at US $599. We will have full specs, photos, audio demos when the product is officially announced.