After more than three decades, Moog Music has announced that the company will resume production of the world’s first portable synthesizer, the MiniMoog Model D. Originally invented by Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog as a response to the large-scale modular synthesizers of the ’60s, the Model D changed the face of modern music thanks to its portability and expressive features that not only helped it became the choice instrument of a generation, but influenced virtually every synthesizer that followed. Like in the original production from 1970-1981, each MiniMoog Model D is handcrafted at the Moog factory in Asheville, NC, featuring the legendary three-oscillator monophonic in a hand-finished aluminum chassis and Appalachian hardwood casing. Some notable modifications in this new production model including a Fatar keybed with velocity and after pressure availability, dedicated LFO and CV outputs, and basic MIDI integration, among others; however, no changes have been made to the original sound engine or audio signal path to ensure authenticity of the original synthesizer’s sound. The MiniMoog Model D is available to order via authorized Moog dealers worldwide.
The MiniMoog Model D was highly popular in the ’70s and ’80s. Gary Numan notabily used it quite extensively on his first four albums, becoming the basis for his number one single “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?.” The late Keith Emerson of progressive supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer was the first musician to tour with the MiniMoog in 1970, effectively demonstrating many of the synth’s key features of pitch-bending. Prog/rock group Rush also famously featured MiniMoog solos on such tracks “Subdivisions” and “The Trees.” Other notable acts to use the MiniMoog are Kraftwerk, Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Devo, and Yes. The MiniMoog Model D served as the basis for the MiniMoog Voyager, which effectively became its successor during its production run from 2002-2015.