Moog Announces New Analog Bass Synth

Minitaur is the first instrument in the Taurus family that does not have foot pedals      06/01/12

Minitaur Quick Demo from Moog Music on Vimeo.

Moog Music has announced the release of Minitaur, the newest addition to Moog's Taurus Bass Synthesizer family. They tell us that Minitaur is a compact and powerful analog bass synthesizer that features a classic one knob per function layout. Most notably, it is the first instrument in the Taurus family that does not have foot pedals. At only 8.5" x 5.25" and less than 3lbs, the Minitaur puts powerful analog Moog bass into a package designed to fit seamlessly into today's performance and production environments.
The release of Minitaur marks the next chapter in the Taurus family history, by introducing a new form factor, control interface and increased level of accessibility. Cyril Lance, Chief Engineer of Moog Music, told us, "The Minitaur has all the growl, snarl and body associated with the Taurus family of bass synthesizers. We're really excited to be able to offer this in such a compact package that is both immediately playable as an extremely versatile analog synth and also integrates seamlessly into the world of MIDI and USB control environments."
Here's more of what Moog has to say in their own words...
The Taurus Bass Pedals enjoy a nearly 40-year history and have made a seismic impact in the music world since their introduction in the mid-Seventies. "The Taurus opened up so many possibilities for also opened up a whole way of looking at what I do," says Geddy Lee, of the multi-platinum band Rush.
In 2009, Moog Music released the Taurus 3 Bass Pedals, a modern reinterpretation of the classic Taurus Bass Pedals. The Taurus 3 is currently used by artists such as The Black Keys, Animal Collective, Jean Michel Jarre, Yes, Weezer, Rush, and The Dave Matthews Band.
Since the inception of Moog Music, Bob Moog tested his ideas, instruments and sounds on musicians as a key part of the product development process. In keeping with this tradition, Minitaur has been presented to a broad array of producers, artists and songwriters including Geddy Lee of Rush, techno legend Derrick May, Flying Lotus, Moby, Holy F*ck and renowned record producer Nick Raskulinecz as a part of the final product development process. The enthusiastic response from these artists marks the beginning of the next generation in the Taurus Bass Synthesizer line.
  • One knob per function interface for tweaking and creating new sounds on the fly. It also makes live performance a blast.
  • 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 a 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 the Minitaur's 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.
  • External audio input for processing external audio through the Mixer and Filter section of Minitaur.
  • Headphone output with 1/8" connection.
  • Compact rugged steel chassis that is built like a tank.
Pricing and Availability:
Shipping in Spring 2012
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6 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
robgs    Said...

Sounds lush, but for another £75 I'd rather buy the slim phatty rack. £500 seems a bit steep.

06-Jan-12 06:32 AM

Mattsynth    Said...

I hear what your saying robgs and you have a good point there. What I do like about this synth is that it has dedicated knobs for every function. It does not look like it has any memory to hold patches eather. I will have to check this one out in more detail.

06-Jan-12 07:53 AM

Koshdukai    Said...

«MIDI over USB offer complete control of the Minitaur's sound engine» good move, on top of the CV and MIDI in.

...wished it was a little bit more accessible on the price, though.

06-Jan-12 09:04 AM

slimphatboy    Said...

I hate to bad-mouth something that looks so sexy and sounds so good, but the price is just a wee bit too high when compared to the Slim Phatty. I love the direction they're going in, though: animoog, this......

06-Jan-12 12:51 PM

Blue Monster 65    Said...

Street price is $599 (USD) for the Minitaur; $799 for the Slim Phatty. Not bad pricing for either, I'd say. Depends on what you want; knobs or memories. Myself, I'd like them both!

06-Jan-12 02:14 PM

Peter K.    Said...

The LP and T3 sound quite different from each other. I like the Slim Phatty, but I can't wait for this thing to arrive!

Already ordered.

14-Jan-12 02:26 PM

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