Moog's "Little Phatty"

What Can I say? This is the Moog I wish I had twenty years ago. The Moog Rogue was my first ever synthesizer, bought new in 1983. I learned the basics of analog subtractive synthesis on it and learned to wring every bit of expression I could from its limited featureset. Sometimes limitations are just what you need to focus your creativity into a tight window. The Moog Voyager is a great synth but it has a lot of "bells and whistles" I don't particularly want or need...especially when it affects the bottom line. I've also got a few Moogerfoogers and a CP-251 so this new Moog is a very good fit for my needs and my existing setup. With the Little Phatty, Moog has pulled my old Rogue through a timewarp into the present and added a modern featureset along the way!

A quick rundown of some specs is called for:

And this little tidbit:
RAC - Real Analog Control is a proprietary technology enabling the performer to directly interface with the analog circuitry via the knobs on the control panel, without any digital processing. Very nice!

I've had a couple of people ask me why I sold my Rogue and a couple of other vintage Moog monosynths and thought my answer might illuminate why I think the Little Phatty is so very desireable:

Regarding the Rogue, I worried about future maintenance...it was a 23 year old synth. Every year or so I would clean the keyboard leaf switches to keep the nasty spectre of "squawk" at bay. You haven't heard anything until you've heard the squawk of an old synth with dirty key contacts! A clean, dry bus bar is the key.
I was very lucky and removed the foam gaskets from inside mine before they decayed into a black tarlike goo (a problem all the other Rogues I've seen have had) - I had to replace a worn-out VCF slider 10 years ago and noticed that crap starting to decay, so I scraped it out before it fouled the pots and switches. This is a time bomb that also plagues the MG-1 and the Opus-3 I believe.
Having only a single AR for both the VCF and the VCA (with sustain either switched full-on or none at all) was getting a little frustrating as was the ganged OSC footage selector and ganged waveform select for both oscillators! Even so, it still had its charms - The best thing about it was the excellent contoured sync sound and nice little Moog filter! That said, I wanted something just a tad more flexible so I sold it on eBay for about twice what I paid for it - crazy money if you ask me O_O

I had a Prodigy for a while too, the leaf switches were going to require some periodic maintenance. The sync function was rather lacking in that it wasn't envelope-controlled. It was in pretty good condition but would need some attention and TLC to keep it that way - the case was beginning to lose its integrity due to age and rough handling - sort of an odd case design with a rubber gasket embedded in the wood sides. Mod routing was just too damn basic to get the kind of timbres I wanted...

I also possesed a Micromoog for a couple of months. This thing was a lot of work due to its age and previous owner's neglect...the key bushings had decayed over the decades and needed replacing. The pitch ribbon had worn through and it was next to impossible to source a new one...and, at the end of the day, it was still a 1-osc synth and I still wanted a 2 osc mono.

The new Moog appeals to me over the previous synths for a number of important reasons:

The bottom line is the sound! The LP has the low end I was hoping for and can really growl like a monster with the overdrive cranked up! Amazing bass lines and delicate, expressive leads practically program themselves. Its exactly what I expected - I love the sound!

Please visit Moogmusic's Little Phatty Page for all the nitty gritty on this beastie. The manual is available in PDF format if you're curious.


Thanks Bob, it was worth the wait. Wish you were here to christen this baby...



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