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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Marc Tardif a hobbyist user from Ottawa, CANADA writes:
How many words can discribe a work of art ? If a picture is worth a thousand words then the sound of the Moog Voyager is worth a lot more. I purchased my Voyager when it became available locally, and I have to admit, at first I was unsure If made the right investment due to some incomplete operating system implementations, but Moog came through on updates, and the more I play this machine the more I love it.

Over time, I have bought many synths/modules/softsynths, but Voyager is unique. Sure it's monophonic, but it's the best monophonic voices I ever played.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-07-2004 at 08:07
Traveller a professional user from Everywhere writes:
This is a stupid waste of money. If you have to celebrate the minimoog, throw a party. In 2004 we don't need a mono synth. If we did, it wouldn't be this one. I flog studio equipment around Europe and the States and see quite a few of these sat around gathering dust, even more so than real minimoogs. You see worn out Tritons, Akais, JDs and Xps everywhere. And then this bloody thing, usually switched off under the custom cover. Buy a real classic if you need to. There's nothing more crass and exploitative than a re-issued, 30-year old monosynth...hand signed by its designer. Costing $$$$$.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-29-2004 at 03:04
Alf Neuman a part-time user from England writes:
To me synth are like cars. A Ford Fiasta won't beat a Formula 1 race car, but a Formula 1 race car won't get you to the shops and back. For what the Voyager does, it does well. Price, well, like a Ferrari, you can buy cheaper but it won't be a Ferrari. It comes down to will it do what you want. If so, then get it. Me, I'm very tempted.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-21-2004 at 04:12
john smith a professional user from usa writes:
Graham , in the review below , is correct in his implication that a modest modular synthesizer has more routing potential than the Voyager . He is also vastly underestimating the Voyagers external and internal routing capabilities (especially in combination with the VX-351 CV expander). My MOTM modular synthesizer (with a similar number of osc's , eg's , filters ,vca's , ect... as the Voyager) has 78 patch points for various cv , gate ,trigger and audio signals . The Voyager/VX-351 combination has 51 patch points plus two internal modulation busses , each with six sources and destinations . There are quite a few more modulation possibilities if you use Edit Mode . The Voyager/VX-351 patch points can be used for interfacing with the Voyager itself and/or external modules . This makes the Voyager/VX-351 combitation a very high quality , semi-modular synthesizer that seriously begins to compete with a modest modular synthesizer (surpasses the most basic). In addition the Voyager is more portable , has a good keyboard , is a midi/cv converter and has a real nice wood shell . And , despite it's complexities , is very easy to use . These qualities and the aforementioned semi-modular capabilities are why I have compared the Voyager/VX-351 with a modest , high quality modular synthesizer . The Voyager sounds just as good as my modular and greatly expands it's power.

The Voyager's semi-modular capabilities and it's ability to interface with my modular system were large factors in my purchasing decision . In these terms it does things my Waldorf Q and my Virus , great as they are , will never do . And it will probably outlast every soft synth I own (of course I'll always be buying new and cooler ones).

The qualities discussed above are , in large part , how I justified the cost of the Voyager Performer . My MOTM modular cost $3000 and the Voyager/VX-351 combination cost $2700 ( I do not know how much the rest of the world has to pay) . I found these cost reasonable compared to what I got in return .

In regards to buying an old Minimoog vs. a new one I again disagree with the reviewer below . You'll save some money and you'll have a great sounding vintage synth . But for about $1000 more you'll have the same sound (and a lot more) semi-modular capabilities , midi , better reliability , oscillators that stay in tune and still have the real deal .

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-08-2004 at 19:50
hans a professional user from germany writes:
dinosaur technology providing only 1 note of monophony. sound is good, but you cannot play pads. sound formations limited compared to synths like nord or virus with more synthetic possibilities.

Good furniture for the house, good collectible.

Sound isn't much different from other analog synths. my yamaha an1x analog modeller has as better sound with better fm possibilities.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-05-2004 at 12:26
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