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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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donato writes:
Walnut #170. The must-have of real analogue monosynths. Sounds great, looks great, great interface, will hold its value. What more could you possibly want?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-23-2002 at 20:49
The Real MC a professional user from Earth writes:
Signature Edition #125 in walnut reporting in.

I had my R.A. Moog Minimoog (serial #1053) side-by-side with the Voyager; sounds dead on like the Minimoog, even that elusive G-R-O-W-L that I could never get on my other vintage Moogs. The Memorymoog got close. The Source got close. The Andromeda got close. Only the Voyager hit the target. It sounds THAT good. My RAM Minimoog has discrete VCOs and the Voyager sound eerily discrete, especially with lead synth and square wave sounds.

The Voyager is just as fast as the Minimoog to dial up your own sounds. All the controls are logically arranged from left to right. The same switches as on the original, which are easy to hit. Some of the less common features are buried in the OS, which is also true of the SE-1x, Andromeda, etc but it's better than none at all.

Say goodbye to tuning problems. Many analog synths need twenty minutes to warm up before they're stable and in tune. The Voyager only needs twenty <I><B>seconds</I></B> and they're solid. I've never seen a real analog synth stabilize this fast - impressive.

This is the real deal Minimoog for the 21st century. Modern components for reliability. Not a single loose pot, switch, or jack anywhere. MIDI implementation. Good modulation flexibility. Dedicated LFO with sync options like sync to MIDI, to keyboard, or to envelope gate. Full ADSR. Dual filters with selectable 12/24dB slopes and parallel/bandpass configurations. Stereo. You get the sound of the original Minimoog with today's feature set. I also have the Lintronics LMC MIDI Interface in my RAM Minimoog, but its feature set doesn't approach the Voyager. The OS is early but the hardware is set in stone and sounds awesome. Keep your eyes peeled on the Moog Music website for lots more features to be added.

I took the Voyager out for a road test for left hand bass with my R&B band. <B>It rocks on stage!</B> I had been using my Micromoog because it gets a decent bass guitar sound; the atypical Minimoog bass doesn't work as well in the music we do. But with the waveshaping, oscillator sync, and filter FM features on the Voyager, I not only nailed the sound but the Voyager provided that extra beef of the classic Minimoog filter, especially on those low B notes. I'm running the Voyager through a Moog Synamp biamped to drive a 2x15 cabinet and a Bose 802 cabinet and the Voyager can put out some serious radiation on those pedal tones. Not since the Minimoog and the Moog Source have I felt vibrations like this. Yes folks, you can learn some effective bass programming techniques on the lowly Micromoog.

The keyboard feel is excellent, nice affirmative action and my left hand being on autopilot most of the night managed to hit notes a lot cleaner than usual. Once I dialed in the sound, the Voyager was very controllable.

It attracted some attention from folks in the audience (even the kitchen cook gawked at it). First the littlelite got their attention and then the blue lit wheels, especially on a dark stage. During break the house muzak was playing "Magic Man" so I dialed up the sound and played along with the Minimoog solo - a couple of guys were checking it out and said there aren't too many people anymore who know how to play those things. Using the extended mod capabilities I dialed up a great trumpet lead solo - something the original Minimoog couldn't pull off. The band loved the Voyager, they wanted to leave behind the Micromoog at the club :)

The touchpad is way cool - very expressive modulation of the filters. Check it out in stereo. I discovered that you can get better control of the Z-dimension (finger area) if you keep an opposite finger/thumb on the exposed panel chassis, like right above the hinges. The Z dimension controls the filter resonance, so when you use this technique you have better control of resonance, especially when sending the filters into self-oscillation.

This synth begs to be processed. Run the stereo outputs into a stereo delay, play with that touchpad or dial up self-running S&H patterns, and you'll get lost for hours.

I discovered a neat feature of the gig bag. There's a pocket on the bottom, with two straps. Put the gig bag on its side. The straps hook to the loops on the bottom. Now you can carry the Voyager like a backpack. This is the best way to carry it; the Vger is pretty heavy for the shoulder strap and it's a bit of a strain on your hands using the handle. The backpack straps are the way to go.

I put a lot more words on my Harmony Central <a href="http://www.harmony-central.com/Synth/Data/Moog/Minimoog-Voyager-01.html">review</a> so forgive me for not repeating all that typing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-21-2002 at 17:26
Richard Hilleman a hobbyist user from Bay Area, USA writes:
OK, here is the first review from someone who actually bought one.

I have Signature Edition #62 in Walnut.

For comparison, I also own MiniMoog Model D #4019 with a Lintonics Midi Kit in it, an SE-1X and several other of the Classic MonoSynths.

Osc's. Lots of hair, but closer to the SE-1X than the Mini. I suspect the difference is more pronounced in the older Osc carded Mini's. Variable waveforms, FM and Sync have been added. The Sync is particularly tasty, and may religate my Odyssey to storage.

Filter's. Seems pretty similar. The Res is a little different in its response, maybe a little cleaner and there is a new control called spacing that sets the difference between the first and second of the LP filters. There are several other filter options not available in the MiniMoog Model D.

EG's. Moog comes into the present. They are classic ADSR's.

The Modulation subsystem is pretty new. You can do all of the classic Mini tricks, plus a bunch more. It now has a dedicated LFO, but so does my Lintronic's Mini. Oddly, no sinewave pattern for the LFO. Some of the programablity in the modulation system has incomplete software, but Bob and Co at least tell you so. I wish the OBMx had been so advertised.

Inputs and outputs. This is a stereo synth, but pan is really buried in the controls. It will do the classic output repatch trick from the Mini, it also has an insert between the VCO's and the LPFs, so you can plug your Rat or your Moogerfogger Ring Modulator where you really want it. There are a bunch of control other inputs and outputs.

OK, here is the final score after one week: 4. I cost me more than either of my CS80's. In fact, it cost more than I paid for every synth I own except my Wave, Sync II and Fairlight. It is the Bentley of Synthesizers. If the value matters, you are probably buying the wrong guy.

On the other hand, a Lintronics Mini will probably run you close to the price of the performance series Voyager, and is unlike to be as reliable or consistant.

JoBob says, check it out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-24-2002 at 16:02
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