Moog Grandmother Dark

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Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer

  • 32-Key Fatar keyboard
  • Saves up to 3 sequences with up to 256 notes
  • Arpeggiator
  • Integrated hardware spring reverb based on Moog 905 (can also be used for external signals)
  • 2 Analog oscillators with selectable waveform and hard sync
  • Classic 4-pole 10 Hz - 20 kHz ladder filter
  • Patchable 1-pole high pass filter
  • Analog ADSR envelope generator
  • Patchable bipolar attenuator
  • Compatible with Mother-32, DFAM and other modular systems
  • Pitch and modulation wheel
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 58 x 36.2 x 13.9 cm
  • Weight: 7.25 kg
  • Colour: Black
  • Includes 12V power supply (100-240V)

Connections:

  • 41 Patch points with 21 inputs, 16 outputs and a parallel wired 4-jack Mult
  • 1 Lne input 6.3 mm jack unbalanced
  • 1 Combined line / headphone output 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • MIDI In / Out / Thru
  • USB
available since November 2020
Item number 498585
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£1,039
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What you see is what you get

The Moog Grandmother Dark is the black version of the semi-modular synthesizer. In this case, semi-modular means that the Grandmother has 41 patch points, but can also be played without plugging in. The system is also compatible with other (semi-)modular Moog products and other modular synthesizers. Like many aspects of the design, the two analogue oscillators and the classic ladder filter are based on the old Moog modular systems. The whole thing is housed in the usual solid and very attractive casing with a high-quality 32-key Fatar keyboard. There are no digital flourishes on the Grandmother, nor any presets: What you see is what you get.

Grandmother with new tricks

In addition to the oscillators and filters already mentioned, the Moog Grandmother has a spring tank, which fits the optical retro touch and provides wonderful spring reverb if required. However, the Grandmother also has a few modern features on board. Besides the five-pin MIDI connections, there is also a USB connection on the rear side. On the front, Moog has provided an arpeggiator and a sequencer, which with 256 steps offers more than enough space for any melody, no matter how extensive. As you would expect from a modularly designed device, it also contains the classic utilities such as a signal splitter (mult) and an attenuator, which helps with amplifying or attenuating the control signal.

Purist without digital frills

One thing should be clear: Like every Moog, the Grandmother's sound is sublime beyond any doubt. If you buy a Moog, you get the Moog sound and if you want Moog sound, you buy a Moog. It's as simple as that. The Grandmother is certainly not a Swiss army knife, but a purist with no digital frills. Whether as an additional device for bassists, to make the walls shake with synth sounds, or as a control centre for modular enthusiasts: Thanks to its well thought-out interface and ease of connection, the Grandmother will make your heart beat faster.

About Moog

The US manufacturer of synthesizers, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the pioneers in this field and has legendary status. Robert Moog had been involved with electronic sound generation since the 1950s and his first experience was with the manufacture of theremins. The breakthrough came in 1968 with the Grammy-winning album "Switched-On Bach" by musician Wendy Carlos (then know as Walter Carlos), recorded in multitrack with a mono synthesizer. The Minimoog, released in 1971, became the most popular synthesizer of the 1970s and is still considered the benchmark for the quality of synthesised sounds. It and the following devices, like the Memorymoog, Polymoog, and Prodigy, shaped the sound of numerous albums, from Stevie Wonder to The Police and from Saga to Kraftwerk.

The sound lab

The Grandmother's sound generation section has two oscillators, a filter, an ADSR, and an LFO on board - that's it. However, the Grandmother's real strengths lie in the experimental area. The 41 patch points invite you to plug into the sound lab at whim. Especially in connection with a modular synthesizer there are no limits for your creativity, since almost every module of the Grandmother can be accessed at any point. It is a great companion for the Moog Mother-32, for example, and all that at a price that really is impressive.

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Jonas GG 28.02.2022
Using this is my production for texturing and also to come up with bass / weird lead sounds. It is the perfect synth for any producer who is trying to add more creativity in their melodies. It has many possibilities and is my go to Mono synth
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Best Grandmother ever!
darkarthur 16.02.2022
A superb synth, ideal for beginners who want to try out modular and great for more experienced people as well. That lovely MOOG filter, super strong build and great packaging (MOOG know how to do boxes...) Yup, a great synth.
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Un semi modulaire fascinant
Dreadlove 13.03.2021
J'utilise ce synthé en home studio, en complément de VST. Je voulais à l'origine un Matriarch, mais j'ai opté pour la grand mère sur les conseils de Youtubeurs avertis. Je ne regrette pas mon choix. Le Matriarch pour plus tard, pourquoi pas?
C'est un excellent instrument qui permet de découvrir le semi modulaire sans trop se perdre, l'apprivoiser. Il permet de créer. L'absence de mémoire n'est pas gênant. ça oblige à comprendre ce qu'on fait. C'est un instrument de musique, pas une machine, il ne demande qu'à être compris. Le Grandmother a un énorme potentiel, patché ou pas.
Le son est rond, agressif, doux, puissant, subtil, violent, chaud, vivant, organique. Tout dépend. Je suis souvent surpris de voir comment, en touchant un potard, le son change, se transforme. C'est fascinant. Surprenant.
L'objet est robuste, très bien fini. Je le trouve beau dans sa sobriété. Seul défaut à mes yeux... il est un peu petit. Pas simple de le mettre sur un stand à hauteur d'homme assis. Mais ça peut être aussi un avantage. Donc...
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Erwartungen übertroffen
G7.3 30.12.2021
Ich könnte jetzt einen ewigen Text schreiben über Gefühlsausbrüche und Emotionen. Ich glaube ich mache es kurz. Es ist ein Moog und zwar reinrassig. Der warme Sound das Filter und überhaupt alles an diesem Synthi sind TRAUMHAFT. Ich besitze ja schon einen Moog Minitaur für meine Bässe und ich finde auch hier spielt der kleine Zwerg in na einsamen Liga denn besser geht es nicht. Der Grand Mother ist eine Super Ergänzung. Ich hatte anfänglich etwas Panik mit dem Modularem Patch Gedöns. Ja, es ist meine erste Erfahrung mit den süßen Patchkabeln. Die Sorge ist aber total unbegründet denn es ist wirklich einfach und im Handbuch auch super erklärt. Und erst das patchen holt das potential so richtig raus. Deshalb keine Angst davor und einfach machen. Wird nicht mein letzter Moog sein.
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