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Moog Mother-32 Review- a Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer

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Moog Mother-32 a Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer Review

The Moog Mother-32 was developed and created in the classic Moog design with dark wood side panels on the side and legendary buttons. The case has a desktop format with an angled user interface with all its controls, switches, and plug-in options. Following Mother-32 the DFAM was launched. Both synths perform very well in combination. See also our DFAM review here: Moog DFAM Mutant Percussion Synth Review.

The Moog Mother-32 is the first semi-modular analog synthesizer from Moog. It has a voltage-controlled 32-step sequencer, a five-octave keyboard, and two voltage-controlled oscillators. The VCOs have a range of six octaves.

We all have those days when it feels like the creativity just isn’t flowing. The ideas aren’t coming, and the ones that do come are terrible. You know you should be productive, but you just can’t make yourself get started. It’s frustrating, and it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one who struggles with this. But trust me, you’re not alone. Synths like the Mother-32 are sparkling creative ideas.

The Moog Mother-32 also comes with an impressive range of features that make it a powerful and versatile synth. It has an external audio input, a Eurorack power connector, a 1/4″ audio output, and a MIDI input. The Mother-32 is also “stackable” with other Moog synthesizers, such as the Minimoog Model D, the Moog Sub 37, and the Moog Subsequent 37.

The Mother-32 has a very classic sound that can be used for a wide range of music genres. It’s perfect for creating analog sounds and basslines, and it’s also great for sound design. The sequencer is easy to use and can be controlled with the buttons or with MIDI.

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Moog Mother-32 Installation

There is not much to install, you unpack the box, connect the power and audio and you are ready to go. The included accessories and manual are in an excellent character. Combined with visual design and packaging.

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Moog Mother-32 Review

Moog Mother-32 Sound

The sound of the Moog Mother-32 is very classic and can be used for a wide range of music genres. It’s perfect for creating analog sounds and basslines, and it’s also great for sound design. The sequencer is easy to use and can be controlled with the buttons or with MIDI.

The Semi-Modular Mother-32 is not a complex synthesizer. It is a comparatively modest constructed synth. Mother-32 possesses the signature Moog characters and tones. Alongside the famous Moog sound, you get at an average range price point some new synth in a convenient form factor.

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The Vibe of the Mother-32

The vibe of the Mother-32 can be warm, dark, solid, or light, deep and mellow. If you take it further you can produce experimental and some rough and experimental tone. If you add external Pedals like the Strymon Big Sky you can create great sounding atmospheres and large obscure drone-like soundscapes. The more effects you can add the more possibilities to produce bombastic and powerful sounds you have. The blend with extra synthesizers, sequencers, effect panels and modular gives you boundless ways to express your creativity.

You might want a Mother-32 because it is a synthesizer. It is like other synthesizers.

  • =>It can be warm, dark, solid, light, or deep and mellow.
  • =>It has a signature Moog sound and is perfect for creating analog sounds and basslines.
  • =>It’s easy to use and can be controlled with the buttons or MIDI.
  • =>The vibe can be experimental and rough.
  • =>You might want it because of its synthesizer capabilities. It’s like other synthesizers.

The Mother-32 is a great semi-modular analog synthesizer that’s perfect for creating analog sounds and basslines. You might want it because of its synthesizer capabilities.

Moog Mother-32 User interface & Usability

Like with the Moog DFAM small changes can lead to dramatic results, so try it out. Semi-modular means that you can use the Mother-32 and use a patch cable to extend it. I do patch up my DFAM and Mother-32 with a longer patch cable. To be clear, you can use the Mother-32 without a single cable to plug. The necessary signal path is already connected.

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Moog Mother 32 Layout
Moog Mother-32 Layout

The Mother-32 serves as a single voice, semi-modular tabletop synthesizer. It has 32 patch points that introduce you to modular probabilities. It is a semi-modular synth, similar to the Moog DFAM. You can with ease remove the stylish and fancy housing to install the synth into a Eurorack case (requires 60 HP).

If you want to combine a DFAM and Mother-32 you can use a 2 tier or alternative a 3 tier rack kit to accumulate the synths. I did install my Mother-32 and the DFAM into a 3 tier rack for a short period. I kept the two synths (DFAM and Mother-32) separate at the end.

