Moog Rehashes Its Iconic Minimoog Model D Synthesizer

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While Moog may have re-issued its iconic Model D before, it remains the benchmark for synthesizers and has been for nearly half a century. Consequentially, anytime it comes back to the market is worth noting, and the heritage audio manufacturer’s latest iteration is as refined as ever.

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Seeing as decades have passed since the synth’s initial release, it only makes sense to see audial improvements, some of which include an enhanced set of improved oscillators and a saturating mixer, neither of which sacrifice the traditional, 70s-era aesthetic. On that note, the rehashed instrument’s eye-catching design is accentuated by a gorgeous, Appalachian cherry wood cabinet and hand-finished aluminum chassis. Functionally, it features all the modifications that appeared on the previous Model D re-issue from 2016, including enhanced pitch wheel calibration, a premium Fatar keybed, and seamless MIDI integration.

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This fully-analog device garnered massive attention upon its release in 1970 by fusing the inimitable sound of Moog’s modular synths with the user-friendliness of pre-wired instruments, allowing users to churn up deep sound with no unwanted wires. In case this isn’t convincing enough, here is a brief collection of artists who made maximum use of the Model D: Bob Marley, Kraftwerk, Parliament Funkadelic, and Dr. Dre. If these names don’t assure you of the Model D’s boundless impact across all genres, maybe music isn’t even your thing.

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Pricing and release information for the Model D is not available just yet, but you can learn more about it on Moog’s webshop and authorized dealers.