So here it is. Moog's new synth is called Little Phatty (although Moogfans aren't convinced), and it costs $1475. The spec (which you can read here), has been chewed over by every pundit on every forum, but what's new today is what it looks like and how it works. There's a hires image to pour over here. Some back story from the Moog boss here (seems the whole think was Turnkey's idea...)
Reasons to love:
1) Cool blue buttons. Press a button, turn a knob, sounds like it should be OK. It's not like it's a DX7.
2) There's a button marked 'Overload' under the filter knob
3) It doesn't have a "shift" button. Every parameter is one push, and one knob turn. Genius!
4) It looks a little bit like a Synclavier
5) It's a Moog, and it's made in America, possibly by people with beards.
Reasons to not love:
1) $1475! $1475! $1475! You can go to eBay and buy a Moog Source, a Moog Prodigy and a Moog-built Realistic MG-1 for the price. They don't have MIDI and 100 programs, but there's three of them.
2) It's hardly knobtacular.
3) It's called 'Little Phatty'.
4) It doesn't come with guitar strap buttons, so you'll have to screw them on yourself.
5) Not sure about the curvy aluminium back, but I think all synths should look like 1940s laboratory test equipment, unless they're white.
UPDATE: Here it is on sale for $1,375 at Analog Haven...