This video captures a Moog bass shoutout: Animoog vs Moog Little Phatty vs Arturia Minimoog V.
And $1 vs. $1300 vs. $200.
The settings are close, but the results have lots of tiny and not so tiny differences. While the analog and virtual analog synths don’t all sound the same – they do all sound pretty wicked – and very ‘Moog’.
To my ears, the Moog Little Phatty sounds the best, followed by Animoog and Arturia Minimoog V.
What do you think? Patch differences? Different synth architectures? Virtual analog vs real analog?
Technical details below.
Animoog Taurus bass impression, compared with “Taurus” presets from the Moog Little Phatty, and Arturia Minimoog V. $1 vs. $1300 vs. $200.
First thing I worked on with the Moog Animoog iPad app, was programming a passable Taurus-type bass sound(two saws, octave apart, detuned slightly). There is mojo coming from both the Little Phatty and Arturia Minimoog that I couldn’t capture, but I feel like this’ll do a pretty good job in a pinch.
To program the sound, this is what I found:
1. Build off of a static saw Timbre. “StaticFatSaw1” is good. Putting a “Sine” wave, or “OctaveSaw” in the Timbre slot next to it gives some good variation moving around on the X/Y pad.
2. The key for me to getting the vibe in the right ballpark was forcing the synth to output a mono audio signal, and using the “Detune” control to separate the saw into two separate octaves. This can be accomplished in two ways I’ve found:
-(preferable) “Unison” set to “4”, “Detune” set to approximately “8”, and ONLY use the Left audio output from the iPad(I used the “tip” side only of a stereo 1/8″ TRS to dual mono 1/4″ TS cable, coming out of the headphone jack)
– “Unison” set to “2”, and “Detune” very slightly under “10”. This’ll sound alright coming out of the iPad speaker, but is less flexible, and would be difficult to perform with.
3. all Orbit, Path, Delay settings to “0”
4. approx. fiter settings: Drive “10”, Env. “0”, Freq “5.3”, Res. “1”
– maxing out the filter “Drive” seemed to be a key to getting the right amount of “spit” in the sound with the filter wide open.
5. approx. Thick settings: Crush “0”, Drive “2.5”
6. I zeroed out all Mods, except for one, that makes the poly-pressure open up the filter freq:
– Source off, amount “0”
– Control poly-pressure, amount “+33”
– Destination: filter-freq
7. Setting the KB scale to “Chromatic” with “Mono” and “Legato” makes the on screen keyboard act as I would expect. “Cor” at “10”, “Glide” around 45%.
All three Synths recorded straight into Steinberg MR816csx. Levels adjusted slightly, no additional post processing.