Moog Music has released a version of the iOS application of the Minimoog Model D, which gives the synthesized hardware used by artists such as Kraftwerk, Trent Reznor and Gary Numan for faithful digital reproduction. The launch of the application comes only a few months after Moog said he was suspending the construction of new Minimoog Model D synthesizers because "it is consumed at a much higher rate than expected."
The main part of the application is a faithful visual analogy of the counterpart of the hardware, to the imitated wood cabinet and the metal hinge on the keyboard. But the company has taken some liberties and added exclusive capabilities for the application. While Minimoog Model D hardware is monophonic (produces only one note at a time), the application has the option to play chords with up to four notes at a time.
There is also an arpeggiator module, a real-time loop recorder with unlimited overdubs, a stereo ping-pong delay module synchronized with the tempo and something that Moog calls Bender, a new wide-ranging time modulation effect module. . All these effect modules are under a button labeled "FX" at the top, and by tapping on each one, a pull-down menu of adjustable parameters is displayed. It also works with mobile DAWs (digital audio workstations) via AUv3, which means it can be used in applications such as Apple's GarageBand.
This Model D application comes fully equipped with 160 exuberant and thick Moog sounds
I spent some time with him on my iPhone and, although he is a fool of time in the best possible way, an hour elapsed while I rummaged presets and played with changing patches through the new effects that are incredibly expressive, I can imagine it would be better use it on an iPad. Trying to adjust the small knobs and pressing the correct keys on the screen of a phone sometimes became an exercise in frustration. That said, this Model D app comes fully equipped with 160 exuberant and thick Moog sounds, from yummy and deliciously hard cables to square squelchy and repeated square wave keys.
The Minimoog was originally released in 1970, and production stopped in 1981. It was redesigned in 2002 and released as the Minimoog Voyager. The reissue of the Minimoog D model was introduced in 2016, a version that combines most of the original design and components of the original version of 1970, but with some modern updates such as MIDI and a keyboard with speed and aftertouch.
Moog's first application, called Animoog, was launched in 2011. It was the first professional polyphonic synthesizer designed for the iPad and features an X / Y space where sounds can be manipulated physically. Since then, the company has released numerous pieces of software that include a Voyager add-on that can be used with DAWs and Filtatron, an iOS application that allows you to process and modulate sounds through things like an LFO and a delay.
The Minimoog Model D app is now available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Buying a Minimoog Model D hardware will cost you $ 3,500, but the application can be purchased at a starting price of $ 4.99.