The Minimoog Model D is back — and better than ever.

For the first time since 1981, Moog Music has officially resumed production of the Minimoog Model D. How cou
ld Moog improve on this coveted classic? A meticulous re-creation, the Minimoog Model D sports three punchy oscillators that deliver the grunt you need for searing leads and bass that blows holes in walls. And naturally, the legendary Moog ladder filter is onboard. But Moog brought everything up to modern spec, with rock-solid tuning stability, velocity and aftertouch, a dedicated LFO, CV output, MIDI, custom transistors, an updated power supply, and more. The premium Fatar keybed and pots are silky smooth. Fire up the beast and let rip. Twist the filter cutoff. You’ll be blown away by the Minimoog Model D.

Moog Minimoog Model D at a Glance

  • Own your slice of music history
  • Hit records, scoring, and sound design
  • The Minimoog legend lives
  • A model of simplicity
  • CV routing options and MIDI
  • New modulation options
Sweetwater’s resident synth geek, Daniel Fisher, takes you on an exhaustive sonic run through of every parameter of Moog’s Minimoog Model D Synthesizer. Those of you deeply interested in hearing its raw sounds (without any talking) can start at 3:05 for over 21 minutes of pure sonic demonstration.

Own your slice of music history

1971. Walt Disney World opens. Alan Shepard plays golf on the moon. Intel introduces the first commercial microprocessor. And in Trumansburg, New York, Dr. Robert A. Moog is soldering together the future of music, one circuit at a time. The Minimoog Model D marked the point when synthesis broke away from academia. Previously, universities were pretty much the only entities with the budget (and the space) for the massive modular synthesizers that came before. The genius of the Minimoog was that it distilled the essence of those behemoths into a portable monosynth optimized for live performance.

Hit records, scoring, and sound design

From Yes and Kraftwerk to Chick Corea and Jan Hammer, the Minimoog was de rigueur for progressive rock and jazz heavies blasting their way into a brave new world of electronica. Over the course of the 1970s and ’80s, the Minimoog was heard cross-genre on legendary recordings by Herbie Hancock, Steve Winwood, Bob Marley, Toto, Rush, Gary Numan, Michael Jackson (remember that killer “Thriller” bass line?), and countless others. The Moog sound remains a vital ingredient of TV, game, and motion picture scores and sound design, and a staple of all well-stocked virtual instrument libraries. But why play software when you could break out of the box and rock the real thing? Used Minis in good operating condition command a pretty penny — if you could find one. The Minimoog Model D is your opportunity to own the genuine article at a lower cost, complete with state-of-the-art upgrades. And a warranty. It’s a no-brainer.

The Minimoog legend lives

According to Bill Hemsath, a Moog engineer who worked on the original Minimoog designs, the Mini’s famously fat, punchy sound is mainly attributable to its discrete circuitry and the filter being overdriven by somewhere in the vicinity of 12dB. But analog synthesis is not always about blistering leads, blippy sounds, and weapons-grade bottom end. Granted, the Minimoog wrote the book on these things, but it’s also capable of eerily accurate simulations of acoustic instruments such as woodwinds, brass, and strings. From aggressive to serene, the Mini deploys a universe of sonic bliss. It’s been the iconic go-to monosynth for 45 years and counting, and the Minimoog Model D keeps the legend very much alive.

A model of simplicity

The Minimoog Model D is a self-contained monophonic analog synthesizer, and the direct descendant of the Moog modular synthesizers that preceded it. If you want to learn analog synthesis, what better place to start? The control panel is a model of simplicity, with the Mini’s three oscillators, noise generator, dedicated LFO, audio Mixer, Filter, and envelope generators logically grouped together by type: Controllers, Oscillator Bank, Mixer, Modifiers, and Output. The Mini’s normalled signal flow means you don’t have to mess with patch cables just to get sound out of it. You direct the signal path with easy-to-understand color coded rocker switches. But when you’re ready to throw some patches, the enhanced top panel accommodates.

CV routing options and MIDI

In the mood for a bit of modular madness? While not a modular synth, the Minimoog Model D enhances your sound-sculpting capabilities with new CV routing options on its top panel. In addition to the Control Voltage inputs for Loudness (amp envelope), Filter (cutoff), and Oscillator (tuning) offered by vintage Minis, the Model D adds an input for Modulation Source and also gives you CV outputs for After Pressure (aftertouch), Pitch, V-Trig, and Velocity. This means you could throw a patch and have, for instance, aftertouch control over your filter cutoff. Or velocity control over your amp envelope. In addition, Moog has added 5-pin DIN MIDI in, out, and thru jacks to provide basic MIDI connectivity. The Model D can receive MIDI Note, Velocity, and Pitch Bend information, as well as SysEx commands. It can send MIDI Note, Velocity, and Pitch Bend information, as well as Aftertouch.

New modulation options

While remaining faithful to the original design, the Minimoog Model D gives you modulation possibilities the original didn’t offer. Moog has added a dedicated LFO right above the pitch bend wheel on the left cheek. As with the original, you still have the option to commandeer the third oscillator for modulation duties, in which case you’d have two LFOs for crafting swirlicious evolving textures — and two oscillators for sound generation. The Mini’s three voltage-controlled oscillators are capable of devastating sonic power, and experienced Sweetwater synthesists know that the Mini sounds amazingly gutsy with just one oscillator, so with two you’re still ahead of the game. The Minimoog Model D is irresistible: the most iconic synth ever, brought up to modern spec. What’s not to love?

Moog Minimoog Model D Features:

  • A faithful re-creation of the most iconic synth in history
  • Mil-spec build quality with:
    • Original discrete circuitry, but more robust
    • All the purity of the original circuit path
    • Oscillators designed after the Moog modular 921 modules
    • Custom transistors
    • Updated power supply
    • Modern, premium 44-note Fatar TP-9 keybed with velocity and aftertouch
  • MIDI in, out, and thru 5-pin DIN jacks:
    • Receives MIDI Note, Velocity, Pitch Bend, and SysEx commands
    • Sends MIDI Note, Velocity, Pitch Bend, and Aftertouch
  • Control Voltage inputs and outputs:
    • In: Loudness, Filter, Oscillator, and Modulation Source
    • Out: After Pressure, Pitch, V-Trig, and Velocity
  • Dedicated analog triangle/squarewave LFO
  • Original thermoset pitch and mod wheels

via Sweetwater