November 27, 2012

Creating Analog Sounds: Moog Minitaur and Moogerfooger Pedals

While at the Moog Sound Lab during Moogfest 2012 we got an exclusive overview of how to integrate the Moog Minitaur analog bass synthesizer with a series of Moogerfooger pedals. Amos Gaynes walked us through some of the signature sounds on the Minitaur while tweaking his pre-made sequence using the MF-102 Ring Modulator, the MF-103 12 Stage Phaser, and the MF-104M Analog Delay.

Taking advantage of analog sounds is a great way to expand your production or performance. The Moog line of analog synthesizers provide specific tonal and sonic capabilities that could take you hours or days trying to emulate digitally with software. Here are some more specific features of each of these devices:

Moog Minitaur

Moog Minitaur Analog Bass Synthesizer

While on the surface the Moog Minitaur looks limited, it is actually quite expansive with the ability to load and store 100 presets within the Minitaur’s internal memory. This is something new that Moog have added with the release of their latest firmware update to the Minitaur called Revolution 2, or Rev 2. With the Minitaur Editor version 2 you can customize, arrange, and organize your sounds within the Minitaur so you can use it without your computer. This is great for the performer who wants to instantly call up presets and have the ability to take this out to a gig with a MIDI keyboard controller. With Rev 2 you also have independent decay and release controls, control voltage mapping, and improved analog to MIDI control over USB. The analog to MIDI control is a great feature when adjusting the attack of your sounds within the software with a control surface, rather than using your mouse.

MF-102 Ring Modulator

Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator

The versatility of the Moogerfooger pedals cannot be stressed enough. Any instrument you can think of from guitars to keys can be routed through the line of Moogerfooger pedals for some really interesting and unique sounds.

The MF-102 Ring Modulator has three different functions: a ring modulator, a voltage-controlled carrier oscillator, and voltage-contolled dual-waveform LFO. With ring modulation you can create some pretty expansive distorted or whooshing sounds or bring it back with some softer tremolo. Here are some examples of sounds. 

MF-103 12 Stage Phaser

Moog MF-103 Stage Phaser

Not all phasers are created equal, especially when you compare the sounds of a digital pedal phaser to that of the analog MF-103 12 Stage Phaser. It contains two compete modular functions: a 6 or 12-stage phaser with resonance control, and wide range LFO with amount control. The ability to switch between the 6 or 12 stage modes open up new ways to create very different phaser sounds. Here are some examples of sounds.

MF-104 M Analog Delay

Moog MF-104M Analog Delay

The MF-104 was originally released in 2000 and in limited quantities. The demand for this truly analog delay sound was not lost on Moog and they decided to re-issue the MF-104 as the MF-104M which recreates the sounds of the original analog delay. The sound is still pure analog and utilizes “bucket brigade” delay chips found in the original MF-104. The stand out features on the MF-104M include the 800 ms of analog delay, 6 Waveshape LFO, and tap tempo, although we would argue that the rich analog delay is the real stand out feature. Here are some examples of sounds.

With the Moog line of analog synthesizers you can add some fat bass sounds and expansive FX to your studio production or live performance. Check out all the Moog gear we have available on our website.

What do you think about integrating analog synthesizers into your production? Which Moogerfooger pedal is your favorite (listed here or any in the line)? Gives us your thoughts or ask us any questions in the comments below.



Hey guys this is Morgan with We are here in Asheville  North Carolina at the Moog Factory. Our friend Amos is going to show us some cool stuff with the Miniatur and the Moogerfooger pedals.

Hi I’m Amos. Im here in the Moog Music Sound Lab and doing a little demo here just for the folks at UniqueSquared. I want to show off some tricks you can do with the Moog Minitaur Bass Synthesizer and that’s this right here, analog bass synthesizer from Moog Music and we also have several Moogerfooger FX pedals which are a really great way to extend and expand your sound with ultimate analog sound quality and really creative performance friendly interfaces.

So I’ll just go through them briefly here. We have the Moogerfooger MF-102 Ring Modulator. This is a classic analog ring modulator effect where you have an oscillator that is controlling the volume of your sound at an ultra high frequency creating side bands, harmonics, and really interesting kind of metallic sounds, you’ll hear what it does in a minute. And from there we have the sound going into the 12-Stage Phaser MF-103. Classic phaser effect that gives you controllable phase amount over the sound you’ve got with a built in LFO and resonance that is used for sort of classic sweeping effects, whooshes, and it also makes a very rich distortion and overdrive using the analog drive section. And lastly we’re running the sound through the MF-104M Analog Delay and this is a delay that can be controlled via MIDI although the actual delay effect is 100% analog using vintage bucket brigade delay chips.

I’m controlling the clock speed of the delay from this sequencer here which is also controlling the sound of the Minitaur using Control Voltage to control the gate and the pitch of the synthesizer and you can hear that sounding like this. And I’ll run through that sequence as I tweak some knobs and explaining what I am doing as I go. So here we go:

This is the sound of one sawtooth oscillator. I can bring in a second sawtooth oscillator and the sound gets richer or full. You start to hear some phasing between the two oscillators. I’ll open up the filter so you can hear even more of the harmonics. And now bring in some resonance on the filter. The resonance starts to emphasize the frequencies right around the cutoff and as you can sweep it now you can hear that those little peaky resonant frequencies are jumping out on the individual notes. Add some filter envelope and you can add some extra punch there. With a longer envelope you get more of a sweeping sound. We”ll go back to a single oscillator and now we’ll change over to a square wave. As you can hear the square wave has a rounder, more hollow tone. Bring in a nice short punchy envelope. One of the advantages of real analog is these punchy envelopes. Very very quick and sharp. You can get some really nice sort of kick sounds from it and just the sharpness and precision of the sound is something that you really struggle to get in the digital domain and it’s very easy with analog. There’s two square waves. You may need to apply some heavy compression to this sound because the dynamics are really huge. But feeding a heavy compressor with huge dynamic sound is a really great shortcut to an awesome production so we encourage that.

I am going to move here to the Moogerfooger pedals now. This is the Ring Modulator. Bringing in the wet/dry mix. That extra bell-like tone caused by the carrier oscillator which you can sweep through its range for a whole range of really interesting metallic sounds. You can go down to the low frequency range and it provides like a tremolo stutter effect. Go back up into the audible range. Moving on to the phaser, you can hear a classic rubbery, whooshing, phasing sound. This is a really nice one, very hard to emulate with the full fidelity of the Moog phaser. This is 6 stage mode. You switch over to 12 stage mode and you can hear even more interesting harmonics, a whole extra layer. And finally the analog delay is sort of the gold standard of delay effects. It’s rich, it’s full, it provides an amazing sound and with the MF-104M you have full MIDI synchronization so you can synchronize it to the clock of your sequence. I’ll bring it in. And there’s the full effect.