Moog Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Kit with CV Expansion Board (2023)

Monophonic Semi-modular Analog Synthesizer with VCO, VCA, LFO, 13-note Keypad, and Included CV Expansion Board

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Build Your Own Moog Analog Monosynth!

With the Moog Werkstatt-01 with CV Expansion Board, you don’t need an electronics engineering degree to build your own Moog synthesizer! Originally a project designed for Moog’s synth-building workshop at MoogFest ’14, the Werkstatt-01— with Moog’s legendary 4-pole ladder filter and the impressive flexibility of its semi-modular design — took off as a commercial product due to incredible demand. Moog subsequently released the easy-to-install Werkstatt CV Expansion Board, which converts the Werkstatt’s patch points into CV connections, opening up its full sonic potential by letting you interface your kit with your other analog synthesizers and CV controllers.

Now, Moog has bundled an upgraded version of the Werkstatt-01 together with the CV Expansion Board in one powerful, affordable limited-edition package. The Moog Werkstatt-01 with CV Expansion Board bundle makes a great holiday gift for the synth enthusiast on your list. It’s a perfect first synthesizer, and also a wonderful educational tool that’s fun to build and explore at home or in the classroom with the youngsters in your life. It’s even supported with a video series and teacher curricula, which are available for free at the website. Supplies are limited, so you’d better grab it while you can!

Anyone can build this fat-sounding analog synth

One of Sweetwater’s synth fanatics built a Moog Werkstatt-01 at the MoogFest ’14 synth-building workshop, a 6-hour process that required soldering close to 200 solder points. Luckily, you won’t need to solder a thing — this Werkstatt-01 analog synth is a snap-together kit that doesn’t require an electronics background to build. If you are into electronics though, you’re in luck — the Werkstatt-01 is designed so you can easily customize your own circuits to break out signals and add additional inputs.

Classic Moog mojo from the 4-pole ladder filter

We have to thank the classic 4-pole filter design for the iconic Moog sound. You’ll be glad to know you get that same filter design in the Werkstatt-01 analog synth kit. It has resonance, and you can modulate it with either an envelope or LFO. Even the most progressive sound designers at Sweetwater will tell you that sometimes all you need for an awesome lead or bass sound is a sawtooth wave through a Moog filter.

Ready to play with built-in button keyboard

The Moog Werkstatt-01 analog synth sports a 13-note button keyboard. You’ll be surprised at how expressive you can get with this keypad. You can play legato with lowest-note priority, and a glide control lets you do everything from rounding off the edges to performing slow, expansive pitch sweeps.

Converting your Moog Werkstatt to CV

Interface your Moog Werkstatt with your other analog synths and CV controllers with the included Moog Werkstatt CV Expansion Board. Synth geeks at Sweetwater couldn’t wait to patch their Werkstatts into their larger synth rigs to fully harness the sonic potential of the Werkstatt semi-modular synth. The Werkstatt CV Expansion Board takes seconds to install, and lets you use standard 3.5mm TS cables to connect to the CV inputs and outputs on your other gear.

Moog Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer Kit with CV Expansion Board Features:

  • A build-it-yourself Moog synthesizer with VCO, VCA, and LFO
  • Updated design features dedicated Gate In jack
  • Authentic Moog sound at an affordable price
  • 100% analog circuit — no A/D conversion
  • 3.5mm Expander included for connection to other synths/samplers
  • Simple, logical front-panel layout for immediate use
  • Semi-modular design with patchable I/O header
  • Circuit board designed for maximum hackability and modding
  • Ships with 4 mini patch cords for patch panel
  • Easy for anyone to build thanks to its snap-together design (no soldering required)
  • Packs the legendary 4-pole ladder filter for the classic Moog sound
  • Wide-ranging oscillator pitch, from 8Hz to 16kHz
  • Flexible filter effects with modulation via envelope or LFO
  • Oscillator can follow the envelope or can be set to drone
  • Ready to play with a built-in 13-note button keyboard
  • Included CV Expansion Board converts Werkstatt’s patch points into CV connections, letting you interface your Werkstatt with other analog synthesizers and CV controllers
  • Sample and create unique “analog” instruments in your DAW
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  • Manufacturer Part Number: WERKSTATT-EXP-01

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Moog Werkstatt-Ø1.
Dates2014, 2020
Price£249 GBP $329 US (2014) $199 US (2020)
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