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The MiniMoog V does some things that the original could not on its best and brightest day. First there is a switch called "polyphonic" which, yep, lets you play chords and pads on it. Second there are vintage sounding chorus and delay effects which really do add a 70's character. With these switches on, a single note on some of the Mini's presets creates a dripping landscape of lovely analog sound. Third, the MiniMoog V comes with plenty of presets to get you going, but not too many to overwhelm you with redundancy. You might note that synths of this era had no presets at all. Finally, there is a nice arpeggiator will sync to tempo. The Mini speaks perfect EuroDance when it is on and it made me smile.
I sure am glad they had a free update at the Aturia site. I always start the program after installing from CD just to see how many bugs there are. Heh, if you are on Mac OS X Tiger, just go update. For me, version 1.0 would not even launch. It crashed a half second after clicking its icon. 1.5 worked great right away. Logic 7.1's AUVAL saw it, passed it and opened it up as expected. My first act was to go into record, press a single note and tweak the knobs. Logic's automation system tracked it all, perfectly, as far as I could tell. That was a joyful moment as I realized how easy its going to be to add a really flappin fat analog track. For me, it's niche is carved. None of my other analog soft synths can enter this zone. The Pro 53, while quite nice and authentic, sounds thin next to the MiniMoog V. The Emagic ES2 an meet it on its ground of texturality and beefiness, but does not sound like a Moog. My Ms20 can rival it, but its more of a bite your head off synth than a creamy smooth operator.
CPU usage is better than I expected. A big fatty will consume 25% of its brain. Lol. Time for the freeze function a little earlier, but its worth it. And if you do run the MINI in a song, there's not going to be that much else going on as in its glory it will take half your audio bandwidth easily.
Is it worth it? I think so, and if you love old analog synths, its a must have.