The highly anticipated Minimoog Voyager synthesizer has arrived! 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 ...
"The Dave Smith Poly Evolver and the Moog Voyager are my favorite bits of analog for sure. And I have a lot of other analog gear. The Voyager is not incredibly versatile in signal flow or modulation but the sound is fatter than any other synthesizer ever made, and I don't think that point is debated much. " In answer to, "What are your favourite bits of kit in your studio and why?" From an interview with Wolfgang Gartner on [FXpansion](http://www.fxpansion.com/index.php?page=12&tab=58&showartist=145&xmode=singletab).more
"His collection includes a Doepfer A100 modular synthesizer, a Mellotron, a Minimoog, and a 1970 ARP 2500. “For a long time I was using mainly the Doepfer. I was more interested in using the LFO and gates and treating other instruments with it. I wasn't interested in using a synthesizer's oscillators. But the ARP 2500 has renewed my interest in oscillators completely, because they sound incredible. It's the same thing with guitars and recording equipment — the old stuff sounds better, louder, warmer, and more soothing."more
Armin has collected many synthesizers over the years, and amongst them is the Minimoog Voyager. In an interview for [Music Radar](http://www.musicradar.com/news/dj/in-pictures-armin-van-buurens-studio-565875/3), Armin Van Buuren said about the Minimoog Voyager, “Still a classic, especially when you overdrive the input or output with a special cable and get feedback - the filter goes nuts!”more
Josh played a Moog Minimoog Voyager while playing as backup guitarist/ instrumentalist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their Stadium Arcadium tour. The synth can also be seen [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxDfFR32gpQ&ab_channel=TheOrfeo9999) at 3:54 and 20:22 and 20:45more
"Eddie had come up with a cool new riff on a Minimoog synthesizer and shared it with Templeman and Roth. Soon after, the pair hijacked Eddie’s synth composition for “Dancing in the Streets,” a cover song that Van Halen disliked. In the end, Van Halen told Guitar World, “Ted and Dave were happy — and I wasn’t.” "more
"Even if I use all the modern bits and pieces, it’s nice that even at the core, you have this wild electronic beating heart going on. … Last week, I tried to write my Spider-Man [trailer] opus, and I’m stuck on it, and plug in a 40-year-old mini-Moog, and was going, ‘Oh, wow! This thing is living and breathing.’ It spits back at me. It’s great." (http://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/hans-zimmer-film-composer-inside-his-studio)more
In this video, J. Rocc and others open J Dilla's storage locker, and he recounts a story with J Dilla at 20:54: "...and they sent him THIS. He hit me up, 'J. Rocc, I've got the Moog back man, I'm back in business baby!' I was like, 'C'mon man! What?' It was on the TV tray... he was like, 'I got the keyboard back!' He was waiting for this..."more
In an [article from *beatportal*](http://news.beatport.com/benny-benassis-righthand-man-cousin-alle-benassi-on-the-ghost-writing-phenomenon/), Alle is asked what's currently used in his studio, he responds, "The core of the studio is a [Mac Pro](http://equipboard.com/items/apple-mac-pro) with [Logic](http://equipboard.com/items/apple-logic-pro-x) and a [Protools HD II](http://equipboard.com/items/avid-pro-tools-hd-2) system with a couple of [Digidesign 96](http://equipboard.com/items/digidesign-96-i-o-analog-digital-converter) interfaces connected to some analog and virtual-analog stuff, such as a [Moog Little Phatty](http://equipboard.com/items/moog-little-phatty-stage-ii-keyboard-synthesizer), Voyager, [Nord Lead 2x](http://equipboard.com/items/nord-lead-2x-rack), [Virus TI](http://equipboard.com/items/access-virus-ti-desktop-synthesizer), [Yamaha CS1x](http://equipboard.com/items/yamaha-cs1x-control-synthesizer), [Sherman Filterbank](http://equipboard.com/items/sherman-filterbank), and so on. There are also lots of virtual instruments, and then to monitor we use a [TL Audio Fat Track](http://equipboard.com/items/tl-audio-fat-track) and a couple of [ADAM S3As](http://equipboard.com/items/adam-s3a-active-monitors)."more
Like many producers in electronic music I wanted to own my own Moog synth from the beginning. So the Minimoog was one of the first synths I bought when I started to make a little money with my music. I used it a lot in my early productions. My first records under my real name featured sawtooth basslines a lot. This is the synth I made them with. I have to have it serviced, though – it’s not very stable now. That’s why I bought the Voyager two years ago – to have a fully functional Moog synth when I need one. I’m not using it a lot nowadays but I will never sell my Minimoog as it was my first real proper synth.more
Signature models will become prized possessions for decades to come, and the Performer models will prove to be major players in future of music to come!! It's being used by 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!more
Here Roy is seen on stage, before a show with his band 'Mutemath', being interviewed by JHS Pedals. He is standing next to the Moog Minimoog Voyager, which he uses to get deep synth bass for some of their songs. He talks about using the Moog when recording their third record 'Odd Soul' at 2:46 in this video. "I played bass and I played guitar and all that stuff, but the main sounds, especially in the riffs and verses, really come from this Moog"more
