Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

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Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by Funkfish » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:52 pm

I'm in the market for a new synth(s). I've got some decent eurorack, a Prophet 6 and a Peak and am thinking of going all in and getting the Moog One (I'll probably sell the Peak and possibly the P6 if I go Moog One)

In many ways it seems like a dream synth and I've never owned a Moog. I went deep on the reviews and YouTube videos and while people seem to like it I haven't heard anyone absolutely gush over it and I feel for a synth in that price range people should be going wild for it.

I know it seems to have it's fair share of bugs (tuning issues etc) and people seem to think the factory presets don't do it justice (similar to my P6 tbh) so I'm not sure.

I went to Sam Ash in NYC and sat with it for a bit on some headphones and flipped through the presets. The vibe of the store was kinda weird so it was hard for me to really dig in but while the sounds were nice it almost sounded a little digital sterile to me (I know its pure analog). I saw an Ob-6 next it it and plugged in my headphones and was immediately wowed by the sound. It just sounded so much more organic and alive compared to my jam with the Moog. I decided in that moment that I didn't need the Moog one.

Then later that day I went to Guitar Center to potentially scoop up a Sub 37 and they also had a moog one on display but the store was empty and it was hooked up to a PA system (albeit a kinda shitty one) I played some more but this time it sounded a lot more interesting and alive (I guess headphones vs speakers) which made me even more confused. A few other things I didn't love is the presets are pretty slow to load. Also I checked and the firmware on the display One's were all pretty old (like 1.0.6 old) I know there's been some updates since that but I'm not sure how much of that I would notice in a store demo.

So currently I still haven't been blown away by the sound of the Moog One and that's definitely what I'm looking for above all. My P6 sounds amazing but its also pretty limited in it's sound pallet which is why the Moog one is interesting to me.

So I wanted to see what people on here are thinking about their Ones. Let me know if you have any thoughts about this!

Any help is appreciated!

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Re: Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by MWK » Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:13 pm

The only negative I can say is that it has too many capabilities. That is, you'll have a hard time knowing how to stop and limit what you do with it. It can basically create any sound you can imagine and that sometimes can be too much to handle. If you do buy it, get rid of all your other synths because you need to give it all your attention. This is truly the only synth you need. I've had it for 2 years now and I'm still discovering new things every time I sit with it.

Hope that helps! :D

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Re: Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by Spacetone » Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:43 pm

Hope my journey helps with your decision. I had a Prophet 6 that I sold to get an OB-6, which I liked more (both are great but I’ve always been a sucker for the Oberheim sound; had OB-8 a while back that I loved). The OB-6’s has a fat and warm sound, although I wished it had at least 8 voices. Soon after getting the OB-6 I auditioned a John Bowen Solaris for 3 weeks in my studio. I was blown away and mesmerized by its huge, multifaceted layered sounds. The pads were spectacular. So, I tried very hard to match these sounds on my OB-6, but could never get close enough, probably because of the Solaris’ 10 voices and 4 oscillators per voice up against the OB-6’s 2 oscillators per voice and only 6 voice polyphony. But in the end, despite the incredible sounds of the Solaris, I ended up not buying it because, being a digital synth, it most definitely had a colder sound that, of course, the OB-6 most definitely did not have.

Then the Moog One came out. I read everything I could about it, and soon after, Guitar Center Hollywood had one on display. I rushed down, put on a pair of headphones and...was underwhelmed. I thought the sounds/presets were boring, on the thin side, and maybe little papery too. I thought to myself, maybe all the Moog One complainers on Gearslutz were right, even though most of them negatively piled on after only having heard early online demos. So I left the store and went back home to my faithful OB-6 and apologized for my brief fling.

I forgot all about the Moog One for almost a year, but then I started getting this nagging feeling that there had to be more to this instrument than what I heard at GC. After all, I thought, how could the smart people at Moog not design something spectacular? But then Covid hit and I couldn’t go anywhere to have a second fling with a Moog One. Bummer. So, I listened many more YouTube demos, read countless reviews, and ended up being impressed by Geosynth's custom sounds. That’s it I thought, enough is enough, and I decided to man-up to the tune of $8K and just buy it, a 16V. It arrived with the fresh 1.4 software preloaded, and with bated breath I powered it up...and bingo! Just what I had hoped for: it sounded as huge and multifaceted as the Solaris, but with the warmth and analog punch of the OB-6. There was no correlation between what I heard on headphones more than year earlier at GC. What I heard in my own studio were big, warm expansive multilayered pads in motion, thick brassiness, solid basses, etc. I think the key is that you have to audition it with the new factory 1.4 presets, and/or good third party sounds such as Geosynths (check out his YouTube videos). Also check out the score by Daniel Lopatin for Uncut Gems. It's pretty much all Moog One and it sound spectacular.

