Born to be a simpler and portable version of the Moog modular systems without any complicated patch cords floating around the feet.
Also called "D" as the fourth model out of a production of prototypes.
KEYBOARD features 44 keys with no Velocity and a fine wood case with clear wood, the black graphite panel has adjustable gradient slope and features 6 selectors+ 15 switch tabs + 21 knobs really precise and sensible! in fact the sound drastically changes at each movement perfect for subtle sonic nuances.
On the left side there are 2 wheels for Modulation and Pitch with 2 tabs for the Envelope Decay (or note finishes after key press) and the Glide function with Low Priority system as the Mini does not retrigger the Envelope during Legato play. Back panel has these connections: audio outputs HIGH and LOW impedance, an audio input line for external processing and CV controls.
Power supply is internal. Minimoog Exists in both 220V and 110V.
VOICE subtractive monophonic analog generation with 3 detunable VCO each with own Amplitude values in central mixer section.
OSCILLATORS First VCO is the Master oscillator and drives general Tuning while the 2 others are detunable by 7semitones to a 5 octaves range 32' 16' 8' 4' 2' LOW. Tuning the oscillators is the first task to do after switching on and a very useful A440 switch tab on the panel helps for tuning.
Oscillators have a total of 6 waveforms: Triangular, Saw,Square, Wide, narrow rectangular and saw-triangular (VCO3 has a reverse Saw instead) + 1 white-pink noise with Volume gain control. VCO circuit is genuine in perfect in symbiosis with the Ladder filter, backbone of the Moog sound so true that the all-time rival Arp Odyssey attempted many times to clone it.
ENVELOPE two EG with 3 segments ADS: EG1 defines VCF while EG2 VCA - a Release time can be added for both VCA and VCF simply pressing the dedicated tab button, automatically EG gets the same Value as Decay segment. EG is enough fast (but does not reach the snappiest outsider french RSF Kobol.
FILTER resonant LowPass at -24 dB/ octave filter with Cutoff Frequency and Contour amount around the Q point for Resonance EMPHASIS. VCF auto-oscillates up to a perfect sinusoidal waveform then lowers volume a bit of gain at high emphasis.
Other VCF features are External process IN and 2 different modes Keytracking KEYBOARD CONTROL for Cutoff compensation over octaves.
LFO the third Oscillator can be deactivated as voice and assigned as a modualtor that modulates VCO pitch for VCO1-2 / VCF Cutoff - relative frequency rate is defined by the modulation wheel amount. Remember that switching VCO3 to LFO deactivates the VCF Keytrack function.
CV 4 inputs for external tension control VCA Loudness / CV VCF Filter / 1V/Oct. CV Pitch Oscillator / S-trig a negative inverted Switch trigger variant of more standard GATE system.
MEMORY None - Get a blank sheet on the right column.
MINIMOOG RELATIVE MODELS :
MINIMOOG VOYAGER- reissues from 2002 more flexible signal path, Midi I/O, memory for patch and setup, very good filter but somehow the sound is not so close to the original probably for the new redrawn oscillators design, but the ladder filter seems to be raw power! not necessarily a bad point, but that' s a different synthesizer.
STUDIO ELECTRONICS MIDIMINI - an original Minimoog in a rackmount box
plus some extra goodies made by Studio Electronics,
a company now producing some modern maybe less fat ;-) analog rack synths.
if you have some cool recordings, consider sharing them. Thanks
- HIGH price
- no dedicated LFO (just to say something!)
Second hand price : 3000 + euro (common in EU)
"Minimoog D is still a masterpiece of genius and not only a marketing product: a true musical instruments with a soul and a thundering fat sound never reached by any other monophonics. If you mean FAT sound you mean D . "
"An electronic music synthesizer is a musical instrument whose circuitry can be interconnected and set up in a large variety of ways to produce a broad spectrum of musical sounds. " - Moog Manual