Moog Minimoog Model D Analog Synthesizer

44-key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer with Velocity- and Aftertouch-enabled Keybed, 3 VCOs, Moog Ladder Filter, Dedicated LFO, CV Inputs and Outputs, and MIDI in/out/thru
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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 could Moog improve on this coveted classic? A meticulous re-creation, the Minimoog Model D sports three oscillators that deliver the punch you need for searing leads and bass that will rattle the walls. Moog's legendary Ladder Filter, complete with custom reissued transistors, is onboard. But Moog added a dedicated LFO, CV output, MIDI, custom transistors, an updated power supply, and more. The metal pots are silky smooth and extremely reliable. The premium Fatar keybed is velocity- and aftertouch-enabled. This is the legendary sound you remember from countless hit records. You'll be blown away by the Minimoog Model D.

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. (Bob) 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.

Over 45 years of hit records

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 popular synthesis. From the 1970s onward, the Minimoog has been heard cross-genre on legendary recordings by Herbie Hancock, Steve Winwood, Bob Marley, Toto, Rush, Gary Numan, Michael Jackson (like that killer "Thriller" bass line), Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Dre, and countless others. The Moog sound remains a vital ingredient in 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 can 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

The Mini's famously fat, punchy sound is mainly attributable to its discrete circuitry and the filter being overdriven. But analog synthesis is not always about blistering leads, blippy sounds, and enveloping 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. 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

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, Filter (cutoff), and Oscillator pitch offered by vintage Minis, the Model D adds an input for External Modulation Source and also gives you CV outputs for After Pressure (aftertouch), Pitch, V-Trig Gate, 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. 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 and Pitch Bend information, as well as SysEx commands. It can send polyphonic MIDI Note, Velocity, and Pitch Bend information, as well as Aftertouch.

New modulation capabilities

While remaining faithful to the original design, the Minimoog Model D gives you modulation possibilities the original didn't offer. Moog has added the ability to use the Filter Contour as a modulation source for things like analog percussion sounds. There is now an External Modulation Source input so that you can bring in any other types of modulation sources to the instrument. They've also added a dedicated LFO (with your choice of Triangle or Square waveforms) 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 swirling 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 Reissue is irresistible: the most iconic synth ever, brought up to modern spec. You're going to love it.

Moog Minimoog Model D Reissue Features:

  • A faithful re-creation of the most iconic synth in history
  • Mil-spec build quality
  • Original discrete circuitry, but more robust
  • All the purity of the original circuit path
  • Oscillators designed after the Moog modular 921 modules
  • Custom reissue 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, 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

Additional Media

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Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog
Number of Keys 44
Type of Keys Fatar TP-9 keybed with velocity and aftertouch
Other Controllers Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony Monophonic
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/4" (external signal in)
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4" (high, low), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru
Other I/O 4 x 1/4" Internal (After Pressure, Pitch, V-Trig, Velocity), 5 x 1/4" External (Loudness, Filter, Oscillator, V-Trig, Mod Src)
Power Supply Universal (100~240 VAC; 50/60 Hz) external power supply included
Height 6"
Width 28.3"
Depth 17.1"
Weight 32 lbs

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Electrifying

The Model D has a tone that no other synth or software can reproduce. The look and feel of this instrument is so inspiring. You want to dive into it. When you crank the low end, the room shakes. The top end sizzles with incredible clarity. You can fry an egg on this thing. It feels like a science experiment as much as it does an instrument. It doesn't have the modular capabilities of the Voyager, but it does have the upper hand in terms of pure tone. I am fortunate enough to own both. Getting to know the two together has been very interesting. While the two have crossovers in their sound palate, they are two sides to the same coin. I have been coming back to a masculine vs feminine metaphor a lot lately... The Model D embodies the masculine. He is strong as an ox and can scream with such a force! His very literal with his intentions; each waveform being rigidly defined. However, with multiple voices sounding at once, what comes out is never exactly what he meant. He is incredibly dynamic, but very straight forward. He is beefy, and handsome. His controls are obviously laid out and easily accessible. He is snappy. Sharp, and quick on his feet. The Voyager embodies the feminine. Her waveforms vary through all the degrees of her emotion. She has a myriad of controls, all of which have an incredible effect on her. To put is bluntly, she's complicated... There is much more going on under the hood. Her sources and destinations can trigger much deeper levels of understanding when used properly. You spread her filter(s) open and bathe in tonal richness. You feel her. You touch, tap, and glide across her. She can be rude like a Model D, but she doesn't take it to 11. However, she does take it to the 5th decimal place all the way up to 10. In short... what one lacks, the other makes up for ten-fold. They are star crossed lovers. Analog synths are known to have a soul. These aren't just notes that come out of these things, they are voices. They speak... and the more I hear them together, the more this metaphor makes sense to me. Top of the line professional instruments that I will die owning.
5/5

