With the recent release of Mother-32 and a handful of price drops, it's never been cheaper to buy a Moog analogue synth!
Great news for musicians who love synthesizers: it's never been cheaper to buy a great MOOG synth! Since the company released their first ever modular synthesizer back in 1964 (read our 50 Years of Moog article), Moog has been synonymous with the best and most desirable synths ever: from rock bands such as The Beatles, The Who and Black Sabbath, to prog-rock giants such as Rush and Pink Floyd, or newer acts such as Mastodon and Jack White, the sound of Moog synths has become as pervasive in popular music as that of Fender and Gibson guitars!
There was just one problem, though: traditionally, the high prices of Moog gear meant a big chunk of the public wasn't able to afford their instruments! Thankfully, this is slowly changing and in recent years Moog has released a handful of more affordable analogue synths that in no way make compromises on quality. If you want that vintage Moog synth sound, now is the time to get it!
Prices correct as of October 2015:
Moog Mother-32 - only £499
The newest Moog synth is a superb piece of kit: Moog's first ever tabletop semi-modular analogue synthesizer, delivering a wide choice of connectivity for many hours (or should we say years?) of sonic exploration. It's classic Moog, through and through. It's no wonder Moog are also making available 2- and 3-tier rack kits for Mother-32... due to it's great price and vintage sounds, it's easy to picture some people buying two or more units, indeed! More info...
Moog Minitaur -now only £369
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This compact, desktop bass analogue synth is incredibly affordable, and very easy to use. Thanks to its USB-MIDI inputs you can simply plug your MIDI keyboard to play your Minitaur straight away, plus it offers a few CV inputs to hook up with other analogue synths. If you're looking for a fully-featured, cheap Moog synth, the Minitaur is perhaps still the best choice if you're on a budget. Now £130 cheaper than SRP! More info...
Moog Sub Phatty -now only £689
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Not exactly cheap, but still quite affordable - specially now that it's £150 cheaper than SRP! The Sub Phatty sounds and looks great - it's a fantastic synth for the live performer, a great alternative to the much more expensive Minimoog! In fact, the Sub Phatty has a character all of its own, offering innovations such as sub oscillator in the mixer section that outputs a square wave one octave below Oscillator 1. It's been described as "the grittiest Moog synth ever" and that's not a bad thing at all! More info...
Werkstatt-01 - now only £175
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The most affordable Moog synth ever, now even cheaper! Save £75 off SRP when you buy the Werkstatt-01 kit, which you must assemble yourself. Originally launched at the Moogfest event a couple of years ago, the Werkstatt requires no soldering and even kids can put it together. It's ideal for educational purposes but anyone with an interest in analogue gear and hacking synths can find much to love about this little unit. And don't be fooled - despite the diminutive size and price tag, it sounds massive! Pure Moog! More info...