December 17, 2006

New Lil' Phatty...

by Chris Randall

This is probably not news to most of you, but it is news to me, having been out of touch for the last several days. Here's the "Stage Edition" of the Lil' Phatty. Gearjunkies has the story. I'll be buying one of these, for certain.



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Dec.17.2006 @ 3:11 PM
You can get a Voyager RME for around the same money, which seems like a better buy to me.

Dec.17.2006 @ 4:14 PM
i thought the voyager RME was $2K?

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Dec.17.2006 @ 4:36 PM
Jeremy Cox
how much $??

Dec.17.2006 @ 4:58 PM
Other than the fact that it is built solid, and made from very high quality components... I don't know if the little phatty sound is all that remarkable of a synthesizer. A fantastic instrument, to be sure - but I haven't heard any totally killer sounds from one yet.

I mean, here is an example of a lot of the type of Lil' Phatty sounds I have been hearing and hearing:
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If I had to buy a new synth for just playing live in that price range, the Little Phatty would be my choice... But just judging on the sounds, I have heard better patches from the Roland SH-201 of all places! In my mind, I consider the little phatty to be more like a really good bass guitar than like a Moog Voyager.

Is there someone who can post a link to some truly killer little phatty sounds that will blow my mind? Perhaps because the little phatty is so popular, bad sound samples have overwelmed the good ones and I am getting a bad impression.


Dec.17.2006 @ 5:01 PM
Chris Randall
$1295. The RME is over $2K.

This one is $100 cheaper than the wood-sided one.



Dec.17.2006 @ 7:01 PM
the moog site has a few samples.

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i wouldn't buy that roland thing. i'm sure it's good for something but i bet that moog has way fatter filters and oscillators.. just a hunch.


Dec.18.2006 @ 1:20 AM

I wouldn't buy the roland thing either... it is probably not a very good instrument, and it's sound engine is pretty generic so as a sound module you could do the same thing with a software plugin. I was just giving it as an example, since it is a direct competitor with the Little Phatty as a simple to use entry priced synth.

And I realize that the Little Phatty is an excellent instrument.

But just as a Steinway Grand is probably a great instrument, but a lousy source of new sounds (unless heavily moded :) ), the Little Phatty just doesn't impress me as a sound source. It is probably cool as a live keyboard, but I think it would be pretty limited if all you were using it for was studio work. For just a little more, you could get an Elektron Monomachine, or a Nord Modular G2, both which have killer sound engines and are reliable and built well!

But then again, maybe I just have a soft spot in my heart for Swedish synths!


Dec.18.2006 @ 7:23 AM
I've gotta second RexRhino on this one...I've played around with the LP on several occasions, and I can't come up with anything other than "nice" to describe it. I mean, it's solid, and it'll destroy a PA mix without a problem, but I haven't been able to come up with anything on it, sound-wise, that just blows me away or isn't anything I can't reasonably mimic on something else.

Personally, if I were going to pony up over $1K for a keyboard monosynth (and I wish I could), I think my dollars would be far better spent on a MonoEvolver Keyboard: link []">link []

I'm not the type who's likely to need that "fat (phat?) Moog bass" on many occasions, if at all, so there's no appeal there. I want my electronic instruments to sound "electronic"; that is, a little grit and edge along with the warmth. I think the MEK could do most of the things the Little Phatty can do, and a whole lot more. And it's STILL cheaper than the Moog!

Really, I have a hard time getting behind spending nearly $1,200 on a "budget" synth when its sounds can, about 90% of the time, be reasonably emulated by something far cheaper. And, while I like the creativity that working within limitations can inspire (in me, anyway), the Little Phatty seems awfully limited in scope for the price...

But it's not like I have the money to spend, anyway! :-)


Dec.18.2006 @ 8:20 AM
i have a hard time mentioning the roland 201 in the same sentence as the moog.

but i agree. i like the swedes also. i own a monomachine and a NL2X i 2nd your evolver vote as well. I bought a table top evolver direct from DSI when it was announced and love it... but i tihnk there's something to be said for a quality analog aynth even if it is a simple one. (glances at roland mc-202)


Dec.18.2006 @ 9:05 AM
there's much to be said for the mindset that playing a really well made, good looking, well thought-out instrument puts you in. i think the LP is all of those things. simple but elegant.

it's pricey for its capabilities compared to other synths, but you're not just buying the sound. it's a "thing" .. you get it/want it or you don't.

that said, if i had only $1200 to spend i'd probably drop it on the MEK, too. it's not nearly as sexy as the LP, but the filters do it for me. (i own a MED.)


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