Moog's iconic Minimoog Model D has entered production again, marking the imminent return of a legendary synthesiser that has helped shape electronic music.
Considered by many producers, techies and enthusiasts to be the finest synth ever designed, the original incarnation went on sale in 1970, with the final model built in 1981. It then tool until 2016 for Moog to commence production again, but the return proved short-lived as the following year it was taken off market once more due to a lack of parts.
According to Moog, the 2022 version will use the same sound engine and signal path as the original, but contain all modifications from the last edition — such as dedicated analogue LFO with triangle and square wave shapes, Fatar keybed with velocity and after pressure through top panel CV jacks with onboard trimpots. Meanwhile, the latest iteration also boasts improved MIDI integration and pitchwheel calibration, with the wheel now spring-loaded to recenter on release, and modified mixer feedback.
Price-wise, the Minimoog Model D will go on sale at $4,999 (£5,299 / €5,999), reflecting the hand-built nature of the equipment, although this means those looking to buy will pay significantly more compared with similar kit that has entered the market since the last time this instrument was sold brand new. However, that high cost is unlikely to put off those keen to own a piece of sound history made fresh again, with the synth playing a significant part in landmarks like Kraftwerk's 'Autobahn' and 'The Man-Machine' albums, countless Giorgio Moroder tracks (especially during the formative days of disco), and releases by Gary Numan, Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, to name but a few.
Earlier this year, Moog unveiled a new version of its Etherwave Theremin.