Moog Minimoog Model D Synthesizer app now available as a macOS plugin

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Moog has released a major update for its Minimoog Model D Synthesizer app for iOS turning it into a VST3 and AU plugin for macOS. 

Moog is known to most musicians for their analog synthesizers. Whether legendary instruments like the Minimoog, Moog Modular…, or new synths like the Grandmother, Matriarch, or DFAM, the company has a fixed place in history and also in the present.

The Ashville-based company doesn’t just make quality hardware instruments, they also developed excellent apps for iOS and macOS. In May 2021 everyone could even enjoy the apps for free.

Moog Minimoog Model D macOS

One of these apps is the Minimoog Model D which is an authentic emulation o the Moog classic mono synth for the iPhone and iPad. Today the big news: the Minimoog app is now also available for macOS as a free update as an AUv3, AUv2, and VST3 plugin.

Moog Model D macOS

The idea of offering virtual versions of their classics is brilliant. So anyone with a mobile device, including now on macOS, can discover some Moog history. This, in a playful way and with sounds that you can also use in your productions.

As a reminder, the Minimoog app is an authentic very fat-sounding emulation with some nice enhancements. In addition to the legendary 3-oscillator + ladder filter architecture, the developers added up to 4-note polyphony, an arpeggiator module, a stereo ping-pong delay, a bender time modulation effect, and a looper.

Plus you get everything you’d expect from a digital version in 2022, including presets (over 160 onboard), MIDI CC, and more.

The new Minimoog Model D update is free for anyone who already has the app on their iPhone or iPad. Like the other macOS ports, it doesn’t require an Apple Silicon (M1/M2) system. So it also runs on macs with Intel chips with at least macOS 11.2 instead. Of course, it is also fully compatible with Apple Silicon systems.


In order to be able to use Model D on macOS, you have to follow a few simple steps.

First, you need to download the “Minimoog Model D Synthesizer” app from the macOS app store. It shows you that the app costs $/€ 24.99. If you’ve already downloaded the app in the past, you can press the button without paying for it. Apple recognizes this purchase and they will not charge anything for the download. A bug that has been there for a long time and is not fixed.

Moog Model D macOS installation

Once downloaded, open the standalone app. In the taskbar under Help, you can then download the AUv2/VST3 wrapper from the Moog website. You then have to copy the component and VST3 files into the plugin folder on the macOS. And that’s it. Now you can use the Minimoog in your macOS DAW. Important the standalone app must be on the Mac. The wrapper alone does not work

I am very happy that the Moog Minimoog Model D app is now also available on macOS. It’s a fantastic-sounding emulation of a classic. Thanks, Moog for the update.

The Moog Model D app update is available now as a free download for existing customers. The app is out now for $24,99 USD and runs as an AUv3, AUv2, and VST3 plugin on macOS (Intel + Apple Silicon M1/M2).

More information here: Moog Music 

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  1. Hello there,
    I am one of those that already has the 1.3.12 version on iPad up and running. As you say, the App Store does not recognise my purchase and shows the price as if it was never bought. If I press that and then “BUY”, asks for the password and does not seem to recognise the purchase, it just shows the classic message “are you sure, you will be charged” that looks a little scary. Can you confirm this behaviour? Because with Model 15 I am pretty sure there was no such thing and it was immediately clear that I had only to “download” (no buy button). Latest Big Sur.

    • If you have bought or got Model D in the past for free for your iPad/iPhone, you will not be charged for it. Apple will recognise it during the purchase process.

      • Thank you, yes now I can confirm, there’a another window appearing telling you that:
        “This update is free.
        This update is free because you own previous version of this item. To get this update now, click OK.”

  2. Probably not everyone noticed that there is a download link in the menu of the standalone app that links to the VST wrapper. That should make it available to VST hosts. I can confirm that it works fine in Bitwig.

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