Moog Music has officially resumed production of the Minimoog Model D for the first time since 1981. First released in the early 1970s, the Minimoog gained widespread acclaim for combining the sound of Moog’s large-format modular synthesizers with the accessibility of pre-wired modules. Over the last 40 years, artists including Trent Reznor, Gary Numan, Dr. Dre, Keith Emerson and Herbie Hancock have used the Minimoog D.
Each newly built Minimoog Model D is handcrafted by the employee-owners at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC. This 3-oscillator, monophonic, analog synthesizer is housed in a locally-sourced Appalachian hard-wood enclosure and hand-finished aluminium chassis. The circuit boards retain the exact component placement and through-hole design of a 1970s era Minimoog Model D.
Though no changes have been made to the original sound engine or audio signal path, the Minimoog Model D now includes a series of functional modifications that expand sonic capabilities. These modifications include a premium Fatar keybed with velocity and after pressure available via top panel CV jacks, a dedicated analog LFO with triangle and square waveshapes, CV outputs for pitch, gate, velocity and after pressure, basic MIDI integration, and a mixer overload modification, which when engaged, allows the Minimoog Model D to conjure thicker and far more overdriven sounds than before.
Due to the complexity of the build process coupled with the demand for other Moog instruments, only a small number of Minimoog Model D units will be produced each month.
Expected arrival in the UK: September. RRP £3,599.