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1975 Minimoog Vs iPad Minimoog App!

YouTuber Johan Segeborn did an excellent comparison between the iMini app and a 1975 Minimoog! While that comparison is impressive, I was more interested in the opportunity to compare how "Moog" sounds with a Swedish accent.

Video Description:

Original Moog Minimoog Vs Arturia iMini. Audio interface Apogee Duet, recorded to Cubasis iPad.

Reader Comments 3

Wow that was a little hard to get through (started to grate on my tired ears a little) but it was interesting non-the-less and good of this Swedish dude to spend the time doing it! I have to admit I always wondered how similar they might be (at the same time as not caring for any puritan reasons because I really like iMini regardless)! The biggest difference (to me) seemed to be the non linear characteristics (oscillator drift creating varying glide/thickness and chorus effects from detune etc) but you'd think it would be really hard to compare such an old synth with all its eccentricities and randomness regardless (you'd expect similarly old units to sound different even) but it still shows that iMini is seriously cool also!

I have to say I love Arturia they produce some awesome products (in both the hardware and software domain) and I'm a huge fan of iMini, iSEM, iProphet and iSpark on iOS which sound ridiculously good and are full of character and attitude! iSpark was the first drum machine on iOS that I could take seriously (being a drum machine fanatic and owning a pile of them) they did a great job and it's very under rated in my opinion, there's too much PD patch drum machines on iOS for my liking, but they sound awesome also, it's just that iSpark is pretty dam sophisticated in comparison which is what did it for me. Anyway it's exciting to wonder what else they might bring to iOS in future! Thanks for the demo!
January 19, 2017  | person_outline ConfusedKitten
Even though they weren't always entirely similar, I think in terms of tone, they were similar enough. There are a few things that were just different because of some glide activations that were differently played.

One area of importance is the way a hardware synth like that can rapidly slam a filter shut or open a filter. That snappy filter "pop" is a useful tone for some things. For some reason, all the digital synths on iOS can't really do that. It just becomes kind of a zippered sound. I've only found a couple on Mac OS that can get pretty close. For example I just tried Dune 2 by Synapse Audio. The modulation refresh rate can be set to audio frequency.

Another feature to consider is how well they implement remote MIDI realtime control. Can they respond to 14-bit control streams? And do they do CC smoothing? (That's when the synth interpolates and makes a smooth transition between CC values).
January 20, 2017  | favorite_border stub
Some really good points there stub! It's crazy how old the standard MIDI protocol is and low resolution it is (like CD's) in an ever increasingly high definition/precision world, the interpolation concept and 14 bit MIDI are really clever and are amazing advances - really interesting stuff!
January 20, 2017  | person_outline ConfusedKitten
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