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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 9 reviews )
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  • 06/29/11Moog Music Slim Phatty Review

    Moog Music Slim Phatty Review - Analog Technology Democratized

    Five years after having introduced the Little Phatty, Moog decided to launch the compact synth in module version. Did the Slim Phatty succeed in making the famous Moog sound available to anyone?

Users reviews
sw8010/11/2012

sw80's review"the best analog, portable and low priced"

Moog Music SlimPhatty
The Moog Slim Phatty is under priced, it is worth way more than what it is sold for. It is a tabletop synth that has two oscillators, an arp, envelope generators , MIDI and USB ins and outs. The screen on this unit is very simple and basic. It is not color and it is not touch screen, but it still gets the job done with out a problem. If you want to add some really good analog sounds to your current set up and music then this is the way to go. Its a lot better then using any analog synth VST. This is the real deal with 100 plus different presets and the ability to tweak and change the parameters of each one of those presets you will have endless sounds at your finger tips.


UTILIZATION

Using it is simple if you have an understand on how to work with analog synths. If you are new to analog synths then it could take some time understanding how sounds are created. But once you learn you will be able to create almost any sound your mind can dream up. It will really open up your possibilities to new heights once you learn to work with analog synths. I recommend this to someone who is new because it is a great foundation to learn how these synths work.


SOUNDS

This is one of the most portable analog synths that I have ever used or seen with my own eyes. It weighs almost 6 pounds and it is only 17 inches wide. You can pretty much put this in your back pack and take it with you anywhere.


OVERALL OPINION

You can get a really “phat” sound when working with the Slim Phatty. All of the presets are pretty good, but once you start to jazz them up a bit with some effects and your own flavor your will love what comes out of it. There is also a headphone plug so you don’t have to play the sounds out loud when your are just messing around. It does have MIDI out and in /thru. I used it with a MIDI keyboard to play the sounds and then had all of it going through my MIDI rack to sync with Cubase. Then when I wanted to actually record the sounds coming out of the Phatty I just recorded them directly to Cubase. It really is simple to use this unit, it is the best portable analog synth out. It is also really affordable.
songboy04/12/2011

songboy's review"The ultimate sound for a remarkable price"

Moog Music SlimPhatty
This synth is a rackmount only unit. I use a Axiom 61 key with it and it responds beautifully. There are a fair amount of presets that give a great representation of what this synth can do. Styles? well, being that it is an analog synth featuring almost everything you would expect on a portable synth, I think it would fit in every style that you want to hear a thick, glorious analog sound. As for editing, absolutely. There are plenty of knobs and buttons to tweak till your heart's content. As for controllers, this synth is capable of receiving every standard control message for pitch, modulation, sustain, arpeggiator on/off, etc...... There are a few connections on this synth including 1/4" output and input (to process audio through certain parameters like the Super Sweet Moog Filter) and a headphone output. You also get 4 CV inputs including Volume, Filter, Pitch and Keyboard Gate all of which can be controlled by a foot controller, other moog gear (pedals/synths) and with the right equipment (cv output converter) even software from a laptop (i.e. ableton). You can in fact store presets on your computer which is very nice. You can also download and update the OS when applicable and also change the "tuning" of the unit to get far out scales (download at Moog Music).
This is a Mono synth, so no polyphony, just a single sound. There are two oscillators however so you can get some "harmony" or "disharmony" by adjusting the pitch of the second oscillator.

UTILIZATION

Yes, the sounds are very easy to edit as all (actually most, there are a few hidden features) the knobs and buttons sit right in front of you. If you are familiar with how a synthesizer fundamentally works, this synth will be a breeze. I would even recommend this to folks as a solid introductory synth (paired with a good synth tutorial or book) and you will never want to stop playing with this unit. The manual is clear and well written. I recommend reading it thoroughly inorder to exploit this synth to its full potential.

