November 21, 2012

Chad Hugo and the Moog Slim Phatty

Chad Hugo, along with co-producer Pharrell Williams, are easily considered among the most successful producers of all time and especially within the last few decades. Blending their own musical influences with eastern sounds and a knack for pop sensibility, Hugo along with Williams have been instrumental in crafting such mega hits as “I’m a Slave 4 U” (Britney Spears), “Hot in Herre” (Nelly), and “U Don’t Have to Call” (Usher). While most of you may be familiar with Chad Hugo as one half of super producers The Neptunes and member of the group N.E.R.D., others of you may be familiar with his current DJ duo called Missile Command which includes Daniel Biltmore. What you may not know yet about Chad Hugo is that he was asked by Moog to make sounds for their new all white re-issued Slim Phatty analog synthesizers.

Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams in the Studio

Hugo pulls influences from his youth in Virginia Beach to his professional work in the studio to craft the original presets included on the new white Slim Phatty. The names of the synth sounds range from collaborators like Daniel Biltmore and Kevin Lamb to streets and bars in the Virginia Beach area. Some of the names are pure fun and nostalgic like Hamburglar and Game Over while others recall personal memories for Hugo like Puttu Grind and 3 Hour Lunch. While Hugo went through a number of presets, for this video we tried to include a selection of the most unique sounds as well as Hugo’s unique and quite endearing sense of humor. If you need more sounds to whet your appetite visit the Moog website.

Chad Hugo and Orbital Discussing Analog Sounds in Production

Chad Hugo, the DJ duo Orbital (brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll), and moderator Amos Gaynes held a panel at MoogFest 2012 with the white Slim Phattys and their homemade presets. They discussed, among other things, how to integrate analog gear into explosive live sets and hit studio productions. Orbital was also asked to craft sounds for the new white Slim Phatty which you can watch in our video of Orbital where they demo the sounds they crafted.

The best thing about these presets is that they are merely a blueprint for what you can eventually craft with your own sonic imagination. A special thanks to Orbital, Chad Hugo, and the entire Moog team for allowing us in for an exclusive sneak peek at the new white Slim Phatty.

So what are your favorite sounds on the new white Slim Phatty? Do you like the Chad Hugo or the Orbital sounds better? Which one of their presets would you start tweaking right out of the box? What are your thoughts on analog sounds in the age of digital production? Let us know your thoughts and questions in the comments below.