Since its introduction forty years ago, musicians have used the Minimoog, the world's first portable synthesizer to express their creative muse in live performance and recordings. The Minimoog Voyager... Click To Read More About This Product
Since its introduction forty years ago, musicians have used the Minimoog, the world's first portable synthesizer to express their creative muse in live performance and recordings. The Minimoog Voyager, designed by Bob Moog himself and released in 2002, is an updated version of the original Minimoog with 21st century advantages to carry the archetype into the future. The Voyager is the definitive American synthesizer, a lovingly hand-crafted, monophonic, monotimbral high performance instrument with enormous sonic range and possibilities.
The Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition is a handcrafted, all-analog performance synthesizer that incorporates the features and incredible sonic range of the original Minimoog, while adding a vast number of new functional improvements to its design, including a three dimensional touch surface, MIDI IN and MIDI OUT implementation, extensive patching facilities, and a large number of new panel features. And just like the original Minimoog, the Minimoog Voyager was designed and brought to life by synthesizer pioneer, Bob Moog.
The signal path starts with a bank of three wide-range, high-stability voltage controlled oscillators, one noise source, and one audio preamplifier for externally-applied audio signals. The sound modifiers are two Moog filters and one stereo VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier). Modulation sources are two ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelope generators and one multiwaveform LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator).Control devices include a 44-key keyboard with velocity and afterpressure outputs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, a three dimensional touch surface, and many control/pedal input jacks.
The Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition is the traditional Minimoog Voyager. It is housed in a rugged steel chassis that is secured in a stunning, custom finished ash cabinet. It is fitted with a top of the line, 44-key Fatar keybed and comes stock with cool grey pitch/mod wheels.
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Comments about Moog Voyager Performance Edition:
However good you imagine the Voyager is, it's better in real life. Before I even turned it on, I was amazed by the synth action keyboard. It absolutely has the Moog sound, which re-defines the words "fat" and "warm".
All of the main sound design option are available on a physical knob, so designing new sounds is easy, fun, inspiring, and powerful. My second night I was already creating new sounds that were amazing and that I hadn't heard before. The reason why I didn't start the first night is because unlike other synths, pretty much all of the factory presets are excellent, so I was playing through those. It's hard to think of overwriting any of them.
The feel of the keyboard is the ultimate synth action. I had never realized how good a synth could feel until I put my fingers on the Voyager. I could only wish to have a 76 keys of the amazing Voyager action rather than just 44. All of the knobs and switches feel amazing and have solid, satisfying tactile feedback. The most important knobs are oversized, but none of the knobs feel small. With a bit of familiarity, one could absolutely drive this synth around by feel alone while keeping eyes on sheet music, bandmates or audience members.
Having ordered one of the last 600 built, I also received a special numbered card signed by all of the crew at Moog who work on my Voyager. A bittersweet photo of Bob Moog was also included. The entire experience of this synthesizer is unlike any other electronic instrument I've ever played. It feels more like a real, living instrument and not like an electronic keyboard. This is the kind of synth that makes synthesizers serious music products, not mere toys for students to learn with.
If you can at all manage to swing one of these, and you have any appreciation for analog synthesis, do it. I hope everyone who wants one is able to get one before they are gone.