Moog Model 10 Modular Synthesizer Back in Production

Moog Music has announced that they have returned the Model 10 modular synthesizer to production and it is now available built-to-order. The Model 10 was reissued previously as a limited edition in 2019.

The 2022 Moog Model 10 reissue is intended to be a faithful reissue of the original, closely following the original design and using the same hand-soldered construction that was used in the ’70s. The individual modules that make up each new Model 10 are engineered and manufactured just as they were over 50 years ago, using traditional wiring methods. Each module is then tested, finished with an aluminum panel, and placed into a custom cabinet.

Updates In The 2022 Model 10 Build:

  • An updated onboard power supply now supports a broader range of voltages, including 100v, 120v, 220v, and 240v. For users outside the US, this allows you to power your synthesizer without the need for an external step up/down transformer.
  • The system’s redesigned rear panel accommodates an updated main power switch, power lamp, power inlet, grounding lug, and voltage selector switch.
  • Model 10 now has improved calibration and tuning reliability, with this current production model holding tighter calibrations with little variance.

Here’s what they have to say about Moog Model 10:

“Moog Music’s illustrious Model 10 modular synthesizer, developed by Bob Moog and originally released in 1971, is now back in production and available to order worldwide.

One of Moog Music’s most beloved legacy instruments, the Model 10 modular synthesizer, is officially back in production at the Moog factory in Asheville, North Carolina. This re-issue of the instrument follows a limited-time production run in 2019 that helped enliven the large-format modular space and introduce these systems to a whole new generation of synthesists.

Today’s Model 10 is a faithful recreation of the first compact modular synthesizer model created by Dr. Bob Moog in 1971, all the way down to its hand-soldered electronic circuits. The fully analog instrument is made up of 11 discrete analog modules, including the 907 Fixed Filter Bank, revered for its vast sound shaping and timbral possibilities, and three 900 Series oscillators, the foundational sound behind works like Wendy Carlos’s Switched-On Bach and Isao Tomita’s Snowflakes Are Dancing.

The predecessor to the Model 15, the Model 10 design focuses on purity of sound, speed, and simplicity while providing the enormous sonic depth and dimension found only in a vintage Moog modular synthesizer.”

Making Music With A Moog Modular

Moog also shared a new video, featuring Berlin-based producer and mixing engineer Hannes Bieger, who has been creating techno and house music with his System 35 for years:

“What I love about modular is how you can incorporate ‘happy accidents’ in the workflow, especially when tossing around patterns on the analogue sequencers,” Hannes shared. “I love the physicality of the process, actually standing in front of this big instrument rather than sitting in front of a computer screen. Finally, there is a sonic world difficult to achieve with conventional synths. I love, for example, how I can create stereo sounds with a pair of VCAs and AM modulation as a part of the actual synthesis, not with external effects.”

Pricing and Availability

The Moog Model 10 is available built-to-order with a street price of about $12,000.

48 thoughts on “Moog Model 10 Modular Synthesizer Back in Production

  1. These things were still available at Sweetwater and others at least a month ago. It seems like the reissue no one actually wanted because of its’ rather extreme limitations

    A Model 15 return would make much more sense.

    1. The Model 15 is and has been available from Behringer. Although it has smaller Eurorack sized modules, it is a Model 15 and sells for about 1/10th of what this ridiculous thing costs.

      1. Your comment suggests that you have very little knowledge about vintage Moog modular gear and why it sounds like it does.

        Behringer’s Eurorack takes on the Moog modular gear are vague approximations of the original gear. They’ve basically copied other companies’ copies of Moog gear.

        The original Moog modulars use asymmetrical power supplies, which affect the sound significantly; they have VCAs that aren’t clean, but color the sound in musical ways; they use hand-wound coils in the FFBs, which sound very different than cheap knockoff designs; the oscillators have subtle inconsistencies in pitch, which sounds huge when you put three oscillators together; the list goes on and on.

