If you didn’t win the Stevie Wonder Minimoog, the Moog Foundation’s corporate daddy still has some good news for you.

Moogfest is when the company likes making announcements and there’s a big one today – Moog has announced the semi-modular synthesizer they call the “Matriarch,” a name meant to play upon the company’s analog Mother-32 and Grandmother synthesizers.

Moog calls the Matriarch the “pinnacle of Moog’s semi-modular family” of synths:

Matriarch’s patchable architecture and classic Moog circuits reward open exploration with endless sonic possibilities and unparalleled analog sound. Matriarch’s 4 analog VCOs can be split into 4 notes of paraphony that can be sequenced, shifted, and stored with the instrument’s intuitive 256 step sequencer, or stacked in unison to create a massive 4 oscillator mono synth.
 

With a deep assortment of synthesis modules based on Bob Moog’s original circuit designs, Matriarch’s 100% analog signal path spans a dynamic sonic vocabulary – from overdriven monophonic bass to gently evolving paraphonic plucks that cycle through waveshapes into a wash of infinite delay trails. Coupling the power of vintage-designed stereo ladder filters, dual Envelope Generators, stereo Analog Delays, and stereo VCAs, Matriarch delivers a multi-dimensional sound that empowers the sonic exploration of both space and time.

 

Moog claims the Matriarch’s “semi-modular” design requires no patching to begin creating sounds, there are still 90 modular patch points that connect via 3.5mm patch cables.

Here’s a gallery of real images (vs mock-ups) of the Matriarch at work and at rest. Click to enlarge to your heart’s content:

Moog will be offering a sneak peak of Matriarch at Moogfest this weekend, and some hands-on work at the Moog Pop-Up Factory from April 25 – 28 at 300 Blackwell Street (Bay 7) in Durham, North Carolina.

Dealers will begin taking pre-orders starting on April 30 for $1,999. The Matriarch is expected to ship in the Summer of 2019.

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