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Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 in.

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 
  • Two oscillators with Sawtooth (Original Taurus) and Square wave-shapes for each VCO
  • 2 Mixer VCAs for VCO levels control of Oscillators 1 and 2
  • 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 offer complete control of sound engine
  • Analog Control inputs for Pitch, Filter, Volume and Gate
  • External audio input for processing external audio through the Mixer and Filter section
  • Select and save directly from front panel, via MIDI controller or with the free Minitaur Editor / Librarian software.
  • Editor/Librarian software, seamless DAW integration now with full Windows support
  • Tri, Sqr, Saw, Ramp, S&H and Filter EG modulation sources
  • Hard sync accesses a completely new sonic palette with your Minitaur
  • Modulation of OSC 2 only pairs with Hard Sync for syncopated metallic sweeps and surges
  • Assignable CV inputs control any feature on your Minitaur via control voltage
  • CV to MIDI conversion brings control voltage into your DAW for analog control over digital circuits

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

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sound engine: analog
  • Presets: 128 presets
  • Polyphony: monophonic (can be poly-chained)
  • External controller response: keyboard, pitch bend, mod wheel, after pressure and velocity
  • Sound sources: 2 waveshape oscillators with square and saw waveshapes
  • VCO 2 freq: +/-12 semitones
  • Hard sync: on/off
  • Oscillator calibration range: 22hz-6.8khz. Note range at 8’ = 18 - 116
  • Glide: select LCR, LCT, EXP - legato on/off
  • Filter: 20hz-20khz Moog ladder filter
  • Modulation sources: LFO (triange, square, saw, ramp, sample & hold), filter envelope
  • Modulation destinations: oscillator pitch, oscillator 2 pitch only, filter cutoff
  • LFO panel features: rate control, VCO LFO amount and VCF LFO amount
  • Envelopes: 2x ADSR envelopes with legato on, legato off and EG reset
  • External audio input: ¼ in. TS
  • Audio output: ¼ TS, ⅛ in. TRS headphone with volume control
  • MIDI I/O: din in, and MIDI I/O over USB
  • Assignable CV/gate inputs: filter CV (fixed dest.), pitch CV (default), volume CV (default), KB gate (default)
  • CV to MIDI conversion: yes
  • Included power supply: 100-250vac, 50-60hz, +12vdc
  • Weight: 2.5lbs (1.2kg)
  • Dimensions: 3.1 x 8.75 x 5.1 in.
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MoogMinitaur Bass Synthesizer
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (5)
  • MIDI (4)
  • Accompaniment (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By analoghaze

from analog paradise

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Analog
  • Easy to Use
  • No Menus
  • Portable
  • Sounds Great

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music
  • Mono Leads

Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

This is a great synth. It would be good as a first piece or an add on to any studio. The sounds are vast and amazing. It is extremely fun to play. Build quality is top notch. The possibilities are endless within this synth. Add some effects, especially the Moogerfooger line and you have sounds that are out of this galaxy. I sequence this with an iPad. The Minituar forces you to realize how good real analog is.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ALL YOUR BASS ARE BELONG TO THIS.

By replicand

from Tokyo

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Pros

  • Budget Moog
  • Easy to Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Modulation
  • Without Expansion

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Concerts
  • Electronic Music
  • Massive Bass With
  • MIDI
  • Minimal Price
  • Recording

Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

Before I begin with the review proper, let's get one thing out of the way: those who say that analog is overhyped / over-priced (a) have never actually played one and (b) are the perfect candidates / converts / victims to try this device. With that out of the way:

My 90's rig was a Juno 6 and a Liberation; my current stage rig is a Jupiter 80 and a Minimoog Voyager, Electric Blue edition; my current "hotel rig" is a Gaia and the Minitaur. So I have plenty of experience with the Moog sound and the Minitaur is an equal among the others. Additionally, I would like to point out that I mainly use the Minitaur triggered from bass pedals for maximum prog, but also use it as bass synth (for recordings) to free up the Voyager for leads.

Let's put all the weirdness on the table straight away: in some regards, the layout of the front panel is more like a Taurus II, but the sound IMHO is closer to a Taurus I; unlike any Taurus, oscillators can produce square waves; it has a patch memory of 100 presets, which is not immediately obvious by looking at the front panel. These are most easily accessed via USB by the patch editor which is available for PC / mac download, OR using front panel buttons which are analogous to Shift / Control keys on your computer keyboard. I mention this specifically because it has four-stage envelopes, but only three knobs per envelope - release is accessed using the "shift" button + decay knob; Moog = monophonic, for those unaware; finally, it only responds to MIDI notes 0-74, which clearly puts it in the bass range. Now that we've gotten all that out of the way....

