Matriarch is the new head of Moog’s semi-modular family. Delivering a strikingly similar retro design to the one found on the Grandmother, this all-analog 49-key semi-modular synthesizer adds some exciting improvements over the previous version, earning its rightful place as the flagship model of the series. While they both share the s... Click To Read More About This Product
Matriarch’s all-analog signal path delivers a wide variety of sonic capabilities ranging from overdriven monophonic bass to gently evolving paraphonic plucks that cycle through waveshapes into a wash of infinite delay trails. Easily create harmonically rich content with up to four notes of polyphony, or stack all four VCOs and create a ridiculously powerful mono synth capable of cutting through any mix. Just like many Moog modular synths before it, Matriarch’s sound engine, modulation engine, stereo ladder filters, dual envelopes and stereo delay are all 100% analog, resulting in an unrestricted sonic vocabulary of immense beauty and power. In addition, Matriarch also features an easy-to-use arpeggiator and a built-in sequencer with up to 256 steps, four notes per step and 12 stored patterns. The sequencer can also be patched to independently control external gear.
While the Matriarch is built as a self-contained keyboard, each section can be broken down to individual sections based on classic Moog modular designs, including 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 Series effects. Each of the four analog oscillators have selectable waveshapes and can be hard-synced per oscillator, which drives the heart of Matriarch’s sound. There’s also a full-range LFO with six selectable waveshapes, dual analog ADSR envelopes, dual analog VCA and a pair of analog filters with parallel (HP/LP), stereo (LP/LP), and series (HP/LP) modes available. Replacing the spring reverb found in the Grandmother, Matriarch instead has an onboard stereo analog delay with up to 700ms of stereo or ping-pong style repeats that can be synced to the host tempo via MIDI.
Matriarch may take its inspiration from retro Moog synths of the past, but it is loaded with modern features that will take it into the future. As for connectivity, Matriarch has everything needed for today’s production environments, including a 5-pin MIDI In/Out/Thru as well as MIDI over USB for instant integration with your host computer. There are also two 1/4” TS jacks for line-level output and a 1/4” external audio input capable of taking signals from guitars, drum machines and more. The 49-key premium Fatar keybed features patchable velocity and aftertouch, offering a wide range of expressivity. When you’re ready to go beyond Matriarch’s pre-wired sound design capability, there are a total of 90 easily accessible modular patch points across the front and back of the unit, turning this highly versatile synth into a fully modular system at a moment’s notice.
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