The word "mini" is in the name, but it's a beast for bass lovers.
With Moog's Minotaur, you don't have to traverse a labyrinth to create analog bass sounds of mythical proportions. Part of the Taurus family of Moog instruments, this compact ana...
"Now we go to this other little guy... is the Moog Minitaur. And what the Moog Minitaur does is ONE sound. Then you can modulate and blah blah blah and it becomes like... five? But it does like really few sounds[...] it's been thought to be some kind of a bass machine... and, yeah, that's what it's for. It's got two oscillators, and each oscillators has two waveform, which is saw and square..."more
Richard Devine discusses that he uses the Moog Minitaur in this YouTube video (8:06): “This is my Moog analog bass machine that I been using with my laptop (via USB)... I love the portability and the small form factor and very nicely laid out... fat rich sound and mixes really really well." More on the Moog Minitaur: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may12/articles/moog-minitaur.htmmore
"On “The Embrace,” I used two additional synth basses on top of the three amps, and it made the song so thick on bass. I used a **Moog Minotaur** that sounded great blended in. When you’re double-tracking bass and synths, you risk frequency cancellation, but if you experiment with it, you can make it work."more
"I think lately the Moog Mintaur has really helped with those warm basslines, The Moog has such a unique sound when it comes to bass. I used it on the bassline for [“Reach Out” with Bontan](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD0U5AVTxhM) that did really well." This photo of Sonny Fodera's synths in his studio was taken from [this article](http://news.traxsource.com/articles/1352/in-the-studio-with-sonny-fodera).more
How are you using it? “Live, I use a MIDI keyboard and use the MIDI THRU to my Moog Minitaur. I use three audio outputs from the OB-6: left and right to stereo DI, and headphone out to my Bugbrand PT delay, and use an expression pedal as an on/off switch. It’s also the perfect size to fit in my hand luggage for our fly-in shows! You’ve seen how the baggage handlers throw instruments right? So being able to avoid that with my OB-6 is a definite bonus. We are also using it to write our next record. It’s a great synth to write with, to experiment with, and to build up layers on. It currently features on all of the new songs. We expect the album to be out next year.”more
The word "mini" is in the name, but it's a beast for bass lovers.
With Moog's Minotaur, you don't have to traverse a labyrinth to create analog bass sounds of mythical proportions. Part of the Taurus family of Moog instruments, this compact analog bass synthesizer provides you with all the growl, snarl and low end its siblings are known for in an uncomplicated one knob per function format. Whether you're using it as part of your live rig or as extra weapon in your studio arsenal, the Minotaur, unlike it's legendary namesake, has a small footprint, measuring a mere 8.5" x 5.25".
This rugged synthesizer features two oscillators with Sawtooth and Square wave-shapes for each VCO so you can recreate the sounds of the original Taurus, create new sounds with square waves or do a combination of both. There is also a Moog Ladder Filter with adjustable resonance for old-school bass with impact, 2 Minimoog-style ASDSR Envelope Generators for VCF and VCA, MIDI-syncable LFO with control for Rate, VCO LFO and VCF LFO amount. It also comes with DIN MIDI and MIDI over USB for even more control options, as well as external audio input so you can process your own external audio through it's mixer and filters for even crazier bass combinations.
We are absolutely in love with this synth. For bassline is a monster, but also for lead, percussions, efxs and dark pads. The real fat moog sound in a small gear, and not expensive at all. Just a wish come true.
Monstrous, cavernous bass, huge and deep. Oscillators tuned for limited range so that bass response is prioritized, and it shows -- bass like no other synth I've heard except the Taurus line. Most of my gripes stem from the MIDI control implementation -- now that I'm mostly CV/gate I wish it could be disabled. For instance, it defaults to a sub-audible pitch (like ~1Hz, LFO range) until it receives a MIDI note. So if you power it on and start sending CVs, it's stuck in the 0th octave until you send a pitch via MIDI. (If anyone knows of a way to change this, let me know). I also hate the "hidden" features and function-button panel stuff. The LFO defaults to tempo-sync if you have a MIDI cable plugged in. I've considered selling it multiple times but I can never seem to let go of that bass. If only it could be de-midified so I could integrate it into my modular setup more completely, I'd be stoked.
This is the first hardware synthesizer I've ever used, I love it! It can produce some very warm, full sub-tones, while also having a decently simple sound. It also sounds great as a melodic instrument, and performs very well.
I had this little toy for almost a year. Capable of some really deep bass sounds, but not only. You can get also some creamy leads (in the low register, however) on his upper range, although limited. Also lots of fxs. Pure analogue, digital control, saves presets. A bit overpriced though. Sold it and bought the BS II, which is amazingly versatile, although it lacks the moog's character (which I personally love). I will buy it again.
Great sounding synth, a bit pricey but you get a lot of bass in a very small size. I mainly trigger it via my machinedrum which is just fine. It really shines and has a lot more to offer when connected up to a pc. And 1 thing I like to do is to trigger it with my Sub37 and rout it into the Sub37. +2 more oscis for the sub37... YEAH! big sound.
I purchased the Moog Minitaur because I wanted to have a synth for the occasional Moog bass sound. I wasn't expecting much out of it because of its relatively simple design. Despite its simplicity, the Minitaur is probably the best all-around bass synth I have ever heard in person, and as a result I now use it for bass in almost all of my songs. It can do anything from big almost modular-sounding basses to rumbling sub-basses and everything in between.
This synth is great for Techno, EDM, and so much more. When it comes to techno I like to use it to create a nice crawling subby tech house bassline. When it comes to EDM I like to pair it with a soft synth to get a nice low end on a complicated sound so it's real punchy and people can feel it. This synth also has a free editor / librarian developed by Moog, its very stable, lovely GUI, control everything + more, makes automation a breeze, and of course save / organize patches.
this was the first moog I have ever owned (because they are expensive) and it works suprisingly well! I use this along with the arturia microbrute the teenage engineering op-lab and then the MiDi murf moogerfooger analog filter all together, it makes great lush sounds, love it.
I have two sets of Moog Taurus pedals and was hoping to use as a live alternative but it isnt really holding up soundwise. By itself it sounds cool though if you dont compare it to the real Taurus pedals.
I use it in my Analog Kitchen live rig as the source for my bass lines. It's a small box but it packs the punch. It's like a pitbull on steroids where it concerns the low end. if it was a girl probably you'd say 'baby's got back'!
A creamy synth sound with a neat belly. I particularly like the Moog SAW, which sounds fantastic even when the filter is open. With 24dB Cascade Filter any classic Moogsweeps are possible - a dream!
Had before for Moogsound the Mother 32, also a great synth, but the Minitaur has two OSC and sounds in my ears more vintage and even a tackier fat and organic, even if only operated with an OSC. The minitaur was artificially trimmed in pitch as bass synth (goes to C4). Too bad, because even as a lead sound he makes a fantastic figure.
The associated software for saving and editing sounds is relatively extensive and certainly practical for one or the other. I hardly need them, because I prefer to turn on the real knobs :-)
Too bad that he has no on / off switch.
With optional wooden side panels he looks even more noble and even more vintage. The eye finally listens :-)