Famous users include Mike Rutherford
of Genesis who replaced his old Dewtron bass pedals with the Taurus.
He would use the Taurus whilst playing 12-string guitar and the
sound is evident on many of the post-Gabriel Genesis albums, especially
the live album 'Seconds Out'. Fellow band member, Steve Hackett,
also used them (and apparently Tony Banks, the band's keyboard player).
Other users include Rush, the Police, Marillion and many others.
But despite the synth's minimal functionality,
the sound of the Taurus is legendary... thick and fat with pulsating
detuned oscillators and, of course, that famous Moog sound. The
actual Taurus preset is a classic - it has a moderately bright attack
which decays to a deep, powerful and solid sustain.... it is just
about the perfect bass sound for adding weight to a track.
Moog tried to breathe life into the
concept in the early '80s and the Taurus was updated with a Mark
II version which separated the control section from the pedal section
on a kind of 'pedestal' that made on-stage programming (marginally)
more viable. The pedal board itself was also extended from the Mark
1's single octave to an octave and a half. Sadly, the Taurus II
pretty much disappeared without trace in a world that was now beginning
to savour the delights of FM synthesis, MIDI, etc., and because
many felt that the Mark II had lost the sonic depth and character
of the original (hardly surprising - it was essentially the budget
Moog Rogue!). It was doomed to failure and the Taurus legend was
lost forever, never to be revived.