+Great Factory Presets
+Excellent expansion of the original Mini's feature set
+Plays nice with others: can be used as a standalone application, VST, RTAS, MAS, HTDM, etc.
+Soft Clipping makes your patches snarl!
-Interface is enormous with no option for a miniature version
-Zipper effect can be heard during a fast filter sweep
-Some applications are processor intensive
-Knobs jump to new setting when clicked on
Off The Record:
Love the MiniMoog sound, but don't want to deal with variable tunings, inconsistent electronics, and/or the expense? Then Arturia's MiniMoog V
is the perfect solution. It's one of the best sounding software emulations on the market and a hell of a lot of fun to program. Instead of skimping
on the patch development like many other manufacturers, Arturia enlisted some of the best programmers out there to design 500 tasty presets. Nice!
As far as the sound, I can only say that it rocks! I actually dug out some of my old patch setting worksheets that I saved when programming my Model D. You know
the ones where you draw in all your knob settings? Well, I then entered the same assignments on both the real Minimoog and the MiniMoog V, and found
they were surprisingly close. Now that's impressive.
March 10, 2005
../ Arturia MiniMoog V
With our arsenal, some would say museum, of vintage synthesizers, we were very skeptical when Arturia
sent us their MiniMoog V softsynth. Coupled with my
love for our beloved Model D, I was ready to be a hater and give the MiniMoog V a swift kick in its virtual
oscillators. But a funny thing happened on the way to the studio...
When I began installing the MiniMoog V on our PowerMac G5 2.0 gHz dualie, I was surprised to be asked what type
of wood finish I would like on the virtual unit. Hmmm, interesting.
Mahogany sounds nice. I then entered my serial number and the program
installed without a hiccup. No challenge codes, no joiners, no hoops of fire to jump through...what a pleasure.
I immediately launched the standalone version and watched as my 23 inch Cinema Display filled with an almost exact rendering
of my Model D. The graphics were delicious: crisp, easy to read, and very much a perfect emulation of the real thing.
Next, I tee'd up a factory bass patch and played a funky line on my controller. Wow! Arturia's MiniMoog V sounded super smooth,
yet full. I jumped on my modulation wheel to add some junk to the funk and was taken back by the fluid delivery
- something the dodgy mod wheel on my hardware unit was never capable of. After loading one excellent patch after another, my prejudice evaporated and I was in that happy synth place. No
wonder Bob Moog has personally endorsed this product, it sounds fantastic.
However, great emulations are just the tip of the iceberg with the MiniMoog V. Arturia expanded on the concept with some
sophisticated features and enhancements that bring the MiniMoog into the new millennium. The first thing I noticed is that
the MiniMoog V is polyphonic, up to 32 voices! Nice!! Next, I discovered a
Low Mono setting on oscillator 3's wavelength knob and a sync switch. The Low Mono setting is meant to be used as a modulation
source when played polyphonically and the sync switch aligns oscillator 1 to oscillator 2.
Another great addition is the soft clipping switch located on the far right. When activated, this feature exponentially
increases the MiniMoog V's overdrive quotient giving the sound more definition and grit. Soft clipping is the MiniMoog V's
Jedi Power and can be used to create some incredibly aggressive sounds. Other fine additions include Voice Detune control, Voice Unison and the aforementioned Polyphony control.
However, Arturia didn't stop there, they added five more stellar attributes. By clicking on the top panel of the MiniMoog V,
or the Open button on the top right, the modulation panel tilts upward, like the original, and
reveals a user-definable modulation matrix, an additional LFO, an arpeggiator that syncs to MIDI, a chorus effect and a delay!
The modulation matrix allows you to really tweak patches by routing source and destination controls to a wide variety of parameters.
So you can have your filter cutoff modulate oscillator 2, or the LFO directly control the filter emphasis. With six pairs of source/destination
controls, the MiniMoog V enables you to really get crazy. The Arpeggiator is simple, yet has all the controls you need to create great riffs in no time. I found it very helpful designing patches
when just using the application in standalone mode.
The MiniMoog V is not all gravy and the application does have some shortcomings. First off, if you have an underpowered computer,
the MiniMoog V may overwhelm your system when really pushed. especially with Soft Clipping on. Second, the
interface is enormous and quite unwieldy when used in conjunction with a sequencer since it masks much of the screen. Arturia
really should have created a mini MiniMoog V interface with just the patch list and sound controls. Even an option to lose the
keyboard would have cut the interface in have and saved precious screen real estate. Another annoying facet was the fact that when you clicked on the one of the knobs, lets say the cutoff
frequency, the sound "jumped" to the new mouse click position instead of smoothly starting to modify the sound from its current
setting. Finally, when conducting fast modulation movements, I detected some zippering effects as the sound stepped to
the next setting.
Notwithstanding, the MiniMoog V is one of the best soft synths out there and certainly the best Mini emulator for the money.
You'll not only find that it will become your "go to synth" for basses, but you'll also discover its potential for adding a layer
of texture via the soft clipping mode when you stack it with another synth. The
Arturia MiniMoog V retails for $199.
The Future: Arturia should tweak its True Analog Emulator
(TAE) technology to be less processor intensive on the next version of the MiniMoog V. Additionally, the interface of the MiniMoog V is gorgeous, but it really needs a "mini mode" for use with sequencers.
We really like the elegant way that Arturia expanded Bob Moog's original vision with the modulation matrix, additional LFO, Arpeggiator and the effects. We hope they continue to add refined features while
staying true to the original concept in the next version.
PC: Pentium II 500 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, Windows 9x/2000/ME/XP
MAC: G3 500 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, MacOS 9.2.2 or higher, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
Sound Card: Any sound card compatible with DirectX, ASIO, SoundManager or CoreAudio
PC: ASIO / DirectSound, Cubase 3.7 to SX, Ableton Live, Logic 4.7 or higher, Sonar 2.0 or higher, Pro Tools 5.x, Pro Tools 6.x
MacOS 9.2.2: Cubase 4.1 or higher, Logic 4.7 or higher, Digital Performer 3, Pro Tools 5.2
Mac OSX: CoreAudio, Cubase SX, Ableton Live, Pro Tools 6.x, Pro Tools 6.x, Logic 6, DP4
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Arturia's MiniMoog V receives a 90% PowerRating - Muscle!
We recommend this softsynth to anyone looking for that classic mini sound in a very affordable package!
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