Moog’s new limited edition Matriarch is a powerful analog synth

Moog has released a new synthesizer called Matriarch, which will be built and will be available to play at their Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina. Matriarch is a semi-modular, patchable analog synthesizer that follows in the footsteps of previous versions of Moog, such as Mother-32 and Grandmother.

As with other synthesizers that the company has published, Moog says that Matriarch does not require any patches to make great sounds, but if you want to immerse yourself, there are a variety of different types of synthesis modules to connect at your fingertips just over its 49 keys.

It has the same retro aesthetic that Moog has supported in recent times, not only with this series, but with other synthesizers such as Sirin (which was presented in this year's NAMM program). Naturally, the Matriarch bits are based on Bob Moog's original circuit designs: Minimoog oscillators, a CP3 module mixer, 904A module filters, 911 module envelopes, 902 module VCAs and an analog delay that closely resembles the MF-104M and 500 models

The Matriarch has four of these analog oscillators. It can be played in mono, duo and four-note paraphonic mode, and from there, sounds can be manipulated infinitely. There is a 256 step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and the oscillators can be stacked to create a "massive mono oscillator synthesizer". The sounds can be further configured with any of the modules, which include dual envelope generators, a full-range LFO, analog stereo and stereo VCA delays, with a total of 90 patch points on the front and back. It also comes with pitch bend and modulation wheels, variable slip, an expression pedal for CV and a sustain pedal.

This could be used as a standalone instrument, but it is designed to be also a processor for external sound sources and be a front keyboard to expand its Eurorack modular system.

If you visit the Moog website, there are a lot of sample sounds that show what the Matriarch is possible to produce, ranging from rich rocking cables to crisp, impetuous Low to wash space trails. You can also miss this beautiful 15-minute sound landscape if you want a complete Matriarch dive:

More details about Moog Matriarch can be found on the company's website, and there you can also preorder one for $ 1,999, with planned delivery . Summer of this year. And, while that is a considerable price, you get a lot for your dollar, and Moog only plans to make 250 units.

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