The Moog One has the habit of turning up at the top of every synthesizer category in which it finds itself. It’s the product of decades of development by Moog Music and their first polysynth since the Memorymoog back in the early 1980s. It’s a proper instrument with three layers of analog synthesis building to 8 or 16 voices of the finest analog sound.
At $6,000, it’s more than a synthesizer, it’s a dreamy instrument that’s epic in every conceivable way. What really stands out for me is how each section of the Moog One is individually crafted to have a life and character all of its own. It’s not just oscillators going into filters, controlled by envelopes. The oscillators themselves have such depth to them that you can get lost for hours messing about with their waveforms.
There are two filters per voice, the familiar Moog ladder filter and then another multimode State Variable filter with exceptional precision and articulation. The envelopes and modulation are all out there on the front panel, assignable to any section you’re working on. It even has an entire section devoted to noise.
There is a sequencer and arpeggiator built-in, an XY control pad, FM and hard sync, chord memory, ring modulation, and different types of glide. There’s a central computer keeping track of presets and parameters. At the end of the signal chain are a bunch of high-end digital effects from Eventide.
The Moog One is a special and unique polyphonic synthesizer instrument that is an absolute pleasure to play.
• Moog One 8 Voice Synthesizer $5,999
• Moog One 16 Voice Synthesizer $7,999