Moog Werkstatt-01 - Analog Synthesizer Kit
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- OSCILLATOR SECTION
- Single VCO w/ frequency control (8Hz to 16KHz)
- Saw and square waveshapes w/ control for square pulse width
- Envelope or LFO selectable Mod Source that can be assigned to PWM or Pitch w/ Amount control
- Ability to PWM the square wave
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The Moog Werkstatt-01 is a patchable, 100% analog synthesizer with design rooted in classic Moog circuits. Assembly is easy - there's no soldering required the kit simply snaps together. Any user can quickly build this analog synthesizer with minimal tools and expertise. Through assembly and inspired investigation, the Werkstatt-01 is an excellent platform for exploring the world of analog synthesizer circuits. A lifetime of experimentation, knob twisting, and sound design awaits.
Top Customer Reviews
What is the Werkstatt then? It is the coolest toy a hobbyist or maker could ever ask for! Noise fans unite! There's just so much to say. I'll try to hit some of the high points:
+ Solid construction. The PCB is gorgerous, the case is pure industrial, the buttons and toggles are top quality. This is as durable as you could ever hope to ask for, for the price. A solid addition to the legendary Moog lineup.
+ Fun out of the box. I've already generated bits of 80s sci-fi movie soundtracks and John Carpenter riffs. I've made sci-fi noises from teleporters to laser guns. This is a great way to learn about signal modulation in a safe and controlled manner, so that you know where to go in your future explorations.
+ Moog sound quality. You can find demos online of people achieving gorgeous sounds out of this unit. The oscillators have incredible range, and there are a ton of excellent filters to help you achieve that classic, enormous Moog sound. Like so many experimenters before you, you'll realize what was so special about Moog when it arrived on the scene back in the day.
+ Amazing for makers and noise fans alike. Several elements of the unit come with manual adjustment pots to either tune the controls or further tweak the output. There's a small but very useful patch board to play around with, which just so happens to match the I/O pins on the Arduino or Rasberry Pi. There are a ton of test pads and solder points inside, including a small breadboard build into the motherboard just in case you want to solder permanent additions inside the case.
+ Great support online. The Werkstatt started as a limited release for fans, at an event where they were allowed to build their own units. Production seems to have continued, including Moog maintaining the "werkstattworkshop.com" website where you can find project ideas or join fan forums. There are lots of great ideas on the site- from adding touch-sensitive controls to volume knobs to connecting an Arduino. You're not just getting a Moog synthesizer, you're joining a community of makers.
+ Made in America. How often do you find that on electronics anymore?
If I had to pick a negative, I'd say that the keyboard is just barely useful. Having only one octave of keys (which may not even produce different sounds or remain in key depending on how you twist the knobs) doesn't seem massively useful. If the unit had half the keys and an extra dial to change the tone it would be that much more awesome. The buttons are also borderline hard to hit, they stick up only a few millimeters out of the case making it clear they're for experimenting and not for "serious" play. But, you could quickly use the patch board to link up to a keyboard if you wanted, so it's one more area of opportunity.
To reiterate: All of the negative comments you'll find online are about things missing from this unit, that you'd expect from a "complete" synth. It doesn't have a MIDI input, or a volume knob, for starters. But, there are a million ways to accomplish these hookups- especially for anyone willing to pick up a soldering iron. Get this kit if you're a maker or noise fan looking to do some breadboarding and soldering. Do not get this unit if you're expecting a complete out-of-the-box kit. It's clear that Moog skimped on things you don't really need (MIDI input) in order to deliver astonishingly great components (such as the main oscillator which has an insane range).
Assembly: Instructions are very clear. And, read them carefully. The last screws need to be put in firmly and slowly, I think you are cutting the threads into the case metal so, do it slowly.
Use: The inbox instruction on use were not as useful, more of an overview. I recommend these: [...]
Overall: Great sound! For a first analog synth, lots of depth to the sound. I'm a math and technical person, the unit was fun from the get go. For a non technical person, I can't answer if you will like this. The nature of a synth (from my perspective) comes through if you at least try to know more of what a duty cycle is, or if you can visualize pulse width modulation. You don't really need any math to use it.
I contacted Moog Music directly and they quickly sent the part plus a spare. Their response was polite and fast.
This is a rather small synthesizer, but it seems to do quite a lot for $329.00. It's no Minimoog, but it still has a great Moog sound. The modulation possibilities are impressive for such a tiny unit.
I have other synths, but this is my first Moog. I will buy other Moog products in the future.
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