As a tech I’m increasingly frustrated with the chore of trying to restore the (oxidized) key contacts on the MiniMoog to full operation, and unless it is frequently played the issue of “squirelly keys” comes back. I have been installing Opto-key for my customers which removes the key cleaning cycle, AND adds simple note-on/off MIDI.
I was concerned and saddened to hear that Kevin Lightner at Synthfool could not continue the Opto-key project as it addresses the biggest reliability/playability issue with the MiniMoog, and have negotiated with him to transfer ownership here.
Once the on-hand materials such as circuit cards arrive I will commence building the product to Kevin’s spec and make it available for sale.
As I’m also a software developer with experience in embedded systems I plan to enhance and support Opto-key moving forward. I’m really excited by this!
Hello! This is fine – but if my memory serve me right he also made a similar board for the Moog Taurus 1. Is it possible that the design for the Taurus might be reissued as well? Regards from Norway – Eivind Fivelsdal
Unfortunately I did not acquire the rights to the Taurus 1 switchboard and do not know who if anyone did. It would be nice to be able to produce this as it is a great update for the Taurus 1.