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Choosing Moog.

Choosing Moog.

For more than half

a century, Moog, one of the pioneers among synthesizer brands, has been making modular, semi-modular and keyboard synthesizers. The proprietary ladder filter has become one of the most common signal processing methods in the synthesizer industry. The musician has a variety of synthesizers to choose from, from novelties to proven vintage instruments.

In the video, musician and sound designer Lisa Bella Donna demonstrates 6 Moog synthesizers and provides advice on choosing the most suitable Moog for your needs..

Minimoog Model D.

This model first appeared in the 1970s and was Moog’s gift to live musicians looking for the sound of Moog’s large modular systems in a portable enclosure. The musicians did not remain in debt to the company and used synthesizers wherever possible: on Minimoog they played funky bass in the Parliament-Funkadelic group, and psychedelic leads in Pink Floyd, and even on the minuses of Dr. Dre you can hear the familiar sounds of this synthesizer.

Finding the same sound today is easy enough: there are still vintage synths, re-releases from Moog and affordable Model D clones from Behringer on sale..

In all three cases, the sound will be approximately the same. Below you can see examples of using the synthesizer. For example, three oscillators, tuned in unison, produce a tight and directional sound that’s good for bass lines and leads. If the oscillators are slightly detuned, you will get a surround sound for the pads. And if you then work with the filter and the envelope, you can make the parts flashy.

Although the synthesizer is monophonic, the limitation can be circumvented to some extent by tuning each oscillator to a different frequency. So when you press each note, one or another triad will actually sound..

Subsequent 37.

A modern classic from 2014 based on a monophonic Sub Phatty. This instrument is paraphonic – that is, two notes can be sounded at the same time (although both will pass through the same path).

The Subsequent 37 has two oscillators and a fully analog circuitry. At the same time, the synthesizer has convenient navigation and digital memory, which means you can save patches and sequences in real time. Plus a 64-step sequencer and arpeggiator.

The multi-mode filter allows you to select different types of cut. An optional sub-oscillator makes it easy to add low end to any pattern. The Sub 37 comes in several variants: the standard Subsequent 37 with Multidrive dirt section, the discontinued Sub 37 Tribute Edition, and the rare Subsequent 37 CV Paraphonic.


A relatively new (released in 2018) synthesizer that has become a synthesis enthusiast’s dream. Equipped with arpeggiator, sequencer and built-in spring reverb.

Like its predecessor, Mother-32, Grandmother is a semi-modular instrument and very easy to patch with other synthesizers. If you are looking for an affordable keyboard synthesizer that can work with Eurorack, Grandmother is a great choice. Example: The output from the mixer is routed to the high-pass filter and then back to the mixer..


Matriarch – As the name suggests, Moog’s premier synthesizer. And if Grandmother was monophonic, Matriarch has 4-voice polyphony..

This is one of the main distinguishing features of the synthesizer. Unlike paraphony, polyphony implies that each declared voice has its own path, and in the case of the Grandmother, the musician can play a chord – up to 4 notes. The instrument is equipped with a multi-mode arpeggiator and a step sequencer, which is capable of processing up to 256 notes (that is, up to 4 notes will fit in each of 64 steps) – including from third-party equipment.

And by analogy with Grandmother, this synthesizer is semi-modular and has 90 patch points..

DFAM and Mother-32.

The video demonstrates DFAM and Mother-32.

Usually mothers are younger than grandmothers, but it turned out differently for Moog: Mother-32 was released in 2015 and became the first instrument of the line, which later included Grandmother and Matriarch..

Mother-32 is a semi-modular desktop synthesizer that can be built into a Eurorack case, with a classic Moog sound, a step sequencer and the ability to connect with external instruments via MIDI or CV, as well as 32 patch points.

Drummer From Another Mother – originally a one-off promotion for Moogfest 2017 – went into full production in 2018. This synthesizer can act as a rhythmic element to Mother-32, which generates melodies. The sound is synthesized with the help of two oscillators, and the frequency range is 10 octaves (from subquick to treble hat).

In addition, as in Mother, you have access to patchpoints..

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