This thing is a little analog powerhouse!
The keys are small which takes some getting used to, but that helps it easily fit into a live rig. They have a good solid feel when pressed.
The waveshapers on the VCOs are a very nice touch; you can smoothly grade between the selected shape and the next closest shape allowing for a unique waveform or some interesting tweaking.
The movements of all the parameters, including the waveshapers, can be recorded into the onboard sequencer.
The knobs have a lot of resistance allowing for very careful, specific tweaking.
It lacks any CV ins/outs but syncs nicely with clocks and MIDI.
Where it really shines is with its wealth of different voice modes. This synth can be used for deep subby basses, beautiful etheric pads, pumping chords, and cutting leads. It fills every role that you'd need an analog synth to fill with fantastic sound quality and signal output.
It's intuitive to use and has a bit more than meets the eye. The tiny screen is quite useful. There is some more depth to some of the parameters and this information will be shown onscreen, including the chord shapes and inversions while in chord mode, the waveshape itself as you play it, and the values of the parameters on a 0 to 1024 scale or a beat division when the parameter is tempo-synced. There is minimal menu-surfing necessary but available for those who want to really shape their sound and explore the real depth of each parameter.
It's a bit lacking in the effects department; it only has a delay, but considering the size and price, it's cool that it even has that. The Minilogue isn't meant to replace your main synth, although it can totally steal the spotlight. Complimented with some of your own off-board effects, it's an indispensable second synth for any live or studio setup.
A solid build and fairly lightweight. It has a global tuning feature in Hz values, and it self-tunes when powered on mitigating detuning problems caused by age and temperature. This has quickly become one of my favorite toys.