Moog GrandMother

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dumbledog
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528 posts since 25 Sep, 2014

Post Sun May 13, 2018 8:53 pm

eff the haters, I love the look. Reminds me of the bowling alley I used to go to when I was like six, back when bowling alleys had huuuuuuge-ass video arcades.

I'm not really thrilled with the price-to-features tho, when compared to say the Minibrute 2. But I've always been drawn to the Moog sound. If only I had room!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nNfRcuPUks

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Vectorman
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1256 posts since 6 May, 2005 from Michigan, USA

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Mon May 14, 2018 6:26 am

I'm not really put off by the look either (in my case the look of it reminds me in a "can't help but smile" sort of way of a toy I received for Christmas as a kid over 30 years ago which was basically a primitive sort of synthesizer). I just don't have a need for it, having already picked up a Behrimoog that has the "Moog sound" box ticked reasonably well for now. For me, it makes more sense to add a Neutron when that becomes available, which has a different sound to diversify things as well as a larger complement of patch points than this does.

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RichieWitch
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531 posts since 15 Jun, 2015

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Mon May 14, 2018 9:43 am

Watched the demo today and I have to say Moog has finally built something I would consider buying. The look is kinda funky, yeah, reminds me of the Moog Sonic Six (if all the panels were blue). But I've got a Eurorack rig too, so I'm used to mismatched panels. The sounds though... it has really nailed that sound....

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Vectorman
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Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Mon May 14, 2018 10:57 am

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Vectorman
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1256 posts since 6 May, 2005 from Michigan, USA

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Mon May 14, 2018 10:58 am

It does have that nice, open, non-grating top end fizz/sparkle that some of their newer synths like the Subs just didn't quite seem to have, doesn't it?

boysbeingboys
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26 posts since 8 Jun, 2008 from Pacific Northwest, USA

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Tue May 15, 2018 7:26 am

Just posted a pretty basic, short demo sequence if you wanna hear more Grandmother! Really loving it so far but have soooo much more to explore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4twr7jHetE
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vurt
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37115 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Tue May 15, 2018 8:20 am

why the name?
it doesn't scream synth and saying "im just gonna make my grandmother squeal and scream" might get you involved with the police.

Acid Mitch
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1863 posts since 5 Oct, 2005

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Tue May 15, 2018 8:23 am

Maybe because it’s part of the mother series and is the biggest so far.

ghettosynth
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11097 posts since 13 Oct, 2009

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Post Tue May 15, 2018 9:18 am

I also like this. I'm not crazy about the look but I don't care all that much either and I can see value in it in building fast muscle memory for live patching. I think that this might be a really nice companion to a Model 100/102 expander.

What I really like is that they've captured their classic modular circuits and put them in an affordable and modern environment that is still very usable as a performance modular instrument. I'm not a fan of euro/frac dimensions. I would like to see Moog try to challenge this trend with a new 4U standard which I think is the right compromise between usability and space efficiency. Now, I've devolved into opinion though, I'll stop here.

Oh, and I could do without the spring reverb, but I get that's what the purists want. Put an alesis microverb clone in there instead and give me voltage controlled size and mix.

chk071
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17016 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Tue May 15, 2018 9:23 am

No idea what people have with their spring reverbs anyway. It's a totally deprecated technology, and sounds horrible IMO.

Disclaimer: To each their own. ;)

Cinebient
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3611 posts since 16 Nov, 2014

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Tue May 15, 2018 11:33 am

chk071 wrote:No idea what people have with their spring reverbs anyway. It's a totally deprecated technology, and sounds horrible IMO.

Disclaimer: To each their own. ;)
Indeed, but i would agree here. I don´t like spring reverbs much.

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thecontrolcentre
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22995 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

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justin3am
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10430 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

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Post Tue May 15, 2018 1:16 pm

chk071 wrote:No idea what people have with their spring reverbs anyway. It's a totally deprecated technology, and sounds horrible IMO.

Disclaimer: To each their own. ;)
Spring reverbs are so much fun when there is an open feedback loop and/or the spring tank is open. Sending signal out of a spring, through an eq, then back into the spring results in magical swells of sound. If you can touch the springs, you can use bits of cloth or cotton swabs to dampen them, or rest paper clips on them to make weird sound effects. The springs have neat physical properties when you mess with them, as signal is being passed through them.

I agree that the small accutronics tanks that are built into amps and other gear, sound pretty terrible. It also has a lot to do with the pre/post amplification circuitry and spring reverbs can very susceptible to electrical interference. But there are some gorgeous spring reverbs out there. I have a Fostex 3180 which sounds great on electric piano and guitars. Very dense and lush sound. Someone gave it to me because he couldn't sell it for anything. The Vermona reverbs also sound nice.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
37115 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Wed May 16, 2018 11:38 am

Acid Mitch wrote:Maybe because it’s part of the mother series and is the biggest so far.
well, ill be totally honest, i didn't even realise there was a mother series :oops:
seems ive missed more than i thought...

Acid Mitch
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1863 posts since 5 Oct, 2005

Re: Moog GrandMother

Post Thu May 17, 2018 10:57 am

vurt wrote:
Acid Mitch wrote:Maybe because it’s part of the mother series and is the biggest so far.
well, ill be totally honest, i didn't even realise there was a mother series :oops:
seems ive missed more than i thought...
The Mother series is a Eurorack compatabile set of patchable instruments. They come as simple standalone semi modular instruments but with the first two you can remove the cases and put them in your Eurorack or you can get a larger case to hold extra modules. Moog also do two and three tier desktop stands.

There was the Mother 32 ( because it has 32 patch points), then the Drummer From Another Mother (because it’s the drummer from the mother series )or DFAM for short and now we have the grandest mother - the Grand Mother.

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