In this video, I’m taking a look at Moog’s Minitaur. First of all, you might ask yourself, ‘why spend nearly 500 quid on something that just does bass, when I can get Komplete for that?!’ Good question.
There are several answers to this question:
The sound you get out of the thing. It sounds real. It makes your studio monitor’s cones move a lot.
There are some amazing VST instruments available today: some of my favourites, are Lennar’s Sylenth, U-he’s ACE, and from 2007, Korg’s Legacy collection. They all have something in common in that they sound warm, lush, full, and almost real. Almost. The Moog IS real. There is a fullness, roundness, and warmth to the sound that you simply can’t replicate with software. Now to the untrained ear, and without comparison, it’s difficult to comprehend the difference between hardware and software. Even when there are comparisons, the difference we’re talking about is arguably quite small in the overall music production process. However, it’s these small differences that give you an edge over someone who is solely using software. The untrained ear of the clubber will latch onto your tune containing the Moog bass and not know quite why: it’s a visceral thing. In fact, since using my Minitaur for the bass on almost every track I’ve written since buying it, people who have heard the tracks have always commented on how mega the bass sounds!
Because if you spend £500 on something, you’re more likely to use it to its full potential…
…Rather than preset surf on it for hours on end.
We’re all guilty of this: you’ve just bought an amazing synth plug-in that comes with 1000 presets. You start writing a track and load it up. The next 30 mins are spent going through presets until you find something that almost fits the bill. Yawn.
The Minitaur has a simple one-knob-per-function design, it’s also a very basic synth overall. You’ll patch it in to your DAW and tweak until you create the sound which fits your track. There will be a sense of achievement when you get the mix right of oscillators, envelopes and filters. When you do, you can save your patch using the free software editor and recall it later. This is another reason I bought the Minitaur – you’ve got the analog sound, but the flexibility and ease of a software interface, which also allow you to see ‘under the hood’ and tweak some things not immediately available from the front panel.
Finally – new to synthesis? This is a great starting point because it’s so damn simple!
2 Oscillators – Sawtooth or Square wave
Low pass filter
Doesn’t get much more stripped back than that.