Moog’s Grandmother is an all-analogue semi-modular synth with a retro vibe

It might not be on the Moog website yet, but multiple retailers have confirmed that the company has a new synth known as the Grandmother on the way.

This special edition instrument is set to be unveiled at Moogfest later this week, and has an all-analogue, semi-modular architecture. The Grandmother has been designed to encourage hands-on tweaking: there are no presets or recall, so what you see on the front panel is what you get.

Because the synth is semi-modular it’ll make sounds right away, but those who want to start exploring can make use of the 41 individual patch points that will override the internal wiring. The Grandmother can also be hooked up to other Moog synths and Eurorack gear and used as part of a larger system.

Sound generation starts with the two analogue oscillators, each of which offers selectable triangle, sawtooth, square and pulse waveforms, while the analogue LFO can also act as a third oscillator. Naturally, a Moog Ladder filter is onboard, as is an analogue ADSR envelope generator.

Other highlights include an analogue spring reverb tank that can process both internal and external sounds, a built-in arpeggiator and an onboard sequencer.

Expect full details to be confirmed soon - in the meantime, check out the video above that comes via Guitar Center. Word has it that the Grandmother will cost $899.

Moog Grandmother features

  • 100% analog synthesizer with 32-note Fatar keybed
  • Semi-modular design, requires no patching to play
  • All normalized connections can be interrupted for full modularity
  • Hardware Spring Reverb can be used to process external sounds
  • 1/4” External audio input for guitars, drum machines, and more
  • Easy to use Arpeggiator and Sequencer
  • Store up to 3 sequences with up to 256 notes each
  • 2 Analog Oscillators with selectable waveshape and hard sync
  • Classic 4-Pole 10Hz-20kHz Ladder filter
  • Patchable 1-Pole High Pass filter
  • Analog ADSR Envelope Generator
  • Analog LFO with audio-rate capabilities
  • DIN MIDI In/Out/Thru and USB MIDI
  • Patchable bipolar attenuator
  • Works with Mother-32, DFAM, Eurorack modular systems and more
  • 41 patch points with 21 inputs, 16 outputs and a Parallel-Wired 4-jack Mult
Ben Rogerson
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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.