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Moog Music Little Phatty II Stage Edition Analog Synth, Black, Blemished

Experiment with the legendary sounds of a genuine Moog synth. The Little Phatty Stage II features MIDI connectivity, dual VCOs and a 100% analog signal path. (24) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Moog Little Phatty Stage II proves that the digital revolution hasn't made a dent in the reputation of the world's most celebrated analog synth maker. This powerful monophonic workhorse combines a 100% analog signal path with up-to-date MIDI over USB, Clock Sync, and a sweet arpeggiator. With Moog Music's Little Phatty Stage II, you'll send sweet, soaring leads above the digital din with a powerful and punchy voice that won't be easily missed.

Unprecedented Stability

Your Moog Little Phatty comes with two of the most stable VCOs (voltage-controlled oscillators) ever manufactured, eliminating the pitch and tone drift common on the vintage boards that you may have gathering dust in the studio. In turn, the Voltage Controlled Filter turns your waveforms into full-bodied sounds. In no time, you'll be dialing up sweet singing leads, crunchy bass pads, and anything else your fingers can dream up.

Precision Control

Each VCO comes with an octave setting (16', 8', 4', 2') and can output triangle, saw, square, or skinny pulse waves. The Glide Rate is fully adjustable, and VCO 1 can be synced to VCO 2. A single VCF tailors the combined output from the two VCOs. After that, the Envelope Generator stage crafts the shape of your sound with a standard ADSR bank. Modulation controls the LFO rate and Amount. After you set these parameters, get your volume level where you want it and your unique sound is ready to fly!

Modern Innovations

The genius of Moog's Little Phatty Stage II lies in its careful combination of technologies old and new. The MIDI over USB port allows you to hook up with another keyboard for external control, or to connect with a computer so your DAW or sequencer software can control the Little Phatty in real time. But no matter what you're running into the Little Phatty, you'll be sending out a totally analog signal to your amp or speakers. Pure analog sound with no signal loss to varying sample rates? An astounding idea!

Everything You Need to Deliver a Powerful Sound

On the right of your front panel you'll find the Output section. Here you've got a Master Volume control, an Output On/Off switch, a Headphone Volume control, and a headphone output with a 1/4" balanced TRS jack. The Little Phatty Stage II has everything you need, nothing you don't.

Back to Analog

All you hear about is digital technology these days. But don't be fooled: analog technology has never stopped getting better. In fact, the components that go into the Moog Little Phatty II analog synths are better now than when Bob Moog was releasing his most celebrated synth designs in the '60s and '70s. So if you want to put your hands on some real knobs, turn real honest-to-gosh electricity into sound, and look downright cool while doing it -- you're going to want one of these in your keyboard arsenal immediately.

Features:

- 37-note feather-light keyboard
- Spring-loaded pitch wheel
- Mod Wheel
- Glide On/Off
- Octave Down
- Octave Up
- MIDI over USB
- MIDI Clock Sync
- Arpeggiator
- Tap Tempo
- Two ultra-stable analog VCOs
- VCO 1 Octave setting (16', 8', 4', 2')
- VCO 1 Wave setting (triangle, saw, square, and skinny pulse)
- VCO 1 Glide Rate
- VCO 1 has Sync to VCO 2
- VCO 2 Frequency setting
- VCO 2 Octave setting (16', 8', 4', 2')
- VCO 2 Wave setting (triangle, saw, square, and skinny pulse)-- Osc. 2 Level
- Fine Tune knob on both VCOs
- Master Cutoff
- Master Resonance
- Master Kb. Control Amount
- Master Filter Env. Amount
- Overload
- Envelope Generator section with 2 x ADSR EGRs for Filter and VCA modulation
- Modulation section with LFO Rate, Mod Source (LFO triangle, LFO square, LFO sawtooth, LFO ramp, Filt. EGR or Sample and Hold, and Osc. 2 or Noise), Mod Amount, and Mod Destination
- Power supply included

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Features include:
-- MIDI over USB
-- MIDI Clock Sync
-- Arpeggiator
-- Tap Tempo
-- Black finish
-- Cutting edge sound bank

Synth Engine:
- Sound Sources are two ultra-stable analog VCOs. Parameters for the VCOs are:
-- Osc. 1 Octave: 16', 8', 4', 2'
-- Osc. 1 Wave: Continuously variable from triangle through saw and square to skinny pulse.
-- Osc. 1 Level
-- Glide Rate
-- Osc. 1 to 2 Sync On/Off
-- Osc. 2 Frequency
-- Osc. 2 Octave: 16', 8', 4', 2'
-- Osc. 2 Wave: Continuously variable from triangle through saw and square to skinny pulse.
-- Osc. 2 Level
-- Fine Tune (for both Oscillators, located at the bottom left of the panel)

