Moog launches Animoog Z, an all-new version of the iOS synth that now runs on Mac, too, and is yours for free

Back in 2011, Moog opened its iOS synth account with Animoog, a futuristic app instrument that played on the company’s illustrious heritage. However, the mobile music-making market has moved on over the past ten years, and now it’s time for something new.

Say hello, then to Animoog Z - a “complete transformation” of the original Animoog that, once again, is powered by Moog’s Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE). It seems that this is more than just a minor tweak to the formula, though - the app has been totally redesigned and comes with significantly increased functionality.

Animoog Z offers 16 voices of polyphony and, under the hood, is based on wavetable and vector synthesis. The idea is that you navigate through the app’s X, Y, and Z axes to create evolving and layered sounds.

There’s a built-in, configurable keyboard that can control pitch and pressure per-voice (or send MIDI out), and Animoog Z supports MPE, too. The sound library includes everything from digital and spectral sources to classic analogue waveforms from Moog oscillators, all processed with boutique analogue gear.

New for Animoog Z is the timbre editor, which enables you to record and design your own custom timbres. You can import WAV files, too.

Other features include polyphonic modulation - slide your fingers across the keyboard to control multiple per-voice parameters - and polyphonic pitch shifting, which enables you to manipulate the pitch of each note within a chord. There are three six-stage DAHDSR envelopes, along with three independent LFOs and a modulation matrix.

Moog Animoog Z

(Image credit: Moog)

As you’d expect, Animoog Z has a classic four-pole Moog ladder filter, along with Delay and Thick modules and other effects. There’s a flexible arpeggiator, and a looper that enables you to record your performance and overdub new layers or play along live.

Animoog Z is a universal app that runs standalone on iPad, iPhone and Mac, and also as an AUv3 on these platforms. It can also run through a VST wrapper if you want integration with DAWs that support AUv2, AUv3 and VST3.

The free version of Animoog Z comes with a range of artist-designed presets, and you can upgrade to get more content and full functionality for $9.99. Additional preset packs are also available to purchase, or you can just take a punt by using the smart randomisation function.

Find out more on the Moog website. You can check out the video above to see synth legend Susan Ciani integrating the Animoog Z with her Buchla modular setup for an improvised performance.

Moog Animoog Z

(Image credit: Moog)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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