Arturia Minimoog V

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The Minimoog V is everything the original could have been and more, at a fraction of the price! The Minimoog V looks like the original Minimoog, and yes, it sounds like it too - minus the noise, instability and other problems associated with analog circuitry. Some may say that is the very character desired in analog synthesizers, but you just can't knock a totally pristine and clean Moog sound that's equally as fat as the original all the way up to 96kHz and 24-bit digital quality in STEREO! The Minimoog V is a software instrument for Mac and PC compatible with all standard formats (VST, DXi, Audio Units, MAS, RTAS, HTDM, and more).

Upon first impression, the Minimoog V is big! It takes up a lot of screen space, but since it is an almost exact replica of the Minimoog, you'll appreciate the size once you start twisting knobs and editing sounds. The original Minimoog was a monophonic synth with three oscillators. This version also has three oscillators but is polyphonic! You can choose from 1 through 8 and 16 or 32 voices of polyphony for each sound patch. That alone takes the famous Minimoog sound into territories the original never could go! And speaking of sound patches, the original had no memory, but there's virtually unlimited patch memory here, and the Minimoog V ships with over 400 programmed patches, many by famous artists! Patches include: Basses, Arpeggios, EFX, Keyboards, Leads, Pads, Percussion, Horns, Synths, and Template patches. The Templates are a great starting point for creating your own Leads, Pads, Basses, etc.

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The front panel controls replicate the look and layout (and underlying synth architecture) of the original. There are three oscillators, each with selectable Triangular, Sawtooth, Square, Saw/Triangular, Wide Rectangular and Narrow Rectangular waveforms. Oscillator 1 has an Osc Sync switch, while Oscillators 2 and 3 have fine tune knobs. The Mixer section has On/Off switches and Level knobs for each of the three oscillators as well as the Noise Generator (white or pink) and External Stereo Audio Input.

Next stop for after the Mixer section is the famous Moog 24dB/oct lowpass filter, replicated here by Arturia to perfection! The same 6 knobs as the original: Cutoff, Emphasis (resonance), Amount, Attack time, Decay time, and Sustain time. The VCA section has the same Attack, Decay, Sustain control knobs as the original too. And like the original, that's about it for front-panel controls and functions, aside from a few other tuning and volume controls, including the built-in A-440 tone generator for 'tuning up' the Mini.

But the Minimoog V goes well beyond the capabilities of the original with more than just stereo and polyphonic capabilities and program memory. One of the cool features of the original Mini was that the front panel could be lifted up to be more perpendicular to the keyboard for easier use while playing and editing. Clicking on the Minimoog V's panel will cause it to lift up a bit too, revealing a whole new world of features the Minimoog never had, but should have: an LFO, Arpeggiator, Chorus and Delay effects, and a Modulation Matrix!

The LFO offers sine, saw up, saw down, square, noise, random, sample-and-hold modes with rate control and MIDI sync switch. The Arpeggiator has Up, Down, Random, Backwards, and Notes Played patterns adjustable over 1 to 5 octaves and 1 to 5 repeats as well as Chord Memory, adjustable Speed and MIDI sync. The Chorus offers three types with Rate, Depth and Wet/Dry controls. The Delay has independent left/right controls for both Decay Time and Feedback Amounts with MIDI sync for surprisingly animated delay effects within the stereo field. The Modulation Matrix is simple and powerful: it lets you assign 6 sources to 6 destinations, ie: assign the LFO to the VCF cutoff, or assign the Pitch Wheel to control the pitch of just Oscillator 1.

Finally, although most users will play the Minimoog V using a MIDI keyboard/controller, the virtual built-in keyboard replicates the original's 44-note keyboard with Pitch Wheel, Mod wheel, Glide, Legato, and Pitch Bend range controls. It adds stereo Send outputs too.

At just $249, the cost of the Minimoog V is much cheaper than an original almost 30 year old Minimoog as well as the newer Minimoog Voyager. On top of that, the features offered in the Minimoog V don't just replicate the original, but go way beyond it! It's hard to imagine how we used the old Minimoog when you see, and hear what Arturia has done with it!

