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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject: FAO: aen and other Moog Slim/Little Phatty owners... Reply with quote

I'm absolutely certain this thread will have super-limited appeal, but in case there are other modern Moog owners that have yet to out themselves, Moog have released the official v3.1 OS firmware update for the Little Phatty and Slim Phatty series.

The update is available here, free as always: Phatty Firmware Update Version 3.1


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There was a lengthy beta release period that I followed closely; that thread is HERE on the Moog forum if you are a super-nerd and curious about the process. Moog engineer Amos Gaynes is very active on their forum in general, but was a superstar throughout that thread. He was accepting feature requests and modifying functionality per user feedback, was quick about releasing the code, and was extremely transparent about everything. Since becoming a Moog owner for the first time last year, I've really been impressed with their customer service. They're a relatively small company, but they really just seem to get it.

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New features in the Phatty OS v3.1 update include the following features that improve power, sound and control:

Volume Velocity Sensitivity: The ability to map note velocity to output volume with fifteen adjustable levels of sensitivity saved per preset. [Tribute Edition hardware does not currently support this feature]

Legato Glide: Automatically engage the pitch glide between legato notes. Non-overlapping notes snap instantly to a new pitch. The user is able to play or sequence dynamic bends and slides mixed with cleanly-articulated notes.

LFO Reset: The ability to reset the LFO cycle at the start of each note. Two LFO trigger modes provide dynamic new modulation possibilities.

Sustain/Hold Mode: A sustain pedal or control voltage plugged into the CV GATE input jack can now be used to send MIDI Sustain on/off, and to polyphonically sustain MIDI notes from the Phatty keyboard.

14-bit MIDI: All Phatty synths can now send and receive high-resolution 14-bit MIDI messages for critical voltage-controlled parameters.

MIDI Output Filtering: New options control which MIDI CC messages are sent from the Phatty, for maximum compatibility with external gear.

Expanded MIDI Clock sync options: 22 clock divisions including triplet values for both LFO and Arpeggiator MIDI sync. Clock divisions range from 32nd triplets up to 4 bars.

Improvements to Arpeggiator:
o Global Arp Setup menu: Set important arpeggiator parameters at a global level. Arpeggiator also remains active when presets are changed.
o Gate Length: Adjust the arpeggiator note length from 50% to greater than 100% (overlapping), for a range of new sonic textures.
o Arp Clock Send: Arpeggiator can now send MIDI Clock, MIDI Start and Stop messages, allowing you to synchronize other gear to the Phatty internal clock.

Improvements to Polyphonic Mode:
o New polyphonic note-allocation scheme: Uses a "round-robin" algorithm to share notes across multiple Phatty synths in a natural and very playable way.
o Polyphonic arpeggiation: Multiple ways to use the Arpeggiator across a poly chain of Phatty synths, from tight integration to completely freeform.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I want a Moog.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked my Little Phatty up as a thirtieth birthday gift to myself last year and have since become a full-on synth nerd. It's an amazing instrument and playing it live is really an amazing experience. I used to also trigger it with a Sonuus G2M guitar-MIDI deal for some songs, but I haven't used it in a while.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah i saw that today!

Im hoping they install that for me while my LP is in for service. Something bangd into it and the "value" pot/switch BROKE OFF.

Ordering roadcase today.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, that sucks. I picked mine up at a major discount (with factory warranty) because it was a floor model, and two of the four the rotary encoders rotate 360 degrees instead of stopping where they should. They're still functional, but it's fucking annoying to go too far and have the value jump to the other side.

I ordered the flight case right away, and I think Sweetwater was surprisingly the cheapest place I could find it that actually had it in stock. I'm looking at some down time, so I'm also going to send mine in for repair. I'm going to get the CV Out Mod done while it's there. Since it costs like $80 just to ship the fucking thing, I may as well just do it.
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