4-Note Paraphonic Semi-Modular Synthesiser with Patch Option
- Analogue sound generation
- 256 Step-sequencer
- 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)
- Suitable bag Art. 489808 (not included)
- 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
What you see is what you get
The Moog Matriarch is a further enhancement of the semi-modular Moog Grandmother. In contrast to the monophonic Grandmother, however, the Matriarch has four voices. The semi-modular design has adopted almost exactly. Instead of 41 patch points, the Matriarch has 90. Incidentally, the system is compatible with the other (semi-)modular Moog products as well as other modular synthesizers. The four analogue oscillators and the classic ladder filter are based on the old Moog modular systems, as are many aspects of the design. The whole thing comes in the usual solid and very stylish housing with a high-quality 49-key Fatar keyboard. There are no digital frills on the Matriarch, and no presets either: What you see is what you get.
Not a mummy's boy
In addition to the oscillators and filters mentioned above, the Moog Matriarch features an analogue stereo bucket brigade echo that mirrors the unit's retro visual aesthetic. Nevertheless, the Matriarch also has a few modern features in store. On the back, for example, there is a USB connection next to the 5-pin MIDI connections. On the front, Moog offers an arpeggiator as well as a sequencer, which offers more than enough space even for the most extensive melody featuring 256 steps. As befits a modularly designed device, the classic utilities can also be found there - a signal splitter (Mult) and an attenuator, with which control signals can be amplified or attenuated.
A purist without digital frills
One thing should be clear: Like any Moog, the sound of the Matriarch is beyond reproach. If you buy a Moog, you get a Moog sound, and if you want a Moog sound, you buy a Moog - it's as simple as that. The Matriarch is certainly no Swiss army knife, but a purist without digital frills. Thanks to its polyphony, keyboardists will get their money's worth, and those who already have a modular system will find the Moog Matriarch a control centre for all eventualities. For example, an external sequencer can be integrated with ease, and the Matriarch's keyboard virtually invites you to control a modular system via CV and gate.
The US manufacturer of synthesizers, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the pioneers in this field and has legendary status. Robert Moog had been involved with electronic sound generation since the 1950s and his first experience was with the manufacture of theremins. The breakthrough came in 1968 with the Grammy-winning album "Switched-On Bach" by musician Wendy Carlos (then know as Walter Carlos), recorded in multitrack with a mono synthesizer. The Minimoog, released in 1971, became the most popular synthesizer of the 1970s and is still considered the benchmark for the quality of synthesised sounds. It and the following devices, like the Memorymoog, Polymoog, and Prodigy, shaped the sound of numerous albums, from Stevie Wonder to The Police and from Saga to Kraftwerk.
The sound lab
In contrast to "modern" models, Moog follows a purist approach - as exemplified by the Grandmother and Matriarch - in which digital flourishes are largely avoided. The Matriarch is the no-nonsense version of a polyphonic Moog. If you are looking for a versatile sound laboratory for tinkering and interconnecting, you will find it here. With the Matriarch, Moog has expanded the functional range of the Grandmother by several dimensions and presents a work of art with character in an appealing retro design. If you didn't know that this was a synthesizer from a well-known company, you might get the impression that you were looking at a sinfully expensive boutique synth.