Moog One 8 Voice Owners here?

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Moog One 8 Voice Owners here?

Post by MarnelKelis » Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:47 am


I’ve been really considering a Moog One but I can’t really find many reviews for the 8 voice.

I was wondering if anyone here had an 8 and regretted not spending up for the 16? Do you feel limited with it?

Just some general thoughts would be helpful.


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Re: Moog One 8 Voice Owners here?

Post by SteveModana » Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:21 am

Well it depends on your usage. If you use a lot UNISON or say if you want to sequence or layer the three synths, you should consider the 16voice. I use both a lot, it's not rare that my sounds use up to 20-30 oscs (because of unison).

Imagine you make a lead sound with a mono, rather simple center, and you add a second synth layer with unison and a wide stereofield. This is what I do a lot for leads.

For me actually an 8 voice would be to few, the way I use the one.
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Re: Moog One 8 Voice Owners here?

Post by 4dubs » Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:09 pm

I have an 8 voice. It was the best I could afford without selling off my Prophet 6.

And I love it, but just as SteveModana puts it, it depends on how you're trying to use it. Unison and layering of the engines is going to eat up voices FAST!

So is it limiting? Based on the overall design concept of the One and it's three layers, yes, absolutely. You're simply not going to be capable of utilizing all the options 16 voices affords you.

Do I regret not selling my Prophet 6 to bump up to the 16v? Not at all. The P6 has a tone and immediacy of operation that I don't think the One can quite match. And an 8 voice One is still super powerful, sounds awesome and is far deeper than any other analog poly on the market. I've gotten great results with it.

So I stand by my decision to go with a combo of P6 and somewhat hobbled Moog One, but there's no question I would've gone with 16 voices if money was no object.

I'm still holding out hope that Moog eventually releases an 8 voice expansion, even though they said at the time of release that it wasn't possible. I'm not sure I believe that. :D
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Re: Moog One 8 Voice Owners here?

Post by Iaamusic » Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:57 pm

I went 8 voice deliberately because I knew I’d not be doing lots of layering of the three synth layers. I often use one layer for lead and one for chords and never ran out of notes yet. I’ve always managed easily with 8 note polyphony, having had a Jupiter 6 for years and more recently a P6, the One 8v is more than enough. Some say it runs slightly cooler too, although I’ve not seen any real tests to prove it, so I wouldn’t let that sway you necessarily.

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Re: Moog One 8 Voice Owners here?

Post by Nicholas Varley » Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:20 am

I use my ONE as 3 independent monosynths so an 8 voice was enough for me :)

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Re: Moog One 8 Voice Owners here?

Post by MWK » Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:56 am

I originally had the 8V and was quite satisfied with it. But then I ended up getting a 16V. (It's a long story...)

I would have been quite happy with the 8V but when you have the 16V you no longer worry about not having enough voices (too obvious?). Honestly, I rarely use all 16 voices unless I'm trying to make the most sonically-intense patch I can without having any voices cut out! But really, I believe limitation is key to creativity. A 8V covers most of what you'll need, except when it comes to layering polyphonic patches. If you're more into monophonic sounds with some polyphonic flavours, an 8V will be perfect.

I also noticed that the 8V was quieter, ran cooler and overall just felt faster (even if I can't prove that). The 16V sometimes feels like it's too much. Like having a Prophet 10 instead of a Prophet 5. ;)

Just my two cents.

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