Every bit a D

I have wanted one of these since 1982. I was extremely happy Moog decided to re-issue the synth with a few upgrades but not so much that it lost the essentially feeling and playability of the original. The build is wonderful, the attention to detail perfection. There really isn't anything else to add, it looks and sounds like the D; but it feels and plays better than the original. The new keybed is just amazing, in fact it's the best I've ever felt on a synth. I thought the prophet 6 had a great keybed and it does but this is just wow. Seriously though this thing goes to 11.
5/5

Dream come true!

Thank you Moog Music and Sweetwater for make my dream come true. Ever since I was a teenager I always wanted a Minimoog and now I own a masterpiece. The look, the touch, the smell, the taste, and especially the sound is a pure delight. Wait till you hear what electronic songs I'll be coming with. I'm already inspired and started recording with it. Amazing quality sounds. It is indeed a dream come true! Thank you Sweetwater for bring my baby safe and sound. Joel Izquierdo, Joel's Recording Studio in Laredo,Texas
Music background: Music teacher,singer/songwriter,multi-instrumentalists, and Recording Studio owner.
5/5

Beautiful Sound

When I first started buying analog synths I would buy them based on the specs first, sound later. This one sounds amazing and now I get why people with multiple synths say they have to play them in person before buying even if the specs are right. I also have a SUB 37 and a Prophet~6. The Prophet~6 also has great character oscillators and I feel like the Model D and Prophet~6 will be great buddies. The SUB 37 doesn't have as nice oscillators as these two, but there is very little overlap between the Mini and SUB. I will use the SUB mainly for modulated and sound effects and the Mini for Bass and leads. Monarch has oscillators that sound similar on their own, but once two oscillators are phased or the filter is used its a very different sound. Not that it's bad, just can't replace real oscillators going through a real filter and modulation. Build quality is ridiculous, the nobs feel great and again, fits well with the Prophet~6 as its built like a tank as well. I get its a little expensive for a monosynth and the modulation can't be synced with DAWs, but the sound, build, and layout make it a great purchase. Thanks To Brendan Murphy for keeping me updated.
5/5

R.A.MOOG, the worlds greatest synth architect!

I don't think there's a word in the dictionary that can describe how I feel knowing I own a piece of history, Model D #174. It is the most raw, true grit, in your face synthesizer i have ever encountered so far. Though it took me about one week to open this PHAT woodsy beast up to its full potential. Well to be honest, the first impression I was given when I pulled the synth out the box which I got over real fast was, Oh $hizz why is it so fat,bulky & full of wood? Yes guys, I almost returned it for the wrong reason lol. sitting next to a Prophet 6 is just uncanny at first glance and I just knew I'd regret making the return if I didn't give it some time. if only we could load up pics to these reviews lol. I'll tell you now, I'm only 36 yrs old so I missed out on the 60's & 70's. However, I did own a 1950's coffee table stereo as a late teen. it was a beast covered in what I believe to be the same wood as this Minimoog. Most products are just not built to stand the test of time these days. Anyway lets move on. While it may have the most simplistic control panel I never thought I'd go for, this Minimoog can & will do everything a modern analog synth can do. I am glad I found peace with this synth as it has the most solid build to stand the test of time,heaviest bass & leads, simply put as a one trick pony. Some may think that's an understatement but being able to change numerous parameters in seconds to get a completely different sound is awesome. The best way to put it into much larger scaled perspective is that this synth is the alpha & omega of all synths. It is like a massive galaxy devouring its neighbors,cutting into the mix. sure it may not have a sequencer,deep & extensive modulation, or even Fx built in. If you're willing to spend $3500 for this,then you should be more than willing to drop more down to turn this Minimoog into an expanding Universe devouring itself into a super massive black hole then regurgitating its guts, burning through your flesh to take your soul into another dimension no man could fathom. Did I go too far? Nah Now if I can just get my hands on a Moog modular to tear the fabric of space time & much more. Ed Needler ext 1332, thank you for your help and professionalism at Sweetwater.
Music background: Electronic,Experimental
See also: Moog, Moog Synthesizers