MATRIXSYNTH: Studio Electronics MIDIMINI Analogue Synth SN 1491

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Studio Electronics MIDIMINI Analogue Synth SN 1491

via this auction


Years ago, Studio Electronics used to have people send them their Minimoog so they could turn it into a rackmounted MIDIMoog - they'd remove the circuit boards and toss the chassis. Great idea at the time I guess, but this definitely reduced the number of intact Minimoogs out there. So finally - maybe because they realized how horribly destructive this was - or maybe because they ran out of victims - or maybe for none of those reasons :) - they decided to faithfully reproduce the circuitry inside the Minimoog rather than destroying more beautiful instruments. They called this the MIDIMini, and that's what you see here. For all practical purposes, this is a beautiful 4 space rackmounted Minimoog with some really really useful improvements over the original Mini. We feel it's better than a Minimoog also because it's newer and therefore generally much more reliable than most neglected vintage Mini's out there that are around 20 years older. Not only does the MIDI MINI fit in a much smaller space and weigh a lot less than the original Mini - It's also got MIDI built in. That's right - no need to fuss with a MIDI to CV convertor and figure out how to hook it up to that crazy S trigger connector thingy. But not only does it have MIDI... it also responds to aftertouch and velocity, pitch bend and modulation wheel. It's also got an extra LFO for vibrato, so you don't have to tie up the 3rd oscillator for this as you would on a stock Mini Moog. AND it's also got oscillator sync, which can be swept by an envelope generator for that Cars distorted guitarish lead sound everyone knows and loves! :) It's also got switchable note priority modes. This unit makes a nice alternative to an original Minimoog due to its improvements, portable package and greater reliability.

They are rare, however, and sell for thousands of dollars typically."

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