Moog’s bovine bass synth just keeps getting better.
In the 1970s, Moog dominated the market for self-contained, analogue synthesizer bass pedals but, by and large, these fell out of favour following the advent of MIDI. Consequently, it wasn’t until 2010 that the company replaced the original Taurus and short-lived Taurus 2 pedals with the Taurus 3, which seemed to me to be everything that the Taurus was, and more. Then, in a wry twist of fate, the company took the Taurus concept and in 2012... turned it into a small MIDI module.
Like its forebears, the Minitaur had a limited note range and a sound generator focussed on bass, but it wasn’t a Taurus 3 in a box. It offered two VCOs with an unusual synchronisation capability that ensured that phase cancellation never caused the start of any note to sound thin or an octave higher than intended. Then, following its mixer, its VCF was an implementation of Moog’s resonant 24dB/octave low-pass filter that offered velocity...
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