Maxidingue 09/10/2013

Moog Music Minitaur : Maxidingue's user review

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Desktop keyboard synth so without quite pokey dedicated low. The latest addition to the series of Moog Inc Taurus but WITHOUT pedals
Solid construction, Moog knobs (small and large to filter cutoff)
On Rev. 2, 100 location of sounds programmed on the synthesizer and / or with the standalone editor. it gives access to hidden function "under the hood" only accessible by MIDI CC
I repeat this is a 100% analog synth dedicated low although Moog comes with its editor patches Lead, Pad and FX
No controller on the synth but recognizes the dedicated MIDI CC
Complete Audio Connectors (mono) In and Out, Headphone, Midi In, USB (MIDI Editor) and especially HP (Pitch, Filter, Volume and Gate)
The editor works great on my Mac OS 10.8.3. It includes a library that allows you to save the sounds and transfer them to the Moog. Function "Random" nice but not configurable
100% analog monophonic synth


Very simple configuration. I would recommend to someone who wants to learn about subtractive synthesis. 2 VCO 1 24dB filter, 2 envelopes (VCA, VCF), 1 LFO
2 waveform by VCO, low pass filter only, standard envelopes ADS (R) D
a variable glide
Most modules have mentioned supplements parameters (hidden function see above). Eg retrigger the LFO, VCO-2, the mode of operation of glide etc ...
that allow us to go farther level synthesis
But first hardware synth alone is a wonderful creative tool (or initiation subtractive)


Sounds ......
Moog is ....... rich bass as you will never get with another synth. That said and at the risk of offending some purists, I find that the envelopes Moog (at least those with whom I've worked with: Slim Phatty and Minitaur) does not seem to me the wrath of war in terms of speed. PERSONALLY I think that Envelopes Clavia (NL) are faster
This prevents the low quality generated by this mini synth nothing

Again, for me, this synth is a synth bass with a multitude of variation .... but low in essence


I've had a week (I know it is not ...) but I have not explored the evil beast and then, as mentioned above, it is so simple and ergonomic grip that is very simple . No menu and submenu (incidentally is not even display)
I had to Moog, and before Minitaur, a Slim Phatty has displeased me enough (less punchy I think the Minitaur, lack of stability in pitch). So I hesitated a lot before taking me a new Moog but then .... even if the decline is small I grant you, is the claque
I pass over the MOPHO and Evolver (for analog) I do not like.
I tried BassStation II and Minibrute (in-store only) and I do not regret my choice to have retained the MOOG
What I like most:
-Simplicity and ergonomics
USB-MIDI and editor / library

What I do not like:
-So far nothing
Ah so ........ flanks optional wood over 50 € (when you see the finish, it's really a scam)

In conclusion: this synth is expensive but it is a legend and he does not betray its origins. Contrary to what I thought, not to stick him behind 2 flanger, chorus 1, 1 distortion and a bit of delay. The Moog sound is sufficient to itself. I did not understand it until recently because this is where the analog expresses that magic