Ahh, the inimitable aural textures and tri-oscilated magnificence of the princely Minimoog “Model D”. Its distinct sound characteristics are immediately identifiable and even 40 ‘something’ years after it was originally heralded, it remains an honored prince of analogue synthesizers.
Over the past two decades, numerous well-intentioned programmers have attempted to cage its prowess in virtual instrument formula; of these, few have ever gotten close. That isn’t to imply that the developer’s efforts weren’t greatly appreciated or that they hadn’t created good virtual synths, but this is the unique, elusive Minimoog phenomena we’re discussing.
Then along came French artisans, Arturia.
This review is lengthy and quite broad in scope. The Producer Pack 61 has so much "packed" into it that in order to do it justice, our report is split into four individual segments.
Arturia’s (Officially Moog-licensed) digital reproduction encapsulates the breadth of “Minimoog Model D” greatness. They’ve also revived the time-honored classic to be a modern, powerful appliance of synthesizer enormity, capable of maintaining a position of credibility on the digital compass. Many contemporary synthesizers retail at prices ranging from $149 to over $200. At the time of this publication, “Mini V” sees its list price marked at only $99 (USD). In keeping with the situation of this multi-part review, it’s most gratifying that Arturia have kindly included it as part of the Producer Pack 61 bundle.