Moog Minitmoog

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The Minitmoog is a rare Moog preset synthesizer very similar to the Satellite. By preset sounds we mean sounds like Trumpet, Oboe, Clarinet, Sax, Taurus, Violin, Piano, Guitar I, Guitar II, Aries, Lunar, and Flute. It's a smallish keyboard with a 37 note keyboard. The sounds can be transposed down over 3 octaves for a wide pitch range. The pre-programmed sounds are switched via those clunky large flip-switches below the keyboard, apparently their location makes switching patches while playing more accessible. The Taurus, Lunar and Aries are interesting "new" sounds that were preprogrammed into the Minitmoog.

The group of fader type sliders for your left hand to tweak while performing offer nice hands-on tweaking useful for even todays performance situations. They offer controls for the filter, modulation and glide effects. The synth architecture has two VCO's that work together to produce a monophonic tone. However they can be tuned far apart or synced together for that fairly fat dual-vco sound! The Sync-Sweep effect really adds some motion to the sounds from the oscillators.

Aftertouch was employed on the Minitmoog. Sweep through the filter, sync sweep, bend the pitch or modulate the sound with pressure sensitive keys that produce more effect the harder you press! In some respects it was ahead of its time. However the lack of programmability and memory storage leave much to be desired with the Minitmoog.

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3 Visitor comments
physicsplayer
January 24, 2011 @ 1:45 pm
I've owned my Minitmoog since 1982. It was my first synth and I still love it! As long as you treat it kindly, it'll surprise you with how great it can sound. It was actually produced by the post-Moog Norlin company as a beefed up Satellite. The picture above shows only two rotary knobs whereas mine has three. Not sure by the pic which one is missing.
colaboy
January 25, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
"However the lack of programmability and memory storage leave much to be desired with the Minitmoog."

I don't think the above sentence from the presentation is appropriate. Were ANY programmable synths around in 1975 apart from the extremely rare Buchla 500? Please forgive me if I'm being ignorant. At least it had presets ;-)
knobexploit
September 10, 2008 @ 12:36 pm
Terrible build quality, must be the single worst enginered machine i have ever owned. Sliders are awfull, its slider caps tend to break, preset flippers have a flimsy feel. Mine was shipped from the USA and a light bump while shipping made the chassis dislocate on all points.
I think it has been build by Thomas organ company not by Moog.
Now for the good part, it does not sound bad at all!!!, nice detunable oscilators and with some tweaking a nice pallete of sounds can be extracted from this little "Moog weakling"....
Collecters love it due to its rare nature but beware it can be crap.....
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's with sync
  • LFO - Yes
  • Filter - Yes
  • VCA - Yes
  • Keyboard - 37 keys with aftertouch
  • Memory - 12 preset sounds Mute, Trumpet, Oboe, Clarinet, Sax, Taurus, Violin, Piano, Guitar I, Guitar II, Aries, Lunar, and Flute
  • Control - CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1975-76

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