40 Famous Synth Sounds on Vintage Minimoog + Minimoog Reissue

This video, via synthesist Andy Whitmore, offers a head-to-head comparison of a vintage Minimoog Model D and a ‘modern’ Minimoog Model D reissue.

Andy Whitmore compares the two synths using 40 iconic sounds:

00:00 Rush Tom Sawyer FX

00:21 ELP Lucky Man lead

00:32 Duran Duran Save A Prayer lead

00:43 Duran Duran Save A Prayer lead

01:02 ABBA Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! lead

01:19 ABBA Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! bass

01:37 Harold Faltermeyer Axel F Beverly Hills Cop Main Theme lead

01:54 Harold Faltermeyer Axel F Beverly Hills Cop Main Theme bass

02:11 D Train You’re The One For Me bass

02:27 D Train You’re The One For Me lead

02:43 Madonna Holiday lead

03:00 Madonna Holiday bass

03:16 Queen Radio Ga Ga bass

03:32 Howard Jones New Song lead

04:09 Howard Jones New Song lead

04:19 Gary Numan Are ‘Friends’ Electric? theme

05:00 Michael Jackson Rock With You bass

05:26 DEVO Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA effects

05:56 Parliament Flashlight bass

06:26 Rush Tom Sawyer lead

06:44 Stevie Wonder I Wish bass

07:02 Madonna Borderline lead

07:34 Madonna Borderline bass

07:51 Dr Dre Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang lead

08:15 Michael Jackson Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough bass

08:32 Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond lead

09:03 Rick Wakeman Catherine Of Aragon bass

09:41 Chaka Khan We Can Work It Out bass

10:02 Weather Report Birdland bass

10:26 Barclay James Harvest Victims Of Circumstance lead

10:50 The Alan Parsons Project Separate Lives bass

11:00 Europe The Final Countdown lead

11:24 Stevie Wonder Isn’t She Lovely bass

11:46 Stevie Wonder That Girl bass

12:05 Michael Jackson Workin’Day and Night bass

12:22 Gary Numan Are ‘Friends’ Electric? lead

12:46 Nena 99 Luftballons bass

Moog went to extreme lengths to recreate the build of the original Model D, to the point that the circuit boards match the originals, and they had transistors custom made to match the original components.

While Moog went to extreme lengths to recreate the original Minimoog, you can hear subtle differences between the old and new synths in Whitmore’s video. Some of this reflects the fact that no two analog synths sound exactly the same. Some may reflect slight differences in pots and how they are dialed in. And some may reflect the fact that the Minimoog Model D reissue probably sounds more like a new Minimoog would have sounded 40 years ago, than a 40 year-old synth.

Watch the video and share your thoughts on how the vintage Minimoog and Minimoog reissue compare in the comments!





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