Moog Minitaur

Monophonic Bass Synthesizer

  • Each function has its own control element
  • Two VCOs with sawtooth waves (exactly the original Taurus respectively) and additional square waves
  • Mixer for VCO signals
  • Moog Ladder Filter delivers authentic Taurus1 and Taurus 3 sounds
  • Two ADSR envelope generators in the Minimoog-Style
  • LFO controls VCO and VCF - MIDI clock sync
  • Minitaur's sound generator can be fully controlled via MIDI
  • USB port and a MIDI-DIN plug
  • Analogue control inputs for pitch
  • Filter volume and gate - allow control through pedals and control voltages (everything from Moogerfooger to modular synthesizer)
  • Audio input for processing external audio signals through filter and mixer section
  • Headphone output
  • High-quality sheet steel housing
  • Rev2
  • Audio output: 6.3 mm mono jack, unbalanced
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  • Bass 1
  • Bass 2
  • Bass 3

Further Information

Design Desktop
Polyphony 1
Sound Generation Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In
Storage Medium USB to Host
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No

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Amazing synth, Moog sound on a budget!

TrEr, 24.03.2017
I got this synth primarily for overdubbing electric bass on a project that was heavily inspired by 70s prog rock. Needless to say, it's absolutely superb for that role but it's also great for a lot of other stuff.

It definitely sounds like a real Taurus. I'm sure some subtle differences can be found if comparing them side by side but for all intended purposes this IS a Taurus, just without the pedals. But it's also a lot more versatile than the old Taurus. You can definitely get the old school Taurus sounds but there's a lot more on offer too, much more tweakable.

Some of the controls are only available when connecting to a computer via USB. Personally I don't like this way of controlling an analog synth but I guess it can just be seen as an extra bonus feature. To include all the controls on the physical unit would probably have raised the price too much. And the "extra" controls aren't necessary to get great sounds out of the Minitaur. The real physical knobs on the unit have all the functions you would expect on this kind of synth so the USB thing isn't really a problem, it just makes me feel like I'm paying for something I'll never use.

It's a shame that Moog has limited the range (MIDI notes 0-72) of this amazing synth though. I can't see any reason for this other than Moog not wanting it to compete with their more expensive models. The bass tones certainly are unique but within it's limitations the Minitaur can be a great lead synth as well. To limit it to bass duties is a ibit of a waste in my opinion. Still, no other synth (except the original Taurus) can produce these kind of FAT bass sounds so bass will always be it's main feature. And even with it's limitations the tonal range is wide enough for lots of stuff besides bass.

Build quality is amazing, light years ahead of Volcas, Roland Boutiques or similar "toy-like" plastic synths. I would have absolutely no hesitations about tossing the Minitaur in a bag and use it extensively for gigging.

Highly recommended if you need the fattest sounding synth bass in the world and can live with the limited tonal range!
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Le Faune, 14.01.2019
Nice
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the sound is nice, the built is sturdy, integration with editor is neat.
cons:
probably me, I hear some low (in volume) white/pink noise type of sound over any sound I play (using headphones). will try to hunt it down, but could come from my lack of experience with analog synths. Seems to be in all of the editor patches tho, it is modulated too, with no apparent link to the modulation rate on the synth itself.

Will edit if I find my fault
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