Mother-32’s keyboard includes an octave with its 13 notes, a total of eight octaves to choose from. You can also use the midi port to connect the Midi keyboard. The Moog Mother-32’s step-sequencer and keyboard share the gray buttons on the bottom of the user interface. The step-sequencer has the most length of 32 steps per pattern. In total, Mother-32 has 64 pattern memory slots.

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Moog Mother-32

Different from the DFAM where the Midi port was missing you can attach a Midi controller to perform. Syncing a Mother-32 with a DFAM only requires a patch cable. Patch from the ASSIGN output jack on the Mother-32 Patchbay, into the ADV / CLOCK input on the DFAM.

If you are coming from a DAW and software Synths you need to learn that there are now presets available for your to use. You can not save the setting of a great-sounding groove. If you look at some of the “presets” in the manual keep in mind that the sound will be always different.

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Moog Mother-32 “Preset”

After the MPC Live and MPC X, the Mother-32 followed by the DFAM is key synth in my approach performing outside the box or DAW less. DAW less means that you no longer depend on a computer and a digital audio workstation (DAW). With Moog noodling around and performing for some serious tracks you will enjoy your compositions in a different way, possibly find the old feeling when you started your expert composition or producer journey.

Mother-32 Firmware v2.0

Mother-32 Firmware v2.0 a Major Updates for Moog Mother-32. April 2020: Moog released Mother-32 Firmware v2.0! This major instrument update provides access to a host of dynamic new features, including multiple sequencer directions, improved and expanded clocking options, CV-addressed sequencer control, selectable swing intervals, the ability to ignore start/stop messages, and more.

Conclusion

The Moog Mother-32 is a great semi-modular analog synthesizer that’s perfect for creating analog sounds and basslines. It has 32 patch points, which introduce you to modular probabilities and can be used with ease without any cables plugged into the device. The synth also includes an octave on its keyboard of 13 notes, as well as 8 other octaves to choose from when playing music or making new compositions.

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Rating:  Five out of five stars

Moog’s Mother-32 Moog is an extremely versatile semi-modular analog synthesizer. Mother-32 has all to be an iconic and classic synth, certainly a strong market. The warmth, softness, and saturation vibe is unquestionably a Moog synthesizer. As you can expect from a Moog product it is of exceptional build quality and delivers the fabulous Moog sound combined with a truly compelling sequencer.

Mother-32 performs well with other Eurorack modules. It is an excellent base module as part of a modular system with all of its standard components. If you obtain similar modular elements you would face a much higher price point compared to the Mother-32.

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Artist Collaborations: Original Tracks & Visual Artwork

Ever since analog synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog collaborated with composer and educator Herb Deutsch to develop the first Moog modular synthesizer in 1964, artist collaboration has been at the heart of Moog Music’s story.

Moog’s creative team worked with various artists to develop original visuals, characters, learning tools, and tracks to bring the Moog Sound Studio environment to life.

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New Compilation EP: Explorations in Analog Synthesis 

Explorations in Analog Synthesis is a new seven-song EP created to demonstrate the powerful analog sound and infinite sonic possibilities of both Moog Sound Studio synthesizer combinations. 

This genre-bending compilation of original electronic music compositions features a chiptune-inspired head trip from Bonobo, an R&B-influenced synth pop track from Peter Cottontale featuring Jamila Woods, an ethereal vocal collage from Julianna Barwick, an evolving psychedelic excursion from Dan Deacon, a driving percussive electronica track from Madame Gandhi, an emotive dark wave song from Martial Canterel, and an industrial-tinged electronic pop track from Ela Minus. Each track was built around the instruments and accessories included in each artist’s Moog Sound Studio of choice: Mother-32 & DFAM or Subharmonicon & DFAM.

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Explorations in Analog Synthesis is available to stream for free on Moog’s SoundCloud.

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Moog Music Introduces Complete Synthesizer Studio Experience

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Moog Sound Studio Now Shipping

Moog Sound Studio includes all the equipment, cables, accessories, and educational tools needed to enter the world of analog synthesis for the first time or continue to explore sound in an immersive new way. Now shipping.

