Minimoog

The Minimoog is an analog synthesizer first manufactured by Moog Music between 1970 and 1981. Designed as a more affordable, portable version of the modular Moog synthesizer, it was the first synthesizer sold in retail stores. It was first popular with progressive rock and jazz musicians and found wide use in disco, pop, rock and electronic music.

Minimoog
ManufacturerMoog Music
Dates1970–81, 2016–2017
Pricein 1974: US$1,595.00 (equivalent to $8,764 in 2021)
Technical specifications
PolyphonyMonophonic
TimbralityMonotimbral
Oscillator3 VCOs, white/pink noise
LFOOscillator 3 can function as LFO (original and 2016 reissue), dedicated extra LFO (2016 reissue only)
Synthesis typeAnalog subtractive
Filter24dB/oct, 4-pole lowpass filter
with cutoff, resonance,
ADSR envelope generator,
keyboard tracking
AttenuatorADSR envelope generator
EffectsFrequency modulation
using oscillator 3/noise
Input/output
Keyboard44-note, low-note priority
Left-hand controlPitch bend and mod wheels
External controlCV/gate, MIDI in/out/thru (2016 reissue only), glide and decay via 0.206" dia Switchcraft S-260 plugs (not on 2016 reissue)

Production of the Minimoog stopped in the early 1980s after the sale of Moog Music. In 2002, founder Robert Moog regained the rights to the Moog brand, bought the company, and released an updated version of the Minimoog, the Minimoog Voyager. In 2016, Moog Music released another new version of the original Minimoog.


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