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.
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.
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.
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.