Free Minimoog Clone For Reaktor

Minimojo is a free Minimoog clone for Reaktor, available for all registered product owners in the NI Reaktor User Library.

Here’s what the developer has to say about Minimojo:

People have tried to imitate analog synthesizers for decades e.g. by sample a single wav cycle but failed badly. Not only should waveforms be non perfect from a mathematical point of view they should also vary over time, just like a violin.

However it’s not the detuning and the drift, which is mainly a nuance and could easily be emulated by detuning the oscillators on purpose, but instead, it’s the microscopic variation in all parts of the circuitry that makes all aspect of the sound to continuously varying over time. These variations are very flattering to the brain as humans are very good at pattern recognition.

Hearing a static sound becomes dull quite quickly but subtle or even subliminal changes becomes interesting and pleasing to listen to.

E.g the oscillators might vary in frequency and amplitude at high frequency adding more of a noise character but also variations at frequencies above and below the played note. Same with the frequency of the filter and the amplitude response of the amplifier; all functions varying at all frequencies.

Analog Legacy is the theory of modulating all functions in a synthesizer at all frequencies. The key is to find the right balance of the modulation depth for each frequency. Minimojo is the first attempt to use this theory in practice.

If you give Minimojo a try, let us know what you think of it!

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11 thoughts on “Free Minimoog Clone For Reaktor

  1. Reaktor is a better purchase than most other soft synths. Access to the user library alone is worth the price. NI has good sales from time to time, keep an eye out.

  2. I can’t compare it to Monark. But I did run it through Reaktor’s oscilloscope and compared Minimojo’s simple sawtooth and square waveforms to other sources. There’s a lot of per-cycle variability in Minimojo. Quite a bit actually. I then went to Arturia ProphetV and loaded up single osc sawtooth and square waves and played them through the oscilloscope and they are rock steady, no motion at all. I did the same with the Bass Station 2 (DCOs) and there’s very little per-cycle variance. I compared it to my MS-20 mini (VCOs) and there’s a lot of per-cycle variability, just like in Minimojo. I don’t know if it’s true to the original Mini Moog, but at least this captures that aspect of VCO/VCA/VCF imperfection.

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