Always an innovator, Moog Music
has once again created a different approach to synthesizers with their brand new vintage-voiced synth, the Mother-32
. Bringing together the essential elements of Moog's past creations in a modular synth style casing, the Mother-32 aims to further meld the different worlds of synthesizers together into one.
In the land of modular synths, there is no sound without a patch. Yet, while building the Mother-32, Moog created a semi-modular design, which means that no actual patching is necessary to create an analog signal. This opens up a world of synth experimentation for even beginner sound makers who don't have the knowledge of building a proper patch. However, the unit also features a 32-point patchbay, which allows synth enthusiasts to blow the doors off the possibilities of what can be done with the Mother-32.
As for onboard sound sources, the Mother-32 includes a 10-octave analog oscillator, analog white noise generator and a voltage-controlled mixer. After flowing through the mixer, your audio signal travels through Moog's Ladder Filter, which has selectable low and high pass filters. Users will be able to create one-of-a-kind sounds and sequences via the unit's 32-step sequencer, a voltage controlled sequencer and an external MIDI controller.
Perhaps one of the most interesting features of the Mother-32 is the option to expand upon the basic set-up. By using these rack-ready units, you'll be able to create a synth ecosystem that allows for all kinds of experimentation and patching possibilities. There are already racks being made that allow for two
or three Mother-32 units
to be stacked together in the classic Eurorack style.
The Moog Mother-32 is available now and the unit has already been given the demo treatment from some of the best synthesists on the planet. Check out the videos below to get a complete rundown of the Mother-32's features and listen to how it's being used by artists like Erika, Max Ravitz, Bana Haffar and M. Geddes Gengras.