Moog Mavis evaluation: A surprisingly deep entry-level synth

The value of entry for a real-deal analog Moog synth isn’t notably low. Aside from

The value of entry for a real-deal analog Moog synth isn’t notably low. Aside from the limited-run Werkstatt-01, essentially the most inexpensive is the Minitaur, which is able to set you again $600. Now, that’s not unreasonably costly however for these seeking to dip their toes into the synth waters, it is likely to be an enormous ask. Particularly when a Volca Keys may give you three-note paraphonic analog sounds for simply $170. That’s the place Mavis is available in, it’s a pseudo-DIY monophonic semi-modular synth that delivers basic Moog sounds for simply $350.

I say “pseudo-DIY” as a result of all the core elements are already put collectively for you. There’s no soldering concerned right here. You’re merely placing the circuit board in a case and attaching it with some screws and nuts. It’s not notably tough, however the tiny nuts may be irritating to get on the patch bay, and there are 24 of them to combat with. Not nice in the event you’re as shaky as I’m.

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As soon as assembled, although, you’ve a legit Moog with all the essential options you’d count on, plus a couple of extras. There’s a single oscillator that may morph between noticed and sq. wave, an LFO, an envelope generator and, in fact, Moog’s iconic 4-pole low cross filter. There’s additionally a pattern and maintain circuit, a utilities part with mults, a mixer and an attenuator. Lastly, in a primary for a Moog synth, there’s a wave folder, one thing you’d be extra more likely to discover on West Coast-style synths, like these from Buchla. All of those components may be combined and matched, or mixed with exterior gear, utilizing the 24-point patch bay.

Mavis even has a built-in one-octave keyboard so you can begin tapping out basslines instantly. However I extremely suggest you get an exterior keyboard or sequencer with CV controls, like one in all Arturia’s KeyStep or BeatStep collection. The keys on Mavis are tiny and rubbery and require quantity of power to play. And the dearth of a sequencer or arpeggiator means you’d need to play it reside. It will get the job finished for noodling round and auditioning patches, however I wouldn’t need to use it for an precise efficiency.

Supply: Engadget.

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