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Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer with Custom Finish  White

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A beast for bass lovers, now in a custom white finish.

With Moog's Minitaur, 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.

FEATURES
  • 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

Don't let its small size fool ya, 'cause this analog bass synth will school you. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Minitaur Bass Synthesizer with Custom Finish

  • Front Panel Controls
    VCO2 Frequency: Sets the frequency offset of VCO2 from VCO1 from -1 Octave to +1 Octave and center is unison with VCO1
    Oscillator 1 & 2 Saw/Square Waveform Selector: Selects a Sawtooth wave (LED OFF) or Square wave (LED ON) Signal for VCO1 and 2
    VCO1 Level: Sets the level of VCO1
    VCO2 Level: Sets the level of VCO2
    VCF Cutoff: Sets the Cutoff Frequency of the 4-pole Moog Lowpass VCF from 20Hz to 20KHz
    VCF Resonance: Sets the gain for the amount of signal from the output of the VCF fed back to the input of the VCF, creating a peak in frequency response at the Cutoff Frequency that can be increased all the way to self-oscillation
    VCF EG Amount: Bi-polar control sets the (+) or (-) amount of Envelope Generator modulation of the VCF and center is no Envelope Generator modulation
    LFO Rate: Sets the frequency of the LFO. Range is from 0.01Hz to 100Hz
    LFO VCO Amount: Sets the amount that the LFO modulates the VCO
    LFO VCF Amount: Sets the amount that the LFO modulates VCF
    VCA EG Attack: Sets the attack time of a Minimoog-Style ADSR Envelope Generator used to modulate the VCA (ranges from 1 msec to 30 sec)
    VCA EG Decay/Release: Sets both the decay time to the sustain level and release time of a Minimoog-Style ADSR Envelope Generator used to modulate the VCA (ranges from 1 msec to 30 sec) and Release segment of the EG is enabled by the Release On/Off switch
    VCA EG Sustain: Sets the sustain level of a Minimoog-Style ADSR Envelope Generator used to modulate the VCA
    VCF EG Attack: Sets the attack Time of a Minimoog-Style ADSR Envelope Generator used to modulate the VCF (ranges from 1 msec to 30 sec)
    VCF EG Decay/Release: Sets both the decay time to the sustain level and release time of a Minimoog-Style ADSR Envelope Generator used to modulate the VCF (ranges from 1 msec to 30 sec) and Release segment of the EG is enabled by the Release On/Off switch
    VCF EG Sustain: Sets the sustain level of a Minimoog-Style ADSR Envelope Generator used to modulate the VCF
    Release On/Off Switch: Enables (LED On or disables (LED Off) the Release segments of both Envelope Generators
    Glide On/Off Switch: Enables/ Disables the Glide function
    Glide: Sets the rate of Glide when the note controlling the MINITAUR changes
    Volume: The Master Volume of the MINITAUR' synth Engine
    Fine Tune: Adjusts the frequency of the VCOs +/- 1 semitone
    MIDI Indicator LED: Indicates incoming MIDI activity
    LFO Rate Indicator LED: Indicates the rate of the LFO

    Back Panel
    Audio Out: 1/4" unbalanced jack
    Headphones: Jack for stereo headphone output
    Audio In: 1/4" unbalanced jack accepts line-level input

    Analog CV Inputs
    Pitch CV: 1/4" TRS Jack accepts 0 to +5V signal (internally processed for 1 V/Octave) via passive Expression Pedals or CVs
    Filter CV: 1/4" TRS Jack accepts 0 to +5Vsignal via passive Expression Pedals or CVs
    Volume CV: 1/4" TRS Jack accepts 0 to +5Vsignal via passive Expression Pedals or CVs
    Gate: 1/4" Jack accepts a 0 (Off)/ +5V(On) Gate signal to trigger the unit' EGs

    MIDI
    MIDI (DIN): Standard DIN MIDI input for MIDI Control of the MINITAUR
    MIDI (USB): Type B USB connector for connecting MINITAUR to host for USB MIDI
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5.0

Moog, what can I say? Best bass around...

By No Soul To Sell

from St. Petersburg, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Everything

Cons

  • No Lcd Screen

Best Uses

  • Everything

Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer with Custom Finish:

Best bass sound bar none. Nice and small compact unit with knobs for the params you really want to be tweaking.

 
5.0

Minitaur is the real deal

By Michael

from Missoula, MT

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Build Quality
  • Easy to Use
  • Great sound
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

  • No power switch
  • Occasional MIDI freak-outs

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Chamber Music
  • Electronic Music
  • MIDI

Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer with Custom Finish:

Amazing, beautifully smooth and warm analog sound. Two VCOs, the classic 24db filter, lfo, and ADSR. Simple. Highest note is one octave above middle C. Sometimes limitations are a good thing. One knob per function and limited range make it clear: this is a real instrument designed to be played. And the surprising solid steel enclosure leaves no doubts about the quality. The Moog is made to last. Do get the wood sides from Moog. They are Walnut (I believe), not expensive, and really complete the whole aesthetic.

Good for Electronic Music and Chamber Music. Any kind of music, really. Keep an open mind, there is not a huge palette of sounds here, but there are lots of shades and nuances.The Minitaur can be let loose to rampage techno basslines or be restrained and delicate, providing Baroque counterpoint or ambient textures.

Consider a good analog (or analog voiced) delay unit to be part of the package here. Minitaur benefits from a delay the same way a piano benefits from pedals.

The only quirk I have found so far is with MIDI, where there were some unexplained needs to power cycle the Minitaur in order to reset it to a usable state. While it is awesome that all the internal parameters of the Minitaur are controllable and by MIDI, sometimes VSTs and other gear will interact with that capability in unpredictable ways. So unless you are really on top of your MIDI rig and know exactly what is being sent/received at all times, the CV ins really do make life simpler if you have the analog gear to make use of them.

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