Should you be blown away by the Minimoog Model D – Reissue?

It’s no secret that I’m absolutely in love with my Minimoogs. The warmth and depth of the sounds that these vintage analogue beauties can create, never cease to stimulate my creative juices.

When I heard that a new Minimoog Model D Reissue had come to the market, I had to do my research. All sounded good, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take the plunge. After all, I own about five of the beasts already – the originals, that is.

Then I got the call to do a session for top DJ, Sigala. They were looking for that 24K Bruno Mars bass sound. Well, if there was ever a reason to pull out my wallet and make a purchase, that was it right there.

I could have used a plugin to recreate the sound. But you’ll never get anywhere near to that truly authentic tone that’s like a signature everybody recognises. So, when it turned up and we started experimenting, yes, I was blown away – right from the very first note.

This is different to my old Moogs. This one works through midi. It has all the benefits of the originals, but with a more extensive, precise engineered feel to it. The sound is fat and robust, whilst tuning is perfection itself – the synth is really stable.

On the downside, not that it’s a biggie, if you double track it, it does actually begin to phase. Some would think that’s quite odd – for an analogue synth you’d think that was impossible. It certainly never happened with the old kit, but it’s no deal-breaker.

Do I favour the Reissue over my old Moogs? I’d say it’s a different kind of animal really. The old ones have a duller, warmer and less stable sound. The new one is more user- friendly, easier to handle and has a different tone, but without losing that magic everyone knows and loves. In short, I’d say it was the best new synth on the market and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Yep, you should be blown away.

Andy Whitmore – July 2018.