In November 2001, Moog Music (then Big Briar) announced that they planned to release an updated version of the Minimoog. The new synthesizer promised to have modern features, yet continue to be authentic to the original sound quality. The company offered a new synthesizer to the customer who could come up with a name for the project. Early in 2002, they announced that the synthesizer would be named the "Minimoog Voyager". Late in the summer of 2002, Moog Music began shipping the new Voyagers. Occasionally a new system software release is made available, which can be downloaded from Moog Music's website and sent to the Voyager via MIDI. Recent software versions allow complex internal patching of control voltages, a very powerful and convenient feature for the user. Also available is the VX-351 Voyager Expander, an external box that is wired to the Voyager featuring 25 control-voltage outputs for physical CV patching. Recent versions of the Voyager software expand the original 128-patch memory to 896 patches by implementing seven selectable banks, A to G, with 128 patches each. The current model (2007) has most of the patches pre-programmed in groups corresponding to earlier software releases.more
In this interview, Liam Howlett explaind his adventure with the Minimoog: "I did something really silly about a year ago -- I had loads of analogue gear (including) a Minimoog... and I got rid of (it)! I played a JD800 in a shop, and thought it was pretty cool; it seemed to have the analogue feel. (...) When I got the JD800 home, I knew within a week I wasn't happy with it. I'm definitely getting the Minimoog back!"more
Are they more like vintage toys or do you frequently use them in the studio? "I do use them on my tracks. If something needs to be done quickly I'll turn to plugins, but I also take the time to use outboard gear, especially the Yamaha CS80, which I use a lot for pads, or the Minimoog for bass. "Everything does have its purpose and I know what to go to. The way I've got my studio rigged up, a lot of the synths have MIDI retrofit, so you can stick them on a MIDI track and send them out to whatever board you want to use."more
The highly anticipated Minimoog Voyager synthesizer has arrived! 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.
Moog Music introduced the Minimoog Voyager synthesizer in two editions: the Signature Edition and the Performer Edition. There were only 600 Signature Edition models and they listed for $3,495 each! Their unique features include: Hand-finished wood cabinet in your choice of genuine solid maple (light), cherry (honey-colored), or walnut (brown), illuminated, clear acrylic Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels, gold-plated nameplate, padded Gig Bag, 4-year warranty with two free factory tunings, and is individually inspected and signed by Bob Moog. The Performer Edition listed for $2,995 and has a solid hardwood cabinet.
The Minimoog Voyager is a true analog monophonic synthesizer (probably the most expensive one of its kind) and is based entirely on the original classic Minimoog Model D, which was produced by Moog Music, Inc. from 1970 to 1982. It introduces many new features, including a three dimensional touch pad, MIDI I/O, extensive patching facilities, patch storage, and more! It's cased in a beautiful, solid hardwood cabinet with a multi-position hinged control panel.
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.
There's also a 44-note keyboard, this time with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity. Also on-board are Pitch and Mod wheels, Glide/Portamento, and a series of 1/4" CV and/or Pedal jacks lining the top/rear of the front panel. The Mod Wheel can be sent to control all oscillators, or just VCO2, VCO3, the filter cutoff, or LFO rate. The Mod can gets its source from the LFO (triangle/square/sample-n-hold waveforms), VCO3, or the external Mod2 input. A Mixer Module gives you a five-input mixer for combining various audio sources prior to filtering between the oscillators, noise and external audio input signals.
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. It WILL replace your original Minimoog (if you're lucky enough to have one). Signature models will become prized possessions for decades to come, and the Performer models will prove to be major players in future of music to come!! It's being used by 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!
If you're reading this, you probably already know what it is and what it can do. So rather than review the features, I'll explain why I love it. I was classically trained on piano, and play mostly Jazz / Rock keys and electric guitar. I play with my hands. I step on stompboxes, work the wah, tweak knobs. I'm a knob tweaker. Scrolling through endless presets is not my style. With my Voyager, and all its glorious knobs, I feel like I am really connecting with the instrument not only on a tactile sense but a deeper, creative sense. I can physically adjust every setting by turning and flipping instead of scrolling or swiping, etc. The only thing that could possibly make this any better is if it were a polyphonic. But there are three oscillators, so creating intervals is easily done! And if you like presets, there are some great ones.
this set me back way more than I would have liked but it is a great synth that I use more than most of my others, I think I need to stay away from moog products, I can't help myself...