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The Minimoog Model D analog synth is back in production after 30 years

Moog is bringing back the Minimoog Model D, 30 years after suspending production on the analog synth. As the first portable synth, The Minimoog Model D was the archetype for the modern electronic keyboard that musicians around the world use every day. The Minimoog Model D was used to establish the funk sound of George Clinton's band Parliament Funkadelic, and on iconic recordings like Bob Marley’s Catch A Fire, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.

The model that will be released to the public isn't exactly the same as the original production run — while the original sound engine and audio signal path have remained the same — the new Minimoog Model D has received some "functional modifications" that should help expand the analog synth's sonic capabilities, according to Moog. Those modifications include MIDI integration; CV outputs for pitch, gate, velocity and after pressure; analog LFO with triangle and square waveshapes; and a Fatar keybed with velocity and after pressure available through the top panel CV jacks.

Due to the complexity of the Model D, Moog says it will only be able to produce a handful of units per month, but given that the device isn't a limited edition product, if you want one you should be able to get your hands on it, eventually. The Minimoog Model D will retail for $3,749, and is available through authorized dealers.