"The Moog Minitaur seems about as simple as a synth
can be. A couple oscillators, some modulators, a
classic filter. Done, right? Not really. This
recreation of the classic Taurus bass synth has been
updated for the modern synth geek, with several
parameters under the hood that can be tweaked with
MIDI, creating a maze of possibilities true to its
namesake’s legend. KC Harvey Taylor dove into this
puzzle, and he sailed out flying the white flag,
collecting some of the Minitaur’s sound in a Live
set with some nice samples and effects.
KC gravitated towards a nice Radioactivity-era
Kraftwerk bass sound – a very classic, full bass
sound with a nice analog bite on the attack. It’s a
versatile, retro sound that has the presence to fill
up a mix and give a foundation to your melody. He
decorated that with some nice melodic leads,
enhanced with some nice Ableton delay and reverb
effects. But that’s the easy part.
He then got extra-creative and made a complete drum
set from this thing that’s supposed to just sit down
and be fat. That’s the beauty of combining analog
and digital: you simply couldn’t use a Minitaur as a
drum kit, but with some creative tweaks, you can get
drum sounds out of it. The power of sampling prints
it all to a format you can play with, and start
exploring some new sounds from the unexpected.
All the clips are MIDI clips, so this set is ripe
for the pillaging. If all you want is a nice bass,
it’s there, but there’s everything else that can
inspire a new track or give your existing project
the extra sound it needs."
The sample pack is available to download in Wav and
Ableton Live formats.