"That's the most famous synth of all time, I think. People who don't even make music sometimes recognize this. It's been on every album, ever. This is from my buddy. I got this from him a year ago and just fell in love with it. It's on permanent loan.", said Tycho in [this interview](http://www.wired.com/2011/11/tycho-synthesizers/#slideid-539775) with Wired. In [another interview](http://www.soundtoys.com/tycho/), when asked, "Is there one piece of gear or an instrument that is the key part of that sound or has the largest impact on that sound?" > "It’s a 1972 Model D, and for whatever reason I just feel completely connected to that thing. It’s so responsive. It’s the closest thing I’ve ever found to a guitar in a synthesizer. For whatever reason when I sit down and play those, things just flow. With a lot of the newer stuff it’s harder just because for whatever reason it takes longer to get into a space where I feel inspired by the sound."more
"I suppose it does sound synthy, yes, a pure, soft sort of middle frequency sound. It was one of the most important sounds in those earlier albums. It was the sound I kept working with and returning to... I never had a Minimoog at that time, I didn't get a Minimoog until about...1976."more
"At home I've got a basic setup of demos. I've got (Hybrid Arts) ADAM machines for the recording, and I program on (Steinberg) Cubase. I use an Akai CD3000, a (Roland) JD-800, and a (Clavia) Nord Lead. The Nord is a very interesting synthesizer -- the fact that you can record all your movements real time into computer, wave sweeps and everthing. I like it. I've also got three ARP 2600's and two Minimoogs. But I tend to keep things very basic at that stage."more
[This article](https://www.emusician.com/artists/underworld-barking-mad-reinvention-as-self-realization) on the recording of the "Barking" album describes the band's then-current studio setup. It states, "Hardware synths Clavia Nord Lead 1 and 2, Moog Minimoog, and Yamaha DX7 MK1 still reign at the Pigshed."more
Personnel Phil Collins – vocals, Roland TR-909 David Frank – Roland Alpha Juno, Mini Moog bass, Oberheim DMX Daryl Stuermer – guitars The Phenix Horns Don Myrick – saxophone Louis Satterfield – trombone Michael Harris – trumpet Rahmlee Michael Davis – trumpet Arranged by Tom Tom 84more
["Rick got his first Minimoog in 1971 from actor Jack Wild (Oliver!), who, not knowing it was monophonic, though it was broken and sold it to Wakeman for half the price it originally costed. 'I don't know the exact answer, but I think I have probably owned about 20 Minimoogs in my lifetime. I currently have 9. Finding good ones is extremely difficult. I have a very good man who repairs them for me and keeps them in good order. I cannot even imagine not having one.'"](http://astronautapinguim.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/seven-questions-to-rick-wakeman.html)more
"I had loads of analogue gear: [Roland Jupiter 8](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-jupiter-8-synthesizer) and [6s](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-jupiter-6), and a Minimoog... " - Liam Howlett. Judging by the date of this interview he was most likely talking about the Model D.more
Like many producers in electronic music I wanted to own my own Moog synth from the beginning. So the Minimoog was one of the first synths I bought when I started to make a little money with my music. I used it a lot in my early productions. My first records under my real name featured sawtooth basslines a lot. This is the synth I made them with. I have to have it serviced, though – it’s not very stable now. That’s why I bought the Voyager two years ago – to have a fully functional Moog synth when I need one. I’m not using it a lot nowadays but I will never sell my Minimoog as it was my first real proper synth.more
"My TX rack I used quite a bit. I MIDI'd my MiniMoog and that is fabulous. It really sounds great, and the MIDI on it is really fast. My old Juno 60 is still there, which isn't MIDI'd at the moment but I plan to get it done. The TR808 I used, which is MIDI'd, and a bit of the D50 - there are some good guitar-type sounds in there. I also like the Roland MKS50, which is a rack-mounted analogue synth module. The Korg SG1 piano is very good, and has some excellent sounds, and obviously the Mac. For effects I used the Lexicon 224 digital reverb, AMS, Yamaha SPX90, Klark Teknik reverb, Korg digital delays... the usual things, nothing exotic."more
It was a need for unique voice. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to take the piano where I wanted to go. I kept searching for this. I used to run my keyboards through electronic boxes, like a ring modulator, trying to get a unique sound. When I got my hands on a Minimoog, I thought “I know what to do with this!” The sound can remind you of a clarinet, a flute, or a sitar. It’s the fact that it bends and flows. People should have a license to use the pitch wheel! When I first got a Minimoog, the pitch bend was set to be a fourth. Eventually I got it adjusted to where I want it. Some people can get by with pitch bend set to two semitones, but you can not express the creativity that I look for with two semitones. You have to be coordinated, and listen, using your ear like a violinist does.more
