American retailer Sweetwater leaked news of Maschine Studio yesterday; today, it’s pocket-sized, affordable versions of Moog effects that seems to be out of the bag.

Yes, it’s a rumor, non-official, unconfirmed, yadda yadda – but this one’s hard not to believe at face value, it makes so much sense.

The units, many of which appear to be intended for combination with an expression pedal:

  • Delay, US$199: bucket-brigade analog delay.
  • Tremolo, $179: Tremolo pedal with sub.
  • Boost, $139: Both volume pedal and “boost” functions, each with either a more Moog-like voltage-coltrolled amplifier or a classic-sounding operational transconductance amplifier for overdrive.
  • Drive, $169: pairs an operational transconductance amplifier (for overdrive) with the Moog Ladder Filter.
  • Ring, $149: The Moog MF-102 ring modulator, essentially – pocket edition.

How does double-entry accounting work again? Shall I just deduct a few of these figures from my bank account now?

These all look handy, and would make even more sense than the current Moogerfoogers for a broad audience of guitarists. I’d be especially glad to get a ring modulator for $150 or the Drive, since those are tougher to find in outboard units, at least at this price. And we continue to see hardware that you can use in sound design without necessarily needing a suitcase analog modular rack.

It seems like the KORG monotron/volca effect, in a way, too – it’s inevitable that makers will begin to realize that focused, affordable hardware can find a wide audience, especially factoring in gifts and impulse buys. (And, you know, because they’re fun.)

The only surprises:

With the emphasis on pairing an expression pedal, I’m surprised Moog doesn’t have one alongside here in the ad. (They do make one; we’ll see if there’s something new to go with the Minifoogers.)

And “by Moog” is new branding and typography. notes this today – apparently their forum users are finding this stuff first discovered on the Muffwiggler forum. (Then Gearjunkies, Synthtopia.)

  • mcpepe

    Are they mono or stereo?

  • Jeff Laity

    Yeah, the Sweetwater catalog is always great for leaks. They only publish twice a year, so either a manufacturer misses it for six months or they go ahead and spill early. And smart manufacturers announce new products in October (before the holidays) instead of January.

  • Peter

    Drive is definitely the gassiest.

    • gLOW-x

      May be because it contains the ladder filter ? 😉
      I want i want ! Combined with an expression pedal…

    • 5inusoid

      Ok, so whats the deal? Is it a true filter? Swept Moog Filter for under $200???

    • aaron

      I like the idea of the ladder filter as well… esp. with the expression input. I’ve got a ehx 8 Step Program cv sequencer that would really like to play with this 😉

  • bleepbleep

    Moog have had an expression pedal out for a few years now! The EP-2:

  • aaron

    This was actually leaked a month ago by rogueguitarshop and posted @ the muffwigglers forum. Nice to see another confirmation. I’m still shocked to all hell that Moog is selling something under 200$’s that isn’t a t-shirt or guitar pick.
    Curious what the delay will sound like and what controls it has (4?…speed/amount…? filter? lfo like on 104? hrmn..), can’t really make it out.

    • Peter Kirn

      Yes, corrected – credit where it’s due. 😉

    • halicon

      Delay Control: Time, Feedback, Drive, Mix

    • aaron

      thank you. coincidentally, my SW catalogue came today =P

    • Bart Provoost

      It was actually me (I maintain the site) who
      discovered in August they registered the domain names and trademark
      (because I monitor things like that for several brands). Then everyone
      copied that on forums like they discovered it…

      Rogue guitar shop leaked more info around September 9, more than 2 weeks later.


    Will these be made in the U.S.?

  • Matt Jackson

    Drive is going to fly off the shelves!
    (Thanks Korg for pushing the budget lower on small analog gear. I have to wonder if this is following their trend.)

  • itchy

    please make a polyphonic synth

  • eXode

    They should offer a board thing to go with these that allows you to stack 5 of these next to each other with integrated powering, etc. That would be quite useful, imho.

  • Charlie Lesoine

    Why did they change their logo on these pedals? Sort of makes them less appealing for some reason.

  • zardozo