The Beauty of Firsts
There's something evocative and mysterious about firsts. Normal people will immediately recall their first pet, first crush or their first kiss. That's not us. For us, that warm ethereal feeling comes from our first synth, the Minimoog. There's something timeless about a Minimoog. Part of it is its place in history, being the first affordable and accessible analog synthesizer. Part of it is a sonic fingerprint that resonates through over 40 years of live and recorded music. Regardless of the criteria we can only summarize by saying this instrument has made a permanent impression on us, and we're not alone.
A Prolific Past
The Minimoog was made available to the public in 1971 and continued to be produced with very little change over the next 10 years. Considered the most popular synth ever by some there's no doubt the instrument has led a prolific life, leaving a massive wake in its path - changing perceptions and influencing synthesizer design to this day. The Minimoog has a near-perfect balance of simplicity and sonic beauty. Even without a synthesizer background you can approach it and within a very short time understand and control it. This factor surely contributed to its success and makes it a superb tool for teaching the basics of subtractive synthesis.
There's No Quitting You
As firsts often do, the Minimoog taught us a great deal. It cultured in us a sensitivity to intuitive design and the importance of great sound regardless of form.
In fact we've been speaking about it from a project perspective since we began. We knew that if we were going to do it, it would not only have to sound great but it would need to elicit that same balance of immediate simplicity and sonic reward - a deceptively complex task. As time progressed our vision crystallized; the design was ambitious but it was clear to all of us that this was a project we had to do.
One of our specialties is making hybrid instruments. With a hybrid instrument we get the best of both worlds. High fidelity sample-based waveforms, produced by real circuits in real machines, give the instrument a pure sound from the start. Then accurately modeled filters and effects are used on the backend to shape and control the sound, spending precious CPU cycles only where they're needed. For this approach to work you need to build an amazing library of sounds and marry them to a truly advanced DSP engine. This is exactly what we've done for UltraMini thanks to hundreds of man-hours of tedious multisampling and the award-winning UVI Engine.
Two Analog Souls
We started with a beautiful 1971 Minimoog, sampling every waveform of every oscillator across every key - and we did this for multiple overdrive settings.
UltraMini seeps with a thick and immediate analog sound produced with the same 3-oscillator configuration as the Minimoog. But we didn't stop there. In 2002 the Minimoog had a second coming in the form of the Voyager. This synth has its own wild character and we figured, what better way to make a Mini ultra than to give you two of them. Taking a 2011 Limited Edition Voyager XL, we performed the same comprehensive session creating an identical sample footprint.
The latest UVI sample player is included in this virtual instrument!
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