We first saw the Moog Matriarch at Superbooth and enjoyed the relationship to The Grandmother, revelled in the awesome analogue sound and bathed in the 4 whole notes of polyphony. This is a lovely synthesizer and Moog says they’ve just started shipping.
The Matriarch is a semi-modular synthesizer with 4-notes of paraphonic voices, a built-in sequencer, arpeggiator, ladder filters and an analog delay. You can get started on it straight away with no patching and then utilise the 90 patch points to start teasing out your own sounds and possibilities. Like the Grandmother the Matriarch sound and modules come from the circuitry of the vintage modular synthesizers that made Moog famous. The sequencer can handle 256 notes and can record 4-note chords or a stack of monophonic VCOs.
It looks completely awesome (depending on who you speak to) and I love the space between the controls. It makes Eurorack seem very small and fiddly. This gives you room, openness, space and balance with the cosmos. As I say, it’s a lovely synthesizer.
To celebrate the release Moog has put together a video with Lisa Bella Donna exploring the sound along with a sprinkling of Grandmothers, a DFAM and a Mother-32.
Stock in the UK and Europe is probably still a couple of weeks away but you can preorder now for £1,989.
- Moog Matriarch webpage.