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Minimoog Voyager XL Celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Minimoog      12/09/10
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Here's Moog's press release...
Designed in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Minimoog, the Minimoog Voyager XL is a sonic powerhouse that pays homage to important milestones in the Moog synthesizer legacy. It starts with the heart of a Minimoog Model D. Fat oscillators and warm Moog filters give it that unmistakable Moog sound and the rugged construction and intuitive user interface design immediately tells you that you're playing a high-quality musical instrument.
From the current Voyager lineage, the XL inherits a 100% analog signal path with stable oscillators, patch storage, touch surface, pot mapping and extensive MIDI control functionality.
To all this, add a ribbon controller and 61 note keyboard and you have a monster analog monosynth built on a 40 year legacy of sonic exploration.
"To celebrate the 40th anniversary of a ground-breaking product like the Minimoog Model D, we knew we had to design something special" said Mike Adams, President of Moog Music. "The XL draws from the Model D and the entire history of our company to create an outstanding new instrument tailored for production, performance and sound design."
Incorporating virtually all of the sound resources and functions of the original Minimoog Model D and Voyager, The Minimoog Voyager XL features extensive front-panel patchability that harkens back to the original ground-breaking Moog modular synthesizers. A host of features previously found only on massive modular synthesizers combined with state-of-the-art analog technology make it a sound design and control dream machine.
Highlights include:
  • 61-Note Velocity Sensitive Keyboard with After-Pressure
  • Ribbon Controller with Pitch and Gate CV Outputs
  • Touch Surface Controller with X, Y, A and Gate Outputs
  • External Audio Input
  • Effects Loop Insert
  • 2 Active Attenuators
  • 4-Input CV Mixer
  • Lag Processor
  • Additional MIDI-Syncable LFO
  • 3 Four-Way Mults
  • 20 Control Voltage Outputs
  • 3 Gate Outputs
  • 10 Control Voltage Inputs
  • 4 Gate Inputs
  • 2 Modulation Busses
  • Solid Oak Cabinet
  • Tilting Control Panel
Pricing and Availability:
Priced at $4995, the Minimoog Voyager XL will ship in the 4th quarter of 2010. More information:


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9 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Gustavo    Said...

If only money grew on trees...

I totally desire this beast of a synth! I hope that someday I get to save enough to be able to buy (and ship/import) this jewel!

Its like the ultimate moog, patch matrix, 61 keys, ribbon controller, everything you´d ever desire!

12-Sep-10 01:22 PM

Marc JX8P    Said...

Absolutely beautiful... Great design and I bet it's a sound monster.

12-Sep-10 01:29 PM

marc    Said...

yeah, oh - and one voice. What a lovely piece of boutique equipment. I'll have four of those

13-Sep-10 03:27 AM

Realist    Said...

That's a lot of money for a monophonic instrument which will, in essence, sound exactly like the Voyager.

13-Sep-10 04:30 AM

Gustavo    Said...

@Realist Remember that having such a beast is not only for the sound but for bragging you have one :P

13-Sep-10 08:41 PM

eXode    Said...

I would choose an original Model D over this freak of nature any day. It just looks silly. I could have bought if it could store your modular patchings in the presets (like on a Buchla) but this odd mixture of modular and saving presets is just wrong.

It would have made more sense to make the voyager old school into the XL.

Oh and at that price you can get a Studio-44 system from

I know what I would choose...

14-Sep-10 03:51 AM

? and the mysterions    Said...

far too many built in performance controllers ( pitch ribbon, xyz and wheels), which is a bit spinal tap. Possible there was a decision to once make a pitch ribbon as an aftermarket accessory which didnt work out. the patch bays look suspiciously like cp and vx controllers, too, which suggests parts rationalisation. A 5K price tag for a semi-modular synth is optimistic in the current climate. If there was the option to add more voices or something, it would be a no brainer. As it is, 5k can buy you a lot of new or old true modular synthesizers.

15-Sep-10 01:27 PM

raphus    Said...

I think it's beautiful, and it got my heart rate up, but realistically I would only spend that much money on a polyphonic synth like, say, a MemoryMoog reissue. I'm sure there are many famous and rich people who will buy it, though.

15-Sep-10 11:55 PM

eXode    Said...

raphus et others: At that price you could get a Studio Electronics Omega 8 ;)

16-Sep-10 03:38 AM

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