And the massive textured synth on the opening cut,'Plainsong,' was originally created by Smith on his demo. "We worked together on that, but it's mainly Robert," O'Donnell acknowledges. "I played the guide keyboard, with Boris [Williams, drummer] in the studio, because it's difficult to play to a click. For the guide keyboard part, I played a solo violin line. Then I added the bass keyboard line, which was a very heavy MIDIed texture with about four sounds, including a Minimoog, which I was determined to get onto the album somewhere, a very deep cello, and lots of Solina. Robert held down one chord all the way through--a kind of block C thing that he's fond of, with all five fingers very close together. It always works, which constantly amazes me. There's also a single high C held down all the way through, which we brought in and out of the mix."more
Although boasting a lush sound, the album was recorded largely at Paul's Rhythm Ranch studio on a single tascam 16-track with a Studiomaster desk. Synths used include: Roland D-50, Akai S1000 and S3000, Kork M1R, Waldorf Microwave, Roland Super Jupiter module, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Yamaha TX802, Minimoog, MIDIMoog, Oberheim Two-Voice, Roland Jupiter 8 and SH-101.more
"So if I have a melody line, I have two Minimoogs I'll address MIDI to then record simultaneously on stereo files. The Minimoogs sound wonderful. They're just the kind of 'out of tune' you want them to be. My trick is to then make a sample instrument from the stereo files. I usually record about 60 notes from the Minimoog and use the original Minimoog at the same time as the sampled one, which opens up a richness of sound. The melodic line on the track Nachtfahrt [taken from Off The Record] is four Minimoogs playing. They're MIDI'd and also the first oscillator is tuned."more
In the interview they ask "What specifically are your favorite pieces of gear? What can''t you live without in the studio?" To which Mark responds "Moog Minimoog, Yamaha DX-100, a spring reverb, Echoplex Tape Echo, EMS Synthi A, Universal Audio Precision Maximizer, ARP Odyssey and a Waterphone. I probably have used the Minimoog on more tracks that any other synth that I own."more
On June 5th, John Foxx will be taking his group The Maths to the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm London for a one-off performance of his classic album Metamatic. Now, after our feature on Benge's synths was such a hit with you lot, we thought that some of you might like to get warm under the collar and quivery of the finger tip to learn what John Foxx will be packing in the back of the van for the Roundhouse show - please check out the mouthwatering list below, and have a look at some John Foxx & The Maths on YouTube while you're at it. Find out more about this incredible event (which also features a DJ set by Gary Numan and Ade Fenton) at the Roundhouse website. John Foxx'Metatronic best-of is out now. Synthesizers: ARP Odyssey x 2, ARP Sequencers x 2, Crumar Multiman, EDP Wasp, Korg MonoPoly, Korg 700, Logan String Machine, Moog Mini x 2, Moog Modular plus Sequencers, Moog Opus 3, Roland Modular System 100m x 10 Modules, Roland SH2, Roland SH-101, Roland Juno 60, Sequential Circuits Multitrack Drum machines: Amdek Percussion Synthesiser, Boss Dr Rhythm, Linn Drum, Klone Drum, Roland CR78, Roland TR808 Effects & Processors: Boss Chorus, Boss Flanger, Boss Phaser, Electro Harmonix electric mistress Flanger, Furman Spring Reverb, Ibanez AD80 Analog Delay, Maestro PS-1 Phase Shifter, Mu-tron Phasor, MXR Phase 100, Roland Space echo RE-201 Other Equipment Tascam & Revox Analogue Reel to Reel Tape Machinesmore
Bill mentions his use of a Minimoog in the 70s. "I bought a synth, (a mini-moog,) way back in the '70's, some time prior to writing the 'Drastic Plastic' album, I think. I bought it from a band/duo called 'Hudson-Ford, (an offshoot of 'The Strawbs,') who had not found the synth of much use to them. I immediately took to it and it became a major compositional tool when I created demos for the songs that went onto the 'Drastic Plastic' and 'Sound-On-Sound' albums. It also featured heavily on the 'Quit Dreaming' sessions and far beyond."more
Hannes Bieger in his Berlin studio. His name may be unfamiliar to many, but that’s only because he works behind the scenes. Those in the know are well aware that Bieger is an in-demand sound engineer who has mixed down tracks by artists like Steve Bug, Ruede Hagelstein, and Tale Of Us. We peeked over Hannes’ shoulder while he worked in order to learn a bit more about his philosophy and his approach to his trade.more
Manfred Mann can be seen playing a Moog Minimoog Model D in this photo. In [this article](http://www.platform-end.co.uk/html/moogs.html), The Many Moogs of Manfred (Sounds - UK Article 1975), Manfred Mann says, "And the Mini Moog is a brilliant invention - a simple, usable synthesizer. You know people get lovely sounds on others and Stevie Wonder uses this model and Billy Preston uses that, but the Mini Moog is completely different - the possibilities are so simple to realise."more
In this [interview](http://guitarinternational.com/2010/08/20/curve-dean-garcia/) with *Guitar International*, Dean says "I have a MiniMoog which is quite old. I send guitars through it and process the sounds with the oscillation of the Moog, using the guitar as a trigger. There’s also this sound on *Cuckoo* (the band’s most recent album) that has this swooping guitar made from two slide guitars and two voices that went into this funny whammy pedal, which sounds like we’re kind of singing with the guitars.”more
as for POP MASTERS : Simenon has said that in sticking with one instrument, the Minimoog, and making Conboy a full partner, he wanted to simplify Bomb the Bass and its sound, as well as avoid repeating himself. His aims are commendable. After all, he could've cashed in with Clear part two. In this case, though, simpler also means less interesting, and the sad truth is that a repeat would've been more welcome.more
