The Moog Werkstatt is one of my favorite Moog synths to date. With it, I've been able to dial in percussive sounds, dark basses, wicked sound blasts, and very peculiar modulated soundscapes. The Werkstatt - in combination with a few Moogerfoogers - would be a tweaker's dream come true!
Great intro to Moog
I wanted to explore classic moog sound and possibly incorporate it into my entry-level-synth driven music. My main synths are a Microkorg, a CZ-101 and a Microbrute; so I wasn't really in the market for a Voyager. What appeared to be a kind of moog-monotron seemed just the thing. It appeared that I could connect a Werkstatt to my 'Brute via CV and get a classic moog oscillator and ladder filter on the cheap. Too good to be true? Nope. It works every bit as well as I hoped and sounds better than I expected. And a perk I hadn't heard anyone else report is that the Werkstatt's low-note-priority is overridden by last-note-priority when controlled by a last-note keyboard!
Amazing little machine
I bought two of these guys right when they came out and then bought two of the CV expanders. I'll keep this review short and sweet by saying that having one would be amazing but two or more is where it's at! With the price drop I might buy two more but first I need to buy three of Moogs new Mother-32's!!! Sweetwater rocks and my rep Dylan Driscoll is hands down the best there is! Thanks for everything you've done for me over the years, Dylan and Sweetwater!!!
Great sound, easy to mod!
I built number 072, and already I have made several mods. The simplest is to override the low note priority and arpeggiate the keyboard. Also Midi control of keyboard using Arduino and extend to 4 Octave keyboard range.
WAY more than meets the eye
I had the pleasure of building #52/125 at Moog'Fest, and I must say this little instrument is proving to be WAY more capable than one would assume. True, it's a bit of a ride to get it tuned (a bigger VCO FREQ knob would help), but once it's in the Werkstatt is a very vocal and flexible instrument. Huge and Vowel'ly low end thanks to the proper Moog Ladder VCF. The little CV patch panel gives plenty of options and articulations to the sound. The Moog Werkstatt will not spoon feed you it's sounds, but those sounds are SO worth the effort.
Werkstatt Analog Synthesizer
For the price, you are getting a solid synthesizer. If you are in to modding then this is a great piece to experiment with. It's really fun!