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Moog Matriarch

4-Note Paraphonic Semi-Modular Synthesiser with Patch Option

  • Analogue sound generation
  • 256 Step-sequencer
  • Arpeggiator
  • Stereo ladder filter and stereo analog delay
  • Based on the circuits of the Moog-Modular-Synthesizer
  • 4 Analogue oscillators with selectable waveforms
  • Mixer with 6 inputs
  • 2 x Four-stage ADSR
  • 3 x Bipolar voltage controlled attenuators with ring modulation capabilities
  • 2 Discrete analogue stereo routed VCAs
  • 49-Key keyboard with aftertouch via MIDI, KBD VEL OUT and KB AT OUT connectors
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • 90 Patch points 3.5 mm jack on front and rear side
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 812.8 x 139.7 x 361.9 mm
  • Weight: 10.89 kg
  • Includes patch cable and external 12 V power supply unit
  • Suitable optional case: Art.489955, or Art.479619 (both not included)

Connections:

  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm Jack
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm Jack
  • 2 Outputs: 3.5 mm Mini-jack
  • Delay 2 outputs as well as sync and CV input: 3.5 mm Mini-jack
  • Arpeggiator/sequencer Clock input/on-off input/reset and clock output: 3.5 mm mini-jack
  • Instrument input: 6.3 mm Jack
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • Expression Pedal to CV
  • Sustain Pedal Input
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Audio Examples

 
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  • Demo 3
  • Demo
  • Demo 2
  • Demo 4
  • Sequence 1
  • Sequence 2
  • Sequence 3

Further Information

Number Of Keys 49
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Number of simultaneous Voices 4
Sound Engine Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Storage Medium None
USB-port Yes
Effects Delay
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display No

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Blown away from this Instrument
NIELSIR, 28.02.2020
The sounds are stunning - the delay will take your breath away at points, and the feedback can quickly swallow up your whole room if you let it get away - but I love that.

Once you get your manual well-read (to be there are some complex relationships in the Filter modes which I had to re-read many times) you will be creating sounds fast, experimenting with the seemingly unlimited patch points at ease and enjoying every minute.

Overall I am really happy with the instrument/synth. My only non-positive feedback on the unit is the Global Settings system - it requires shooting in the dark and trusting that you have made no mistakes - this really feels like going back in time to primitive control and not in a good way -I would LOVE if Moog updated this to be controlled via a simple computer program and communicate via the USB - where you could potentially save your settings and load/save/backup different setups/configurations.

But other than that slight inconvenience - Stunning instrument!
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Best synth overall
korhan, 23.06.2021
The Matriarch has amazing sound quality, very flexible features that allow experimentation, has a stereo filter, has a stereo analog echo (that is an instrument in itself). If you're curious about modular synths but want to have a proper, tested-and-true input interface (keyboard), this is possibly your best bet. It is also good for people who are frustrated with the endless possibilities and complexities and incompatibilities of the modular synth world, and want to transition to a system that sounds amazing, is experimental and is consistent and unified. Keep a few modules that you really like and get a Matriarch.

The only con would be the somewhat complicated global settings menu, but you don't need to change things all the time and the manual is very clear about how to make those changes. Furthermore, some of the changes can be performed by MIDI CCs.
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Moog is overrated
Kamil Z., 28.04.2020
I had great hopes with this instrument ,but unfortunately it is not your top quality instrument in the sense of its features , Envelopes should have a logarithmic curve but they don't , the result is that you are going from a snappy short attack to a ''wow'' type attack by moving your knob by less than 1mm. It should be calibrated differently. You have a bit of Glide even if the knob is at 0. etc... Overall went through most of what it can do after 3 days, could not find anything else that would surprise me ...
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Mémé gâtée
chris196, 12.01.2020
--- Introduction ---
J'utilise le Matriarch en home-studio. Il est complété d'un GrandMother et d'un Mother-32.

--- Découverte ---
Le Matriarch est compact et son poids est modéré, ce qui facilite le déplacement et la mise en place.
Le manuel utilisateur est bien réalisé et constitue une aide précieuse pour accéder aux nombreux réglages globaux de l'appareil. Un livret patchbook annexe comprend quelques exemples de patches et un petit tutoriel pour le séquenceur.
A l'instar du GrandMother, l'alimentation du Matriarch est externe et la partie du bloc qui se connecte à l'entrée DC du synthé est de qualité moyenne. A manipuler avec précaution.

--- Edition/Traitement/Son ---
Les filtres du Matriarch comportent trois modes : stéréo LP/LP, série LP/HP et parallèle LP/HP.
Le mode stéréo, associé au Spacing, au delay stéréo et aux modulations, permet de créer de très beaux effets de balayage du son. On obtient du band-pass en mode série et du notch en mode parallèle.
L'entrée audio est très utile et me sert personnellement à faire passer et à traiter le signal du GrandMother à travers les modules du Matriarch, augmentant ainsi les possibilités et la richesse du son, et quel son !
Pas de CV in sur la résonance. Dommage.

Le mode paraphonique est d'un intérêt limité. Intéressant utilisé avec le séquenceur mais trop pauvre pour créer de riches accords. Pour cela, rien ne vaut un vrai synthé polyphonique.

--- Conclusion ---
Le Matriarch est, pour un prix pas trop onéreux finalement, un excellent synthétiseur analogique de recherche, au son de très grande qualité. Il trouvera naturellement sa place en studio au coeur d'un système modulaire.
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