Moog Music Sub Phatty
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Moog Music Sub Phatty

Sub Phatty, Analog Synth from Moog Music.

julien.stazma 09/23/2014

Moog Music Sub Phatty : julien.stazma's user review

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You can read the specs on the Moog site or here on AF. What's most important is that this synth is fully analog with memories and a PC editor that works pretty well (even though it's not the easiest to use in the beginning).

The 25-key keyboard is not a big deal for me because I usually sequence using Live. If there were a rack version available I would've gotten that instead.

UTILIZATION

As for the use of the synth itself, one control = one function, so it's super easy as long as you know something about subtractive synthesis. The hidden functions really allow you to modify the behavior in depth, but they aren't always very clear (the use of internal memories is indispensable without the editor).

However, it was a real pain trying to get the editor to work as VST with Live. It seems to work perfectly fine on Mac with the USB, but on a PC you need to have USB + a midi in / out connector for it to really work. Once you've configured that, it's a delight, especially with Max4Live, which provides infinite modulation possibilities.

SOUNDS

Warn your neighbors! This was my first analog hardware synth and it's simple, it dwarfs every exiting emulation (except maybe for DIVA), especially when it comes to basses. It's simple I don't think it's possible to create such deep sounds. The multidrive allows you to create very aggressive and modern sounds, however you can also create creamy and sweet sounds without pushing it.

It's a delight for all types of electronic music, as well as for Sound Design. Combined with the processing power of computers you can play nearly any type of synthetic sound very quickly.

But, once again, where it shines brightest is with sounds that are heavy on lows.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had it for 9 months and it was my first analog synth (a present for my 25th birthday) and I use it on every one of my songs.

It's expensive, but when it comes to music and audio, if you want the best tools you need to pay the asking price.