It is 100% Moog. Ballsy, mildly uncontrollable, punchy, thick, utterly bad@ss and nothing else in the world sounds like it. It is an incredible representation of the Moog philosophy / sound at a price point that most semi-pro musicians can afford. It will only do bass. But your friends will wonder why their bass doesn't sound like yours.

Some observations, neither good nor bad: The addition of the square waves - absent from the earlier Taurus line - offers a lot more flexibility in creating the basic sound; the VCO frequency of oscillator 1 is solely determined by the MIDI note you input, which is to say that you cannot set the range of osc 1. But you can set the relative range of osc 2 against it, +/-1 octave; like the Minimoog, external sounds can be processed through the VCF and VCA *or* the output can be fed back to the input for overdriven sounds; the LFO only produces triangle waves BUT the Control Voltage inputs for pitch, filter and / or volume can accepts signals from, say, a Minimoog, the Moogerfoogers, a CP-251, and so on. I haven't experimented with any of these; I am merely mentioning possibilities. And it responds to MIDI control changes.

Final analysis: yes, it is unfortunate that is limited exclusively to the bass range, as the original Taurus line was not; yes, its "analogness" has shortcomings for those who aren't used to this sort of thing. But for 97% of your bass applications, you will not find anything more earth-rattling than this unassuming-looking little box - except maybe a sine wave generator...which the Minitaur becomes once you crank the filter resonance towards 11 ;)

oh, and be sure to order the wood side panels from the Moog website. Adds no new functionality, but looks incredibly cool!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

spendy but worth it....

By DJ " Dougie "

from Fergus Falls MN

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Pros

  • Realistic Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Chamber Music
    • Electronic Music

    Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

    .....it just sounds great ! no other way to explain it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Huge sound, joy to play with

    By weeplayer

    from Istanbul

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Playability
    • Portable
    • Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Ground Shaking Bass

      Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

      This little piece of gear is every bit a Moog. Comparing it to my Slim Phatty, the Minitaur has an amazingly stable bass output. This is probably why the circuitry allows only up to a certain frequency in the upper range. I do not find the limit to be a hinderance since I mainly bought this unit for bass but it is also plenty capable of producing mid-range classic Moog sounds (thanks to the filter). It is, however, usually the lows that get me a bit teary-eyed. Knob per function design makes this unit a joy to play but the under the hood settings are also very useful (especially note-sync, which Moog seems to be integrating into their new products as well). I got this on a discount and the plan was to sell it when I saved enough for the Sub Phatty, but I am now pretty sure that I won't part ways with this little beast since it turned out to be so unique in what it does. My unit tended to act out a couple of times when I first got it (e.g. knobs stopped responding, certain envelope changes caused unrelated sonic outputs), however these turned out to be firmware issues and they were all resolved upon upgrading to the latest beta. Spent many hours shaking my walls without problems ever since.

       
      5.0

      Bass Bass Bass

      By Tinman

      from Mokena, Il

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI

        Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

        This thing is great. Once you download the firmware update and editor, the door really opens wide. I never thought the editor would be as gratifying as it is. So much so, that I went and downloaded the editor for my Sub 37 as well. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT TOOK ME THIS LONG. Don't wait. I'm really liking editing from the computer. Moog is the best as far as I'm concerned. Great solid product with some weight to it as well. I'm running it with Volca keys and DR770 thru the BeatStepPro. Fat bass sound and so many options to mold the sound from the panel. I dare you to run another sale on these.

         
        5.0

        Special Needs Filled

        By Bob

        from Mohave Valley, AZ

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • MIDI

          Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

          I purchased the Minitaur to fill a special need which some users may find odd. I play the guitar and bass lines on a midi pedal board. I upgraded the pedal board from the Roland PK-5 to a PK-7A (no longer in production). The differences between the two pedal boards are too numerous to list so I will be specific. The PK-5 has a built in sustain setting that functions from note to note. The PK-7A lacked that function unless you wanted to trigger the manual sustain pedal for each and every bass note played.

          The Alesis Nanobass as good as it is was useless with the PK-7A except for producing punchy and dead on release bass notes. Works for some music but not all. Roland's response to a request for help generated a response toward their own midi module offering at $2500.... Not an option for me.

          Enter the Moog Minitaur...... After looking over the functions and many video reviews of the Minitaur, I decided to take a chance that it might give me what I wanted from the larger, extended pedal board, (PK-7A). I am a Happy Camper! I have just begun to explore all the possibilities now available with this unit. So, if you happen to play bass lines with your feet and have a need for a midi bass module, I highly recommend the Minitaur.

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great monophonic analog bass synth

          By Brad

          from Dallas, TX

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          Pros

          • Realistic Sound

          Cons

          • No Vst Interface

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • MIDI

          Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

          This is a really great monophonic analog bass synthesizer!

          While the Librarian Editor is nice, only thing would make it better would be a fully functionaly VST interface.

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