About time:Moog have finally done it. After decades of being absent from the Moog product line-up they’ve finally unveiled a brand new polyphonic synth called One and boy oh boy, does it pack a punch. And after keep my lips sealed behind an NDA for 13 months, I can finally talk about what I’ve seen and heard. In the summer of 2017 I was incredibly fortunate enough to visit the Moog factory with some of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting (you know who you are), we made the 11 hour flight and 2 hour drive to Ashville, North Carolina where the employee owned Moog Music Inc. are based. Walk down to the bottom of the high street, under a bridge and to your right, a vividly coloured, voyager XL laden building that adorns the Moog logo which conceals one of the most breathtaking showrooms and busiest, vibrant workshops I’ve had the pleasure of seeing, and talking to the people building the machines, it’s very apparent they love their craft as much as we do. During our time there we were invited for Moog Pro training, which is a special certification you can obtain by only completing a series of tests and questionnaires at Moog HQ to prove you know your apples (well, synths anyway). Once we’d completed said training Moog took us into the sound lab and Amos and the gang showed us something I’d wanted from them for a long time…a rather big synthesizer codenamed L.A.S. which stands for large analogue synthesizer, but it’s now formally known as One. One was demonstrated to us in great detail for almost 2 hours, the team went through the impressive spec and at the end of it everyone, including me was left with their jaws on the floor. But after that impressive demonstration, we had to sign a non disclosure agreement so up until today, I’ve not been able to mention One at all.
Blue pill or the red pill?So what is this synthesizer we saw, shrouded in secrecy for so long? Well One is the synth you always dreamed someone would make, a truly impressive multi-timbral analogue synthesizer with dual filters, a massive modulation matrix, tonnes of hands on control, a superb Fatar TP8S 61-note keybed and brand new oscillator technology.
Loadsa connectionsYeah, a sequencer. As if all of the above that wasn’t enough, Moog have put a truly impressive sequencing system onboard, with up to 16 notes per step and support of up to 256 steps, you could pretty much make a whole track. You can run a separate sequencer and an ARP per timbre…blimey.
- 8 or 16 voice polyphonic analogue synthesizer
- Three oscillators per voice
- Brand new oscillator technology with OLED displays for the waveforms
- Ring mod, Sync and FM
- Tri-timbral architecture
- Craft unique splits, layers and zones
- 61 note FATAR TP8S keybed
- Two analogue filters, one classic Moog low pass and one state variable
- Four LFO’s and three envelope generators
- Eventide effects onboard
- LCD display with UI powered by the JUCE platform for effortless navigation
- Preset storage and recall
- USB MIDI and DIN MIDI
- Assignable CV and Gate IO
- Premium Moog build quality