“We wanted to offer musicians a true analog synth with a simple, clean front panel, in a visually stunning package, at a reasonable price point. I feel we accomplished all four objectives,” said Moog Music president, Mike Adams.
The Little Phatty is a performer’s dream and includes Real Analog Control (RACTM); a proprietary technology enabling the performer to directly interface with the analog circuitry via the knobs on the control panel, without any digital processing. Specifically, performers have RAC access to two ultra-stable Voltage Controlled Oscillators and one Voltage Controlled Filter. For additional sonic variety, performers can also crank up the Overload control for pre- and post-filter distortion. In all of these cases, the performer is directly connected to the sound engine with no digital latency; musicians have ultimate control.
“We’re all very excited about the Little Phatty because it is the realization of Bob’s dream to combine the Moog’s great analog sound with an instrument that is not only accessible to most musicians in terms of price, but as important, designed with performing in mind,” said Cyril Lance, senior engineer with Moog Music.
“We wanted the Little Phatty to be something folks will take to the gig, plug-in and immediately be digging into the rich legacy of Bob’s analog sounds without a lot of layers and complication: like an old-world synth with new-world attitude and innovation.”
“Everyone who has worked on the Little Phatty has put their heart, soul and an extraordinary amount of hard work into developing this instrument and I think it reflects the legacy that Bob left both as a pioneering engineer and as a human being,” said Lance.
Long time Bob Moog protégé and current Moog Engineer, Steve Dunnington said, “Bob and I conceived this keyboard in 2004. We chose Axel Hartmann of Design Box to come up with the look of the instrument. It is sad that Bob is not here to see the finished instrument, but I think he would have been proud.”
The Little Phatty’s MIDI in/out jacks, 3 external CV inputs and external audio input enable a world of interfacing capabilities. And, speaking of the world, the universal power supply accepts any line voltage from 90-250V AC; 50-60 Hz, meaning performers are ready to go whether their gig is in Dallas or Dublin.
The limited run, Tribute Edition of the Little Phatty has special Moog wood side panels, a Bob Moog signature plate across the front and rear, comes with a CD-ROM featuring highlights of the Bob Moog Memorial Service and a special Bob Moog poster. At a price of $1,475, the Little Phatty packs a lot of punch into an extremely attractive analog synthesizer.