        The Behringer knockoffs are useable and sound ‘Moogy’ because they have a Moog ladder filter. But nobody knowledgeable would suggest that they accurately recreated the Moog modular system.

          1. I agree with you John. Like most Moogs, this is an elitist instrument so people can feel the most knowledgeable or purist or whatever but in reality whatever music they make will be shared in MP3 at best. “Oh but you can share in WAV format!” Sure, let’s see how many downloads you are getting then. Chances are not a lot. It would be great if these elitists shared their Soundcloud… or whatever they use since Soundcloud might sound “dirty” or whatever to them. Maybe they use Tidal and use a Pono… but maybe that would be a poor’s man choice so you can only hear their stuff in hand pressed 180g LPs made with mouth chewed pieces of organic vinyl since you might miss the intricate whatevers no one cares or notice but them.

            When you have to justify $12k on a thing like this you really bent over backwards to rationalize why you made this financial decision. Sure Kanye West, Grimes and Taylor Swift or whatever might MAYBE buy one of these things but MR. “I own an OP1 OG and Field and wont be selling neither” urgently need their investment validated. Sure people can waste their money how they please and shut up about it but to get on a high horse with “Behringer is trash” looking for bought out respect from peers is a very bad and cringe thing to witness and should be shunned.

            OR! This is the price Moog needs to ask so they pay their company owning, unionized employees properly. Those hand-wound coils in the FFBs sure need to paid properly.

            1. Why do you think anybody needs to ‘justify’ buying an instrument? If you’ve got the money, you should buy whatever the **** you want.

              And why do you feel the need to leave angry, judgmental comments about the instruments other people choose to buy? You’re essentially calling people that buy pro gear idiots.

              It’s a really elitist, douchie perspective.

              1. Personally, I don’t feel that Elwin was asking anybody to justify any purchase. I believe that he is just stating his opinion about why people JUSTIFY THEIR purchases by invoking things like magic elixirs provided by the way chokes are wound or how a dead engineer’s company is incapable of ripping off it’s customers with overpriced equipment just because that engineer had a few great ideas over a half century ago. Not everybody worships at the alter of Dr. Moog, you know. Also, I don’t see any “angry, judgmental comments” about any instrument that anybody here says they purchased. I find it amazing that people make comments like these and fail to see that they are doing exactly what Elwin has observed (i.e., justifying their cognitive dissonance by making claims that can’t be empirically substantiated but sound like they are coming from deep knowledge). I have nothing against Moog synthesizers. For what they are they are fine devices. I just don’t feel the same way about the business practices of the Moog company as others here do. So, why shouldn’t Elwin and I be allowed to voice our opinions without being insulted?

            2. I just want to get this straight. How is “It’s a really elitist, douchie perspective.” not “name calling”? Apparently, it is fine to try to directly disparage people who are willing to call out the Emperor for the clothes he isn’t wearing, but to make a violation that involves “name calling” without an explanation for what the violation actually was seems a little bit like discrimination to me.

              1. John

                Elsewhere, we noted for you: “Synthtopia encourages active discussion and criticism of things (gear design, build quality, companies business practices or service, etc) but not name-calling, hate speech, personal attacks on individuals or groups of people”.

                In case it is not clear to you, calling people ‘idiots’ would fall into the category of being “personal attacks on individuals or groups of people”.

                Criticism of your comment or your perspective falls into the category of “active discussion and criticism of things”.

                If you need it spelled out further:

                Saying “John is an idiot” is attacking a person. When we see it, we will delete it. Anyone that buys this is an idiot,” is likewise attacking a group of people.

                Saying that “John’s comment is idiotic and here’s why…..” is criticizing a thing. We trust that Synthtopia readers are not so thin-skinned as to need to be protected from active discussion.

                Keep your comments on topic and don’t waste the time of the admin further.

  2. Meh. For 12k I’ll buy everything else but Moog. Moog was already overpriced and overhyped but since inflation etc hit us all it seems even more ridiculous to ever consider buying another Moog again. The brand will probably destroy itself. They could sell this at 1500,- and still make a massive profit btw.

