Moog Music today introduced Mavis, an all-in-one semi-modular analog synth voice in Eurorack format.
Mavis is a DIY synth (no soldering required) that offers an affordable, but powerful, synth voice, with classic Moog sound. It can be used as a standalone synth, or removed from its case to be used as a 24-point CV-controllable 44HP Eurorack module.
Mavis brings new sonic capabilities to Moog’s palette of Eurorack systems.
The compact synth features Moog’s archetypal oscillator and filter circuits, but also features a diode wavefolder, the first analog wavefolder to appear on a Moog instrument. Combining traditional subtractive synthesis with additive wavefolding means that Mavis takes the traditional Moog sound into new territory.
With Mavis, users of any skill level can quickly build an analog synthesizer, with minimal tools and experience. No soldering is required. Once the instrument is built, Moog introduces you to the synth’s capabilities through a selection of patch books and educational materials, designed to encourage creative patching and sound design.
- 24-Point Patch Bay: Mavis features a useful collection of utilities and flexible control voltage routing.
- Full Range Analog Oscillator: Mavis’s Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) with pulse-width modulation (PWM), waveform mixing, and mod source mixing delivers rich harmonic character and motion.
- Voltage Controlled Filter: Sculpt your sound with the -24dB Moog Low Pass Ladder Filter, delivering the sonic power behind the distinct sounds of Moog basslines and leads.
- Audio Rate LFO and 4-Stage Envelope Generator: Mavis uses crossfaders in its modulation routing instead of switches, allowing you to blend between a variable shape LFO and 4-stage envelope generator, for interesting and unusual modulation contours.
- Wavefolding and Modular Utilities: Mavis features Moog’s first-ever wavefolding circuit, allowing for additive synthesis to sit alongside traditional subtractive synthesis, and features a broad modular utilities section, complete with attenuators, offsets, mults, and a flexible DC-coupled mixer.
- Patchable Sample and Hold (S+H) Circuit: This circuit generates a random CV pattern that can be patched to modulate other parameters, including setting Mavis into a “random sequencing” mode of performance.
- Protective Cover: Mavis includes a fitted protective cover for use during studio downtime or taking your instrument on the go.
- Seamless Configuration with Eurorack Systems & Moog’s 60HP Semi-Modular Synths – In 44HP, the synthesizer offers two oscillators, full ADSR, ladder filter, sample and hold, wavefolding, attenuators, mixer, mults, and much more.
Moog Mavis Audio Demos:
A Nod to Moog’s DIY Beginnings
Moog notes that Mavis isn’t the first DIY instrument from Moog – in fact, the company was built on the build-it-yourself kit.
In 1949, a teenage Bob Moog discovered a copy of Electronics World that featured an article with details on how to build an electronic musical instrument at home. Shortly after, he built his first model of the instrument, a theremin, from plans published in the magazine. By 1953, Bob and his father established R.A. Moog to market and sell theremin kits out of their home in Queens, NY.
With the release of Mavis, Moog celebrates its roots by providing the end user with the unique experience of constructing their own instrument. Every Mavis is custom built and hand assembled—like the instruments Bob Moog built years ago and the synthesizers and theremins that Moog’s employee-owners assemble by hand to this day.
Pricing and Availability:
The Moog Mavis synthesizer is available now for $349 USD.