Today, Moog Music announced the release of Mother-32, a “vintage-voiced” analog performance and production synthesizer. The semi-modular all-in-one synth works as a stand-alone instrument, or can be incorporated into a Eurorack modular setup.
Architecturally, Mother-32 is a single-VCO Moog synth voice – but with 32 audio and control voltage patch points, a built-in sequencer and ‘Moog sound.’ At $599, the Mother-32 promises to be a inexpensive standalone Moog synth module and also a great starting point for building a Eurorack modular system.
At Knobcon 2015, we got a sneak preview of the new Moog Mother 32 from Moog Product Development Specialist Steve Dunnington. (Stay tuned for that story in a little bit here on Synthtopia).
During the prototype phase, Moog worked with 3 synthesists with quite different styles, Erika, Max Ravitz, and Bana Haffar to produce the video, above, that explores the range of the Mother-32’s capabilities.
Here’s a video demo, capturing a live performance on three Mother 32 synths by synthesist Max Ravitz:
Here are official audio demos for the Moog Mother 32:
The Mother-32 module, a 100% analog instrument, features a one-knob-per-function interface, comprehensive voltage-controlled sequencer and a 32-point analog patch bay. The synth is mounted in a black, laser-etched extruded aluminum enclosure and finished with wood sidepieces.
Mother-32’s “semi-modular” design means that no patching is required. The 32-point patch bay also provides access to a wide range of sounds and functionality including an assignable CV output jack, MIDI-to-CV conversion, external audio input, a second voltage-controlled mixer, sync, and multiple unit expandability.
Onboard sound sources include a powerful 10-octave analog oscillator with variable pulse width, and an analog white noise generator. The signals from each sound source are then blended together by a voltage-controlled mixer for dynamic sound creation and manipulation.
From the mixer, sound travels through a Moog Ladder Filter with selectable low pass and high pass filter types.
Musical creation and programming is executed via Mother-32’s thirty-two-step, voltage-controlled sequencer or external MIDI controller. There are two sequencing styles available. A total of 64 patterns can be stored and recalled from within Mother-32’s memory bank.
Mother-32 is an expandable analog ecosystem that allows multiple units to easily be mounted and patched together for extended synthesis capabilities.
Optional “Mother” Accessories:
- 6” Moog Patch Cables (5-Pack)
- 12” Moog Patch Cables (5-Pack)
- 2 Tier Mother Rack Kit (Also for use with 60 HP Moog case)
- 3 Tier Mother Rack Kit (Also for use with 60 HP Moog case)
- 60 HP Empty Moog Eurorack Case (Requires Eurorack power module for use)
- Mother-32 Soft Carrying Case
Pricing and Availability
The Moog Mother-32 is available now, shipping worldwide with a street price of US $599. More information is available at the Moog Music website.