Sound Modifiers include a single VCLPF: 24 dB /Oct Moog Ladder filter, with filter Overload control and a single Output VCA. Filter parameters are:
- Cutoff
- Resonance
- Kb. Control Amount (how much the Key CV modulates the Filter)
- Filter Env. Amount (how much +/- the filter envelope modulates the filter)
- Overload
- An Envelope Generator section provides two ADSR EGRs: one to modulate the Filter (Filter EGR) and one to modulate the VCA (Volume EGR). For each EGR, the parameters are:
- Attack
- Decay
- Sustain
- Release

The Modulation section contains a 4-waveform LFO, and a 1x2 Mod Buss with 8 possible mod sources and 4 possible destinations. Its parameters are:
- LFO Rate
- Mod Source: (LFO triangle, LFO square, LFO sawtooth, LFO ramp, Filt. EGR or Sample and Hold, and Osc. 2 or Noise)
- Mod Amount (the amount of modulation w/ the mod wheel all the way forward)
- Mod Destination (Pitch, Osc. 2, Filter, Wave)

The User Interface (UI) section is described in the UI spec, below the LCD and UI controls are the following:
- Performance controls:
- 37-note keyboard
- Spring-loaded pitch wheel
- Mod Wheel
- Glide On/Off
- Octave Down
- Octave Up

To the right of the front panel is the Output section. There is a Master Volume control, an Output On/Off switch, a Headphone Volume control, and a headphone output jack (1/4" TRS)

- The side of the instrument houses the I/O of the instrument.
- Power In (100-250VAC, 50-60 Hz)
- Power On/Off
- Audio Out
- Ext. Audio In (accepts +4dBu line level signal)
- Pitch CV In (1 V/Oct)
- Filter CV In
- Volume CV In
- Keyboard Gate In
- MIDI In
- MIDI Out
- USB

Dimensions and Weight:
- 26.75x14.75x6.75 in.
- 22 lb

Basic Editing of sounds

- Sound editing of continuous parameters (like Filter Cutoff) is done from the front panel by enabling a parameter with its switch (its LED becomes illuminated), and then adjusting its value control. There are 4 value controls, one for each section: Modulation, Oscillators, Filter, and Envelopes. Each is surrounded by a ring of 15 LEDs that show approximately the stored or edited value of the current parameter. The value controls are analog, and when a parameter is activated, the analog control signal is switched to directly control that parameter (RAC or Real Analog Control). For each section, only one continuous parameter can be activated at a time for editing. For parameters that have multiple possibilities (such as Mod Source) pressing that switch advances through the possible Mod sources. For On/Off type switches like Osc. Sync, the LEDs are On when that parameter is on or Off when the parameter is off.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 828-251-0090

Product Description

Feel the power of a genuine Moog analog synth with the Little Phatty Stage II. Like the Stage and Tribute Edition before it, the Little Phatty Stage II puts the performer in control of a 100% analog signal path. Features include two ultra stable Voltage Controlled Oscillators, a Voltage Controlled Filter and other versatile tools like an external audio input, CV and KB gate inputs, and a full MIDI controller. With so many features and so much power coming together in a single performance synth, there's no limit to the hypnotic sounds the Little Phatty Stage II can produce.

"The Little Phatty not only has its own signature killer sounds, but the ability to use it's innovative interface as a versatile general MIDI controller make it an incredible tool for both performance and the studio."
-Cyril Lance, Engineering Manager

In addition to the classic Moog analog synth design, the Stage II boasts innovative and useful features including MIDI over USB, MIDI Clock Sync, an Arpeggiator, Tap Tempo and a stylish black finish. The updated MIDI over USB makes this performance and sound sculpting tool even more powerful. Combined with its warm analog sound, ability to process external audio and its intuitive performance, sound design and control features, the Stage II makes a great addition to any rig, from full-on analog to a laptop/softsynth setup. You can also connect it directly to a computer and run the Little Phatty Editor/Librarian.

MIDI Clock Sync allows you to synchronize the LFO and arpeggiator rate to the tempo of your MIDI sequencer, drum machine or software. Sample and hold, triangle, square, sawtooth and ramp wave modulations can now be perfectly timed with your rhythm tracks and the arpeggiator.

The arpeggiator is a great performance feature with applications for musicians in all genres. Its wide variety of uses is sure to find a place in any style, and of course it also syncs to MIDI clock. Tap Tempo brings LFO and arpeggiator tempo sync functionality to situations in which there is no MIDI clock.

