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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.
- One knob per function interface for tweaking and creating new sounds on-the-fly
- Two oscillators with Sawtooth (Original Taurus) and Square wave-shapes for each VCO
- Recreate sounds of the original Taurus with sawtooth waves, or create new sounds with square waves, or combination of both
- 2 Mixer VCAs for VCO levels control of Oscillators 1 and 2
- Moog Ladder Filter with adjustable resonance delivers classic Taurus 1 and 3 bass and boom
- Two Minimoog style ADSR Envelope Generators for modulating VCF and VCA
- The Decay and Release segments are controlled by the Decay knob, while the Release segment is enabled or disabled via Release On/Off switch
- MIDI-syncable LFO with controls for Rate, VCO LFO Amount, and VCF LFO Amount
- DIN MIDI and MIDI over USB offer complete control of sound engine
- Analog Control inputs for Pitch, Filter, Volume and Gate
- Use an EP2 or CV to connect and control MInitaur with everything from Modulars to Moogerfoogers (sold separately)
- External audio input for processing external audio through the Mixer and Filter section
- Headphone output with 1/8" connection
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Based on 28 Reviews and 114 Ratings
Huge bass, annoying MIDI
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.
My go-to for bass
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.
From Gear Setup:
My bass for Berlin School Synthesizer music
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 :-)
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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.
Quite nice synth, the detuning of the 2nd OSC goes DOWN DOWN DOWN.
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.