Moog Minimoog Model D Synthesizer
Return of the King! Moog have resumed production of the MiniMoog Model D using original techniques and custom reissued components.
- Reissue of the classic Model D
- Premium quality Fatar keyboard with velocity and after pressue
- Built to the original design using military spec resistors and custom-reissued capacitors
- Dedicated LFO with square and triangle waveforms
- CV outputs for pitch, gate, velocity and after pressure
- Basic MIDI implementation
- Mixer overload function for thicker sounds
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Introduced in 1970, the Minimoog Model D was the first portable synthesizer and served as the archetype for all electronic keyboards that followed. Conceived as a response to the large-scale modular synthesizers of the 1960's, the Minimoog's portability, accessibility, and expressiveness made it the go-to instrument for musicians looking to expand beyond the traditional sounds of the time.
Throughout history, the Minimoog Model D has been used by the most forward thinking artists to design the sound of the future. Bernie Worrell used the Minimoog to establish Parliament Funkadelic's futuristic funk sound. Kraftwerk employed the Minimoog on the pioneering concept album Autobahn, sparking an entirely new genre. Gary Numan replaced his live band's guitars with Minimoog's, creating the prototype for industrial music. The classic sound of the Minimoog Model D can be heard on Bob Marley's Catch A Fire, Michael Jackson's Thriller, Dr. Dre's The Chronic and many other.
Each Minimoog Model D is lovingly handcrafted at Moog's employee-owned factory in Asheville, NC. This legendary 3-oscillator monophonic instrument is securely housed in a hand-finished aluminium chassis and locally-sourced Appalachian hard-wood enclosure. To realise the unmistakable sound of the world's first performance synthesizer, they have preserved the component placement and through-hole design of the original analogue circuit boards, employing military-spec precision resistors and custom-reissued transistors to complete the circuit.
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 to expand the instrument's sonic capabilities beyond the factory specifications of a 1970's production unit. These modifications include a premium Fatar keybed with velocity and after pressure available via top panel CV jacks, a dedicated analogue 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.