|Moog Little Phatty Stage II Reviews and Product Information
The Little Phatty made it's first appearance in 2006, conceived in part by Robert Moog himself.
There are currently three versions of the Little Phatty. Aside from a few cosmetic differences (and price), all units have nearly identical sound generation circuitry. The earlier 'Tribute Edition', a limited run of 1200 units, featured blue LED lighting, wooden side panels and Bob Moog's signature decaled onto the convex back panel. The later 'Stage Edition' featured orange and red lighting, grey rubberized panels and the classic Moog logo replacing the signature. The third version, called the Stage II, had some minor mechanical and electrical tweaks as well as adding a USB interface, becoming the first Moog instrument to offer USB connectivity, as well as the ability to daisy-chain one or more Stage Editions to make a single polyphonic instrument.
4 Little Phatty Fun Facts
The Little Phatty one of the few Moog synthesizers to utilize MIDI (others include Minimoog Voyager and the earlier Memorymoog+), making it a breeze to use in the recording studio or live on stage.
Plug any instrument-level or line-level audio signal in this jack to combine with the oscillator and noise signals prior to filtering.
Tap Tempo lets you simply tap in your own tempo when there is no MIDI clock available.
The Little Phatty was the first Moog product to be produced following Robert Moog's death.
Little Phatty Stage II Features
Features specific to the Stage II
- MIDI over USB
- MIDI Clock Sync
- Tap Tempo
- Black Finish
MIDI Over USB
What does this mean for you? More control. The addition of 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 running the Little Phatty Editor/Librarian.
MIDI Clock Sync
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.
Little Phatty Arpeggiator
The arpeggiator is a great new 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.
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.
Value Controls: 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.
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