Developing the Moog Sound Studio Experience

When Moog introduced its Mother-32 semi-modular analog synthesizer in 2015, the instrument helped introduce a whole new community to the limitless world of modular synthesis. Its family of semi-modular synthesizers has since expanded to become a full-fledged ecosystem of powerful, approachable, and inspiring electronic instruments (Mother-32DFAMGrandmotherMatriarch, and Subharmonicon).

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The creative potential of these instruments led to opportunities for multi-sensory installations at public events worldwide, inviting visitors to discover synthesis through experiences that encourage them to get lost in their surroundings. Through these activities, Moog’s employee-owners quickly learned that users with any level of experience can feel comfortable and excited about sound exploration with the right tools, guidance, and creative space.

Along with these learnings, Moog’s development of the complete sonic exploration station that is Moog Sound Studio is a direct response to years of feedback from the growing synthesizer community. The all-in-one solution for beginning or continuing a journey in professional-quality sound design includes everything the creator needs for an immersive, self-guided experience from any home or studio.

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Moog Sound Studio, a new synthesizer experience from Moog Music, includes all the tools and creative inspiration you need to embark on an immersive sonic adventure. Designed for beginner and seasoned synthesists alike, Moog Sound Studio introduces a uniquely comprehensive approach to exploring modular synthesis.

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A Complete Synthesizer Studio Package (Just Add Headphones)

Each user begins their unique Moog Sound Studio journey by selecting an instrument combination that speaks to their musical style or sonic preference: Mother-32 & DFAM or DFAM & Subharmonicon.

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Moog’s Mother-32 and DFAM synthesizers are a perfect pairing to anchor any electronic studio. Mother-32 is a versatile performance and production synthesizer with a powerful step sequencer and 64 slots of sequence memory. Its classic Moog voice delivers raw analog sound, deep Moog bass, and soaring synth leads, which complement DFAM’s rich analog rhythms and percussive patterns.

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For a more experimental journey with unexpected textures and sounds, choose the magical combination of Subharmonicon and DFAM. Subharmonicon is a rich sonic kaleidoscope of six-tone subharmonic chord shapes and polyrhythmic sequences, while DFAM presents an inspiring approach to drum synthesis and rhythmic pattern creation.

While each instrument is uniquely powerful alone, pairing two together creates an experience that will inspire you to create new sounds, unlock novel behaviors, synchronize patterns, and explore endless sonic possibilities.

Along with the chosen duo of semi-modular analog synthesizers, each Moog Sound Studio includes an audio mixer and power distribution hub, a two-tier rack mount kit, patch cables and a patch cable organizer, guided exercises and patch book, educational materials, games to encourage experimentation, custom artwork designed exclusively for Moog Sound Studio owners, and plenty of creative inspiration.

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The perfect foray into Eurorack for those new to modular, as well as a creative tool for experienced synthesists to grow their sound design skills, Moog Sound Studio offers an inviting creative environment and experience for all.

To learn more about Moog Sound Studio and find an authorized Moog dealer near you, click here.

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Artist Collaborations: Original Tracks & Visual Artwork

Ever since analog synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog collaborated with composer and educator Herb Deutsch to develop the first Moog modular synthesizer in 1964, artist collaboration has been at the heart of Moog Music’s story.

Moog’s creative team worked with various artists to develop original visuals, characters, learning tools, and tracks to bring the Moog Sound Studio environment to life.

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New Compilation EP: Explorations in Analog Synthesis 

Explorations in Analog Synthesis is a new seven-song EP created to demonstrate the powerful analog sound and infinite sonic possibilities of both Moog Sound Studio synthesizer combinations. 

This genre-bending compilation of original electronic music compositions features a chiptune-inspired head trip from Bonobo, an R&B-influenced synth pop track from Peter Cottontale featuring Jamila Woods, an ethereal vocal collage from Julianna Barwick, an evolving psychedelic excursion from Dan Deacon, a driving percussive electronica track from Madame Gandhi, an emotive dark wave song from Martial Canterel, and an industrial-tinged electronic pop track from Ela Minus. Each track was built around the instruments and accessories included in each artist’s Moog Sound Studio of choice: Mother-32 & DFAM or Subharmonicon & DFAM.

