Released in 1970, the Moog Minimoog was a monosynth specifically designed for rock and pop musicians. As a smaller cousin to the bulkier and more fragile modular Moog, the Minimoog opened up new creative possibilities on stage and in the studio. The Minimoog eliminated the need for patch cables by integrating the electronics into a cohesive unit with a small, 44-note keyboard.
The mini-Moog was conceived originally as a session musician’s axe, something a guy could carry to the studio, do a gig and walk out.Robert Moog
What’s a good price for the MiniMoog?
The Minimoog continues to be a very sought-after synth, with a rich, analog sound generated by three oscillators. With multiple waveforms and the ability to detune each one, very thick sounds can be generated. Many artists are still drawn to the powerful bass sounds this small synth can generate.
The filter path is a single 24dB-per-octave low-pass, with controls for cutoff frequency and resonance. After this, ADSR envelope and pitch and modulation wheels round it out. Some believe that the Minimoog filter is one of the best ever produced and many latter synths copied them directly.
Artists using the MiniMoog
Many artists have used the Minimoog since it’s introduction in 1970. The sound influenced 70’s psychedelic rock all the way to more recent pop and electronic acts.
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the moon
Kraftwerk – Autobahn
Parliament – Flashlight
The Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
Michael Jackson – Baseline on Thriller
Boards of Canada
I have a Minimoog, and I absolutely love that thing and you hear that on Dive. Tycho
MiniMoog Sound & Character
Oscillator: 3 VCOs, white/pink noise
LFO: Oscillator 3 can function as LFO
Synthesis type: Analog Subtractive
Filter: 24dB/oct, 4-pole lowpass filter with cutoff, resonance,
ADS envelope generator,keyboard tracking
Attenuator: ADS envelope generator
Effects: Frequency modulation using oscillator 3/noise
Keyboard: 44-note, low-note priority
Left-hand control: Pitch bend and mod wheels
External control: CV/gate
MiniMoog Softsynths and Emulators
There are several software synths that try to emulate the Moog sound, to various levels of success.
Arturia Mini V
The Arturia Mini V is one of the most popular Minimoog emulators. Arturia worked with Robert Moog to duplicate the sound by modeling it’s signal path in code.
Learn more about Arturia Mini V
Recent Sale Data
The Minimoog Model D is widely regarded as the most iconic synthesizer of all time.
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