After the successful beta test phase, I’m finally allowed to talk about it! Moog Music released today the Minimoog Model D Synthesizer app for iPhone and iPad. It’s a full recreation of the iconic Model D hardware synth but with a modern touch. It features not only the best-known sound character but also new features like a polyphonic engine, effects (delay, bender…), arpeggiator, performance oriented patch browser, MPE and more.
I can only congratulate the developers. Not only have they developed an outstanding sounding Synthesizer app but also a tool for learning. Many beginners start with a subtrative Synthesizer like a Minimoog to learn synthesis. For some dollars/euros (currently $4.99 USD), you can install the legendary Minimoog on your iPad and iPad, try the individual features, play on virtual knobs with your fingers and experience the flair of this vintage instrument.
But if you’ve been an iOS musician for some time, you’ll be happy about the polyphonic engine as well as the AudioBus, Inter-App-Audio and AUv3 connections. For a price of current price of $4.99 USD, the new Moog Minimoog Model D app is an absolute must have for all iOS musicians. It’s sounds fat, has juicy filters, vintage flair with a modern interface and is affordable for everyone. Well done!
What Moog Has To Say About The Minimoog Model D App!
The Minimoog Model D App is a mobile transmutation of the world’s first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D. Optimized for use on all 64-bit iOS devices, anyone can jump in and play with over 160 included presets or lay fingers to the controls and begin exploring vast magical realms of creative potential.
Taking full advantage of the iOS platform, the Minimoog Model D App incorporates a number of inspiring sound creation tools and capabilities not present on its analog antecedent. New functions include the ability to play chords with up to four-note polyphony, an easy-to-use arpeggiator for rhythmic pattern creation, a real time looping recorder with unlimited overdubbing capacity, a tempo-synchronizable stereo ping pong delay module, and the Bender — a wide-range stereo time modulation effect module.
The Minimoog Model D App also supports AUv3 Audio Unit extensions, which allows multiple instances of this powerful instrument to be used simultaneously within compatible iOS apps like Apple’s GarageBand®.
A Brief History
Introduced by Moog in 1970, the Minimoog Model D served as the archetype for all electronic keyboards that followed. It gave users the ability to design their own sounds, translating imagination into reality. The Minimoog’s portability, affordability and accessibility made it the go-to instrument for musicians looking to expand beyond the traditional sounds of the time. Bernie Worrell used the Minimoog Model D to establish Parliament Funkadelic’s futuristic funk sound. Kraftwerk employed the Minimoog Model D on the successful concept album Autobahn, sparking an entirely new genre. Gary Numan replaced his live band’s guitars with Minimoog Model Ds, creating the prototype for industrial music. The classic sound of the Minimoog Model D can be heard on Bob Marley’s Catch A Fire, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic; Detailed in the mini-doc series “A Brief History Of The Minimoog”.
- Ships with over 160 presets (Hundreds more available in the Minimoog Model D App Store)
- Up to 4-notes of polyphony
- Easily share presets and audio recordings with friends
- Arpeggiator module with note-hold capability
- Stereo ping-pong delay effect
- Bender time modulation effect
- Real-time looping recorder with overdub and immediate sharing
- Selectable envelope shapes and triggering behavior
- Effortless MIDI CC mapping
- Seamlessly backup presets to iCloud
- Play mode for easier panel and keyboard interaction
- A new take on the classic feedback/overload path
- All 64-bit iOS devices
- AUv3 Audio Unit Extensions (Including GarageBand)
- Note-per-channel MIDI controllers (MPE)
- Ableton Link
- Inter-App Audio and Audiobus
- 7 and 14-Bit MIDI
- MIDI Program Changes
- Bluetooth LE MIDI controllers
- Share over AirDrop, Mail or other iOS applications
First Look Video
Available here: Moog Music Minimoog Model D Synthesizer