A family of affordable all-analog stompboxes should appeal to guitarists and bass players and ... sort of everyone.

A family of affordable all-analog stompboxes should appeal to guitarists and bass players and … sort of everyone.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never witnessed a hotcake sale. I can’t say how “selling like hotcakes” goes down.

Now we’re seeing more details of the affordable analog stompboxes from Moog. Looking like the ideal stomp effects for both musicians on a budget and the guitarist/bass player, these Minifoogers should sell as fast as hotc– well, as Minifoogers.

What they have in common:

  • Analog signal path, with “true bypass” (so when they’re off, they’re off)
  • Aluminum enclosures
  • Optional battery power
  • Single expression pedal input for hands-free control (badly missing on many other nice analog effects)
  • Control voltage input, if you like, via that expression in
  • Moog-y sound design features

As we reported before, you get a number of choices here in flavors, including an exceptionally-interesting Drive effect and some classic Moog effects. Since we summarized these before, here are the full Moog PR descriptions:

Drive_Front

The MF Drive is a filter-based overdrive pedal employing a Moog Ladder Filter, boutique FET amplifiers, and OTAs in its drive section making it highly reactive to picking dynamics. The panel features a bipolar tone control and sweepable filter that work dynamically with input gain to offer each player unique and customizable sounds that retain the core timbre of their instrument. A filter Peak switch shifts harmonic content to the filter’s cutoff position, adding new tonal creation and dirty wah performance possibilities not found in other drive pedals. MSRP: $179.

Boost_Front

The MF Boost is a selectable topology boost pedal that allows the player to switch between an “articulate VCA” signal path and a “colored OTA” signal path. Each is tailored to deliver boutique amplifier sound and responsiveness from any guitar/amplifier combination. The design also imparts natural compression to an input signal, which brings out note articulation and significantly increases the performance of other effects pedals. When paired with an expression pedal, the MF Boost can be used as a tone enhancing volume pedal, sweepable-gain boost pedal, and VCA. The expression pedal input also provides access to higher gain values not available on the panel. MSRP: $149

DELAY_Front

The MF Delay features 35 ms – 700 ms of completely analog delay time. At shorter set-tings, repeats are fast and bright for creating classic slap-back and plate sounds. At medium and long settings the repeats become darker and naturally trail into reverb-like state. A Drive circuit allows the player to adjust the tone and feel of the MF Delay as well as overdrive the Bucket Brigade Delay line, and the input of a guitar amplifier for bigger sound and feel. Also, the expression pedal input is switchable between feedback for expressive swells and delay time for tape delay and chorus/flange effects.
MSRP: $209.

Ring_Front

The MF Ring is an analog ring modulator that is based on the world’s best selling Ring Mod, the Moogerfooger MF-102. Its refined frequency range and tone voicing circuit add new musical elements to ring modification, making it easy to dial in everything from octaves and choral dissonance to harmonic undertones and synthesized lead lines. The expression pedal input provides hands-free control of the Freq parameter for sound sweeps, pitch shifting effects, and playing between two scales on the fly. MSRP: $159

Trem_Front

The MF Trem is an analog tremolo pedal designed around a balanced modulator and Sub Audio VCO. This design creates a wide range of effects that are based on phase cancellation and addition. Players can create classic optical tremolo, hard tremolo, rotary effects and more that react dynamically to harmonic content. A variable Shape control interacts with Tone and Mix to craft subtle swells and gallops to rhythmic percussive, and swirling effects. When pushed, the MF Trem can also approach the beginnings of phasing and chorus. The expression pedal input adds control of the Speed parameter for hands-free swells and rotary effects. MSRP: $189

“Tremolo” also describes what happens to my credit card looking at these.

It is really nice to see Moog-style effects in a more affordable, accessible box, in units that appear to retain the maker’s sonic character and versatility.

The units ship this month.

If you have questions for Moog, let us know and we can pass them along. (The most frequently-asked question was about CV, so nice to see that there, but let us know if you’ve got any other queries.)

minifooger.com

Video

Passion Pit:

…and Queens of The Stone Age guitarist, Troy Van Leeuwen:

Ooh, careful, though, Moog, these are calling out for a “shreds video” variation. ;)

Nova Musik has an extensive hands-on video – hat-tip, Synthtopia:

  • Alex T

    In the UK these should come in at:

    • Ring Modulator £129 inc VAT
    • Tremolo Pedal £149 inc VAT
    • Boost Pedal £119 inc VAT
    • Drive Pedal £139 inc VAT
    • Analog Delay £169 inc VAT

    We are very, very excited.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Ah, good. Yeah, Moog only gave me North American prices.

    • JesusTittyFvckingChrist

      not like you couldn’t google the conversion rate or anything, genius.

  • Charlie Lesoine

    These would sound better with wood side panels.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Ha!

      Yes, I’m glad comments are working again.

      If someone really does glue wood on these… oh, boy… ;)

    • Charlie Lesoine

      The question is when, not if. I think they’d look great!

  • Jason Job

    I’d love to know if the delay uses a spillover mode versus just cutting out when switched off. Would much prefer spillover…

    • geezr

      they are all true-bypass, which I think is incompatible with a spillover mode for the delay.

    • SatanRapeJesus

      deal with it.

  • brianmoore

    Delay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay :D

  • http://www.inforelay.com/ Jerry Madson

    Gotta love the sounds! Great video!

  • Mcpepe

    So, will they accept line level from synths?

    • Best Legs

      this is the same thing i was wondering. anyone?

    • Alex T

      Yes. The expression inputs also accept CV up to 5 Volts.

  • Will

    Is there already a Raspberry PI CV LFO generator out there? Cause I’ll be needing one.

    I also wonder if the tremelo and delay times match up when sent the same voltage.

    • Joshua Goran

      I’m sure something could be done in PureData running on a Pi, at worst. The challenge there will be converting to analog CV from the digital realm.

      Keep an eye out for the Mutable Instruments CVpal…

  • poopoo

    To-o m-any hy-phens in the co-py.

    Hope these are amenable to modification and not tiny pitch smd. A resonance knob to the drive pedal would be cool

  • Freeks

    As usual Moog is clueless how to promote. Using only with guitars in videos limit maybe 60% of the potential audience.

    • http://vrpr.org/ Henry

      Totally agree. Especially, considering that they actually are synth manufacturer on the other side of their office floor…

    • smeagol

      ….they’re guitar pedals, made “mini” for guitar pedal boards.

    • smeagol

      pretty sure that guy has a keyboard hooked up to it in the second video, dumbass.

  • cloddo

    I can’t understand why the switch to select the parameter affected by the expression pedal in the Delay Minifooger has to be inside the unit? Why not a switch on the front panel like the “Peak” on the DriveMinifooger? I find this extremely annoying…

    • Jesus

      I find your complaint extremely annoying. What’s the point in having an expression pedal if you’re going to bend down and flip the switch back and forth with your hand anyway? Why don’t you just turn the parameter you wanna turn with your hand and leave the expression pedal assigned to the other parameter anyway since you’re gonna try to use your hand to flip the switch anyway? fucktard.

  • Chris

    I wonder if you were to run a midi synced LFO out of a synth or Silent Way you could get the time on the Delay unit to sync with a DAW clock?

    • frodododo

      ….probably not. Doesn’t even sound possible