Moog Taurus II

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The Taurus is an interesting synth, it's a pedal synthesizer with essentially the same synth engine as the Rogue. A very basic synth with only sawtooth or square waveforms. But these waveforms go low and their bass sounds are great. The pedal controller outputs cv/gate so it can be used to control other synths as well. The synth section has an external source input for the filter, and there are portamento, pitch and mod wheels too! Not at all a bad synth, and it is a very unique addition to any studio. But can you play with your feet?

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16 Visitor comments
Bo Jango
January 18, 2011 @ 10:32 pm
I have a set but when I got them the higher pedals are out of key/tune, I heard you can tune four pedals at a time or something. I have both pieces but no manual. I heard the way to tune them is in the back with a screwdriver, but this doesn't seem right. Anyone know how to tune them?
December 19, 2010 @ 1:16 am
Taurus 2 is for programmers ONLY. The only thing Taurus 2
doesnt have is the built in "bass enhancer" circuit that is built into the Taurus 1. It's like the bass boost on your stereo or walkman. Taurus 2 can imitate the three Taurus 1 presets almost exactly, and do mch more than the variable preset. Don't believe those that say these are junk.
They simply just CAN'T use them.
thank you for your time, and buy a set of these if you ever see them 4 sale...
December 19, 2010 @ 1:16 am
Looks obvious who knows how to program
a sound here and who only uses presets!
I bought these and brought them home to play along with my minimoog and Roland D-70.This synth engine gets a LOT of the classic sounds my mini does. Even the trilling filter "missing persons" sounds. They don't do audible pulse wave, or sime wave, but they do the sync excellently, like the wow in RELAX We also
do Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions and these sound great
for the taurus bass. BUT IF you dont know basic subtractive analog synthesis, you wouldn't be able to get any of the GREATNESS out of this synth. Those musicians need presets, like the Taurus 1, or the Taurus 3.
shaun hunt
October 31, 2010 @ 3:44 am
There is a bit of twaddle talked about these pedals. I have used them in a genesis tribute. They are easy to tweak and control on stage and have a superb warm sound. No doubt the Mk1's may hace been better if you can find or afford them. I never used the 'pole' but placed the controller directly onto the pedal board. Never had any complaint from discerning punters! and sounded like a lancaster bomber taking off!
October 18, 2010 @ 1:31 am
It's far from useless, Denny.
I sequence mine from an SH-101 or play it from an SH-2 and then run the Taurus back into the sh-2 for a 4 Osc. machine.
It's also good for running an RS-09's gate output to the the Taurus' gate in, and then running the RS-09 through moog's VCF and VCA. It makes a great standalone drone box too.
Seriously, if you find it useless, then you are clearly lacking in imagination.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's (square & sawtooth waveforms)
  • Memory - None
  • Filter - 1 24dB/oct lowpass w/ cutoff, key tracking
  • VCA - Attack + Decay or Sustain
  • Keyboard - 18 note pedal-board
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV / GATE
  • Date Produced - 1981-83
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