This colour scheme carries through to the Matriarch, but there are a number of things to unpick here; despite the look of compartmentalisation, the numerous synth elements are firmly mounted within, not being separate module entities, and as for the choice of colour, I can’t say that it’s any more outlandish than some synths that offer an almost radioactive sense of lighting when you first switch them on. In fact, it’s everything you would expect from a Moog, finished off with a quality Fatar keyboard and mod wheels, with traditional Moog-style pots throughout. Start playing immediately with “no patching required”, and then explore an infinite sonic playground with Grandmother’s reconfigurable front panel. This again provides a characterful element to the Matriarch’s design, but with the absence of any display, global settings are altered through the pressing of multiple buttons, pressing of note-keys, and watching onboard lights which will flash. Published April 2020. It is one of the most endearing and creative machines that I have had the opportunity to explore in recent times.The polysynth side of this machine should be considered more of a fringe benefit, which is nice to have as an option, but much like a multi-oscillator monosynth, it oozes Moog reverence and appeal that makes it sound retro-modern, ripe for contemporary production and vintage-cool. ... Away from the more modular biased inclusions, the spring reverb which adorned the Grandmother has been removed to make way for an analogue stereo delay. if you find a patch panel version SEM, there is also possibility of modular cross pollination with GM. This is one of my most prized production details which I exploit continually, from my Moog Voyager, and allows for the creation of some stunning effects across the stereo spectrum, with a sense of sweeping across the soundstage. I feel very similarly. The spring reverb is such a critical component of the GMs sound. You do start to find yourself feeling greedy and wishing there were dual cut off pots to match the two resonance pots, although the Matriarch has a trick up its sleeve that we’ll come back to shortly.A dedicated filter ADSR envelope, which resides alongside the amplitude envelope, can also be sent in the direction of the cutoff, with an amount control which allows for positive and negative polarity.Everything we have examined so far is available to hard-wired operation, which is to say that you’ll not need to reach for a patch cable to implement basic synthesis duties. The Sync Enable button, located in the VCO section, allows for those classic sync tones to effortlessly emanate, but with the additional trick of allowing each VCO to sync to the next, which makes for a unique and different tonal construct.We can’t discuss the tone of this machine without talking reverentially about the filter; its heritage is from the 904A module design, which harks back to the large Moog Modular systems from the 60s. In the Daniel Fisher preview video he says the Matriarch delay is based on the Moog 500 series modules. If you’ve ever fancied a modular with polyphonic tendencies, Moog’s latest multi-coloured cable-swap might have you turning from Mono to Poly.When Moog announced the grandmother semi-modular, there were some very mixed feelings evident from the synth community, not least of all for its rather interesting colour scheme, which some considered a little garish.
Create rich evolving chord patterns immediately with “no patching required”, then tap into an abundance of inspiring textures, new sounds, and an endless supply of happy accidents through Matriarch’s 90 modular patch points.
The four VCOs can be configured to create a single layer monophonic note known as Unison Mode, or can be split into two-note duophonic mode, or taken further to a full four-note polyphony. I'm also interested in what people think about running the Matriarch and Grandmother in tandem. Two LFOs are available, one of which is a simple triangle and square wave design, while the other offers six waves, which includes a slewed random and staircase. We understand the importance of online privacy and are committed to complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Please check the fields highlighted in red. Within the filter section, there are dedicated patch points for VCF1 and VCF2, meaning that it is possible to modulate their behaviour independently, albeit with a degree of reverence back to the main cut off pot.To further shore up this potential, like a wise sage, Moog has included two utility modules, which are equipped with Mult’s and Attenuverters. The pinnacle of Moog’s semi-modular family of synthesizers, Matriarch’s patchable architecture and vintage Moog circuits reward open exploration with endless sonic possibilities and unparalleled ana... Handpicked and Updated DailyDeals and Steals It conforms to the classic under-the-hood operational policy that we’ve seen on some other Moog products, but lacking a display can make this a bit of a challenge.Time for the main event. Moog Matriarch is a patchable 4-note paraphonic analog synthesizer with a built-in Sequencer, Arpeggiator, stereo Ladder Filters, and stereo Analog Delay.