A few days ago, I finally got my hands on the Moog Mother 32. This semi-modular synth has been out roughly a year now, but I am often a day late and a dollar short… or in this case, six hundred dollars short. However, as the saying goes better late than never and that certainly rings true here.
Before I go further, let me give you a disclaimer. I am not a technical guru, and am not a professional musician. I am a noise artist who is new to anything beyond your basic synths. If you want a technical review, it is probably best to look elsewhere.
First, a shout-out to Sweetwater Sound, I truly won’t order my gear from anywhere else. They offer fast free shipping and have impeccable customer service. No, they don’t pay me to say that. My package arrived safe and sound, and I had the contents ripped out of the box in record time.
The obvious first impression is that the Mother 32 is a gorgeous machine, sturdy and handmade like you’d expect from Moog. It also comes with a pack of five patch cables, and an extensive user’s manual.
This machine boasts all the controls you would expect on your average analog synth, but with the inimitable lowpass and highpass Moog filters… a difference you’ll notice as soon as you start tweaking knobs. I already had an Arturia Minibrute, which I love, but nothing can beat that classic Moog ladder filter. That’s not a knock on the Minibrute, which is still a valuable part of my rig… but rather a testament to how great Moogs sound really is!
The Mother also boasts a 32-step sequencer, which has a bit of a learning curve, at least for me, I’m sure more experienced, and knowledgeable musicians could dive right in. However, after just a little reading I am more than in love with its features, which include the ability to program in KB or Step mode, accents, ratchets, etc.
Then of course, there is the 32-point patch bay for extended modular possibilities. I have a lot to learn in this regard, but there are enough resources out there to get you started in the right direction. The patch bay was a major selling point for me, as I’ve always been interested in learning modular, and this is an affordable option. Once you find yourself going down the modular rabbit hole the Mother comes out of its desktop casing and is eurorack ready!
This synth also plays well with others via the patch bay and a MIDI input. I have hooked this machine up to other synths, sequencers, and even my theremin… as if the Mother wasn’t already awesome enough!
Whether you are a total synth novice or a seasoned pro, you will be having fun with this minutes after it’s out of the box. If you are like me and have always wanted a Moog, but didn’t necessarily want to spend the money, this is a great starting point.
I absolutely love this machine, and can tell it’s going to be a part of my live rig for a long time to come.