MATRIXSYNTH: New Minimoog Model D in the Works? Spotted at Moogfest!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Minimoog Model D in the Works? Spotted at Moogfest!

Minimoog Model D Pilot Production

Published on May 19, 2016 Moog Music Inc

Update5: We now have confirmation with an official video from Moog Music.

"After more than 30 years, the Minimoog Model D returns with a pilot-production run at Moogfest 2016 in Durham, NC. Handcrafted in the Moog Pop-Up Factory, the pilot-production units built during the festival will only be available for purchase on-site in the Moog Store by Guitar Center."

Update6: and a video from Moogfest:

Moog Reintroduces The Minimoog Model D - Moogfest Video

Published on May 19, 2016 Synthtopia

"At Mioogfest 2016, Moog Music has reintroduced the classic Minimoog Model D.

We talked with Moog's Nick Montoya about the new Minimoog Model D, what's changed and what they've kept the same.

They've gone to great lengths to recreate the iconic Minimoog sound - but also added a new LFO, a better keyboard and support for additional control voltage options."

Inside The New Minimoog Model D

Published on May 22, 2016 Synthtopia

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

We talked with Moog's Nick Montoya, gave us a tour of the inside of the new Minimoog Model D, and explained some of the lengths they went to to nail the original Minimoog sound, and also what they changed to make the new Minimoog more reliable."

How To Build A New Minimoog Model D Synthesizer

Published on May 26, 2016 Synthtopia

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

They also had a 'pop-up factory' onsite at the event. Basically, they moved their production line to Durham for the week and were assembling the new Minimoog's at the festival.

We talked with Moog's TJ Mills, who gave us a tour of their assembly process.

They start from a collection of individual parts and pre-assembled components from suppliers. The circuit boards, for example, are supplied pre-populated, using a variety of new and 'new old stock' parts. And the metal components are supplied reshaped and drilled to Moog's specifications.

In the video, TJ discusses what gets done at each stage of their assembly process, and how they calibrate and test the synthesizer once it is assembled."

Original post:

This one in via Soviet Space Child, via @Peff

I heard a rumor that it might have been shown at the Musikmesse, but there were no images at the time. This looks a bit more legit, unless of course that's just a vintage Model D being refurbished for Moogfest. :)

Update: via the Herald Sun: "A Moog Pop-Up Factory, featuring the interactive Global Synthesizer Project and assembly of Minimoog Model D synthesizers, opens in the Power Plant Gallery of the American Tobacco District."

Note the plural in "assembly of Minimoog Model D synthesizers". These are real and new. Soviet Space Child also noticed the three MINI jacks on back and the lack of an S-Trig jack on the left.

Update2: Another pic in via Soviet Space Child below. This one shows a dedicated LFO knob in the mod wheel section.

Update3: One more image of the parts spread out below and a quick video test of one being played by Gene Stopp.

Update4: Suggested price is $3499

via @hami


  1. Well i'll be damned. Can't wait to find out what they cost. I hope these stay in production, and aren't just a Moogfest thing!

  2. Looks like its time for the Voyagers to set SALE for distant galaxy's ... :-). D today, Poly tomorrow

  3. who are those people in the back ground?

  4. About time!!

    I did get a good price for my Model D several years ago I can buy one and still be ahead!

  5. M. Daphne Lightner5/19/16, 8:40 AM

    Looks like they really did their homework on this one! :)

    I love me some Vox Humana as much as the next person, but reissuing the Polymoog is exponentially harder than reissuing the D.



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