      1. There’s nothing “exactly like this” that can be purchased for $1500.

        The Behringer knockoff version – which is an approximation, mass-produced SMT construction and shrinky-dinked – is more like $2K. And a full-size third-party version of this using modern build is more like $3K.

        Moog makes the Grandmother if you want the cheap version of this and it’s under $1500, but obviously something different.

        This isn’t for me, but it obviously sells and makes Moog money, so it seems strange that it gets some people’s shorts in a wad.

        1. I don’t believe anyone in his right mind cares for “exactly like this” and even if i did i don’t believe it is exactly like the old one, so…..

        2. I absolutely agree. I was saying that in contradiction to what Champ’s statement that “they could sell this at 1500”. If it was possible somebody else would already be doing it as there is a demand for something like this.

      2. Well, the Behringer Model 15, for one, is this and more. Although it is based on smaller Eurorack sized modules, it does cost around $1300 retail and provides everything but the famous name on its cabinet.

        1. As noted before, your comments makes clear that you have no experience with Moog modular systems.

          Why not take the time to learn about the things you complain about, so you can at least contribute intelligent criticism, instead of one ill-informed comment after another?

          1. Well, for a short time in the late 70s I did have a System 35, if that counts 🙁 I really didn’t like it all that well and ended up selling it and replacing it with a 3-tier Polyfusion system. I’m not insulting you, so why insult me? I just won’t be duped twice!

    1. Moog has made tens of millions off of these reissues. People want real Moog modulars, they want real ARP 2600s, Prophet 5s, etc.

      The market knows what people want better than your imagination.

      1. I seriously doubt that all of the synths that Moog has manufactured in their lifetime as a company comes anywhere close to 50,000 let alone “tens of millions”. The Model D, by far their largest seller, never got beyond about 23,000 units (at least as far as sequential serial number would suggest).

            1. Do the math – that’s a minimum 18 million dollars at retail.

              It’s foolish to think that these prices are going to put them out of business.

          1. Yes, I’m sorry I misread what he wrote. It was the “millions off of” part that I misread to be “millions of”. Had he more correctly written “millions from” there would less likely have been visual confusion on my part.

      1. yeah, i was soooooo lazy I didn’t even bother to google a price before I posted.

        I’ll take 1/2 of a “used orchestral harp”. the bottom half with the pedals.

        this thread got stupider than most behringer threads.

  3. For those groaning about the price, you should realize that Moog would never make this available if they hadn’t had inquiries from professinal studios, or artists. No, they’re not for us hobbyists. If the demand is there, good for Moog for meeting it.

    1. You realize that what you typed is 100% speculation. Equally probably, IMO, is that they saw what all of the other “classic” synth makers were doing with their outrageous pricing and decided to jump on the bandwagon. After all, they are “Moog”.

        1. That is a demonstrably false statement. Just look at the majority of contributions I have made to this blog. Sure, some of them involve speculation, but not nearly as many as involve empiricism. Of course, I apparently engage in a significant amount of “name calling” here as well, but you never got to see those statements because they were censored for some reason, still not explained to me.

          1. John – as we have responded to you previously:

            “Synthtopia encourages active discussion and criticism of things (gear design, build quality, companies business practices or service, etc) but not name-calling, hate speech, personal attacks on individuals or groups of people”.

            In case it is not clear to you, calling people ‘idiots’ would fall into the category of being “personal attacks on individuals or groups of people”.

            Criticism of your comment or your perspective falls into the category of “active discussion and criticism of things”.

            If you pretend that you’re being ‘censored’ because the site won’t allow you to call people idiots and other names, you’re either confused about what censorship is or you’re playing the victim.

            Keep your comments on topic and constructive in the future, and your comments will not need to be deleted. Do not waste the admin’s time further.

      1. You don’t seem to realize that Moog started this trend nearly a decade ago, when they introduced the Emerson modular, followed by reissues of all of their other classic systems.

