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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Scott a hobbyist user from Oklahoma writes:
Picked up a used one at a great price. I used to own one of these in the early 70's. The synth is somewhat limited in configuration, however (no, I'm not gonna talk about the "PHAT" sound) most people do not experiment enough with it. When I was younger I would just set the VCO volumes at 10 and monkey around with a few knobs and walk off bored. Now I understand this instrument better. The name of the game with the Mini is Subtlety. This thing is more of a musical instrument than an experimental device. In that role it shines. For example, using the triangle waveform (hardly anyone does) and varying the frequency and volumes on the VCO's can give one some very warm and unusual tones. The Attack and Decay on the envelope generators may be the fastest in the business (as low as 1.5 milliseconds). This gives some interesting popping attack sounds - hard to describe. Again, the Mini is more of a musician's tool that most people have not explored fully, however if you want to do quite alot of experimenting you should consider a modular (I have both). Used for its intended purpose it still impresses 30 years later.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-04-2005 at 20:38
WD a hobbyist user writes:
I've owned many of the classics and some of the best of today's synths, and nothing sounds like a Mini, ESPECIALLY today's plastic emulations (JP8000, Virus, Novation, etc.); the older classics of years ago were almost equally excellent in their own ways, each with a different character. However for outrageously fat, powerful sounds there are few equals to a Mini, other than perhaps a Memorymoog, a Prophet 10 or an old modular, all of which sound great but are still different.

The value of a Mini thus depends on how much you value and can discern the quality of it's particular sound; only the older equipment approximates it IMO.

Criticize it's limitations and you're missing the point if sound is the issue; there are definitely other old and new synths with many more bells and whistles. The Pro One's probably the best deal in regards to sound and features in regards to a classic mono, better than the Odyssey or the Mini.

Still, for those who know how to program, there's only one Mini if you value the greatness of those particular sounds, that today's plasti-synths can't come close to.

If you can't tell the difference I can't help you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-14-2005 at 18:53
Mike the Mender. a professional user writes:
When you take one of these into a repair shop, your tech's eyes will light up. This is the most over charged synth to repair. They no how desperate you will be to get it back...your little pride and joy! It is quite simple, though parts are getting tricky to locate. Problems are seldom located in one area. Also, case and cable problems are becomming more common. Once I've mended one, I sit and have a play. Can't see what the fuss is all about really. It sounds like most other simple mono synths. Nice as a curiosity and that's about it. I think that most of my clients and customers need more from a synth that this can offer.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-28-2004 at 05:38
a hobbyist user writes:
This is the debate that will never end. Many people absolutely love the Minimoog and don't care about its limited capacity. The package of the Minimoog does sound very good for leads and bass and various noises. The Arp 2600 is way more flexible and is a great instrument(I'm seeking one myself) but it just doesn't have that hugely popular distinctive sound to the average listener. Most musicians I encounter (non synth freaks) hear a synth sound they almost always call it the "Moog line" . Sorry, Moog is just more popular than Arp or Roland or Korg to the average person. That said, I've owned 2 classic Minis and I have never found them to be unreliable. They always worked and play in tune (with that nice drift) after warm up. I have a Voyager now but am in the process of selling it. It is a great synth but I realize I don't like patch memory and midi in my analogs. I don't like using the same sound twice and that is exactly what using patch memory forces you into. I'm looking for that 2600 to replace it. :-)

so yeah, the Minimoog has a lot of hype around it. It also has earned that hype by being the prominent melody in about a million 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s tunes. You can't deny that filter sound or those warm and drifty oscillators. It is a classic and deserves classic hype.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-20-2004 at 11:35
Nay-say. writes:
The all time greatest synth? Er...no. Not by a thousand miles. It is far too simple and unreliable. It makes a few distinctive sounds and that's about it. The Arp 2600 or even the Odyssey are better. What about the Prophet 1/5? If you want to spend a fortune on a mono synth with an incomplete spec that's up to you. I think the synth is a waste of time. if you actually sit and play one you will see what an over-rated thing it is very quickly. People get sucked in by the hype sooo easily.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-20-2004 at 03:25
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