Arturia’s Mini V is remarkable in being the only software emulation officially endorsed by Bob Moog. It was this partnership in 2003 that really launched Arturia into the software emulation game, resulting originally in the Modular V, an emulation of the Moog 3C and Moog 55 modular system.
They developed TAE (or True Analog Emulation), which is the technology by which they model analog circuitry in order to capture every nuance of this sound. The Mini V came out a couple of years later and really stunned people with its authenticity.
The Mini V is modeled using a combination of mathematical models, physical models, and simulations of the circuitry. They then spend a lot of time comparing the emulation with the original hardware and work out ways to reproduce the behavior.
All the original features, controls, and characteristics are present, even down to a photo-realistic interface. That includes 3 VCOs with 5 waveforms, the legendary 24 dB/octave filter, 2 envelopes, an FLO with 7 waveforms, a noise generator, a VCA, and a mixer with an external input.
Because it seems no Developer can leave well alone, Arturia added a bunch of stuff: a modulation matrix with up to 8 connections, an arpeggiator, a vocal filter with its own LFO, unison mode, chorus and delay, soft clipping and 32 voices of polyphony. It is sacrilegious to do this to a classic monosynth but we all like more stuff. And this extra stuff is awesome.
The Mini V is on version 3 and has continued to develop and improve. It now comes with 450 specially crafted presets and full automation over every parameter. But it has been around a while, which makes you wonder what other Developers could bring to the party with more recent products.
- Specs: MacOS, Windows
- Format: VST, AAX, AU, NKS and standalone
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