First Listen: A Review Of The Moog One Synthesizer
For years, synthesizer fans have been asking the question, "When will Moog release a new polyphonic analog synth?" Ask (to the point of exhaustion), and you shall receive, synth community! Meet the brand new Moog One polyphonic synthesizer.
While designing their first polyphonic analog synth in over 30 years, it's apparent that Moog held nothing back in regards to its sheer number of features. The Moog One is the result of years of research and development and its expansive palette of sonic colors will be a shock to those who have been waiting with baited breath.
We were fortunate enough to get our hands on the Moog One prior to the announcement of the new polyphonic analog synth. Watch below as Vintage King Audio Consultant and resident synth expert Brandon Murphy explores the incredible range of the Moog One with Bob Mervak, Joe Gillis and Dustin McLaughlin.
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Moog One Features
At its core, the Moog One synthesizer comes in 8-voice and 16-voice models with each voice featuring three envelopes, four LFOs and three analog VCOs. In addition, there are two separate filters, a twin source noise generator and a mixer with external audio input.
The Moog One's aforementioned three analog VCOs are new for the synthesizer as each oscillator's output can feature a mix of triangle/sawtooth and variable-width pulse wave. By mixing pulse and triangle/sawtooth waves, Moog One users will be able to create waveforms not typically seen in analog synthesizers. For further enhancement, each oscillator section also features hard sync, analog ring modulation and FM for unique sound generation.
While the Moog One features the classic Moog Ladder filter that everyone has come to know and love over the years, the synthesizer also features a new multi-mode State Variable Filter. This new filter provides precise voicing and expressiveness to the Moog One. The two filters can be used, together or separately, to creatively control filter sounds that are classic sounding or completely new and bold.
Tri-Timbrality And Unison Mode
One of the most interesting elements of the Moog One is the synthesizer's tri-timbrality and Unison Mode. Since the synth is made up of three, independent analog polysynths, the Moog One's voices can be assigned, layered, split and stacked in Unison Mode. When you'd like to work or shape a particular layer of the timbrality, you can use the Moog One's "Panel Focus" module to switch the synth's knobs and buttons to that specific layer.
When it comes to on-board effects, the Moog One’s two independent effects processors offer up everything from classic choruses and delays to phasers, bit reduction and even vocoding. The Moog One also comes replete with a suite of premium reverbs officially licensed from Eventide including Plate, Room, Hall, Blackhole and more.
Analog Signal Path
While the One offers a wealth of modern control, routing and preset management amenities, its signal path remains purely analog. This is thanks to the synthesizer's clever use of parallel routing on the effects buses.
Overall Impressions of the Moog One
Last, but not least, the Moog One synthesizer has an extremely impressive build. With an aluminum enclosure, ash cabinet, easy-to-use display screen, 61-note keyboard and extremely cool matte-ish finished black keys, its an extremely stunning sight to see. Impressive in every single way.
In the end, the Moog One is the most ambitious analog polyphonic synthesizers to come to market in a very long time. It's destined to become an instant classic, while also remaining future-proof for many years to come. From nostalgic film score soundscapes to bright modern timbres, the Moog One earns its namesake - It truly could be the only synth you’ll ever need.
Moog One Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer Specs:
• 8 or 16 voice polyphony
• 3 VCOs per voice with waveshape mixing and OLED displays
• Unison Mode (up to 48 Oscillators on a 16-voice instrument)
• 2 filters per voice with filter mixing (2x Multimode State Variable filters that function as a single filter, and a classic low pass / high pass Moog Ladder filter)
• 3 DAHDSR envelopes per voice with user-definable curves
• 3-part multitimbrality
• Sequencer and arpeggiator per timbre
• Chord memory
• Dual source noise generator with dedicated envelope
• Mixer with external audio input
• Ring modulation with selectable routing
• Oscillator FM and Hard Sync with selectable routing
• 4 assignable LFOs
• Premium 61-note Fatar TP-8S with velocity and aftertouch
• Assignable pressure-sensing X/Y pad
• Digital Effects (Synth and Master Bus)
• Eventide® reverbs
• Selectable glide types
• USB and DIN MIDI
• Save, categorize, and recall tens of thousands of presets
• Create performance sets to make up to 64 presets accessible at the push of a button
• 2x ¼” headphone outputs
• 2x pairs of assignable ¼” outputs (Support for TRS and TS connection)
• 4x ¼” hardware inserts (TRS)
• 1x ¼” external audio input (line level)
• 1x XLR + ¼” TRS combo external audio input with trim knob
• 9x assignable CV/GATE IO (5x in / 4x out)
• USB drive support for system and preset backup
• LAN port for future expansion
• Weight: 45 lbs. / 20.4 kg (approximate)
• Dimensions: (W x D x H) 42” x 20” x 7” / 107cm x 51cm x 18cm<