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Moog Minimoog Voyager Rackmount Analog Synthesizer
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Moog has taken all the mind-bending power of the Minimoog Voyager and packaged it in a 19" wide by 5U (8-3/4") high package. All the features of the ...Click To Read More About This Product
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All the mind-bending power of the Voyager in a 5U package!
Moog has taken all the mind-bending power of the Minimoog Voyager and packaged it in a 19" wide by 5U (8-3/4") high package. All the features of the Voyager plus switchable audio out (-2dBm unbalanced or +4dBm balanced 600 ohms). The Analog Synth also includes the Electric Blue backlit panel that Moog introduced with the Anniversary Edition Voyager. What you don't get is the keyboard or the Voyager's touch surface. Match the RME (or 2 or 4 of them) up with your existing Voyager to achieve some serious polyphony. Or simply purchase a MIDI keyboard to control the RME.
The Voyager Rackmount Analog Synth has CV and gate inputs for additional modulation options with expression pedals or other voltage sources. Audio input and effects insert allow you to interface with other gear. Stereo analog outs and headphone outs. 128 easily modified presets modeled after sounds used by Rick Wakeman, Tony Banks, Keith Emerson, and others give you instant access to classic Moog tone plus modern bass and lead sounds.
The signal path starts with a bank of 3 wide-range, high-stability, voltage-controlled oscillators, one noise source, and one audio preamplifier for externally applied audio signals. The sound modifiers are 2 'Moog-style' low-pass filters and one VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier). Modulation sources are 2 ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelope generators and one multi-waveform LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator). Frequency, octave, and wave controls are married with a switch that syncs Oscillators 1 and 2, frequency modulation of Oscillator 1 by Oscillator 3, drone function for Oscillator 3, and a switch to lower Oscillator 3 to the sub-audio range. Mixer module features 5 input level controls, 5 input switches, and external level LED. Filters module features choice of 2-pole or 4-pole response, cutoff control, spacing control, resonance control, and control of how much the filters open and close as you press different keys on the keyboard. Envelopes module features amount to filter control and envelope gate switch. LFO features rate control, sync selector, and rate LED. Modulation buses feature source, destination, and shaping selectors plus amount controls. The Minimoog synthesizer's MIDI capabilities include front panel storage and recall, control of front panel through MIDI, transmission of front-panel settings via MIDI, transmission and reception of keyboard data via MIDI, up- and downloading of banks of settings via MIDI, and updating of software via MIDI. The power supply accepts any power voltage from 100V to 240V.
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- 128 modifiable presets
- 3 ultra-stable oscillators
- Dual Moog filters
- 4-stage analog envelope generators
- Flexible modulation busses
- MIDI I/O
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Comments about Minimoog Voyager Rackmount Analog Synthesizer:
I think I've already made myself fairly clear. Overall, this is the best synth I own. I have Oberheims, Korgs, Rolands, Creamware, Chroma, Yamaha's, Alesis and more but the Minimoog Voyager stands above all others.
It doesn't do everything. It's not polyphonic, it won't do digital sounds or samples and it doesn't have anything built into it, like a sequencer or sampler, that you might find in a workstation. It's just a monophonic analog synthesizer. But it is by far the best I've ever played.
If you're thinking about saving money by getting a Moog Phatty I can tell you that there is no comparison. I also have a Moog Slim Phatty and although it also does some cool things, even a couple the Voyager can't, it is VERY limited in comparison and definitely does not have the punch of the Minimoog. Overall the build quality is much better as well.
Ever since I got it I have regretted not getting one sooner. If you're looking to buy a synth, start with a Voyager. It just doesn't get any better than this.
There are a lot of features the Minimoog Voyager RME but the main one is the sound. It sounds bigger, fatter and especially punchier than any other synth I own (and I have a lot). The only reason I don't give it a ten is because there isn't quite as much modulation routing as I'd like and you can't synch the LFO (which is entirely analog) to a midi clock.
But even having said that, just browsing through the factory patches, which are outstanding, should show you how versatile the instrument really is. It's not going to do everything, but then again, no synth will. But it certainly does plenty and does it better than any other synth.
Very solidly built. The sound is absolutely solid, punchy and in your face. Everything is absolutely perfect on this instrument. Smooth and clean.
I still think it's overpriced for what it is but if that extra cost pays for higher quality and better tech support it's definitely worth it. It's not a toy, it's an instrument that will hopefully help you make money thus eventually paying for itself. Stop looking for bargains and then complaining about the cheap build quality you get!
And once you start playing this one you'll forget all about what it cost.