Studio Electronics Midimoog

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The Midimoog is an excellent resurrection of the Minimoog by Studio Electronics, a company that has shown with its ATC-1 Tone Chameleon that they can emulate the classic synths. Remaining faithful to the original design, circuitry and components, Studio Electronics has recreated the original in a new rackmount MIDI equipped unit. Every unit has a genuine Minimoog Model D board inside. They've added a new dedicated LFO in addition to the Midi. Unfortunately, due to the 100% analog design of this synth, including the analog pots and switch controllers, retrofitting patch memory to the original Minimoog boards would have been a major electronic undertaking. So just like the original Minis, there is no patch memory storage.

The front panel layout of the Midimoog strongly resembles the Minimoog's original design. Familiar to old Minimoogers and fairly easy to learn and explore for the newer users. As for the sounds... they're the real thing. Three oscillators power this monophonic analog beast to create fat and warm synth basses, leads, blip-bleeps and sweeping sounds. The classic 24 dB/oct lowpass Moog filter is here too, and just as powerful as always. The rack-mountability and MIDI implementation alone make this an excellent choice for anyone looking for the famous warm Moog sounds in a compact yet classic MIDI-equipped module. It has been used by Fatboy Slim, Depeche Mode, Nitzer Ebb, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Glen Ballard (Alanis Morrisette's producer). They are rare, however, and sell for thousands of dollars typically.

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Since there wasn't an abundance of people who wanted their Minimoogs turned into a rack, Studio Electronics soon ran out of Model D boards. This led them to produce the MidiMini, which was a clone of the MidiMoog except that instead of using boards from Model D's, they simply built new boards from scratch based on the design and components of the Model D. So the MidiMini offers the same great sound as the MidiMoog and MiniMoog.

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8 Visitor comments
john smith
May 2, 2013 @ 2:52 pm
As I understand it, the reason SE went from "Midimoog to "Midimini" was due to copyright issues with Moog, not a lack of Model D boards. This would also support Moogman's statement that lots of MidiMinis had Model D boards. Of course, SE finally did run out of Moog boards and later Midiminis were clones.

I have an original Minimoog that has been retrofitted for midi.
January 15, 2013 @ 12:26 am
There are many, many MIDIMINIs with authentic Moog boards inside. Lots. I own one and it's glorious. This makes the MIDIMOOG and MIDIMINI indistinguishable if you happen to own one of this type.
November 20, 2012 @ 6:12 pm
with authentic original Minimoog D vco and vcf boards = Midimoog
with SE built boards = MidiMINI
October 19, 2011 @ 12:34 am
hshs you are very wrong, I've seen minimoogs on ebay go up for 6000$.
December 15, 2010 @ 1:27 pm
SE Midimoogs are being offered used for around $2600-$2800 on Ebay. Considering i can get a real Minimoog in good shape for about $2600 on Ebay, you have to be a real idiot to pay $2600 or more for a midimoog.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 3 VCO's
  • Memory - None
  • Filter - 24 dB/oct lowpass filter with cutoff, resonance, ADSR env, kbd tracking
  • VCA - ADSR Env
  • Keyboard - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1989
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