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Explorations in Analog Synthesis is available to stream for free on Moog’s SoundCloud.

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Pricing and Availability

Moog Sound Studio: Mother-32 & DFAM: $1,399

The two bundles are available now: Moog Sound Studio: Subharmonicon & DFAM: $1,449 and Moog Sound Studio: Subharmonicon & DFAM: $1,449

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Karanyi Sounds’ New Wavesynth an Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer

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Wavesynth an Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer

Karanyi Sounds launched their most forward-looking instrument so far. Wavesynth is a new virtual instrument and a compelling waveshaper instrument for Kontakt 6.

Wavesynth Features

  • 220+ Factory & Artist presets
  • Sounds from 12 classic synths (Juno 106, JX & 8P, Voyager, Emulator, M1, Sub37, Prophet 6 & 8, OBX, MS20, CZ)
  • 14 type of wavetable algorithms
  • Amp & wavetable envelopes
  • 2 LFO: Wavetable position & Prophet-type low pass filter
  • Moog-type low pass filter
  • 3 customizable effects: dimension, tape delay & hall reverb
  • Master EQ, Compressor & Limiter
  • ROLL (intelligent randomizer)
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Big, bold basslines to super peaky sequences and arps, cinematic soundscapes, drones. Fully packed with synth legends and brave new sounds waiting for you to create something unique. Wavesynth, a powerful waveshaper instrument for Kontakt 6. Fully packed with synth legends and brave new sounds waiting for you to create something unique. Wavesynth is almost as flexible as an analog synth: you have plenty of possibilities to shape, twist, stomp your sounds.

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With over 60 parameters (all MIDI-learnable) and an intuitive interface design and Roll (our built-in intelligent randomizer), you can go wild and create new inspiring patches in seconds. Including Classic Essentials + VHS Cinema Sound Sets.

You have two toys to play with right out of the box: Classic Essential Sound Pack is a big warm hug for retrowave lovers while the VHS Cinema Sound Pack is fully packed with useful patches for film composers, electronic musicians. With over 220 artist presets

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Wavesynth Features

  • 220+ Factory & Artist presets
  • Sounds from 12 classic synths (Juno 106, JX & 8P, Voyager, Emulator, M1, Sub37, Prophet 6 & 8, OBX, MS20, CZ)
  • 14 type of wavetable algorithms
  • Amp & wavetable envelopes
  • 2 LFO: Wavetable position & Prophet-type low pass filter
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  • Moog-type low pass filter
  • 3 customizable effects: dimension, tape delay & hall reverb
  • Master EQ, Compressor & Limiter
  • ROLL (intelligent randomizer)

Please note: Wavesynth requires Native Instruments Kontakt 6.2.2 (Full, retail version – free version of Kontakt NOT supported) or later in order to run.

About Karanyi Sounds

Karanyi Sounds is a sample developer company that was founded by award-winning composer, music producer Dani Karanyi in 2018. Over the last 17 years, Dani produced electronic music albums as well as film, animation, video game scores, and TV advertisements. As a pianist, he was always passionate about exploring how to bring life to the digital world of music production and seeking new techniques of sound manipulation. Teamed up with Los Angeles-based composers and other sound designers around Europe, he started to sample his favorite synthesizers and release them as Kontakt instruments with a simple-to-use, intuitive interface. Karanyi Sounds keep developing new inspiring instruments and expanding our repertoire to other sound sources too. Personally, I find the aesthetics mind-blowing outstanding pleasing.

Karanyi Sounds is crafting inspiring, high-quality sample collections in Kontakt format, focusing on film and video game scoring. Their goal is to create sonically rich, detailed and characteristic instruments like (or sometimes unlike than) the original sound sources. The company carefully select these sound sources while they also set up custom analog recording paths and rare combinations of effect chains to create unique, playable instruments. Unconventional recording techniques and sound design are as important parts of the modern music production as melodies and orchestration – so Karanyi Sounds is focusing on moods and characters as well as the sound sources themselves.

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Pricing and Availability

Wavesynth is available now.

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