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34 Visitor comments
Steve
January 21, 2011 @ 6:13 am
I mean ......once upon a time there was the first primitive synthesizer of our new era. That synth was imperfect but because the musicians in those days DO NOT HAVE BENCHMARKS because they do not know other synthesizers like Korg Wavestation & Absynth4 & Gladiator they thing they own synth for the best on the world. Even further through the time they consolidate their bias as prejudice ........ and soon they thought every synth have to be like their own primitive synthesizer...but also they planted his bias opinion to the new generation wich look them as wise.
Steve
January 21, 2011 @ 6:09 am
Imagine nonsense!! There is a myth existing here ....... EXCUSE ME BUT the analog synthesizers are nothing more than reflection of the old electronics as it was and that what they was ...once in the seventies :-) how that synthesizer can be the best when it's that instrument with that sound "warm & fat""" a result of the imperfections of the : unstable wave shape periods, unstable harmonic shape of the filters and asymmetric waveform...........................it is absurd if you talk like that because or you are biased or you just don't know the synthesizers at all !!!!!!!!!!
J-Apollo
November 8, 2010 @ 12:35 pm
What does everyone expect from these Arturia emulation synths. They are good pieces of vst. If you want the real thing then you should just go out and get one. I have no complaints at all from these emulation. If you are a sound designer then you will not have any problems with the way that it sounds. Just tweak them and create your own sounds. Little piece of advice, if these sound too thin or sound too cheap for your ears, process them thru a tube amp or a sound enhancer. Good luck
Benny
October 15, 2010 @ 7:33 pm
For those of you looking for the closest Minimoog-emulation possible, GForce Medias Minimonsta is a much more accurate and better sounding softie than Arturias, plus it has much more in terms of modulation and routing possibilities than Arturia has to offer. I know a LOT of people saying that the emulators will never come close and analogue is better blabla yadayada but trust me on this one, I've used both and I'm absolutely astonished by the Minimonsta, it really is the very closest you'll ever get to the real deal without spending thousands of dollars. If you are a fan of the Minimoog sound and cannot cough up the dough for the purchase (and maintenance) of the real deal then Minimonsta is what you need.
Conrad
October 11, 2010 @ 7:01 pm
Having listened to The original Minimoog, the Voyager, and Arturia's emulation, I can honestly say that Arturia did a horrible, horrible job.
However, while the Minimoog V is a terrible emulation of the original, it is still a very nice synth. I got some pretty awesome strings and pads from it.
I don't think that it's worth the $250, though.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Mono / polyphonic (up to 32 voices per instrument with unison possibilities)
  • Oscillators - 3 voltage-controlled oscillators (with 5 waveforms: Triangular, Sawtooth, Square, Wide Rectangular, Narrow Rectangular) + 1 noise generator (white or pink)
    1 external audio input, 1 external oscillator and filter modulation input
    1 Mixer section with Level and On/Off controls for all 5 sound sources.
    No aliasing from 0.1 Hz to 20 kHz, 64-bit floating point precision, Sampling rate: up to 96 kHz
  • Modulation - 1 LFO (sine, saw up, saw down, square, noise, random, sample-and-hold) with rate and MIDI Sync controls.
    1 modulation matrix offering up to 6 different connections (12 source options, 32 destinations)
  • Filter - 24 dB/oct lowpass filter with Cutoff, Emphasis, Amount as well as Attack, Decay, Sustain Envelope controls.
  • VCA/Envelopes - 1 VCA with Attack, Decay, Sustain Envelope controls
  • Arpeg/Seq - 1 arpeggiator - Patterns: UP, DOWN, RANDOM, BACKWARDS, NOTES PLAYED. Octave Range: 1 to 5. Repeats: 1 to 5. MIDI Sync On/Off switch, Chord Memory function, and adjustable Speed control.
  • Keyboard - 44-key virtual keyboard - Playable via any MIDI keyboard
  • Effects - 1 stereo delay with Delay Time, Feedback Amount, Wet/Dry and MIDI Sync control.
    1 three-mode chorus with rate, depth and wet/dry controls.
  • Memory - More than 500 presets, made by talented sound designers and artists (Basses, Arpeggios, EFX, Keyboards, Leads, Pads, Percussion, Horns, Synthesizers, and Templates).
  • Interfaces - Runs stand-alone with ASIO, DirectX, Sound Manager and Core Audio, or as a plug-in using VST-2.0, Audio Units, RTAS, HTDM, MAS, and DXi.
  • Macintosh - G3 500 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, MacOS 9.2.2 or higher, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
  • Windows/PC - Pentium II 500 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, Windows 9x/2000/ME/XP
  • Date Produced - 2004
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