Creamware Minimax
Software-based Analog Synthesizer
The Moog Minimoog emulator


With the Minimax, Creamware modeled all important sound elements on the original Minimoog circuit diagrams to conform with the original, so that even the positions of the controls agree. If you still have any of your old Minimoog sound sheets, you can set them up on the Minimax and finally store them as presets.
But calibration and adjustment were only part of the work Creamware did.
he modules used in the Minimax are built on newly-developed algorithms free from aliasing. For this reason Minimax handles wildest modulations, filter FM and oscillator modulations, always sounding like the original except the signal noice.
Three oscillator signals with six selectable waveforms are mixed with noise and an external signal in the mixer section. The legendary 24 dB filter and the amplifier, each with its own envelope generator, follow next in the signal path. As an extension to the original, the Minimax includes an effects section with a Chorus/Flanger and Delay. Of course the effects expand the sonic possibilities, but they can be turned off in order to remain absolutely faithful to the original. The high-precision modeling of the various electronic components is readily apparent in all sections of the synthesizer. The full-range oscillators produce signals with extended highs providing soaring sound with great vitality and energy. Creamware paid careful attention to the saturation behavior of the mixer section, both for internal and external signals. Saturation gives the sound its typical extremely high ability to penetrate.

The Filter
The Minimoog filter is considered one of the best-sounding synthesizer filters ever.
he emulation of this filter in the Minimax is good. Detailed 1:1 modeling shows itself off strongly. The filter has a unique liveliness and produces all the resonance and distortion you could wish for in a filter. Resonance can be fully opened up and sweeps are free of aliasing. Filter FM, with all the sidebands that evolve, is equally possible.


Creamware added in Minumax a few enhancements . Naturally you can save your setups as presets, and of course each parameter can be controlled via MIDI. There are a couple of further extensions of the original features, the most significant one certainly being the effects section, which you can switch off if you want to maintain the sound of the original faithfully. And Minimax can be polyphonic (due to the elaborate algorithms used in the Minimax, its polyphony is limited to 2 voices on a 3-DSP board, to 6 voices on a 6-DSP board and to 15 voices on a 15-DSP board).

Minimax highlights

Exact and complete emulation of the legendary Moog Minimoog

1:1 sonic characteristics through detailed modeling of all sound-producing components

Analog synthesizer with 3 oscillators and a noise generator

Legendary 24 db/octave filter

Filter and amplifier with lightning-fast envelopes

Feedback-capable: second audio output can be routed back into the mixer section

Audio input for an external signal

Switchable effects section with Chorus/Flanger and Stereo Delay

More than 400 sounds, incl. Signature-Soundset by Electro-Star Dr. Walker

Remote control and automation via MIDI controllers

Creamware Italy : Midi Music tel.(++39) 0113185602, e-mail
Creamware Germany
Creamware US
Creamware Benelux
Creamware France
Creamware Spain
Argentina: Sigma Delta
Australia: Major Music Wholesale
Austria: KS music
Czech Republic: B.L.A
Greece: KEM electronics
Hungary: Studiotech Hungary
Japan: Cameo Interactive
Lithuania: Prodigis
Russia: MixArt
Switzerland: Audiotech KST
Ukraine: Real Music
UK: SCV London

advanced technologic sound magazine
2002 issue 107

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