Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer Combines Vintage Vibe With Modern Connectivity

At Moogfest 2018, Moog Music is introducing the Moog Grandmother – a semi-modular analog synth keyboard with a seriously retro vibe.

The Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Synthesizer

The Grandmother is a semi-modular design. With normalized internal routing, you can play it without any patch cables. But, if you want to override default internal connections, the Grandmother offers 41 patch points, including 21 inputs, 16 outputs and a parallel-wired 4-jack multiple.

The Moog Grandmother Synthesizer

Features:

  • 100% analog synthesizer with 32-note Fatar keybed
  • Semi-modular design, requires no patching to play
  • All normalized connections can be interrupted for full modularity
  • Hardware Spring Reverb can be used to process external sounds
  • 1/4” External audio input for guitars, drum machines, and more
  • 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
  • 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 and a Parallel-Wired 4-jack Mult

Official Video Intro:

Video Demo:

Audio Demos:

Pricing and Availability

The Moog Grandmother will be available at Moogfest, priced at US $899. The first 500 units will be limited Moogfest editions and will come with a Moog denim jacket.

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66 thoughts on “Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer Combines Vintage Vibe With Modern Connectivity

  1. Love that name! Looks like a quilt grandma made, perfect look for the name. Can’t wait to hear it.

  2. I really like the color scheme. Is that Bass Station blue? Looking forward to the sound demos.

    Can’t wait to whinge about the price!.!

    1. Yeah – it is sort of ugly but in a good way!

      Reminds me of those old Radio Shack electronics kits crossed with a Realistic MG-1.

      Its like they’ve embraced the rest of their company history, not just the early synth pioneer days.

    1. ARP2600 – Analog synth with built in reverb…built in 1972. Semi-modular too! I am seriously happy though to see it being done again. I think they should include a built in delay too though.

  3. Vintage vibe? I’ve been doing this 40 years and don’t remember anything like this, whats so ‘vintage’ about it? The pitch/mod wheels maybe? Looks like a Fischer Price toy. I’m sure it will sound cool though, and I’m sure some will dig the aesthetics, but alas not I.

    1. Look up synth keyboards of the 70s, like the MG-1 or the Sonic Six or even the Foland SH-7. Lots of retro influences with this one!

  4. Here we go. Overpriced crippled analog mono for $900(moog brand ofc). Compare it to Behringer’s Neutron($300) for example 😀

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      1. Actually both are great (well have not heard Grandmother but ill assume) I will be picking up both and patching them together.

  5. Oh dear. Can’t imagine any way Bob Moog would have approved of this. Awful. Either the people at the company that bears his name have become mother lovers or, which I consider more likely, they consider their customers likewise and as a bunch of Morons. And when does synthopia publish it? MOTHERS day. Please No.

    I’d go for a pair of M32’s any time, but not this.

  6. All those matriarcal names… The DFAM marketing revolving around women synthesists… Is Moog going through some sort of an Oedipus complex or what?

    1. Nothing new – It all goes back to the Bob Moog days, with the MoogerFoogers, clearly a play on words, like the names that followed.

  7. If it didn’t look so ridiculous with all those colors, and instead was a more traditional black i mightve gotten it. I’m sorry but I think this is one of the ugliest synths I’ve seen in a while.

    1. It’s all a question of taste. Personally, I like it a lot. There are enough single-color-boring-looking synths you can buy, if you prefer “traditional black”.
      Now, it’s very unlikely that I’ll buy one, but more because of money and space.

  8. Just release the modules individually. Would be better as part of eurorack setup. Keyboard is unnecessary and hard to tell how limited the oscillators are.

  9. Ok yeah I guess it looks kinda the Radio Shack one that I never saw back in the day cause I never went to radio shack. When I said in my post above it doesn’t look like anything vintage I’ve seen in the past 40 years of doing this I guess I should narrow my world down to the Los Angeles area stores and studios I frequented, stores like West LA Music, Nadines, Guitar Center Hollywood, Jim’s Music, Sightsinger, etc., and studios like Ocean amongst the more well known ones, and many smaller ones ….. never saw any vintage synths that looked like this with those weird colors. The Wasp was about the weirdest one I ever saw laying around, it was modtly considered a toy back then. So yeah I guess maybe there were some other weird vintage synths out there, but not in my neck of the woods.

    1. So it’s only legitimately retro in design if it resembles a synth you’ve seen with your own eyes, near where you live? That makes sense.

  10. I can finally bring my grandmother to the techno gig and get her up on stage! The kids will love her, not for the cookies but for the way she screams.

    1. @Loic: Right. The original Moogs at least had character and scream. Mrs. Tina Turner is a grandma with character and screams. So i’m curious about this Grand mother in the family.

  11. Overpriced, It probably only cost about $600 dollars-ish. I’ll wait to by it used. All the hype is just a marketing tactic to buy it on impulse, which makes them a lot of money. All impulse buys equal regret and then you look for something that is better/”New!” repeating the cycle.

    1. Complaining that Moog created another mono machine is like complaining that Harley Davidson keeps churning out two wheelers. It’s what they do.

      1. Not only that, but they make a “potato, potato, potato, potato” noise instead of sounding like a chainsaw on steroids. Stupid Harley’s.

        But, yeah, Moog’s play mono leads (albeit, for people that can afford them)

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