SOUNDS

These are 100% analog signal path sounds so they don't get any more realistic as that. Touch sensitivity, aftertouch and the responsiveness of the knobs and buttons are spot on and what you would expect from the folks at Moog. There are only a few "effects" on the unit, such as the Moog 12 stage filter and the Arpeggiator. But those two effects alone are worth the price tag. I love every single sound that comes out of this unit. I have been using software emulations of moog gear for years and always loved it, but after using the "real deal" I imagine those synths will be collection virtual dust now. I especially love the basses, this thing gets low and dirty!!! No a/d d/a convertors in this unit.

OVERALL OPINION

What I like most about this unit is tied between three things: the great affordable price ($800), the absolutely amazing sounds and usability, and the fact that it is small enough to tuck under my arm. The only bummer about this synth is there is no "Noise" option as a waveform option. This reduces the amount of sound possibilites but in the end, you get a ton to work with for how little you pay. The only synths that come close in price and quality I know of are the David Smith synths mophro and tetra (i think that's their names) but I still find Moog blows David Smith out of the water when it comes to tone quality. I have used a fair amount of synths in my life and I have always been drawn to Moog more than any other manufacturer. I spent some time with a Voyager a few years ago and lamented that I wouldn't be able to afford one for awhile. I still can't afford the Voyager I want (about $5000 for the XL) but I now have a Moog synth that gives me the tone I need for a fraction of the price.
Yes, I urge anyone interested in analog synthesis to pick this puppy up.
Tke07/13/2012

Tke's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ease of access to his moog"

Moog Music SlimPhatty
Analog synthesizer without a keyboard, two oscillators, modulation, filter and envelope

I enter my data via Ableton Live, simple as putting a key in a lock

UTILIZATION

I've had 4 hours, it's very simple to who has used analog synthesizers, everything is very well thought out despite the presence of a single knob for several parameters.

SOUNDS

Sounds Moog Direct, this is what I wanted. We can get good bass, leads aggressive, fx ... In just 4 hours, I could see that this instrument seems pretty versatile on the different sounds possible. I compose techno, and it checks out with what I have in my head.

I tested the same sequence with a plug-in that wants to be a clone of the Moog ... well and the plug can go to bed (well my computer is not an arrow either)

OVERALL OPINION

I said earlier, these are my first steps with this synth. it was long since Moog tickled me, and with this rack configuration, for which I am not a keyboardist, it is the foot.
Everything is under control, it sounds big but it does not break the ears (no nasty surprises by turning a knob), and for that price, well I remade this choice every day ...
Gritch10/29/2011

Gritch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The revelation"

Moog Music SlimPhatty
Features simple, albeit with some good surprises in rummaging through the submenus.

Unfortunately monophonic, but that these are the joys of analog.


Fully configurable through your sequencer, making it just as much practice as a VST beast.

UTILIZATION

Ergonomics very pleasant. Knob and buttons of very good quality, super nice color that lights up like a Christmas tree, one LED that lights up sythme LFO, ouahh ...

Negative: too bad the cutoff and resonance is the same button. It can be solved easily with a controller but good.

SOUNDS

It comes to what makes us all buy the slim. THE SOUND. It has to been a revelation for me. I have for years used emulations expensive, and I thought that all owners of older machines were expensive as snobs thirties not knowing what to do with their corn.

Well I put the finger in the eye very deep. Prepare to be faced with a real instrument, the equal of a cello or a tuba. The sound takes you bide with unstoppable groove, treble you caress, you touch a knob and they become angry without being aggressive. Versatile and deep, this synth is a marvel of nature (human)

Since I try to touch as little as possible to my VST.


One thing: providing a very good sound card if you want to enjoy the difference. Coming out directly on a wall, it's magic, but when you scan you lose the signal already part of its fascination, and its lead vst face.
So I am looking for a fireface400 (yeah it's been expensive, but after such a revelation, there are even more ...)

OVERALL OPINION

Here is a turning point. Welcome to my world of analog, a world where you stay gaga before a note with two oscillators, but the difficulties and constraints are doubled or tripled.

