The Moog Sub Phatty analogue synthesizer is a monophonic synth purist's dream. Thanks to the brilliant minds at Moog, smooth analogue tones are within everyone's grasp.
The Sub Phatty is built to the same impeccably high standards you'd expect from a company like Moog, who're renowned for the effortlessly reliable gear. There are 25 semi-weighted keys along which to run your fingers - and if that's not enough there is an octave button to give you greater space to run -, as well as a pitch bend and mod wheel to the left of the keys.
However, the first thing your eyes are drawn to is the dazzling array of control knobs along the angled rear panel - a classic Moog feature. There are 31 knobs and 13 switches in total to give you direct and immediate control, which is a must whether you're recording in the studio or performing live onstage.
Brains To Back Up The Brawn
Under the hood of the Sub Phatty lies some incredibly complex circuitry that opens up a universe of tones and textures to explore. At the heart of the this beauty is the Sub Oscillator, two free-running Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs) - which get up to speed quickly so that you can get on with playing/performing as soon as possible -, and a brutal noise generator. Depending on the sound you're looking for, the Sub Phatty controllers allow you to be a delicate or aggressive as you like, producing smooth and creamy tones to ear-splittingly harsh, jagged tones.
Legendary Moog Sounds
The legendary Moog sounds are due to Bob Moog's original Ladder Filter, and the Sub Phatty's ladder allows you to dial in the filter cutoff frequency that you desire, tweaking the resonance along the way to generate classic fat Moog sounds that pack a punch.
New Multidrive Feature
The Sub Phatty's mixer section allows you to inject some tantalisingly devious overdrive into both the input of the filter for some classic minimoog-sounding distortion. Thanks to the new Multidrive circuit you can control the post-filter overdrive too, giving you the chance to produce a range of tones from lush overdrive, gnarly distortion, and harsh modern madness.
The Moog Sub Phatty's onboard low frequency oscillator (LFO) allows you to modulate filters independent from either oscillator. Instead the key-synced filter sweeps. Not only that but thanks to the range of inputs/outputs - including Pitch CV, Vol CV, Filter CV, RB Gate, External Audio In and Out, MIDI DIN In and Out, and MIDI USB - you can plug external instruments, e.g. guitar, into the Sub Phatty to produce some spectacular sounds. Weighing in at a mere 7.5kg and possessing a minimal footprint, the Moog Sub Phatty is the perfect analogue synth for live performers, and powerful enough to find a home in the most prestigious of studios.
Manufacturer Moog Model Sub Phatty Analogue Synthesizer Dimensions (H x W x D) 158.8 x 514.4 x 368.3 mm Weight 7.5 kg Power 110VAC-240VAC Universal Power Supply with IEC connector Sound Engine Analog Number of Keys 25 Type of Keys Semi-weighted Other Controllers Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel Polyphony Monophonic Sound Sources 2 Variable Waveshape Oscillators, 1 Square Wave Sub Oscillator, 1 Noise Generator Oscillator Calibration Range 22Hz-6.8KHz.Guaranteed note range at 8’ of Note 18 to 116 Mod Sources Triangle, Square, Saw, Ramp, SH, Filter Envelope Mod Destinations Pitch, Osc 2 Pitch Only, Filter, Waveshape Filter Moog Ladder Filter 20Hz-20Khz Audio Input 1 x TS Audio Output 1 x TS, 1 x TRS Headphone Presets 4 Banks, 4 Patches Per Bank MIDI I/O DIN In, Out, and MIDI over USB CV/GATE INPUTS Filter CV, Pitch CV, Volume CV, KB Gate Transposition +/- 2 Octaves LFO 0.01Hz - 1000Hz
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