Trigger / Gate: S- trigger with Cinch -Jones socket

Filter Frequency: voltage controlled, 1V/Okt. 6.35 mm jack

VCA (volume): voltage controlled, 6.35 mm jack

2 Moog specific 8- pole sockets for accessories such as S & H generator, e- drum sequencer

Input: mono 6.35 mm jack, line level

Outputs: High: mono 6.35 mm jack, Line Level Low: mono 6.35 mm jack, including for Guitar Amplifiers

Power cord is not removable

The Minimoog is an analog, unanimous ( monophonic ) synth.


It was developed by synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog in the U.S., presented on January 24, 1970 for the first time the professional world and produced until 1981. The prototypes are categorized in the model series A and B, while the built in small numbers in the C series was awarded to musicians for testing. Sold eventually became the model D. Thus all are today outside of museums Minimoogs encountered by model D.

Successor of the Minimoog Moog Minimoog Voyager is the.

Today, there are some computer programs and digital synthesizers, trying to emulate the Minimoog digital. Whether this is so far successful, is fiercely debated over and over again in forums and magazines. Known instruments ( software and hardware) are Creamware Minimax (ASB and Scope plug-in) and Arturia Minimoog V.


The Minimoog was the first compact synthesizer. Until then built synthesizer large, modular systems, the individual modules are interconnected by external connectors were. About the connectors of the sound was significantly influenced. When Minimoog, however, the order and arrangement of the modules such as oscillators, filters, attenuators, and envelope is fixed and can not be changed. You can also enter the settings do not save, but makes do so, hold the positions of the slider on a paper mask, a small replica of the user interface or on plain paper, which - together with the instability of the electronics - naturally leads to that one once found sound can restore exactly never.

The Minimoog is working with three analog voltage controlled oscillators for different modes of vibration, where one of the oscillators often as an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator ) is used for vibrato or periodic changes in the sound. He also has a noise generator for white noise ( such as radio noise) and pink noise ( in the bass sounding stronger, resembles a waterfall ). The signals are mixed together with any additional externally connected signals ( "External" ) in the mixer ( "Mixer" ) and then run through the famous and patented voltage-controlled Moog lowpass filter with adjustable resonance ( "Emphasis" ). This filter has a slope of 24 dB per octave and is often copied due to its good sound and ease of unwanted sound distortion. A downstream voltage controlled amplifier is responsible for dynamic changes of the volume. For filters and amplifiers each, there is a three-part ADS envelope for filter cutoff frequency and volume progression.

In the early days of the Minimoog had the unpleasant tendency to go out of tune because the exponential converter were not temperature stable. As an acoustic instrument, therefore, had to agree more often the oscillators. This also applies to the tools in use today. The fine adjustment of the individual oscillators can be made from the rear through small openings by means of small screws Dreher. There were over 10 years of mass production some changes that have been introduced to improve and reduce costs. The main improvement was significantly better tuning stability against temperature changes from serial number 10175, recognizable by the three holes per oscillator trimmer on the back of the control panel. Many Minimoog owner could this be retrofitted in their Minimoog with the introduction of these better tuning stability. These oscillators boards were replaced. Among connoisseurs years there have been of the opinion that the older Minimoog allegedly would sound better and fuller. However, these older models are built from many components are no longer available and therefore can not be replaced in case of repair equivalent to the part.

The Minimoog can be played over the built-in keyboard or external voltage controlled ( 1V/octave, 0V = F). Innovative at the time of its presentation in addition to the clear layout of the signal and control voltage curve from left to right, the two game aids in the form of steering wheels ( " Thumb -Wheels " = thumb wheels ) to the left of the keyboard for pitch and modulation with generally the thumb or index finger of the left hand be served on the keys while playing with the right. With the left pitch wheel to bend is variably altered up or down. In the center of the zero -position, the pitch is unchanged. The right modulation wheel controls the amount of modulation of the pitch and / or filter frequency by the third oscillator or the so- called red noise ( noise with a significant reduction of the higher frequency components ). This game aids for expressive game ( cf. Organ) since the introduction of the Minimoog in most synthesizers in position, shape and diameter were taken similarly and are now more or less as a natural standard. Because of its low-pass filter with 24 dB / octave of the sound of the Minimoog is full and powerful, especially in the bass. Its sound is still considered a reference to the current synthesizer must also be measured.

The first Minimoog began the jazz composer and bandleader Sun Ra. He was a prototype in 1969 borrowed: "We lent him a kind and Sun Ra is it that you expect, no longer see it again. "


The Minimoog was from the 1970s and was very popular and is still used by many musicians, among others: