If you love that original Minimoog sound, but you’ve run out of space in your flat and money for used bank accounts and don’t like the notion of maintaining pots and oscillators and lifting heavy vintage gear, the Arturia minimoog-V remains a lovely, economical, liftable alternative. It’s the one software plug-in to receive the endorsement of the Moog Music company. (Bob Moog himself got involved when the software was developed.)

And for one day, it’s completely free. You’ll want to grab it right away – that day, today June 21, ends when it does as the clock strikes midnight in Grenoble, France. That’s CEST (summer time!), summer offset CUT/GMT +2, or:
5:59 PM New York City (former home of CDM!)
3:59 PM Calgary, Canada (home of MeeBlip!)
2:59 PM San Francisco (West Coast outpost of CDM!)
5:59 AM Friday in Shanghai (International dateline FTW!)

Via Facebook: Arturia’s site is up and down as demand surges for this, but the deal itself is available on Facebook. You’ll need a Facebook login, and you do have to provide your email address. (It doesn’t appear, however, that you’re added to a mailing list; the email address is used to send you a code, which should arrive in 48 hours.)

Just hit “Like” on the Arturia page:
https://www.facebook.com/arturia2

I expect this will make Arturia just about the most-liked software page on Facebook. I hope they use their powers for awesome.

If you don’t want to use Facebook: Go easy, as their server is already straining as I write this (before the Americas even wake up), but Matt sends us this alternative link:
http://www.arturia.com/evolution/en/products/minimoogv/minimoogv-original.html

– which you can use if you don’t want to use a Facebook login or share data with an app.

For file downloads, Arturia is using torrent links. (Wisely. Unfortunately, their server appears to be unable to handle the load of people just requesting activation codes, which are separate from the torrent links.)

You can download the file later – you only have to request the activation code today; the download you can grab whenever you like. But if you’re in a hurry, those official torrent links are duplicated on the blog of one Aaron Isles:
Arturia Released The MiniMoog V Classic Synth!! FREE TODAY ONLY June 21st 2012! Torrent Links here. (thanks to those who sent it in, and apologies for my own confusion)

Here’s the story behind the deal: Arturia is at the end of their agreement with Moog Music for licensing the name. (Idle speculation: with Moog Music getting into iOS software, and Arturia making a hardware synth keyboard, it should be no surprise that deal didn’t get renewed.)

Today is also, nicely, World Music Day. (We could do something to celebrate, but … that’s sort of every day on this site.)

The software will be renamed, more generically, Modular V and Mini-V. The Original version still gives you 1,000 presets, the latest version of the software, 32-voice polyphony, and Moo– uh, synth modeling.

Hope you’re able to grab the download. Enjoy! And happy World Music Day! I’m going to use that as an excuse to get out and hear some live music, switching off the Blog Command Station early evening.

  • Vytis Puronas

    Done. Now waiting… ;P

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Yeah, I definitely didn’t get a code right away. Waiting, too. ;)

    • R E

      Done via Facebook but everything was in French, which I don’t speak, including something about sweepstake, that every time I tried to decline it I got kicked out. Anyone know what it is I’ve signed up to?

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Basically, the app does only two things:

      1. It prompts you to “Like” their Facebook page. (Well, we do all indeed seem to Like it.)

      2. It passes your email to Arturia.

      There are some unpleasant apps out there, but this one is pretty benign.

  • man with feathers

    hmm, great to give things away for free, but pretty rubbish that you need to be part of facebook.

    • gwenhwyfaer

       You don’t. I picked it up last night from the Arturia website. The critical bit is the activation code; I suspect the download can be picked up at any point after that (and it’d be nice if people did that and took the strain off the servers, so everyone could get their activation codes…)

    • Arvid Tomayko-Peters

      There are some alternate (legal) torrents posted here: http://www.aaronisles.com/free-today-only-arturia-released-the-minimoog-v-classic-synth-torrent-links-here/
      direct link: http://www.aaronisles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/MiniMoogV_Torrents.zip

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      I’m sorry, but according to Arturia’s terms regarding the downloads as I read them, the torrent links are not legal. (Too bad – a torrent would be a great way for them to distribute the download.)

      Because we’re potentially liable for links we publish, we can’t allow those links to stay.

    • Arvid Tomayko-Peters

      sure thing. i figured it was OK because i found it on their facebook page :)

    • gwenhwyfaer

       Presumably you’re not counting the torrent link they posted themselves?

    • gwenhwyfaer

       Actually – the email they sent me with my activation code also contained the torrent link for download. They’d have to be astonishingly inept to inform me, in person, of a method of obtaining the product that invalidated its licence in the same letter that contained said licence…

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Odds are, downloads are not what are straining their site — typically, it’s requests on the server that are, like people hitting reload. Big files are actually pretty easy to serve – unless they’re burning up a bandwidth allotment, etc., but that doesn’t appear to me to be the case.

      Their server is likely not configured for the amount of traffic they’re getting. So, in this case, torrenting or not is going to make no difference.

    • man with feathers

      ah great, my apologies.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Heh, okay, I’m reposting the torrent links in the body of the story. :)

      Especially after this seems to have knocked over CDM’s server.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Yeah, so the thing is — them going go torrent will save them on bandwidth, and it’ll save them on *some* requests. It’ll also avoid people getting annoyed at slow throughput. It probably won’t help their server issues, which has to do with a bunch of people requesting pages at the same time and nothing to do with files.

    • gwenhwyfaer

       I don’t know – downloading a 65MB file is going to keep one connection tied up for quite a long time (the transfer rate I was getting last night was 1Mbps-ish, so for ten minutes), which seems likely to impose *some* limits on the ability to make new, very short connections. It seems more likely than their CPUs melting under the pressure of a naive CAPTCHA and a web-to-email script.

    • Chad

       Yeah I was pretty excited until I found this out too… Facebook marketing makes me want to vomit. 

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      You can also go directly via their site, if their server isn’t too slammed.

    • Chad

       Hey Peter,

      Thanks.  Yeah I’m hoping I can get it later once it cools down a bit.  I don’t mean to be an grumpy curmudgeon.

      But I can’t “Like” something without trying it first.  Even if I did have a FB account…  So many other producers and companies have been giving content bait for their FB marketing, it just gets annoying.  I realize I’m the minority though. 

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      I want to add, too:

      1. If you don’t use Facebook, or don’t want to login, then Arturia’s website is definitely the way to go. *BUT*:

      2. Crucially, the app that they are using on Facebook is only gathering the email address. That means so long as you *are* a Facebook user, it’s a perfectly acceptable way to go. (Don’t get me wrong – I’m no fan of intrusive Facebook apps. But having worked with a little bit of Facebook development, this kind of thing where the only permission is the email is pretty acceptable. It’s not posting to your wall and doing nonsense like that.)

      I went the Facebook route myself, and it really wasn’t a hassle.

  • timmb

    Isn’t France in summertime at the moment? (GMT+2)

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Ha! Oops. And, yes, Germany is also in summertime. Doesn’t really get to be more the summer than *on the day of the solstice*. ;)

  • ocp

    It crashes Ableton Live 7.0.18…

    • burdge

       Yeah my Ableton unexpectedly quits when I open it every time now.  Any word on how to fix this?

  • BassTooth

    I think their server explode. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505442451 Joshua Mccabe Galarneau

    for those of you who went through facebook, how long did it take? I literally liked it an gave my info at 12:30 last night ad still nothing however people who have done it after me got it within a few hours. Does anyone know why this may be?

    Also tried the arturia site last night but was too flooded.

  • Tim Robert

    Still waiting for the email.  Up to 24 hours waiting now.  Hopefully in the next 24 hours sometime…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ghmetcalfe Graham Metcalfe

    Just curious. I set up via Facebook and still have not received my reg code. Anyone else?

  • Vytis Puronas

    After more than 24 hours I finally received my activation code and download links. Those who are still waiting – don’t give up, it will come sooner or later. Hopefully sooner. Off to check it out!