The Minimoog Voyager is a true analog monophonic synthesizer based entirely on the original classic Minimoog Model D with added features such as a three dimensional touch pad, MIDI I/O, extensive patching facilities, patch storage, and more.
This masterpiece of a synthesizer marks two landmarks in the history of synthesizers: the rebirth of the Minimoog and the return of Moog Music! Dr. Robert Moog himself helped design this modern-day Minimoog along with Big Briar. Big Briar (formed by Dr. Moog in 1978) became popular in the nineties with their Moogerfooger analog effect boxes and Etherwave Theremins. In 2002, Moog got the rights back to Moog Music so Big Briar (and all its products) are now Moog Music.
Just like the original, the Voyager has three analog wide-range voltage controlled oscillators, one noise source, as well as one audio preamplifier for externally-applied audio signals. Two resonant Moog-style filters are on-board and function in dual lowpass or lowpass/highpass modes and can be modulated by one of the two ADSR envelopes, the LFO, or external control. All knobs and switches can have their settings stored into one of 128 Program memories. Program Banks as well as the Voyager's Operating System can be uploaded/downloaded via MIDI SysEx. Centered on its front panel is the ominous, black 3-D (XYZ) Touch Surface which provides three continuously-variable control signals which are derived from the up-down and left-right position of the player's finger, and the amount of area with which the player makes contact to the surface.
The new Minimoog Voyager is a first class synth; every bit as elegant in look as sound and quality. It is highly streamlined and offers all the functionality of a modern day (mono)synth with the classic, warm, unforgettable Moog sound. Notable users include Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, the Crystal Method, Electric Skychurch, Duran Duran, Air, Morcheeba, Black Eyed peas, Nine Inch Nails, Blues Traveller, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dido, The Cure, Herbie Hancock, Rick Wakeman, Yes, Nickelback, Dream Theater, Paul Simon, Joy Electric, the Neptunes, Alicia Keys, CeeLo Green, Madonna, Incubus, FUN, Radiohead, Bjork and more.
Throughout its history, the Voyager has seen many revisions:
Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Edition (2005) packages the Voyager into a 19" 5U rack mount / table-top version. The Voyager RME contains all the synthesis functions of the original Voyager and includes the Electric Blue backlit panel introduced with the Anniversary Edition Voyager from 2004. New features include a switchable output mode (balanced/unbalanced) and an Input Accessory Port for CV/Gate Inputs. Up to 16 RME Voyagers can be linked together to achieve polyphony. The RME listed for $2,795.
Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue (2006) is based off the limited run of the 50th Anniversary Edition Voyagers from 2004-05, which featured a black painted wood cabinet and the control panel was backlit using electroluminescent technology. The Electric Blue models which have been sold since 2006 continue to feature the electric blue backlit panel and is housed in a fractal blue solid ash cabinet and lists for $3,556.
Minimoog Voyager Select Series (2006-13) was a customizable version of the Electric Blue in which the customer can choose between mahogany, electric blue, traditional ash, white wash, maple, black, cherry, and walnut cabinets with red, blue, white, orange, green, or purple backlighting. They listed for $3,659 but were reduced to $2,999 when discontinued in 2013.
Minimoog Voyager Old School (2008-09) looks like a traditional 1970's Minimoog. The Old School is focused on traditional features, dropping digital controls and leaving behind a pure analog sound engine. The central touch pad controller and LCD screens are gone. It has expanded modulation capabilities beyond that of the previous Voyagers (more patchable sources and destinations). MIDI I/O is absent, but it has pitch CV out and keyboard gate CV out. It was only available in the "Traditional Ash" wood panelling and listed at $2,695. Billed by Moog as the perfect replacement for the Minimoog Model D. The Old School was discontinued in 2009.
Minimoog Voyager XL (2010) was released in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Minimoog Model D. It adds to the Voyager an expanded 61-note keyboard, a ribbon controller, an additional LFO/modulation bus, and most notably, an extensive front-panel analog patch bay that opens the Voyager up to a more modular approach to creating sounds with more flexibility than any previous Voyager model. The XL listed for $4,995.
Polyphony - MONOPHONIC (switchable between low note, high note, or last note priority)
Oscillators - 3 wide-range analog oscillators with triangular, sawtooth, square, and narrow rectangular waveforms.
LFO - One LFO (VCO3 can be used as a 2nd LFO) with triangular, square, Sample & Hold, and smoothed Sample & Hold waveforms. Adjustable Rate speeds from 0.2 Hz to 50 Hz. LFO Syncable to keyboard gate, external envelope gate, or external gate.
Filter - Two analog filters: Dual Lowpass mode or Highpass-Lowpass mode. Cutoff, Resonance, Keyboard Control Amt, Spacing (sets the spacing between the frequencies of the two filters over a +/-3 octave range). One wide-range ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelope generator.
VCA - One wide-range ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelopes for the stereo amplifier.
Keyboard - 44 keys with Velocity and Pressure control. Pitch/Mod wheels (illuminated blue on Signature Edition).
Memory - 128 programs. All front panel controls, selectors, and switches are stored in the nonvolatile digital memory.
Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THROUGH, CV/GATE, Pedal/CV inputs for: Volume, Pan, Filter Cutoff, Waveform select, Pitch, Mod1, Mod2, Sample n Hold, Env Rate, LFO Rate, and Sync.
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