The Moog Minitaur is a super-fat compact analog bass synthesizer that you can control with MIDI, a USB interface, or with your computer. The design is fundamentally old-school -- intended for those who want an authentic analog alternative to synths with long digital menus and parameter settings. To that end, the Moog Minitaur is specifically one-knob-per-function, which means that you come to understand and use the knobs as part of the instrument. It's built rock solid, feels great, measures a wee 8.5 x 5.25 inches and weighs in at less than 3 pounds. The Minitaur is a great way to get in touch with a true analog circuit flow and create killer patches, while still integrating seamlessly with your digital production and/or live rig.
Hear what's new with the Minitaur's v2.2 firmware update -- oscillator hard-sync, new LFO wave shapes and more:
Analog Output, Digital Control When You Want It
The sound aside, what really distinguishes the Moog Minitaur is the ease with which it interfaces with both analog and digital signal inputs and outputs. The LFO is completely MIDI-syncable via the standard DIN MIDI input on the back, and can be MIDI-controlled not only for Pitch, but for Rate, VCO LFO Amount, and VCF LFO Amount. There is also a USB input for plug-and-play interface with USB-driven controllers and keyboards. Just plug in your controller and start tweaking knobs!
The Analog Control section on the rear panel gives you four TRS jacks that allow you to use a 0 to +5V signal to control Pitch, Filter, Volume and Gate. You can use the Moog EP2 or CV to connect and control your Minitaur with everything else in the Moog line.
Moog specialist Marc Doty demos some of the Minitaur's amazing capabilities:
Sounds Moog-y In Here!
The Minitaur's sound is pure Moog: rich, complex, ethereal, and searing by turns. The two Moog oscillators onboard deliver the famous punchy sawtooth and square waveforms that have made these synths integral for decades of music making. The oscillators can be blended on the fly, and then manipulated with the two Mixer VCAs for VCO level control over the individual oscillators.
The VCA is outfitted with a Minimoog-style ADSR envelope generator used to modulate the VCA. The time length on the Attack, Decay, and Release can be set anywhere been 0 and 30 seconds, yielding some intensely rich and long-evolving waveforms.
The fat Moog Ladder Filter has an adjustable resonance that sets the gain off the output of the VCF, fed back to the input of the VCF. This yields a peak at the Cutoff Frequency that can be increased to generate everything from microbursts of tone to repeating rhymthic groove type sounds.
- One-knob-per-function interface
- Two oscillators with Sawtooth (Original Taurus) and Square wave-shapes
- 2 x Mixer VCAs
- Moog Ladder Filter
- Two Minimoog style ADSR Envelope Generators for modulating VCF and VCA
- MIDI-syncable LFO with Controls for Rate, VCO LFO Amount, and VCF LFO Amount
- DIN MIDI and MIDI over USB inputs
- Analog Control inputs for Pitch, Filter, Volume and Gate
- External audio input for processing external audio through the Mixer and Filter sections
- Headphone output
- Rugged steel construction