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…That you do not need to buy a second one. Of course, we’re talking about your Mother 32, the new semi-modular Eurorack compatible synth from Moog. The now legendary manufacturer have recently put to bed their classic Voyager synthesizer, at the same time announcing the Mother 32, signaling a tidal shift from Moog. And while the Mother 32 is a formidable instrument and a great entrance point into the world of Eurorack, you probably do not need two of them.

The Mother 32 is a full synth voice, an Oscillator, Filter and Amplifier as well as modulation functions like an LFO and Attack/Decay Envelope. Mother 32 also has a lot of bells and whistles tossed in, including a 32 step Sequencer, Midi to CV converter and much more. Mother is a great tool, for modular beginners or experienced users.

Many new Mother 32 users have been pining for more of them, spurred by the 3-tiered stand offered by Moog and demonstrated in some of their marketing. But if you are a starting to get your feet into the modular world, it might be a mistake to buy more of the same module. The idea of a semi-modular system is to allow for the interaction of modules outside of the basic synth voice ingredients as well as the individual makers purview. There are so many amazing modules available that can take your Mother 32 to a different universe.

Make Noise was created by a former Moog employee, Anthony Rolando, who has gone on to make a name for himself with unique and powerful modules which meld the influences of the old east coast/west coast paradigm. If you want to keep things in the Moog family, you could not go wrong with a Make Noise Maths to bolster your modulation sources. (Did we mention we have a course on Maths starting this week?)

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If you are really set on keeping the appearances up on your new modular system, Moog even offers a small (but unfortunately unpowered) Eurorack case which can be mounted on the Moog Mother tiered stands. Then you can add other modules which can compliment your Moog, like the 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator or the Sputnik Modular Four Tap Delay.

It is really exciting that companies like Moog and Roland have started down this path. But the Eurorack modular community is a fountain of great ideas and inventions. Do not limit your scope to one company, when there are so many amazing products out there from the makers who have built the Eurorack format up to what it is today.

What kind of great music are you making with your Mother 32? Let us know in the comments!

Want to learn everything about Make Noise Maths? Check out our Maths course starting this week!

Your Mother Is So Big…

4 thoughts on “Your Mother Is So Big…

  • October 12, 2015 at 8:04 pm
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    I absolutely intend to complement the Mother with modules by people like Sputnik and Make Noise. “Moog even offers a small (but unfortunately unpowered) Eurorack case which can be mounted on the Moog Mother tiered stands.” Pardon the very nooby question, but what would be the best way to power them then?

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    • October 12, 2015 at 8:14 pm
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      Great question! A few companies make power supplies for smaller cases like this. Doepfer makes one you can actually put inside the case, but you’d most likely want to look at TipTop Audio’s uZeus or 4MS Power Row. There are many other options, but either of those would suit that case fine and even accommodate growth eventually!

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  • January 3, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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    If you were to build a 2nd tier case into a Mother 32 rig, would you really need a Maths or something more simple like a Function? This is assuming other basic modulation sources were added to the Mother 32 such as a disting mk3?

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