Moog Taurus 3 Bass Pedals Get Official Specs, Pricing

New Pedals A Labor Of Love      26/11/09
Moog Taurus 3 Bass Pedals Get Official Specs, Pricing


Moog Music has announced official specs and pricing for the new Taurus 3 Bass Pedals.

“Developing the Taurus 3 has been a labor of love for all of us at the factory” said Moog Music President, Mike Adams.  “We started with an in-depth analysis of the original Taurus I sound and circuitry, and then added modern amenities like MIDI and USB.  We didn’t stop until we had created a work of art. The response from the music community throughout the project has been incredible.”

Details specs below.

Performance Interface

  • 13-note velocity sensitive bass pedals
  • 1 Volume Footwheel Controller
  • 1 Programmable Footwheel Controller
  • 9 Footswitches for selecting Bank and Presets, Transpose, Glide On/Off, Decay On/Off, and Octave Up/Down

Synthesizer Sound Engine

  • 100% Analog Audio signal path based entirely on the highly acclaimed Taurus I synthesizer circuits
  • 2 x VCOs (Voltage Controlled Oscillators) with sawtooth waveform outputs
  • 1 x VCF (Voltage Controlled Filter) with 24dB/Octave Lowpass Filter with the classic Moog Ladder Filter topology. 20Hz-20KHz Frequency Response
  • 1 x VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier)

Synthesizer Modifiers

  • 2 x ASD (Attack-Sustain-Decay) Envelope Generators with adjustable Attack, Sustain and Decay Parameters; one each for VCF and VCA contours
  • 1 x LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) with Triangle, Square, Sawtooth, and Ramp waveforms with adjustable amounts to the VCOs and VCF. The LFO is syncable to MIDI Clock or Tap Tempo
  • 1 x Arpeggiator with Latch Mode for generating recurring musical patterns from Bass Pedal Input. The Arpeggiator is syncable to MIDI Clock or Tap Tempo

Programming Interface

  • 52 Presets total in non-volatile memory consisting of one bank of 4 factory presets, and 12 banks of 4 user-programmable presets
  • Preset selection can be performed with the Value knob, or the combination of Bank footswitch, Bass Pedal, and Preset footswitch
  • Factory Presets include the classic Taurus, Bass, and Tuba presets, plus the new “Taurus III” preset
  • Two selectable levels of LED illuminated switches access the classic Taurus parameters or the Taurus 3 LFO and Arpeggiator parameters for editing with the Control Footwheel or the Value Knob
  • 15-segment LED bargraph displays the value of the currently selected parameter

Classic Taurus Parameters in the OSCILLATOR section

  • B.FREQ: Oscillator B Frequency coarse offset to Oscillator A
  • BEAT: Oscillator B Frequency fine offset to Oscillator A
  • GLIDE: Glide Rate
  • OCTAVE: Low, Medium or High
  • MIX: sets the loudness ratio between Oscillators A and B
  • ATTACK: sets the Rise time for the VCA Envelope Generator when a note is played
  • SUSTAIN: sets the maximum level for the VCA Envelope Generator when a note is held
  • DECAY: sets the fall time for the VCA Envelope Generator when a note is released

Classic Taurus Parameters in the FILTER section

  • CUTOFF: sets the lowpass filter cutoff frequency
  • RESONANCE: sets the amount of signal fed from the output to the input of the lowpass filter. Can be set for filter self-oscillation
  • ATTACK: sets the Rise time for the VCF Envelope Generator when a note is played
  • DECAY: sets the fall time for the VCF Envelope Generator when a note is released
  • AMOUNT: sets how much the VCF cutoff frequency is modified by the VCF Envelope Generator signal