The distinctive black finish is a real eye-catcher that emphasizes the unique nature of the Little Phatty Stage II.

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Serious Analog Mojo"
Sound: Everybody says Moog synths sound great, after playing a few notes and turning a few knobs - I was surprised just how good they really do sound. The tones are thick with rich harmonics; synthesis bliss. The quality really cuts through a mix too, and really sounds great when combined with other material. For my type of music, modern electronic like dub step, electro, breaks etc, this little synth is perfect. I imagine it's quality will transcend any type of music. Feature: The analog synth engine is awesome. The construction quality is top notch too. The keybed feels great and has excellent response. The addition of USB is extremely useful... Besides generating amazing synth sounds, I use the Little Phatty as a midi controller to play my soft synths - its a centerpiece of my studio. I can't wait to integrate some MoogerFoogers and utilize the built in control voltage (CV) abilities. Ease of Use: Extremely easy to use. A basic understanding of synthesis is all that is required to dig into the LP. The controls, left to right, follow the audio signal path. The LP is minimalistic but has everything you could want at this quality and price. Quality: The build quality is professional. It feels as solid as it looks and sounds. I love the backlit pitch and mod wheels. The rotary controls are solid and the buttons and LEDs have the best look and feel I've ever used on an instrument. Keys are excellent and I really appreciate the convenience of the side-mounted ports and connections. Value: It's an amazing looking, feeling, and most importantly - sounding Moog 37-key analog synth with MIDI, CV, and USB connections. I think the price is just right for what you get. In fact, it's easy to own with Zzounds' price and various payment plans. Manufacturer Support: I doubt I'll ever need their assistance. I've only read good things about the quality of service they provide - but no first hand experience. The Wow Factor: My DJ/Producer friends have certainly been impressed. It looks amazing...then you hear it and it's filter sweep and 'wow' doesn't do it justice. Take away the synth and it's still a pretty awesome controller. It looks cool sitting there unplugged even. Overall: I've been producing electronic music for about a decade and the Little Phatty is my first hardware analog synth. I've been working with excellent plugins, such as the DCAM suite, Omnisphere, NI Komplete Synths, and various others... They are all incredible achievements in audio software, but now I know that there really isn't anything that sounds as warm, fuzzy, and awesome as true analog synthesis. In fact, I was really surprised just how creamy (filter cutoff) this Little Phatty sounds in person. I also have a newfound respect for just how good professional soft synths sound - modern soft synths really do capture most of the analog goodness that comes from hardware. Despite the quality of software available, capturing a bass line from the Little Phatty with my Apogee interface produces a quality in the recording that I've just never heard before with software alone. It isn't cheap, but if you are serious about your productions, owning a hardware synth like the Little Phatty, is worth every penny. I couldn't be happier about this purchase. Zzounds is awesome, they have great prices and fast shipping - this was my first purchase but definitely not my last.
Style of Music: Electronic
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Sound: Simply put, the Moog makes everything else sound flat and lifeless by comparison. The bass is astonishingly rich and deep, and the overall tone has a warmth, depth, and texture that makes other synths sound like toys. This is professional-quality analog beyond reproach. Feature: Obviously, this is a synth that only plays one note at a time, and has no onboard sequencer, sample memory, or effects. You could get a 128-voice digital workstation for the same kind of money, so make sure you understand its limitations before you buy. Ease of Use: The frontpanel is so logically laid out that I've never felt hampered by the limited knob-count. However, the LCD menu is a nightmare even by digital standards, and you do have to dive into it to set any of the non-realtime features like filter slope, arpeggiator mode, and patch name. Quality: Moog products are the finest mass-produced synths on the planet, period, and while the Little Phatty skimps on features, it does not do so on quality. You do get what you pay for. Value: This was a hard decision, although I have no regrets. For the same money, you could get a really nice vintage Source or Pro-One. Still, the Little Phatty looks, plays, and sounds like a professional instrument - so I guess I can't complain about paying professional prices. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had to use them yet, but based on the forums at the Moog website, the company seems very well-informed and engaged with its users, as one would expect of an elite, US-based institution. The Wow Factor: Elite brand-name logo on the back. Unique case design with many blinkenlights. I love this synth. My girlfriend loves this synth, and she doesn't even play. It makes top-of-the-line Kurzweils looks like anonymous black boxes by comparison. So... yeah. Overall: I'll probably own this synth for the rest of my life. Obviously I wouldn't want it to be my ONLY synth, but if I need pianos or drums, I have other instruments for that. I have NO other instrument that can do what this synth can do.
Style of Music: Electronic Music (All Styles)
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