Moog 3 synth Sound Studio pack vs. Moog Matriarch

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KVRer
12 posts since 13 Sep, 2021

Post Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:46 am

What do you think is the better offer for a beginner in modular: getting the newly launched 3-pack Sound Studio (Mother32, DFAM, Subharmonicon) or the Matriarch?

Especially if I have my own keyboard (a MIDI-capable 88 key high quality weighted one, but without aftertouch), could I do the "same things" on the 3 synths that I could do with the Matriarch? They are quite in the same price range, so I'm having a tough time deciding.

Also, I don't plan on getting any additional/separate Eurorack modules, and I'm not a professional musician. So I would ideally want a "one stop shop, future proof" option that would keep me busy in my modular journey for years to come.

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KVRAF
20422 posts since 3 Feb, 2005 from in the wilds

Post Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:59 am

I have the Matriarch. It is a joy to play because it is entirely self contained and complete. I also appreciate the spacious UI with big controls. With all the patch points, you will never run out of possibilities.

The 3 pack has the advantage of multiple independent voices.

KVRer
29 posts since 10 Sep, 2021

Post Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:13 am

I say go with the Matriarch. Mostly because you don't plan to venture out in the eurorack space. While both are semi-modular, I think the 3-pack leans way more towards the eurorack side. The matriarch stands to be a hybrid synth and can be pushed either way.

I owned the subharmonicon and it took me several days to even start wrapping my head around what it can do. Lot's of frustrating moments in there. I ended up selling it. I did not own the DFAM or the Mother-32 as I am a eurorack user, but I have owned a lot of synths in the past.

KVRer
29 posts since 10 Sep, 2021

Post Sat Oct 02, 2021 10:14 am

I just noticed that you posted your question several days ago. Did you make a decision yet?

KVRer

Topic Starter

12 posts since 13 Sep, 2021

Post Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:44 am

Yup, decided to split the entire things into 3 stages.

1- Moog Subsequent 37
2- Moog 3 synth studio
3- potentially adding also the Matriarch

Went actually with the Moog Subsequent 37 as a first step, not with the Matriarch. I'll give the non-modular approach a go for a few months, as I believe the ability to save patches and to have more "immediate" setup would be better for me as a start. Also, the ability to interface in a great way with the computer, through the provided VST plugin, is something I would still want to keep for the moment.

After that I'll get into semi-modular with the Moog Sound studio 3 pack, and then I'll see how things go.

KVRist
100 posts since 17 Oct, 2020

Post Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:24 am

Maybe start with some smaller / cheaper semi modular, like Grandmother os maybe a Behringer clone. I once thought modular is so cool and fun by watching videos / reading about it, bought a couple of semi modulars and found them to be a pain it the ass to work with.

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KVRist
40 posts since 16 Jul, 2021

Post Sat Oct 23, 2021 1:55 pm

I have a Grandmother and Matriarch. I'll save some time and just skip to the chase: get the matriarch.

KVRer

Topic Starter

12 posts since 13 Sep, 2021

Post Mon Nov 22, 2021 12:17 pm

Update after more than 1 month: i absolutely LOVE the sound and the user experience of the Subsequent 37!

I also tried for a week or so (and ended up returning) the Mother-32 and the Subharmonicon...somehow the flow didn't vibe with me.

But the sound of the Subsequent 37....out of this world! And I have to say, the ease of use + the patch saving / presets is also a great experience, especially if you're not a full time musician and don't have a lot of patience to set things up.

Was considering trying out the Matriarch as well, but somehow I think I'll end up returning it as well...maybe in the future or if I get the chance to test it out someone else's studio.

For now I'm the (very) happy owner of the Subsequent 37 ☺️

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