Taurus 3 Parameters in the LFO Section

  • SQUARE: “Radio button” type switch selects the LFO square waveform
  • TRIANGLE: “Radio button” type switch selects the LFO triangle waveform
  • RAMP: “Radio button” type switch selects the LFO ramp waveform
  • SAW: “Radio button” type switch selects the LFO sawtooth waveform
  • RATE: sets the LFO Rate
  • LFO FILTER AMOUNT: sets the amount the LFO modulates the filter cutoff frequency
  • LFO PITCH AMOUNT: sets the amount the LFO modulates the VCOs’ frequencies
  • LFO SYNC: On/Off switch enables starting the LFO waveform cycle with each note played on the Bass Pedals

Taurus 3 Parameters in the ARPEGGIATOR Section

  • PATTERN: sets the pattern of the arpeggiator
  • ORDER: sets the order that the pattern of the arpeggiator is output
  • OCTAVE: sets the number of octaves for the arpeggiator pattern
  • ON/OFF: turns the arpeggiator on or off
  • LATCH: turns the arpeggiator latch function on or off
  • VALUE knob is used for selecting presets or editing parameters
  • PRESET switch toggles between the current stored preset and its edited form
  • MASTER switch selects a menu of Advanced Preset functions, Global settings, and System Utilities
  • CURSOR switch navigates the screen of the LCD User Interface
  • STORE switch initiates the storing of presets
  • Field-upgradeable firmware using MIDI SysEx

MIDI Implementation

  • Presets selectable by MIDI Program Change messages
  • Taurus Sound engine can be played by MIDI Note messages
  • Preset parameters controllable by MIDI Control Change (CC) messages
  • Bass pedals transmit MIDI Note On/Note Off messages with user selectable velocity resolution
  • Volume Footwheel transmits MIDI CC 7 (Volume) data
  • Control Footwheel transmits MIDI CC corresponding to selected parameter
  • Presets and Global Settings can be sent or received through MIDI SysEx

I/O panel

  • HI-Z Output: ¼” output jack outputs the Taurus audio signal from the classic higher impedance Taurus output stage. For use with Bass Amplifier instrument inputs
  • LO-Z Output: ¼” output jack outputs the Taurus audio signal from a low impedance output stage. For use with line-level inputs
  • PITCH CV Input: ¼” TRS jack accepts expression pedal (such as Moog EP-2) or 0V to +5V Control Voltage inputs for modifying the VCOs’ frequencies
  • FILTER CV Input: ¼” TRS jack accepts expression pedal (such as Moog EP-2) or 0V to +5V Control Voltage inputs for modifying the VCF cutoff frequency
  • VOLUME CV Input: ¼” TRS jack accepts expression pedal (such as Moog EP-2) or 0V to +5V Control Voltage inputs for modifying the VCA gain
  • GATE Input: ¼” input jack accepts +5V gate signal for triggering the Taurus EGs
  • MIDI In: standard DIN MIDI input connector
  • MIDI Out: standard DIN MIDI output connector
  • USB: bi-directional USB MIDI port
  • Power Inlet: IEC connector accepts 90-250V AC 50-60 Hz
  • Power Switch: turns unit On or Off

Chassis Specifications

  • Rugged metal enclosure with steel feet, front panel, structural panels and extruded aluminum back panel
  • Weight: 45lbs
  • Dimensions: 25" wide X 24" deep X 8 1/2" high

Pricing and Availability

Moog expects to ship the $1,995.00 Taurus 3 by the end of the year.

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4 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Marc JX8P    Said...

Beautiful, a work of art indeed!

26-Nov-09 03:28 AM


mystic radio    Said...

WOW..... i thought the first gen was purdy.. these are amazing. Probably sound stellar. I wonder if the guys in Genesis will buy these?

26-Nov-09 04:30 PM


the nameless one    Said...

moog music should have included pulse, and triangle waveforms; it would have given the taurus 3 a much more diverse pallete of timbre. The design is wonderfull. Looks like something you could hang on your wall!(or in a famous gallery.) :)

03-Jan-10 12:30 AM


Peter Kadar    Said...

I can't WAIT for mine to arrive!

08-Jan-10 02:56 AM


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