Minimoog Emulation On Steroids

Instrument Overview

Simply put, if you want a straightforward copy of a Minimoog, with little to chew on besides the obvious, you might be better off looking elsewhere. However, if you want a Minimoog on steroids and with plenty of attitude the Minimonsta:Melohman is the emulation for you. Because, whereas until now the numerous Minimoog clones have simply attempted to copy the original instrument and add the odd one or two features such as polyphony and another LFO, the Minimonsta takes a radically different look at this vintage masterpiece.  

The original instrument was manufactured between 1971 and 1982 and was an instant classic thanks to it's musician friendly logical layout, tactile front panel, warm oscillators and powerful 24dB lowpass filter. In its time 13,000 were sold but in keeping with many other classic instruments, if you want one now, be prepared to pay handsomely.  

The Minimonsta is a highly detailed and accurate emulation of this original instrument which operates on two levels.  

Mini

Firstly, on the Mini level you have all the features and sounds of the Minimoog including accurate waveforms, a painstakingly accurate resonant filter, snappy ADS envelope generators and the wonderful Mini loop-feedback function. Using just these parameters, the Minimonsta has a huge tonal range from fat to fierce and from searing to sharp sizzles.  

However, there is also another dark side to the beast, and it's here's where you can unleash a full-on Monsta.  

Monsta

Instead of being shackled to a single LFO as per the original instrument, it's possible to assign an LFO to almost any original Mini parameter including filter cutoff, resonance, individual oscillator volumes, even each envelope parameter. What's more, each LFO has several shapes, sync, and delay.  

Additionally, for every parameter to which you can apply an LFO, it's also possible to apply an extra ADSR too.  

Then there's the ability to assign MIDI modulation to any original Mini parameter an create effects such as dynamic glide times or velocity response to filter (both positive and negative). Put simply, the scope for sound design and sonic creativity is limitless.  

Melohman

And as if that's not enough, you can dynamically morph between twelve patches within a Meta-Patch thanks to the unique Melohman octave. This takes a static software instrument and adds serious performance and dynamic real-time control - a boon to those real players out there.  

There are many Mini clones out there, but there is only one true Monsta!

Inside Info

One of the user secrets on the original instrument was the loop feedback trick whereby you could take the output of the Mini and feed it back into the instrument's external input. The resulting signal would then be output and could be adjusted to give anything from a heavier bass sound to extreme distortion. Many users loved it because of its unpredictability and this is faithfully recreated on the Minimonsta.



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Minimonsta:Melohman & GForce are trademarks of GForce Software Ltd. All other product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with GForce Software Ltd. They are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during the sound model development.

Key Features

  • Extremely realistic analog modeling
  • All original features including 3 oscillators and the famous Moog 4-pole, 24dB/octave filter
  • Additional LFO & ADSR for modulation of almost every parameter
  • Vast MIDI control possibilities
  • Monophonic, polyphonic, legato and unison trigger modes
  • Fully programmable with over 6000 factory patches (including many from Rick Wakeman)
  • Real-time morphing between up to twelve patches via keyboard control
  • External input allows filter to be used as plug-in effect
  • Delay effect
  • Full automation support

Awards

The Minimonsta:Melohman has won numerous industry awards from the coveted Future Music Platinum Award and Computer Music’s Innovation and Performance Awards. The macdirectory website review awarded it five star status and proclaimed “...this instrument represents a quantum improvement over the original and leaves all competing Moog emulators smoldering in the dust. A perfect recreation with amazing new features."

Essential Minimoog

  • Rick Wakeman: Any solo or Yes albums
  • Air: Moon Safari (Bass)
  • Herbie Hancock: Chameleon (Solo)
  • Steve Winwood: Roll With it (Bassline)
  • Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Plantation Lullabies & Peace through Passion (leads & riffs)
  • James Ingram: Ya Mo Be There (Bass)
  • George Duke: Brazilian Love Affair (Lead)
  • Sneaker Pimps: Six Underground (Bass)
  • John Martyn: Small Hours (Steve Winwood solo)
  • Jeff Beck: Wired (Jan Hammer)
  • Kraftwerk: Autobahn & Neon Lights
  • Gary Numan: The Pleasure Principle
  • Jan Hammer: Miami Vice
  • SAHB: Give My Compliments To The Chef
  • Scritti Polliti: The Word Girl
  • ...and many, many more...

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