I have a fair amount of synths lying around but the Moog Grandmother might be favorite. It’s simple enough that there’s a knob for everything, but the patch points let you get crazy with self-patching or Eurorack if you’re in the mood. When the second oscillator is set to “sync”, the frequency knob lets you dial in some harmonics that allow you to take the sound to weirder places. I’ve never played another synth quite like it.

Oh, and it’s built like a goddamn tank. And I know there’s a black one now but you have to be a monster to hate on those glorious colors.

I got mine at Moogfest the day they came out (serial #00082) and it’s managed to find it’s way into just about every song I’ve made since.

This pack includes:

  • An Ableton pack with 11 instruments
  • 49 synth samples (tuned to C)
  • 5 noise samples
  • 3 samples of the spring reverb clankin’

These are 44.1kHz 16 bit mono WAV files, perfect for dropping into most samplers.

The demo (and Ableton pack) includes a few drum sounds from the Fall Cycles and Pico Drum2 sample packs. But the Ableton drum rack also includes a few snare, high hat, and percussion sounds made from sampling the Grandma’s rattling reverb springs and modulated noise source.

The Ableton pack also includes a premade Vocoder instrument. Just supply your own MIDI and terrible singing!