"We did hire a Minimoog at the beginning of this album, but it wasn't MIDI, and we ended up sampling it, and you can hardly hear it. So, there's bits of Moog on Donkey and 808080808, but by the time we reached next album we went Moog mad, 'cause [legendary UK producer] Trevor Horn gave us his Moog by that point."more
I know in the Wingspan book, there is a paragraph on page 45, covering the year of 1972, which Sir Paul says of his late wife's musicianship: "The critics would say, 'She's not really playing' or 'Look at her - she's playing with one finger.' But what they didn't know was that she was playing a thing called the Mini-Moog (sic), which could only be played with one finger. It was monophonic. You can use as many fingers as you want but there's only one of them going to work. She rode through all those storms; it didn't really bother her."more
"Usually we just use the Yamaha TX816 rack for basic writing, but I think if you did a whole track with DX sounds it would be a bit thin. So we MIDI it up to a MemoryMoog, a PPG, our producer's Emulator II, in fact, whatever's lying around, depending on the sound we're after. We MIDI together as much as we can really, and we can also tie in our analogue synths, a Sequential Pro One, an OSCar and a MiniMoog."more
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> I tend to use it more as another instrument than as a Minimoog. I'm not particularly a specialist in freaky sounds. So I try to find a sound that is suitable for the passage that I want to play. That's just a general attitude have towards synthesizers. It's just one more interesting sound that is still very useful in a musical way, as opposed to in a soloing way.more
"We rented a rehearsal hall from Roger and this brand new Mini-Moog was sitting in the room. We started messing with it and got a sound we wanted for “Being Kind.” You couldn’t store presets, so we taped all the knobs in place and took it to Nashville. We joke about it whenever we run into Head East. At least we brought it back. By the time we did “Ridin’,” I had my own. "more
The real question-
How does the 300.00 Behringer stack up?
Extremely well. Get the Behringer D and don’t sweat if you’ve got “the real deal”
It sounds fantastic. It’s not the “same” as a player, sure- but to the audience? They’ll never know the difference.
With the Moog Model D now out of production & the Behringer D available any day @ $300.00 loads of people are weighing in on how well the Behringer will do & weather the Model D can justify the price (and let’s get real, the price tag is REAL)
I bought mine just a month or two before the Behringer Model will hit shelves.
I could have returned it. I could get what at least seems to be damn close to the sound at a fraction of the cost. I decided not to. Why?
I can really put into works what it is to play the Moog. The large sturdy knobs, the satisfying click when you switch waveforms, the excellent keybed, the SOUND. That’s not really enough. The Model D feels, behaves, and is truely a musical instrument. It’s more than the sum of its parts.
That’s not to say I would discourage anyone from getting the Behringer-
I’m 100% thrilled that there’s such an affordable way into the magic that is a 3 oscillator Mono synth with a beautifully overdriven fliter. It’s something everyone who loves music & synths should experience.
For me a relationship was formed the 1st time I played it. It’s something truely special & more than a collection of electronics as some comparisons might suggest...but that’s just me.
Staggeringly beautiful instrument.
Possibly the best synth ever made. There are others technically better, with more options, better design, sound that rivals it. But there's simply nothing as good as an original Minimoog. It blows the reissues out of the water.
The Rolls Royce of my synth collection. Perfect conditions, sounds gorgeous. I still using it even if it goes out of tune sometimes, but it is very stable. Great wood design. The software version by Arturia is the best emulation.
I own the late version with the stable oscillator board. I wish I had used it as bass machine more often in the past as it has something very pleasant and full in its tone which is hard to get otherwise. It is more flexible than it looks. The filter is the most characterful one ever. One issue though: resonance is breaking down below about 100 Hz which is typical for Moog. If you want bassdrums use layering or take an oscillator controlled by an external envelope. Or just use the feedback trick and get huge bassy persussions. The squarewave of the oscillators sounds better than in the Model15 in my ears although the Model15 actually does it better in almost all other categories.
It might be easy to dismiss the countless superlatives that have been written and spoken about the Minimoog, but what cannot be ignored is just how many different players used this synth, and how many different styles into which it found itself comfortably fitting. On paper, it seems far too simple: 3 VCOs each with 6 selectable waveforms, and with the option to use the 3rd VCO as an LFO; White and pink noise; Low-pass resonant filter; 2 ENVs (ADS/R - 1 for filter, 1 for amp); external input can be processed through the filter. But when it was played, both the performers and the listeners paid attention! Some say it's that Moog filter, some say it's the oscillator waveforms, others say it was the way Bob Moog overdrove some of the circuitry. But most just say "It's a Minimoog."