Inside The New Minimoog Model D

At Moogfest 2016, Moog Music reintroduced the classic Minimoog Model D.

In the video above, Moog synth guru Nick Montoya shares a look inside of the new Minimoog Model D, explains some of the lengths they went to to reproduce the original’s sound, and also notes what some things that they changed to make the new Minimoog more reliable and serviceable.

For more on the new Minimoog, including extensive audio demos, see our previous video:

The Minimoog Model D is priced at US $3,499.

18 thoughts on “Inside The New Minimoog Model D

    1. And this annoys you because the model D is possibly the most iconic synth of all time?

      There has been 4 posts about it since it was announced. I don’t think its too much considering this is pretty big news and because, you know, this blog is about synthesizers.

    2. Imagine a website called ‘synthopia’ posting numerous videos of the reissue of the most famous synthesizer ever made? Its difficult to imagine that readers of this website, dedicated to nothing but synthesisers, would be interested to know about the innards of such a legendary synthesizer recreation. You think they’d find something else to write about, like………?


    1. especially the moog smell when the power supply fries…it has a very unique “capacitor on fire” smell

  1. Great, perhaps now Airbus or Boeing can revive the de Havilland DH106 Comet, Ford the Model T and our local dentist a bottle of scotch and a mallet for general extractions.

    1. Ford *did* revive the Model T. The Henry Ford Museum built a handful of brand new cars a few years ago — I had the pleasure of driving one, and it was an amazing experience to drive a “new” hundred year old vehicle.

      I suspect Ford did it for many of the same reasons as Moog — it connects today’s synthesists with a machine that revolutionized an industry a few decades ago, and there is something streamlined and accessible about the way old technology works.

  2. Hey at least this thing will be as easy to fix and mod as the old minis.

    They should definitely get that manufacturer to make way more transistors and parts for them. Sell them on their website even!

    It would be really cool to use them in projects.

  3. I like the exploded view as well. It is quite possible that Moog may be the first to identically reproduce the sound of a classic vintage synth with some modern touches. This has been the goal of soft synths and remakes for years. Non have really measured up. That’s not saying new software can’t be better. I can’t wait to hear if this is the case. Also, you can really tell the Moog employees have passion and craftsmanship for their work. I toured the Moog factory in Asheville, NC and it was really cool chatting with the guys and gals who work there and who love what they do for a living. If we could all be so lucky! I say keep posting this stuff Synthtopia. I’d much rather see new hardware than the latest soft synth. This is more inspiring. Thanks!

  4. Wasn’t there a Welsh company that completely rebuilt the Model-D in the 90’s?
    Those guys would not have quite the same marketing power Moog has.

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