        This is the second time that they’ve done a run of the Model 10, which tells you that people are buying these systems up.

        1. Admin: Personal attack deleted. John, you’ve left multiple comments calling other musicians idiots, suckers, etc.

          Synthtopia encourages active discussion and criticism of things (gear design, build quality, companies business practices or service, etc) but not name-calling, hate speech, personal attacks on individuals or groups of people.

          Keep your comments on topic and constructive and they will not be deleted.

          1. I seriously doubt I have ever directly called anyone an idiot, that’s just isn’t how I roll and I’d appreciate an example if you have one.. I’m sorry if the word sucker used in the context I used it was found insulting by you. To quote P.T. Barnum in the way his euphemism was intended isn’t “name calling” as you apparently view it. It just describes the purchasing behavior of people being duped (which is my opinion that I have elaborated when discussing the “business practices” of several well known synth manufacturers). I would just let this slide, but I really want to know why “personal attacks” against me are tolerated (look at what has been suggested about me in this thread, alone}. But a collective remark by me which is a direct historical quote is judged “name calling”. Maybe I don’t subscribe to the same handbook of political correctness that you do but I have never personally attacked anybody here with “name calling”, yet I get to be a veritable pinata for verbal insults here quite frequently.

            Maybe you should think about being non-discriminating in your application of….

            “Synthtopia encourages active discussion and criticism of things (gear design, build quality, companies business practices or service, etc) but not name-calling, hate speech, personal attacks on individuals or groups of people”

  4. I echo dtp. Trying to turn the site into Twitter-with-synths is pointless. The astounding range of synths should be able to fill any rational void, one way or another. With a smidge of effort, you can be inexpensively covered up in the Moog SOUND beyond easily now. Before I went all ITB, I was into Moogs because of the 3 oscillators instead of 2. You pick your faves subjectively.

    Second-guessing the potential buyers of pricey synths is silly. Some are doing serious work and/or need the tax write-off. Some are simply rich enough, by whatever means. I’m using Cherry Audio’s versions and they growl much like the originals I once owned. “Perfect is the enemy of good enough.” – Homer Simpson :O

    1. What, exactly, is the “rational void” that is left to be filled by this particular synth? Also, “guessing the potential buyers of pricey synths” is not silly. It is, one of the hallmarks of a successful capitalist enterprise. Granted, Moog, by virtue of the name of the company alone, has some sort of limited guaranteed buyer stream. However, I seriously doubt that it is large enough to even be considered significant. In that regard, selling something worth about $1200 for ten times as much may reflect what Moog has “guessed” in regard to the number of potential purchasers. If they make ten and actually sell five they are probably ahead of the game.

      1. It says they’re made to order. So they won’t make 10 and sell 5. I guess the cost of one-off manufacture is always high. It’s kind-of nice that they do have made-to-order for the people who want that.

        1. That was my experience with the Model 15. You order it and it gets built then. I waited about 3 months. People need to realize these boutique synths fund the R and D on the cheaper stuff and keep people employed in Asheville.

      2. * What, exactly, is the “rational void” that is left to be filled by this particular synth?

        What I actually said was “The astounding range of synths should be able to fill any rational void,” meaning that in this discussion, you can acquire numerous Moogs at varying prices, so this one at $12K isn’t unduly special, just boutique. A Grandmother or Arturia Modular still deliver solid Moog voices.

        * Also, “guessing the potential buyers of pricey synths” is not silly.

        What I actually said was “SECOND-guessing,” where people online often try to apply odd motives or means to those who buy the pricier pieces. That’s where the “silly” creeps in. No problem for me, as I’m not Larry Fast Jr., so I’m good to go with mostly softsynths.

  5. it took a while but i think Moog now has a really fantastic range, from hobbyists wanting to dip their toe in the water to full blown instruments for professional and high end enthusiasts. car makers also have everything form small budget to full on luxury. i can’t see how it hurts to have options.

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