One of the greatest analog synths of all time is coming back to stores.
Moog has resumed full production on the classic Minimoog Model D synth, over 30 years after it was discontinued.
The iconic analog original was manufactured between 1979 and 1981 and found fans in artists such as Gary Numan and Herbie Hancock, but was discontinued when cheaper digital synths started to grow in popularity.
The Model D reissue had a pilot production run at this year’s Moogfest where attendees got the first chance to purchase one of the new versions, which add MIDI connections not found on the original.
Additional improvements include a new keyboard with velocity and aftertouch available via new CV jacks, an analog LFO with triangle and square wave shapes and CV outputs for pitch, gate and velocity. There’s also a mixer overload modification that enables the synth to create “thicker and more overdriven sounds.”
According to Moog, the new model uses the same component placement and through-hole design or the original analog circuit boards to ensure the sound is as close as possible to the original. The company also says that no changes have been made to the original sound engine or audio signal path.
Moog’s new Minimoog Model D synth doesn’t come cheap: you’ll need $3,749 to get your hands on one, if there are any available. Moog says that due to the handcrafted nature of the synths only a small number of units are manufactured and shipped to retailers per month.
To coincide with the news, Moog has released the second part of its documentary series A Brief History of the Minimoog. Watch both parts below.
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