Minimoog Model D Portable Synthesizer Resumes Production

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The Minimoog Model D, the first ever portable synthesizer, has resumed production after 30 years. Introduced in 1970, the Minimoog Model D paved the way for the electronic keyboard. Its funky sound can be heard on iconic recordings, including Bob Marley’s Catch A Fire, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.

The portable synthesizer has been modified to meet 21st-century sonic demands. According to the company, these include a “Fatar keybed with velocity and after pressure available via top panel CV jacks, a dedicated analog LFO with triangle and square waveshapes, CV outputs for pitch, gate, velocity and after pressure, basic MIDI integration, and a mixer overload modification.”

Minimoog Model Ds are hand made in Asheville, NC, at the employee-owned Moog Music factory. An authorized dealer can be found here. See a detailed history of the Minimoog in the video below.

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