Loop+ show this video tour and review of the Arturia Mini V analog synth VSTi plugin instrument, presented here by veteran producer Dom Kane.

What is the Arturia Mini V?

The Mini V is the reproduction of the Minimoog®, probably the most famous synthesizer ever. It offers all the possibilities of the original synth, plus a new generation of innovatives features taking the initial design to a new level. And with Arturia's proprietary technology TAE®, you have the guarantee that the sound is as pure and phat as the original.

From the starship funk lead lines of the 70’s, to the gangster whine of mid 90’s hip-hop, the ever present Minimoog has been making its phat presence felt for over 3 decades.  In partnership with Bob Moog, we decided to reproduce the legendary interface with the same look and feel than the original because of its particular "mood", and because many musicians wish to use the same interface they used in the past. But the reproduction of this synthesizer does not stop to the look and feel, we also recreated its inside characteristics…

So what makes the sound of the Arturia Mini V - Minimoog?

Firstly, the oscillators - Arturia have recreated the exact characteristics of each oscillator, with their particular sound. As with any discrete component analog oscillator, the Minimoog V produces "free-running" waveforms that have been captured in the sound.

Secondly, the filter - many digital filters have some characteristics which are very far from their analog references. The Minimoog V filter has the same characteristics as the original Minimoog one, i.e. its frequency and emphasis are completely independent. The Minimoog V filter is a true emulation of the renowned typical 24dB moog 4 stages filter. Another feature of the Minimoog V filter is the emphasis decreases when the cutoff frequency is reduced. This allows for a special characteristic of sound that lets the bass pass through the filter when playing lower sounds.

In addition, the soft clipping behaviour of the Minimoog V amplification stages is also very important in the sound character, adding some pleasant harmonics to the sound, making basses sound more powerful.

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