Minimoog Model D, The World’s First Portable Synthesizer, Gets a Reboot


After teasing synth geeks a few weeks ago at Moogfest, legendary synthesizer manufacturer Moog Music announced today the return of its Minimoog Model D after a hiatus of more than 30 years. The Minimoog is monophonic — only one note can be played at a time — and its three-oscillator design produced its famous fat sound. Over the years the instrument played an integral part in shaping the sounds of classic music created by Kraftwerk, Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic, Gary Numan, Bob Marley, Keith Emerson, Michael Jackson and Dr. Dre. In keeping with Moog’s bespoke tradition, only a handful of units — housed in a hand-finished aluminum chassis and locally-sourced Appalachian hardwood enclosure — will be manufactured at its factory in Asheville, NC. While the original design created in the ’70s remains in tact, the Minimoog Model D includes updates including “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.” Full specs can be found here.

Darren Ressler

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