MINITAUR

For over 40 years, the Moog Taurus has been the secret weapon of artists and producers around the globe for generating earth-shaking bass.

The Minitaur is the newest addition to the Taurus family of Analog Bass Synthesizers. It is an inconspicuously compact, subharmonic bass machine designed to integrate seamlessly into any performance or  computer-based music workflow. Just as its progenitors, the Minitaur effortlessly does one thing above all others… wall splitting analog BASS.


The solid steel enclosure of the Minitaur is deceptively simple - offering immediate access to critical sound design and performance controls only. This makes Minitaur extremely fast and easy to use--but just under the surface lies a vast expanse of dynamic and inspirational power that is instantly accessible from almost any laptop or MIDI controller.


The free Minitaur Editor/Librarian software truly unlocks Minitaur’s power and flexibility by making DAW integration and control completely seamless on both Mac and Windows machines. Load and save up to 128 presets onto your Minitaur, select from 6 different modulation waveshapes , engage Hard Sync, access full ADSR envelopes, MIDI sync the LFO, reset oscillator waveform cycles, polychain with other Moog synthesizers and more. Every feature can be manipulated, automated and recalled instantly.



NEW FEATURES!

SAVE AND RECALL UP TO 128 ONBOARD PRESETS - Select and save directly from your Minitaur’s front panel, via MIDI controller or with the free Minitaur Editor / Librarian software.

• FREE EDITOR/LIBRARIAN SOFTWARE - Seamless DAW integration now with full Windows support!

• 5 NEW MODULATION SOURCES (Tri, Sqr, Saw, Ramp, S&H and Filter EG)

• HARD SYNC - Access a completely new sonic palette with your Minitaur

• MODULATE OSCILLATOR 2 ONLY - Pair with Hard Sync for syncopated metallic sweeps and surges

• ASSIGNABLE CV/GATE INPUTS - Control any feature on or under the hood of your Minitaur via control voltage.

• CV TO MIDI CONVERSION - Bring control voltage into your DAW for analog control over digital circuits

SOUND ENGINE: Analog

PRESETS: 128 Presets

POLYPHONY: Monophonic (can be poly-chained)

EXTERNAL CONTROLLER RESPONSE: Keyboard, Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel, After Pressure and Velocity

SOUND SOURCES: 2 Waveshape Oscillators with Square and Saw waveshapes

VCO 2 FREQ: +/-12 Semitones

HARD SYNC: On/Off

OSCILLATOR CALIBRATION RANGE: 22Hz-6.8KHz. Note range at 8’ = 18 - 116

GLIDE: Select LCR, LCT, EXP - Legato On/Off

FILTER: 20Hz-20KHz Moog Ladder Filter

MODULATION SOURCES: LFO (Triange, Square, Saw, Ramp, Sample & Hold), Filter Envelope

MODULATION DESTINATIONS: Oscillator Pitch, Oscillator 2 Pitch only, Filter Cutoff

LFO PANEL FEATURES: Rate control, VCO LFO Amount and VCF LFO Amount

ENVELOPES: 2x ADSR Envelopes with Legato On, Legato Off and EG Reset

EXTERNAL AUDIO INPUT: ¼” TS

AUDIO OUTPUT: ¼” TS, ⅛” TRS Headphone with volume control

MIDI I/O: DIN In, and MIDI I/O over USB

ASSIGNABLE CV/GATE INPUTS: Filter CV (Fixed Dest.), Pitch CV (Default), Volume CV (Default), KB Gate (Default)

CV TO MIDI CONVERSION: Yes

INCLUDED POWER SUPPLY: 100-250VAC, 50-60Hz, +12VDC

WEIGHT: 2.5lbs (1.2kg)

DIMENSIONS: 3.1”H x 8.75”W x 5.1”D


Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice

MINITAUR

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Category Name Added Format Description Download Link
Manual Minitaur User's Manual 2012-03-01 PDF MINITAUR_MANUAL_3_16_15.pdf
Manual Minitaur Hardware Presets 2012-03-05 PDF MinitaurHardwarePresets.pdf
Software Useful Minitaur Sysex Commands 2012-11-01 ZIP handy_Minitaur_sysex_commands.zip
Manual Minitaur v2.2 Manual Addendum & Cheat Sheet 2017-07-21 PDF Minitaurv2.2_Addendum.pdf
Manual Minitaur Editor/Librarian Manual 2017-07-21 PDF Minitaur_Editor_v3_2_Manual.pdf
Software Firmware v2.2.0 2017-07-21 ZIP Minitaur Firmware v2.2.0.zip
Preset Minitaur_v2_2_Video_Presets 2017-08-10 ZIP Minitaur_v2_2_Video_Presets.zip
Introducing Minitaur
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Minitaur Quick Demo
A LOOK AT MINITAUR
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MINITAUR WITHOUT KEYS
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MINITAUR - FEEL THE BASS
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MINITAUR + ABLETON LIVE PART 1: The Basics
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MINITAUR + ABLETON LIVE PART 2: Minitaur as External Filter
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MINITAUR + ABLETON LIVE PART 3: Minitaur Editor Librarian
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Minitaur Rev 2
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Moog Minitaur & Moogerfoogers
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Moog Minitaur Demo
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Minitaur Review from Music Radar

Back in 1974 it was easy to make light of stacked heels and the other cosmic clobber that littered the pages of the weekly music papers. That is until one of the high priests of Prog Rock set off a Taurus bass bomb in your local sports arena, prompting to you to apologise for smirking at his sequined cape.

The people at Moog remember those days fondly, and for those who weren't around to bear witness they've now come up with the Minitaur bass synth to give you an idea of what you missed out on.

"Despite its size, there's no denying Minitaur's monstrous sound. With only a single oscillator going you can manage a fairly convincing acid-like TB-303 squelch."
 

Minitaur's raison d'être is to bring a bit of that classic analogue thunder to today's musician in an efficiently designed monophonic knob-per-function package that won't have you eBay-ing off your Van der Graaf Generator collection to help pay for it. The three versions of the beloved Moog Taurus bass pedals that precede it have bequeathed a good chunk of their DNA to the new synth.

 

Click here to read the full review.

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