Moogfest 2019: Moog Music today introduced the Matriarch, a patchable 4-note paraphonic analog synthesizer that builds on the semi-modular design of their Grandmother synthesizer.
The Moog Matriarch features a built-in sequencer, arpeggiator, stereo ladder filters, and stereo analog delay. The company describes the new synth as ‘the pinnacle of Moog’s semi-modular family of analog synthesizers.
Moog Matriarch Video Intro:
The official intro video features performances by Lisa Bella Donna, Ghostly Intl. electronic producer Max Ravitz (Patricia), Anthem / Call of Duty / Assassins Creed composer Sarah Schachner and Paris Strother of R&B duo We Are KING.
The Moog Matriarch features a default signal path, so you can play it without any patching. The analog circuitry is based on classic Moog synthesizer modules. The default signal routing can be customized using the synth’s 90 modular patch points.
- Mono, duo, and 4-note paraphonic playability
- Stereo analog delay with up to 700ms of stereo or ping/pong style repeats
- 256-step sequencer with up to four notes per step and 12 stored patterns
- Arpeggiator with selectable modes (Order, Forward/Backward, Random)
- Semi-modular analog synthesizer—no patching required
- 90 modular patch points for endless exploration
- Expressive 49-note Fatar keyboard with patchable velocity and aftertouch
- Four analog oscillators with selectable waveshape and hard sync per-oscillator
- Full-range analog LFO with six selectable waveshapes
- Dual analog filters with parallel (HP/LP), stereo (LP/LP), and series (HP/LP) modes available
- Dual analog ADSR envelopes
- Dual analog VCAs
- Three bipolar voltage controlled attenuators with ring mod capability
- 2×4 parallel wired unbuffered mults
- Additional simple analog LFO useful for adding modulation to delay, filters and VCAs
- 1/4″ external audio input for processing guitars, drum machines, and more through Matriarch’s analog circuits
- Stereo 1/4″ and 3.5mm Eurorack level audio outputs
Pricing and Availability
The Moog Matriarch is currently available exclusively through Guitar Center and at Moogfest 2019, priced at $1999. It will be available for preorder through all Authorized Moog Dealers worldwide starting Monday, April 29. See the Moog site for more information.
Update: Here are some additional video demos:
Musician’s Friend demo with Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco):
Guitar Center demo with Phil Cornish (Kanye West Musical Director):