Moog Little Phatty

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Little Phatty
Moog Little Phatty Tribute Edition.jpg
Little Phatty Tribute Edition
ManufacturerMoog Music
Dates2006-2013
Technical specifications
Polyphonymonophonic[1]
Oscillator2
LFO1
Synthesis typeAnalog subtractive
Filter1 selectable 6, 12, 18 or 24dB/octave
low-pass
AttenuatorADSR
Aftertouch expressionno
Velocity expressionyes
Storage memory100 patches
Effectsnone
Input/output
Keyboard37 keys[2]
External controlMIDI, CV/Gate

The Little Phatty is a monophonic analog synthesizer manufactured by Moog Music from 2006 to 2013, preceded by the Voyager and succeeded by Voyager Old School. Its design was conceived, in part, by Robert Moog himself, and is the last instrument to have that distinction, although the primary engineer was Cyril Lance. It is also the first Moog product to be produced following his death. Jordan Rudess of the band Dream Theater also assisted with the design of the product.[3]

It is one of the few Moog synthesizers to utilize MIDI from the factory (the others being the Minimoog Voyager and the earlier Memorymoog+). This allows for better integration in the modern studio and for live performance.

On 9 September 2013, Moog Music announced the discontinuation of the Little Phatty analog synthesizer.

Versions[edit]

There are currently four versions of the Little Phatty. Aside from a few cosmetic differences (and price), all units have nearly identical sound generation circuitry.

Tribute Edition[edit]

The earlier 'Tribute Edition', a limited run of 1200 units, featured blue LED lighting, wooden side panels and Bob Moog's signature decaled onto the convex back panel.

Stage Edition[edit]

The later 'Stage Edition' featured orange and red lighting, grey rubberized panels and the classic Moog logo replacing the signature.

Stage II[edit]

The third version, called the Stage II, had some minor mechanical and electrical tweaks as well as adding a USB interface, a new arpeggiator and tap tempo.[4]

Limited Edition[edit]

There is also a rare limited edition with blue LED lighting that came in a purple aluminum case. This version also has the USB interface. It has the regular Moog logo on the back panel and shipped in a custom flight case with the Moog logo on the case. This was a limited run of 100 units.

Little Phatty Tribute Edition (2006)
Little Phatty Stage Edition (2006-)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Phatty by Bob Moog". Sound On Sound. November 2006. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Little Phatty by Bob Moog". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  3. ^ Adams, Mike. "Little Phatty Analog Synthesizer: Stage II Edition" (PDF). Little Phatty Manual. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Review: Moog Little Phatty Stage II". WIRED. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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