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An old-school 100% analog signal path and design with modern USB/MIDI smarts, and cool blue LEDs.
The Moog Little Phatty Stage II is a keyboard synthesizer that puts you in control of a 100% analog signal path. Like the Stage and Tribute Edition before it, Little Phatty Stage II synth has 2 ultra-stable Voltage Controlled Oscillators, and a Voltage Controlled Filter. Other versatile features include an external audio input, CV and KB gate inputs, and a full MIDI controller. Additionally, the Stage II keyboard boasts great features including MIDI over USB, MIDI Clock Sync, an arpeggiator, Tap Tempo, a stylish new black finish, and totally cool blue LEDs.
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 Moog Stage II makes a great addition to any full-on analog or laptop/soft synth setup. You can also connect the keyboard synth directly to a computer running the Little Phatty Editor/Librarian.
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.
The arpeggiator is a great 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. Top it off with a distinctive black finish, making the Moog Little Phatty Stage II a real eye-catcher.
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Comments about Moog Little Phatty Stage II Keyboard Synthesizer with Blue LEDs:
I love messing with this thing. I will budget an hour to play with the Moog and when I look at the clock 3 hours have passed.
I have not played it on stage yet.
It is an analog instrument. A comparison can be made to a guitarist preferring the sound of a vintage amplifier with vacum tubes over a digital amplifier with many more features.
The presets are only OK but it is very simple to shape some righteous sounds. You can dial in truly thunderous bass sounds.
The synthesiser is monophonic; it plays one note at a time. Digital synthesizers have a great advantage here because they can layer sounds and can play chords and melody lines.
Make sure you get a unit with the latest firmware (3.1).
The manual is outdated and so is the downloadable manual.
If you are a beginner this is a great instrument to learn with and to continue to use for a long time.
Built like a tank. Also as heavy as a tank.
The buttons, dials, LED's and wheels are of very high quality.
If it is cold, you will have to let the unit warm up to get correct pitch.
I suspect that repairs on this unit would be expensive.
Made in the USA.
It is expensive but it is a niche instrument.
Because it is monophonic, its use is in playing leads and bass. I have found the bass tones to be better than the leads.
I have other digitial synths. I think that overall the Moog has a warmer and more distinct tone. That said, the digital syths are not far behind and they have far more features.