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Pre-order the new Minimoog Model D synth from Vintage King to download an exclusive Model D Patchbook featuring the custom patches in this video!
As the world’s first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D ($4,999) put the iconic sound of Moog’s massive modular synths into a format that was practical for touring musicians, making Moog a household name thanks to artists like Herbie Hancock, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Rick Wakeman, Sun Ra and Bernie Worrell (of Parliament-Funkadelic). With prewired modules that didn’t require patch cables, a streamlined layout and an attached keyboard with pitch and modulation wheels, the Model D made synthesis accessible to the masses.
Now, more than 50 years after its introduction, Moog is bringing back this legendary instrument with a faithful reissue that preserves the original sound, look and feel while adding a few long-awaited modern upgrades. If you’re a synth enthusiast and love vintage gear, this is your chance to own a piece of history.
Check out this video with Dustin from Vintage King for an overview of the new Model D and hear it in action played by synthesist John Duffy of Pato Y Pato.
There’s no shortage of clones and remakes of classic synths on the market, but it’s not every day that a company reissues such an iconic instrument so faithfully, keeping the original design intact and only adding a few select features. The signal path remains identical to the original Model D, with the same three-oscillator monophonic sound engine, legendary low-pass ladder filter and saturating mixer section that add up to create the unmistakably rich and powerful Moog sound. The reissue even retains the same component placement and through-hole design of the original Model D.
The reissue features several upgrades from the 2016 Minimoog variant, including a dedicated analog LFO with triangle and square wave options, a premium Fatar keybed with velocity and aftertouch (both with CV outputs), MIDI integration and a mixer feedback mod that produces abrasive distortion and screaming self-oscillation with the turn of a knob. And, for the first time ever, the Model D now includes a popular artist request—a spring-loaded pitch bend wheel that snaps back to the center position, providing improved playability and potential for wild flourishes.
As with all Moog products, every new Minimoog Model D is designed and built to last a lifetime. Housed in a hand-finished aluminum chassis and a locally-sourced Appalachian cherry outer cabinet with a legacy-inspired walnut stain, this instrument is as beautiful as it is sturdy. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a vintage Moog, this is your chance—with look, sound and feel nearly identical to an original 1970s Model D, all that’s missing is the dust.
Need more proof that this is the real deal? Look under the hood with this list of features and specifications:
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