See for yourself! I did not hesitate one second
orteil02/23/2011

orteil's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Moog Music SlimPhatty
I took it out of the box a few days ago. But I already have a first idea of the beast.
All it takes very little space, the interface is really well thought out.
I was looking for a Monaural analog, small size (little space available), 2 osc, noon, tap tempo, the disto, quality filters, a ARPEGIO, and it has everything!

UTILIZATION

Everything is pretty simple when you know an editing sounds from a synthesizer.
There's no 36-page menu (a priori).
I have not had time to do too much around, but it made me look simple.
For now I have not opened the manual more than 30 seconds. I just doubt on the button supposed to mute the master audio but not the headset (it does not work) and the level of the LFO button supposed to switch to ModWheel if we stay above support, but for me I have the impression that the opposite, he is ModWheel default. In short, to see ... nothing too serious.



SOUNDS

For the moment, not disappointed at all!
The sound is huge. Filters hyper expressive and "scratch" just as I like. My thing is not the synth solos as can be seen on most of Moog demos on the net.
Like the big analog bass, the vengeful and Lead ARPEGIO that make you move the butt, this kind of stuff. And I'm ready!!

It is a monophonic, so no big slicks here. I have another gear for that!
No effect either, so the sound is dry, in your face. For now

OVERALL OPINION

(!!!!!!!! I will be a different opinion later) is an excellent purchase.
I can only compare a few synths (Virus KC, Roland SH32) or Plugz and there is no photo, it sounds.

The virus is very different in terms of its two very separate worlds, but the result is there for big bass and leads, the sound is big, wide, supplied, and bold (there is many other adjective to put behind ...). I file the impression that it could be mixed as it is in one piece (no need to boost it or compress it ...). Actually I am facing an analog after hearing a Mopho and Monotron (two good synths too). There is still magic in the analog.

The only problem, knobs, to my taste, it Bécanne limit for that price. it's the first thing I saw on leaving the SP board, the buttons move slightly, are not well attached to the knob, it makes me a little afraid for the future.
€ 749 keyboard in space, paid 3 times, I think I made a deal to end!
I highly recommend!
HUGE
nucléo01/03/2011

nucléo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" THE FAT!"

Moog Music SlimPhatty
It's like little phatty I think at the sound module, no keyboard, rotary bend and modulation wheel.
All technical data on the Moog website. Noon are the connections made by pins or usb.
With some keyboards master, I noticed that, once connected to the Moog, it must first turn on the Moog keyboard if not before, no sound. Big mystery!


UTILIZATION

Pretty simple to understand if one has already modulate analog synth sounds with tilt, filter, modulation envelope.

English manual. There is an extra for a brochure that summarizes the functions of the dashboard.
I still can not run the Audio IN, although I plug my bass on it. The manual is not very explicit about this. Stay tuned.

99 sounds, no bank "user", hence the original sounds lost sounds if you save your settings, too bad there are not two briefs: Factory Sound / Sound users. Restore factory setting possible.
Possible to buy an accessory, wood trim or rack mounting.

SOUNDS

Its huge for my taste, but I have not handled before Moog, at home with my system.
The sound is very thick, especially for bass sounds (normal you might say). Moog grain is there, it won.
I love the arpeggiator.
Possibility of editing sounds already huge with both Osc and functions / settings that delivers the corny.


OVERALL OPINION

I have to acquire the Moog sound hardware with a small budget. The price and very attractive in view of the sound and possibilities of the machine. Plus it allows me to have real Moog sound in concert, easily scalable, in addition to my usual keyboard without lugging a second MIDI keyboard. Provided you have a MIDI keyboard recess, with a former Rhodes, it is useless!
For those who have not yet Moog's first investment really interesting and honest I think. Big thank you to the brand for this "social moog.
For those who have too much to bear Moog, it will be the favorites of your back! (Very light, can juggle it all fits Slim, I assure you ....)

My next purchase, its wood trim ... I've yet to back problems ...