New Moog Slim Phatty Announced

And Here's What It Sounds LIke      16/10/10

Moog Music has introduced a new analog synthesizer, the "fun as hell" Slim Phatty

Here's what Moog has to say about the Slim Phatty:

Real Moog sound now fits your back pack and your budget. The Slim Phatty’s 100% analog signal path, intuitive user interface, rugged construction and rich MIDI, USB and Control Voltage functionality make it a must-have for producers, touring musicians and DJs. 

At just 17” wide, it goes where no other Moog has gone before. Earth-shaking basses, scorching leads and more are now housed in a high-quality instrument ideal for laptop artists and space conscious musical road warriors.


  • The Most Portable Moog Synth
  • 100% Analog Audio Path
  • Arpeggiator and LFO Sync to MIDI & Tap Tempo
  • USB, MIDI & Control Voltage Connectivity
  • External Audio Processing
  • Earth-Shaking Basses, Scorching Leads & Sonic Infinity

Based on the Little Phatty sound engine, the Slim Phatty is the latest descendant of the Minimoog Model D and features the classic Moog Ladder Filter. In addition to shaping the sound of its on-board oscillators, the Slim Phatty's filter is a production tool that can be used to process external audio.

A new Tuning Scale feature and editor allows easy exploration of alternate scales and tunings. Microtonal, just intonation, quarter-tone, world music scales and more make the Slim Phatty an international traveler. 

In addition to the world of MIDI and USB gear, the Slim Phatty's Control Voltage inputs give it "unlimited realms of expression and sound design possibilities." "Modular synth" style patching with Moogerfooger effects processors, the CP-251 Control Voltage Processor and other Moog synths (even The Moog Guitar!) creates soundscapes previously available only on large modular systems. Connecting to the Etherwave Plus Control Voltage Theremin or the MP-201 Multi-Pedal adds unique and intuitive new modes of expression.

Here are Moog's official sound demos for the Slim Phatty:

Slim Phatty Sound Samples by moogmusicinc

Performance Features:

  • Arpeggiator: synchronize to internal clock, LFO or external clock
  • MIDI Clock Sync: synchronize arpeggiator and LFO tempos to external synths, drum machines, software and more.
  • Tap Tempo: synchronize arpegiator and LFO to live music.
  • Pot Mapping: reprogram panel knobs to control any Slim Phatty parameter.

Sound Engine:

  • Monophonic, 100% Analog signal path
  • Oscillators - 2 ultra-stable analog VCOs.
    • Oscillator parameters:
    • Osc. 1 Octave: 16', 8', 4', 2'
    • Osc. 1 Wave: Continuously variable from triangle through saw and square to narrow pulse.
    • Osc. 1 Level
    • Glide Rate
    • Osc. 1 to 2 Sync On/Off
    • Osc. 2 Frequency
    • Osc. 2 Octave: 16', 8', 4', 2'
    • Osc. 2 Wave: Continuously variable from triangle through saw and square to narrow pulse.
    • Osc. 2 Level
    • Fine Tune (Global)
    • Octave Up/Down (Global)
  • Filter - Voltage Controlled Low Pass Filter: 24 dB /Oct Moog Ladder filter with overload.
    • Filter parameters:
    • Cutoff
    • Resonance
    • Kb. Control Amount
    • Filter Env. Amount
    • Overload
  • Envelope Generators - 2 ADSR EGRs assigned to filter cutoff frequency and volume.
    • EGR parameters:
    • Attack
    • Decay
    • Sustain
    • Release
  • Modulation Parameters
    • LFO Rate
    • Mod Source: LFO triangle, LFO square, LFO sawtooth, LFO ramp, Filt. EGR or Sample and Hold, and Osc. 2 or Noise
    • Mod Amount: amount of modulation w/ the mod wheel all the way forward
    • Mod Destination: Pitch, Osc. 2, Filter, Wave
  • I/O
    • AC In
    • Power On/Off
    • Audio Out
    • Ext. Audio In: accepts +4dBu line level signal
    • Pitch CV In (1 V/Oct)
    • Filter CV In
    • Volume CV In
    • Keyboard Gate In
    • MIDI In
    • MIDI Out
    • MIDI Thru
    • USB: MIDI-over-USB
    • Headphone Out
  • Options
    • Rack Mount Adaptor
    • Wooden Side Panels
  • Power
    • 100-250VAC, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions
    • 17"W x 4 9/16"H x 5 5/16"D
  • Weight
    • 5.75 Lbs

Pricing and Availability

 The Moog Slim Phatty lists for US $849 and is expected to be available before the end of the year. 


James Lewin
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11 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Gustavo    Said...

I was considering buying a little phatty this week... now seems like I can actually save some money on it!!

seems like moog is following some of DSI´s lines.... now its Tetra vs Sim Phatty

16-Oct-10 11:41 AM

eric powers    Said...

looks really cool. why is everyone on richard devines (*&ick so much. his presets and music are really wack. not sure why hes all over the place

16-Oct-10 12:01 PM

mark    Said...

Yeah, Devine is awful and he can't seem to clear his throat before speaking.

Neat little machine! Clear attempt to compete with MophoKB.

16-Oct-10 08:57 PM

Benedict Johnson    Said...


Although who wishes they'd abandoned the tag "Phatty" altogether and just called it the Moog Slim?

16-Oct-10 10:39 PM

Tetra owner    Said...

I would like moog to make a 4-poly analog synth that has sequencer, see how expensive that would be :P

16-Oct-10 10:43 PM

al    Said...

same dilemma here, tetra or phatty.

devine annoys the hell out of me. i rather have a company person do the talking / demo.

17-Oct-10 04:41 PM

DC    Said...

Seems expensive considering there are a ton of interesting true analog monosynths out there for half the price.

I think the name seems top double the price.

19-Oct-10 11:24 AM

Ishfaq    Said...

Well I never heard of this Devine guy before, but I think he does an excellent job of showcasing the Slim. Really makes me wanna grab one, but I'm torn between this and the Tetra. More hands on control vs. Polyphonic...hmmmm...

20-Oct-10 05:45 AM

dd    Said...

Vaya freaky este Devine XD a fregar platos lo ponía yo.

11-Nov-10 04:33 AM

Peter K.    Said...

I think he did a good job. His sounds for the Nord Modular G2x are really cool.

I have a Tetra and a Little Phatty. They're both great of course, but I think I have to agree with Tetra owner's comments.

However, the Phatty is fun to work on, but the Tetra has 4 assignable knobs per patch, so eight knobs... that isn't bad in a box the size of two DVD cases stacked on top of each other.

Both companies make synths of awesome value, but with different approaches. Don't forget that you can put the Tetra into Combi mode and have all those oscillators and sub oscillators firing at once. Or, you can have different voices in a polyphonic patch like the Korg Mono/Poly.

Sorry for getting OT, this isn't an article about the Tetra vs. Phatty. Both are great; consider your needs and budget carefully.

I look forward to checking out this synth, even though I already have a LP.

12-Nov-10 02:45 AM

Polymoog    Said...

Come on Moog and do something against the freaky Tetra FOUR VOICES

F O U R !!!!

Show'em what are you capable of !

11-Dec-10 10:56 AM

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