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Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) by GForce Software
Minimonsta : Melohman
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Minimonsta

Minimonsta is an award winning, highly detailed and accurate emulation of the original instrument with heaps of attitude.

We think of it as a mini emulation on steroids because, until the Minimonsta, numerous clones simply attempted to copy the original instrument and then add one or two features such as polyphony and another LFO, the Minimonsta takes a radically different look at this vintage masterpiece and operates on two levels.

It comes with over 6000 factory patches (including many from Rick Wakeman). All original features including 3 oscillators and the famous 4-pole, 24dB/octave filter. Additional LFO & ADSR for modulation of almost every parameter making it the most programmable one.

The original minimoog was manufactured between 1971 and 1982 and was an instant classic thanks to its musician friendly logical layout, tactile front panel, warm oscillators and powerful 24db lowpass filter. in its time 13,000 were sold but if you want one now be prepared to pay handsomely.

MINI
Firstly, on the Mini level you have all the features and sounds of the Model D including accurate waveforms, a painstakingly accurate resonant filter, snappy ADS envelope generators and the wonderful Mini loop-feedback function. Using just these parameters, the Minimonsta has a huge tonal range from fat to fierce and from searing to sharp sizzles.

However, there is also another dark side to the beast, and it's here where you can unleash a full-on Monsta.

MONSTA
In short, think of the Minimonsta as a modular Mini but without all the clutter of patch cords.

Instead of being shackled to a single LFO as per the original instrument, it's possible to assign an LFO to almost any original Mini parameter including filter cutoff, resonance, individual oscillator volumes, even each envelope parameter. What's more, each LFO has several waveforms, sync, and delay options from which to choose.

Additionally, for every parameter to which you can apply an LFO, it's also possible to apply an extra ADSR.

Finally, there's also the ability to assign MIDI modulation to any original Mini parameter and create effects such as dynamic glide times or velocity response to filter (both positive and negative). Put simply, the scope for sound design and sonic creativity is limitless.

MELOHMAN
And if the above isn't enough, you can also dynamically morph between twelve patches within a Meta-Patch thanks to the unique Melohman octave. This takes a static software instrument and adds serious performance and dynamic real-time control possibilities – a boon to those real players out there who want to add life into their performances while remaining in constant contact with the keyboard.

With the extra LFOs, ADSRs, hugely versatile dynamic MIDI control and the Melohman octave you'll soon realize while there are many Mini clones out there, there is only one true Monsta.

Features:

  • Expertly crafted analog modelling of the legendary 'Model D'.
  • Fully programmable with over 6000 factory patches (including many from Rick

    Wakeman).

  • All original features including 3 VCOs and 4-pole 24dB/octave VCF.
  • Additional LFO & ADSR for matrix modulation of almost every parameter.
  • Monophonic, polyphonic, legato and unison trigger modes.
  • Real-time morphing between up to twelve patches via keyboard control.
  • External input allows filter to be used as plug-in effect.
  • Full automation support with MIDI learn with storable Continuous Controller maps.
  • Delay effect.

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User Reviews Average user rating of 4.50 from 2 reviewsAdd A Review

Minimonsta
Reviewed By Ojuzu
January 27, 2006

I just purchased the Minimonsta about two months ago and after using it in a number of songs, I'm wishing I hadn't waited that long!

The first thing to note is that this synth is so much more than just a Minimoog emulation. Sure, you can ignore the added features and use it as a "pure" emulation of a classic synth if you'd like. But you would be missing out on some really innovative and amazing stuff if you did.

For serious sound manipulation, you can assign an LFO and Envelope to nearly every parameter on the synth. And with the Melohman functionality (each patch is comprised of 12 patches and you can morph between them in real-time using a specific octave of your keyboard controller) you've got some serious sound manipulation options.

This ability to manipulate sound does come at a price, though. I've had a patch or two use up to 30 percent of my CPU while running in Cubase SX 3 and my machine is an AMD Athlon 64 4000+! To be fair, there are only a handful of patches that tax the processor this heavily and most CPU issues can be tamed by bringing down the polyphony or you can always freeze the track, of course. In any event, the sound quality is so amazing that it's not a surprise to see such high CPU usage when using the polyphonic patches and playing a number of voices. As you would imagine, monophonic patches are much more manageable.

This is now my "go to" synth and I use it as much (if not more) than the Virus and Reaktor. I would say that puts it in pretty good company.

To sum it up, anyone who composes electronic music (of any genre) should own the Minimonsta. Even if you own the original Minimoog you won't get this level of control and sound manipulation. This is easily the best synth purchase I've made since the Virus.Read Review

Minimonsta
Reviewed By kuniklo
April 23, 2005

Another home run for the GForce team. Straying even further away from a straight emulation than they did on their previous synths, Minimonsta combines a first-class Minimoog emulation with the wild & crazy Melohman performance features. This means that it's not only one of the best analog synth emulations available, but also one of the most fluid and flexible for live playing.

The huge preset library covers all the standard Minimoog bass & lead sounds but also takes advantage of the Minimonsta's polyphony and open-ended modulation routings to do some very convincing pad and effect sounds that would be completely impossible on a real Minimoog. Each of the supplied meta-patches covers a nice range of variations on the main sound without going to the wild extremes of Symptohm, which makes most of them suitable for improvisation right out of the box.

My only two minor complaints are that the UI is a little hard to read, with small labels and controls that don't indicate their position very clearly. And, unlike previous GForce synths, this thing can be very cpu hungry with certain settings, especially in unison mode. Reducing the polyphony helps this quite a bit.

Overall this is one of the very best sounding and most playable software instruments available. It's a steal for the current price. If you're in the market for a Minimoog emulation, you'd be nuts not to get this. If you're just looking for a great analog sounding instrument that's a blast to really *play* then you need this too.Read Review

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