Don’t Forget The Ball of Thread: Sampling the Moog Minitaur.

December 26, 2013

Moog Minitaur Ableton Live Sample SetThe 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.

Take a listen to the sample clips that exploit this great combination of sounds on our Soundcloud page:

Download the Ableton Live Pack here. or Raw WAV files here.

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