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Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer  

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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 p... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
Specifications
  • 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's 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's 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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
LIMITED WARRANTY
Moog music warrants each instrument to be free of defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year after delivery to the retail purchaser. The warranty is void if the instrument has been modified in any manner other than in accordance with written instructions from Moog Music, Inc., of if the defect or failure is judged by Moog Music, Inc., to be caused by normal wear, accident, neglect, or conditions of operation other than those specified in the instruction manual.

This warranty is subject to verification by Moog Music, Inc., that a defect or failure exists and that the original purchaser complies with the following:
1. Warranty Registration Card must be returned by the purchaser to Moog Music, Inc., within 10 days of retail purchase.
2. Moog Music, Inc., must be notified by telephone, or in writing, of the problem to secure authorization to return the instrument to the factory or warranty center.
3. The instrument must be shipped prepaid. It will be returned with shipping charges prepaid by Moog Music, Inc.

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Moog Music, Inc., reserves the right to make changes in design at anytime without incurring any obligation to install same on units previously purchased.


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MoogMinitaur Bass Synthesizer
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Portable (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Electronic music (3)
  • MIDI (3)
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5.0

Great synth, not just for buzzy/rezzy bass sounds

By Walter

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

I loved the idea of this synth, but I was skeptical whether it could do what I wanted. I watched every video I could find, but they all showed people exploring the wide range of sounds without talking about how it might be used on a regular basis. It's cool to twist the knobs and get those buzzy sounds with a lot of resonance, but I wanted a bass synth that could give me smooth sounds for playing left-hand bass while my right hand is playing organ in a jazz/soul setting. After failing to find a store that had a demo unit I could test out I broke down and just bought one. After playing a few gigs with the minitaur I can confidently say I am thoroughly impressed!

There are many features of this synth that I will never use, such as the LFOs, and I'll hardly ever turn the filter cutoff knob past 9 o'clock. But even with that limited usage, the mintaur can be a very expressive instrument. I cranked up the velocity sensitivity and filter tracking, and I always set both envelope sustain to zero. With those settings I can get something reminiscent of an electric bass. I realize this is not how most people will want to use the minitaur, but if you're looking for a compact solution to get excellent left-hand bass sounds then the minitaur is a great choice!

 
5.0

Special Needs Filled

By Foot Pedaler

from Mohave Valley

About Me Experienced

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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ALL YOUR BASS ARE BELONG TO THIS.

    By replicand

    from Hollywood, ca

    About Me Experienced

    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

    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.

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great monophonic analog bass synth

      By Brad H.

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sound and helps you learn the basics about analog gear.

      By JAMES DOMINE

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

      Great classic Moog sound that cant be found anywhere else. If you're unfamiliar with analog gear/synths you can learn a lot by routing your signal in and out of this unit. http://www.moogmusic.com/products/taurus/minitaur#demos-tab

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By analoghaze

      from analog paradise

      About Me Experienced

      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Sounding Unit!

      By Eduardo Bigai

      from Greenville, SC

      Comments about Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer:

      This synth is all you spect from Moog. Very simple to use and if you are into eurorack modules, having the CV inputs makes this synth worth every peny. The sound is very clean, fat and Moog like. You have all the basic controls on the front panel, and you can also access other parameters via MIDI. This is a must have synth if you are into electronic music.

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