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Moog Music Dark Series

Moog Music Dark Series  ·  Source: Moog Music

Moog Dark Series Grandmother

Moog Dark Series Grandmother  ·  Source: Moog

Moog Dark Series Grandmother

Moog Dark Series Grandmother  ·  Source: Moog

Moog Dark Series Matriarch

Moog Dark Series Matriarch  ·  Source: Moog

Moog Dark Series Matriarch

Moog Dark Series Matriarch  ·  Source: Moog

Moog Dark Series Matriarch

Moog Dark Series Matriarch  ·  Source: Moog

In homage to their vintage black aesthetic Moog brings that classic and distinct style to their Matriarch and Grandmother synthesizers. What do you think: more professional or killers of joy?

Moog Dark Series

I loved the colourful design of the Grandmother and the Matriarch that followed it. I felt it was a fantastic departure from the black and silver that’s so prevalent in the serious world of synthesizers. They were fun, exciting, refreshing while still being true to the look and feel of the synths that came before them. Although, that sort of liveliness is not for everyone and there were plenty of critics lining up to voice their disgust. Well, all the disgusting critics no longer have to worry about a bit of colour brightening up their day as you can now have these fabulous synthesizers in a look-I’m-a-professional-friendly black.

Moog Music Dark Series

Moog Music Dark Series

Yeah, I don’t really mean that – these look amazing. They definitely hit all the right buttons in terms of solid style and will thrill those people who couldn’t quite cope with the colour of the original. They match up nicely with the Mother-32 and that range of semi-modulars. Check out this photo of Lisa Bella Donna with both synths and a fantastic console made up of a total of 12 Mother-32s, DFAMs and Subharmonicons.

Moog Music - Lisa Bella Donna

Moog Music – Lisa Bella Donna – video below

Along with this release we also get some firmware updates to both machines and a selection of new patches.

So now we have a choice: classic or colourful. Choice is good but I hope this isn’t the end to bold design choices and colourful products – that would make me sad. What do you think? Does the Dark Series make it more or less likely that you’d buy a Grandmother or Matriarch?

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5 responses to “Moog Music’s Dark Series drains the colour from the Matriarch and Grandmother”

  1. Ben B says:

    looks so much better in black, the other colors really put me off. It looks cheap and IKEAish (no pun intented)

  2. Ben Wolff says:

    I bought the original, colourful Grandmother recently and I’m very glad I did. I do really like this new look and will quite probably purchase a Dark Matriarch at some point. But mine will always be the splash of childlike colour in the corner which catches your eye and your ear.

  3. Alfonrock says:

    Black goes well with everything

  4. iixorb says:

    Definitely prefer black – but that’s probably because I’m a bit dull and corporate in my thinking anyway…

    That said, I can totally see why a connoisseur of colourful shirts – for whom visual ‘inconsistency’ in their studio (eurorack modules) may be welcomed rather than eschewed – would be an advocate for equipment of multi-colour and character. Great to have both options !!

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