January 19, 2012

Moog MiniTaur- First Look at NAMM

File this one under: I begged and begged and cried and sighed and pleaded and finally it happened. This is the second part of my NAMM analog love triangle. Moog have struck gold with the MiniTaur. As the name suggests, this is a desktop analog module based on the original Taurus synthesizer. If you don’t know, the Taurus was actually a floor based bass synth that allowed players to play amazing bass sounds by foot while still performing with their other instrument of choice. That said, the standards are high for this little wonder- and it doesn’t disappoint.

Unlike some desktop synths, this one sticks to a “one function per button” mantra. Built with a simple two oscillator layout, the MiniTaur offers an oscillator mixer that allows you to use different combinations of square and sawtooth waves to blend classic Moog bass sounds. A robust mod matrix offers LFO Rate, VCO and LFO amount and VCF LFO amount up for quick assignments to the mod wheel. In plain English: Yep, you can wobble, tweak, and wobble some more. The sounds are deep and brilliant. I tend to be impressed by things that can rattle my bones in a crowded room full of noise, and I am definitely impressed.

We were lucky enough to talk with one of the engineers who designed it and will have a full video. Once again, while you wait I will leave you with some specs and the assurance that this thing is a sturdy little box of magic. Coming in at a $499 price point, this is a miracle cure for the analog blues. Get excited.

Moog MiniTaur at NAMM 2012 UniqueSquared


  • 100% Analog Signal Path
  • Classic Moog Ladder Filter
  • Two MiniMoog Style ADSR Envelope Generators for VCA and VCF
  • Wide-range LFO with controls for Rate, VCO LFO Amount, and VCF LFO amount
  • DIN MIDI and MIDI over USB
  • Analog control inputs for Pitch, Filter, Volume and Gate
  • External Audio Input