Polyphonic Synthesizer:

Kawai SX-210
Modulus 002
Waldorf Blofeld
Waldorf rackAttack
Waldorf Wave
Waldorf XTk30
Wersi Stage Performer

Monophonic Synthesizer:

Casio VL-1 Tone
Dübreq Stylophone
Korg M500 MicroPreset
Modulus monoWave
Moog miniMoog
Moog Minitaur
Moog Prodigy
Moog Sub Phatty
Moog Taurus III
Moog Voyager
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VacoLoco Zira
Waldorf Pulse
Waldorf Pulse 2

String Machines:

Crumar Performer
ELKA Rhapsody 610
Eminent 310 theatre
Hohner String Performer
Hohner String Vox
Logan String Melody
Waldorf Streichfett

Other Keyboards:

Manikin Memotron


Behringer Mixer MX2642A
Behringer Mixer MX8000
Behringer Rack Mixer RX1602
Boss DR-220E
Digital Raagini
EEH DS 500
Electro-Harmonix Small Stone
Georg Mahr Midi-Ratsche
Ibanez Digital Delay DM1000
Lexicon Model 200 reverb
Mode Machines Krautrock Phaser
Moogerfooger Ring Modulator 102
Moogerfooger 12-Stage Phaser 103
Moogerfooger Analog Delay 104Z
Moog MP201
Schrittmacher's Inside
Schulte Compact Phaser
Simmons SDS-V (w/o drum pads)
Synthoma Élkorus
VacoLoco Tron
Waldorf 4Pole
Waldorf EQ27
Wersi Voice (BBD FX)
Waldorf midiBay
Waldorf Becher/Mugs


Access MicroWave controller
Alesis Andromeda A6
ARP Quartet
EES Midi CV7
Crumar Multiman S
ELKA Solist 505
ELKA x705
Emu Emax II
Farfisa Soundmaker
Farfisa Syntorchestra
Hohner ADAM
Jen SX1000
Keio Mini Pops 3
Korg PE1000 (Poly Ensemble)
Korg PE2000 (Poly Ensemble S)
Moog Satellite
Oberheim Matrix 6
PPG waves
PPG wave 2.3 (V8.3)
Rhythm Ace 2l
Roland TR 606
Roland M-VS1
SCI model 700
Seiko DS 202+310
Sound-Art Chameleon
Technosaurus Cyclodon
Vermona Piano-Strings
Waldorf microQ keyboard
Waldorf Q
Waldorf XT30
Waldorf Gekko Chords
Waldorf Gekko Arp
Waldorf microWave
Waldorf waveSlave
Wersi Baß Synth
Wersi String Orchestra


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Moog Minitaur

Size doesn't matter sound wise

Minitaur overview of components inside

The "Ladder" and the "Enter the Labyrinth ..." are marked read here

The Minitaur is build from SMD components mainly. The well known and famous Moog filter ladder is build discrete, but this newer components then the old 70ies Moogs. Nothing bad here, but a cool price tag.

This little synth is only compact in size, not in sound. It is not meant to serve as a synth for fX sounds or leadlines. But it is a superb bold bass synth. It is sound wise a compact version of the Moog Taurus III and the vintage Moog Taurus. So be prepared to experience the best bold bass synth you can imagine. This is the famous fat bass sound so many other synths are claiming to deliver but never actually did.
I guess C129, C132, C148 and C149 are the capacitors of the filter. The original Moog Taurus used a transistor array chip CA3045 for the top and bottom transistor pair. The Voyager uses a CA3086 transistor array for all 5 pairs of transistors of the filter ladder. On the Minitaur they (Q15, Q16, Q19, Q20 and Q22) are discrete transistor pairs.
The Moog Taurus III uses through-hole capacitors (C103-C105) for the filter ladder. And SMD transistor pairs (Q06-Q10). So the Minitaur filter is not exactly the same as on the Taurus III. But who cares, if the sound is right.

Changes to the original Taurus and the Taurus III are:
  • Square wave selectable on both oscillators individually in addition to the sawtooth
  • The BEAT parameter is here implemented as a DETUNE. So the original overall constant beating frequency with no relation to the played pitch was changed to the normal detune parameter that is using the same musical interval. While this is a little change from the original Taurus features, it allows you to get some more standard analog synth sounds.
  • Until you send in MIDI modwheel data after switching the Minitaur on, you get a constant LFO modulation to the pitch and or filter depending on the LFO AMT knobs. If you send in mod wheel data, this changes: the current modulation amount is then set by the MIDI mod wheel CC data. And the two knobs no set the maximum modulation amount.

Minitaur transistor ladder draw on the PCB

Next to the components that make up the transistor ladder filter is a tiny ladder printed on the board.

Minitaur _ENTER THE LABYRINTH_ written inside

At about the middle of the board, there is the inscription "ENTER THE LABYRINTH ..." printed on the board. This is referring to the Greek mythology of the Minotaur.