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My first Minimoog Experience


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So I was at this nice recording studio all day yesterday (the one whose keyboard list I posted a while ago) and over the course of the mixing session, I got to spend 2 or maybe 3 hours playing a Minimoog, untroubled by a store environment.


Wow. I get it. I'm just glad that my understanding of synths has advanced to the point where I was able to pretty much see how it works very quickly.


I now completely underatand why this is THE bass synth. It's just so...thick. You can't really program a bad sound on it.


Now, we actually ended up using my Z1 for the sounds we were looking for because a)it's polyphonic and b)you can'y adjust pitch bend range on the moog and we were looking to a very specific pitch slide effect.


But damn, the I NEED ONE hit early, then I just laughed. I need one, but I will not have one.


BTW a Moog Prodigy was sittingh right next to it. I played that for a while too. No comparison.


BTW2, does someone know of a nice .gif or jpeg of the Mini's panel on the Web? I'd love to ask a couple of question about the few things I didn't "get."


BTW3 I don't like low note priority, and I don't undertand why its the standard on the mini. Last note priority is better.


What an instrument.

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I did a google image search and did not fin anything better than what is at Vintage Synth Explorer .


They are great when they stay in tune. Once you get used to low note priority is it easy to use. It makes for easy trills. Just hold one finger down on the keyboard, then bound another finger on a lower note. In my early days I was very good at faking the Van Halen lick by taking advantage of the low note priority system. It is sort of the opposite of an electric guitar's "high note priority" system, but it worked well.



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I don't undertand why its the standard on the mini
If you could pull the keyboard off the mini and flip it over you would see three bus bars running in parallel along the length of its underside. Each key has 2 springs that make contact with 2 of the 3 bus bars. As you play a key, 2 springs per key disconnect from the bars they were resting on and makes contact with the other 2 bars. Depending on which key's springs makes contact changes (divides) the voltage(it may be a current divider at this point) supplied to the oscillators. Because of its design the keys to the right of the one being held down have no further effect on the voltage. Thinks of it like a water hose that has multiple holes in it. Water only escapes from the firt hole - the rest yield no water. (assume low pressure).

I suppose it would have been simple to design it with high note priority by turning everything around. But last note priority using this kind of mechanical/electrical design would be very difficult. I hope this helps.

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If you want to have a clear entrance for amusical phrase, low note priorty can fir the bill. The options are there. I can see why you wouldn`t want to change to one form of attack to another all the time. I enjoyed the possabilities that are available through familiarising myself with them. Maybe not using them on the same patcj. I don`t know. Haven`t spent alot ot of time switching that aspect, though after a while your phrasing can take on a different sound.

What an instrument.

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