After all is said and done, I couldn’t be happier with my Moog One (and sorry to say, I parted ways with my OB-6).

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Re: Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by Iaamusic » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:32 am

My 8 voice is my main “modular synth”. I have a P6 too. My view is that the P6 is a lovely sounding synth and very simple to program, its limited in terms of modulation, but it does what it can very quickly. I often mock up sounds on it which I later do on the One. The One was my substitute for going modular. I wanted an analog synth that had nearly as much flexibility as a modular rack BUT be polyphonic and with ability to save patches. The One works like a dream in this regard - I have absolutely no way got near to its limits yet. The firmware is much better now and it is robust - and I think it will improve some more. I also have a minimoog Model D and I know a lot of people say the One cant do Minimoog sounds but I’d disagree; I have a number of Model D lead sounds I’ve programmed on the One and they are stunning PLUS you have far more expression and modulation options to utilise.
The FX ought to be better than they are - I only use the Stereo Chorus on occasions mostly I just use external FX if needed. Moog do need to step up the FX algorithms some more IMO. That said if an analog synth needs FX to sound good - Its not a good analog synth!
It’s extraordinarily deep for an analog synth - and you do need to really understand subtractive synthesis and modulation to get the best from it. On saying that I’d never going with it - too heavy and too liable to be pranged!

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Re: Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by till » Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:10 am

Short version:
I am happy. The software version 1.4 .0 got my bass notes finally in tune. It is a dream machine.
keep on turning these Moog knobs

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Re: Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by noisebit » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:51 am

The moog One meets or exceeds all my expectations.
It is expandable and extendable for the future.
I will not regret in this investment.
The moog One is my preferred musical instrument.
Summary: Yes, I am happy.
Moog One 16v - Sequential Prophet XL - Access Virus TI2 - Behringer DeepMind 6 - Behringer VC 340 - Kurzweil K2500R - Kurzweil PC3K7 - Yamaha MODX7 - Zynthian - Axoloti - Propellerhead Reason - NI Kontakt Ultimate - Logic X

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Re: Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by crkcat » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:49 pm

Generally quite happy.

+ Fantastic sound
+ Fantastic sound design options
+ Excellent 'player synth' (keyboard, touchpad, wheels etc.)
Nowadays relatively stable but it's a concern.
I had quite some hanging notes and various other tech issues.

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Re: Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by MWK » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:26 am

Because of all the different filter options/combinations, the Moog One can sound absolutely insanely huge, but also paper thin... I think if someone doesn't know how to dial in the huge, they can feel like the synth overall sounds pretty thin and not as impressive as a Minimoog where it can immediately be huge without too much tweaking.

The key to making thick monophonic sounds is to route the SVF in series with the Ladder filter. Basically it drives and thickens the Ladder filter and soon you're in dangerous speaker destruction territory. Now I understand why they didn't include Multidrive, it wouldn't have made sense with the two (three) filters.

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Re: Are You Happy with Your Moog One? (Considering buying)

Post by Otto Dix » Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:28 am

I love my Moog One.

- Wonderful and beautiful sound, not as superfat as a Memorymoog but a wider palette and much easier to blend in a mix.

- Extraordinary possibilities. It's a programable polyphonic modular. And this would be nothing without the very clever ergonomics giving access to everything faster and easier than any other polysynth.

- Multiply x 3.

- Frequent updates. This is important, there are still minor bugs (sequencer isn't stabilized yet...) and new functions on the waiting list.

- One regret : the Moog One screams for Poly AT. Sadly the excellent keybed isn't able to control this parameter.
Hoping this feature will be available to be controlled by an external keyboard (as upcoming Expressive E Osmose).

Yes, superfan.
Memorymoog, Moog One 16, Voyager RME, Sub 37, DFAM, Minitaur, Moogerfoogers

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