Designed by Moog Music, the world’s first synth company, Animoog Z is an inspiring 16-voice polyphonic synthesizer that invites you to explore new concepts of multidimensional sound design and performance.
Powered by Moog’s Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE), Animoog Z empowers you to visually traverse new sonic universes and even create your own! ASE utilizes a novel orbit system to expand the concepts of wavetable and vector synthesis, allowing you to navigate dynamically through the X, Y, and Z axes of sound. Spontaneous sound design with Animoog Z is easy—simply select and drag the orbit path to explore endless sonic configurations.
Animoog Z captures the immediate and intuitive experience of Moog synthesizers and applies it to the modern digital paradigm, enabling you to quickly sculpt incredibly fluid sounds that live, breathe, and evolve as you play. Use Animoog Z’s built-in keyboard to control pitch and pressure per voice (or send MIDI out), or connect your favorite MPE controller and explore Animoog Z’s MPE-compliant sound engine.
Animoog’s diverse library of timbres includes digital tones and spectral sources alongside analog waveforms recorded from classic Moog circuits. If you ever run out of sounds, you can use the built-in Timbre Editor to record and edit your own timbres!
Visually captivating and sonically immersive, Animoog Z brings music production to the next level. Whether you are new to synthesis or a professional musician, Animoog’s unique user interface gives you the power to easily create a visually vibrant and sonically rich universe.
• Multiplatform Experience: Share presets, timbres, and in-app purchases across your compatible Apple devices.
• Anisotropic Synth Engine (ASE): An exciting Moog technology that allows you to move through the X, Y, and Z axes of unique timbres to create an expressive and constantly evolving soundscape. Sonic modulations are visualized in real time, providing a multisensory feedback mechanism for sound creation.
• Polyphonic Modulation and Pitch Shifting: Control Animoog Z's advanced touch surface keyboard with configurable scales, key distances, pitch correction, and glide. Simply slide your fingers to control multiple per-voice parameters in Animoog Z right from the keys.
• Timbre Editor: Go beyond simple sample playback and build unique sounds that evolve in multi-dimensional space. Select from a wide variety of built-in timbres or customize your sound by recording your own timbres (or import your own WAV files).
• ENV/LFO Page: Articulate your dynamics with 3 independent six-stage DAHDSR envelopes for Amp, Filter, and Mod, each with loop and sync functionality. Give motion to your sound with 3 independent LFOs featuring continuously variable wave shapes, phase offset, delayed start, sync, and support for 1-8 repeats.
• MOD Page: Highly flexible modulation matrix with 10 lanes and a multitude of sources, controllers, and destinations—including global destinations like Delay and Thick. Use the Solo and Enable controls to explore complex modulations layer by layer.
• Effects Page: A collection of dynamic sound-altering and sound-augmenting effects with Delay, Chorus, Bitcrush, Filter, Arpeggiator, and Looper. Oscilloscope-style views display the output and impact of your effects.
• MIDI: Use your favorite MIDI controller to control Animoog Z (with full support for MPE input) or go MIDI out to use Animoog Z's highly expressive keyboard to control your favorite instruments. Go even deeper with Animoog Z's exhaustive MIDI CC mapping system featuring MIDI Learn, multiple destinations for a single CC, and detailed control of which presets are loaded with program change.
• Additional Features: Backwards compatibility with presets and timbres from the original Animoog, AUv3 support, 440Hz base frequency offset (+/- 10Hz), preset tagging, preset sharing, Global BPM, Tap Tempo, Ableton Link, keyboard typing and shortcuts, random presets, and undo/redo.
• Added support for knob and switch value tool tips, on by default and can be disabled in the settings.
• Added option to send MIDI notes from the arpeggiator or from the keyboard when the arpeggiator is running.
• Added support for program change maps that can be saved and shared, similarly to CC maps.
• Added support for only showing presets with an assigned program number by enabling the PGM switch in the preset browser during MIDI mapping.
• Improved backend program change support.
• Improvements to MPE support.
• Categories are now properly converted to tags for legacy Animoog presets with version number 0.4.
• Fix for Animoog Z sometimes becoming silent after receiving a program change message.
• Fix for regression where the envelope loop switches did not toggle the loop parameter in the sound engine anymore.
• Fix for startup crash when Futura font is disabled on the device.
• Overall bug fixes and optimizations.
Ratings and Reviews
I didn’t need to test the free version - went straight to purchase full app. Fun! ISSUE: Doesn’t come up in the list on AudioShare. Is Animoog Z compatible with Inter App Audio? We’ll still need that feature from the original until MPE is supported in the DAWs we use. —————————————————————————— NOTE to reviewer Soundister: “When I used it in Nanostudio Animoog X UI was so small I couldn’t adjust anything while playing” In Nanostudio, in upper right hand corner, tap the icon that looks like this: (((O))) That will allow you to use Animoog Z (or any AUV3 app) in full window mode. Hope that helps anyone with that issue.
A Good Upgrade
Basically the "Z" model is the same as the original AniMoog. Some features are improved (the mod matrix, for example), while others are essentially the same (some of the effects, the scale programmer, etc.). The workflow is better after shelving the skewmorphic modular synthesizer look and feel of the original, where you had to scroll among "modules" to gain access to them. The Z axis does add some new wave table capabilities. But over all it is not fundamentally different from the original. The price is fair for what it is and the sound quality is very good.
Having said all of that, I have never been a big fan of the sound of the Animoog. It sounds very digital and most of the waves in the catalog sound far too similar. I prefer more analog sound qualities to the sterile sound of digital waves. But for those pieces when you want that digital sound, the AniMoog really excels. Very complex wave-shifting is easy and sounds more alive than standard, static waves.
Importing waves and preset from AniMoog is easy breezy.
I really miss the 4-track recorder, though. Perhaps Moog can bring that back in a future update.
So while Animoog Z is not a major new product or even a giant improvement over the previous Animoog, I am still happy I bought it. Its really fun to just experiment with. Its easily worth the price.
Surpasses the original in every way.
Moog clearly put a tremendous amount of work updating and upgrading Animoog and the new one is really, really good. The new synth gives you all the originality of version one with new sounds available in every direction, yet retaining the unique tone that Animoog was famous for. In my opinion this is a classic and I cant wait to see how they continue to improve it. Truly beautiful warm sounds if you want them and nasty sharp edged ones are easy to obtain as well. A synth work of art in my humble opinion. No question - 5 stars.
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