PHAT PHAT PHAT! That is exactly what this gem is. Indie guys love this, studio cats love this, and vintage synth hobbyists love it. 5-star, two thumbs up, A+! Analog is the way to go if you need thick, rich, synth basses in your music. The contruction of the Phatty is top-notch as well. When you get your hands on this you will know where your money is.
Limited Synthesizer with an Incredible Sound, Incredible Design, and a Great Interface
When buying a musical instrument, we look for a sound that we'll fall in love with. In a synthesizer, more factors come to our search, such as the interface and it capabilities. The Little Phatty, although having it limitations, excels with it's sound, and with the interface that it carries, you won't notice the lack of knobs.
Playing and Tweaking the Little phatty leads to amazing tones. While tweaking, I have not discovered a single sound which didn't amaze me. The Little Phatty especially exceeds with it base sounds. The tone is so deep that you can feel your chest vibrating.
Sound wise, it scores in my opinion a 5 out of 5
The interface is another success. The Little Phatty's lack of knobs does not interfere in the tweaking process. It feels natural. Although I'll admit that tweaking with more knobs is a lot of fun and more fun than the Little Phatty, it is a big advantage performance wise where it much easier to navigate quickly and tweak to you're desire on the spot.
Interface wise, it scores in my opinion a 4 out of 5
The Little Phatty is also a looker. It is unique and eye catching. The only downside in this department is that it is very limited in terms of cases, but otherwise, it is one of the best looking synth around in my opinion.
Design wise, it scores in my opinion a 5 out of 5
Now to the only place where the Little Phatty falls short a bit, and this is it's palate of sounds. This synthesizer is a bit limited. After a while, you will feel that the sounds you create begin to sound a bit similar to one another. I'm not saying in any way that you can't make unique and fantastic sounds, but I'm stating that you can't create a wide selection of different patches as you can with the Mopho for example.
Feature wise, it scores in my opinion a 3 out of 5
Putting all of the factors listed above, you get an amazing instrument with unlimited possibilities sound wise. It sounds like I'm contradicting myself but I'm not. This instrument provides only a raw sound, and by adding effects to it, the sound potential becomes incredible. I would not hesitate recommending it to anybody looking for an amazing addition to a synthesizer collection, or somebody looking to buy their first synthesizer or first analog synthesizer.
The Little Phatty is a bit deceiving out of the box. It's a relatively small and lightweight unit, almost seeming like a toy. But the build quality is great and the keys have a nice feel to them. The I/O of the unit is straightforward, having one audio in, one audio out, MIDI In/Out, USB, and three CV controls. I plugged the Phatty into the instrument input of an Avalon VT-737SP on high gain mode with no compression or EQ. Listening through my Mackie HR824s, I was floored. Just the amount of sound, along with the depth and clarity, was amazing!
For those who still have a desire for true analog sound, this takes the cake with its 100% analog circuitry. In my opinion, no plug-in can match the sound of this unit. It's the real deal! The presets out of the box are, for the most part, useful and a good starting point. Being a novice to the lead analog synth world, I found the layout logical, following the circuitry from beginning to end across the synth. The big toggle pushbuttons are easy to read and what they do is obvious. There's not much of a learning curve with this as long as you have a basic understanding of how an analog synth works, and what each part of the circuit accomplishes. The fine tuning knob is useful for tweaking sounds.
Overall, I would highly recommend this unit for a studio or a keyboardist looking to add that old-school Moog sound to their rig. I know that I could play around with this unit for hours as the possibilities are virtually endless.
After years of hearing Moog synths played in live bands and recordings, I was excited to get my hands on this Little Phatty II. As I took the synth out of the packing box I was struck by how sturdy it felt. It wasn't minutes later that the Moog was fired up and I was using one of the hundred presets to pound out a funky bass line. I was impressed by the fat sounds that were already preset in the Moog.
The fun really started when I began to explore all the sonic possibilities available at the turn of a dial and the push of a button. Oscillators and modulators gone wild! The huge synth bass tones coming out of this Phatty were amazing! It's easy to see why these synths are loved by live players. The ability to create and manipulate these "phat" tones and modulations on the fly makes the Little Phatty extremely versatile, not only in a band situation but even in a DJ rig.
If you're searching for a true analog synth with intuitive controls wrapped into a "cool"-looking package, you've come to the right place! Be prepared to achieve the classic Moog synth sounds without breaking the bank. And don't stop there... create new sounds for the new times!