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Moog | Minitmoog


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.

Engine TypeAnalog
Voices (max)1
Engine Detailed2 VCO with presets: Trumpet, Oboe, Clarinet, Sax, Taurus, Violin, Piano, Guitar I, Guitar II, Aries, Lunar, and Flute
Memory12 Presets
Key typeKeys
Produced:1975 - 1976
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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