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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Studio Electronics MIDI Mini

video upload by Mineral Sound

"Here's a short demo of the Studio Electronics MIDI Mini/Minimoog Model D I have listed for sale on Reverb. Some playing around with bass/lead sounds, going through the oscillator waveforms, and sweeping the filter to show how it sounds and performs. Using a Juno-106 as a MIDI controller, not included in sale!"

via this auction

Pics of the inside below.

"this is one of the early versions with the original sound boards ripped out of a Minimoog Model D. Some might call it sacrilege, I call it a great way to get authentic, vintage tone in a 4U rack!

This unit is freshly returned from service at Rosen Sound in Burbank, CA. No oscillator drift, all pots, switches and functions in working order! But there's only so much I can describe in words; check out the demo video I made (above, after the pictures) to hear it in action. This thing is FAT. Floor-shaking basses, screaming leads, and saturated resonance; if you know you know, there's no substitute for the OG Moog sound.

The only functional issue I've found is that the VCO pots are a little scratchy, and the VCO 1 pot has a little trouble clicking into the rightmost waveform (PWM square). I spoke with the tech and since the pots are no longer manufactured, the only solution would be to machine new pots, which would likely cost more than the unit itself. But if that's the only issue for this 40-year-old beast I'd say it's doing pretty well!

Cosmetically the item is in great condition; the faceplate is more or less pristine, with only some very light rack wear on the mounting tabs. The top of the unit has some scratches and scuffs (see pictures),as it's a bit of a tight fit getting this into a rack (but of course those scuffs will be invisible once mounted). Back and sides are in perfect condition."

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