Moog Grandmother Hands-On Sound Demo

Synthesist Simeon Peebler shared this user audio demo of the sonic range of the new Moog Grandmother analog synthesizer.

Peebler’s video doesn’t dig into the patch points of the Grandmother, but focuses on exploring the range of sounds using the internal signal flow.

Here’s what he has to say about the video:

Tinkering with the Moog Grandmother Moogfest 2018 edition; sorry for the level changes, routed audio directly into camera.

This handful of minutes tinkering around demonstrates a wide range of sounds with the default circuits and controls in place, but I feel like I barely scratched the surface of what’s possible.

Sturdy construction, great feeling full-size keys. The instruction manual, which I cracked after making this video, is super helpful. Can’t wait to get this rolling with my other mod and semi-mod synths. Love the easy to read labels and knobs worth a thousand words.

16 thoughts on “Moog Grandmother Hands-On Sound Demo

    1. New generation of musicians thinks there is some magic in the sound of ancient synth. Getting of such synth, many of them hope to overcome the emotional crisis from realizing they got no creativity or talent…

      1. Moog is Moog and they make Moogs.. why is it that synthesizers are the only instrument viewed as something that has to be constantly reinvented? How much has the strat or les paul changed over the years? Its ok to just make instruments and not make it be about making some crazy technological leap with each new product.

      2. Well, there is some magic in old analog and nascent digital synths. Magic that speaks loudly to some which others can’t hear.

    2. The mainstream electronic music instrument market is surprisingly conservative. Basically, everybody wants cheap versions of the gear that they lusted after when they were young.

      The market for innovative synths and electronic instruments – things like the Continuum – is REALLY small.

      I kind of feel sorry for the companies that are really doing innovative stuff, because 90% of electronic musicians would rather get a digital 808 or a Behringer D. Maybe that’s how it’s always been, thought!

  1. Why does everyone think that synth need to be analog to be amazing? This is proof that not all analog synths are great

    1. Part of that is because good analog synths have been unobtainable for a lot of people because of their cost, and now everybody’s freaking out about them because they’re finally affordable.

      I think we’re heading towards a analog ‘synth glut’ though, because people are going to realize that things like the Behringer D have all the limitations of 40 year old analog circuits, but without most of the things that made vintage synths so cool.

      I’ve got a Behringer D and it sounds pretty good, but it’s crap next to a real instrument if you ever want to do things like perform on a dark stage. There’s a reason the knobs were big and space far apart on the original!

      Moog’s are cheaper than ever and still designed for professional use, which is awesome. I don’t think the prices will drop out on real Moog’s, because there aren’t that many of them out there, and they’re designed more for the needs of serious players.

      That said – this sounds great to me for what it is, and anybody that plays needs a full-size analog synth. The Grandmother delivers the traditional Moog sound but gives you the flexibility to get freaky with grandma, if that’s your thing.

  2. I want to like this but it really just isn’t screaming out “Must Buy” to me compared to similar offerings. I do like the colors and the layout but sound and feature wise it’s somewhat lacking.

  3. Someone in Moog’s naming department needs to see a psychoanalyst. That said, if they release a synth called “Daddy Issues” or a breath controller called “Thick Veiny Cigar” then all is forgiven.

  4. I think it sounds good, better than most modern analogs, which to me sound clean and corny. This one has some weirdness to it. Too bad it’s SOLD OUT.

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