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Moog Music Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue Analog Synth, New

It's part synth, part time machine! Based on the original Minimoog Model D, the 44-key Electric Blue edition of the Voyager adds a touch controller and more. (38) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

This is one beautiful product. It's the Voyager with all the sonic quality one would expect. The Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue is the culmination of Moog's efforts to make the Voyager not only sound great but look fantastic.

Played by the likes of Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5 and Printz Board of the Black Eyed Peas, the Electric Blue Voyager is housed in a fractal blue solid ash cabinet. At first it looks black but as one draws near the fractal blue flecks pop out in an eye catching display. Combine this with the stunning look of the electric blue back lit panel, blue LED's, and some killer patches and you have an instrument you will be proud to play for a lifetime.

The Minimoog Voyager Synthesizer is a monophonic (one note at a time) analog performance synthesizer. It incorporates virtually all of the sound resources and functions of the original Model D Minimoog, which was produced by Moog Music, Inc. from 1970 to 1982. It has many additional features, including a 3-D touch surface, MIDI IN and MIDI OUT implementation, and extensive patching facilities.

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 filters and 1 stereo VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier). Modulation sources are 2 ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelope generators and 1 multiwaveform LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator).Control devices include a 44-key keyboard with velocity and afterpressure outputs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, a 3-dimensional touch surface, and many control/pedal input jacks.

The Minimoog Voyager has a hinged, multi-position panel and a solid hardwood cabinet. The power supply accepts any power voltage from 100 volts to 240 volts.

Features:

Oscillators Module
3 wide-range, high stability VCO's (Voltage Controlled Oscillators) with continuously-variable waveforms.

- Frequency -- controls (2) vary the frequencies of Oscillators #2 and #3 over a +/-7 semitone range with respect to Oscillator #1.
- Octave -- selectors (3) set the frequency ranges of the oscillators in six octave steps.
- Wave -- controls (3) provide continuous control over the waveforms of the oscillators, from triangular, to sawtooth, to square, to narrow rectangular.
- 1-2 Sync -- switch synchronizes the Oscillator #2 waveform to the frequency of Oscillator #1, for dramatic timbral effects.
- 3-1 FM -- switch provides linear frequency modulation of Oscillator #1 by Oscillator #3.
- 3 KB Cont -- switch disconnects Oscillator #3 from control by the keyboard, thereby enabling it to function as a drone.
- 3 Freq -- switch lowers the frequency of Oscillator #3 into the sub-audio range, thereby enabling it to function as a low frequency audio or modulating oscillator.

Mixer Module
5-input mixer for combining the audio sources prior to filtering.

- Input Level controls (5) -- adjust the relative levels of the oscillator, noise, and external audio input signals.
- Input switches (5) -- enable the player to quickly switch individual audio signals in and out.
- External Level LED -- enables the player to set the correct external audio signal level.

Filters Module
Dual mode filter module includes dual lowpass and highpass-lowpass filtering. Dual lowpass mode consists of 2 Moog lowpass-resonant filters in parallel, 1 per output channel. Highpass-lowpass mode consists of Moog lowpass filter in series with a highpass filter.

- Cutoff -- control sweeps the frequencies of both filters throughout the audio range.
- Spacing -- control sets the spacing between the frequencies of the two filters, over a +/-3 octave range.
- Resonance -- control adjusts the resonance of both filters, from none (pure lowpass response) to filter oscillation.
- KB Cont Amount -- control sets how much the filters open and close as the player presses different keys on the keyboard.
- Dual Lowpass/Highpass-Lowpass switch selects between dual lowpass operation or highpass-lowpass operation.

Envelopes Module
The Envelopes Module generates 2 wide-range ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelopes. The Filter Envelope sweeps the filter and is available for modulation shaping. The Volume Envelope shapes the overall volume.

- Attack -- controls (2) determine the attack times of the envelopes.
- Decay -- controls (2) determine the decay time constants of the envelopes.
- Sustain -- controls (2) determine the sustain levels of the envelopes.
- Release -- controls (2) determine the release time constants of the envelopes.
- Amount to FIlter -- control determines how much the filter envelope will open and close the filter, from full negative (inverted envelope) to full positive (non-inverted envelope).
- Envelope Gate Switch -- selects whether the envelopes will be triggered by the keyboard, on , or by an externally-applied gate.

LFO Module
Low Frequency Oscillator generates triangular, square, Sample & Hold, and smoothed Sample & Hold waveforms for use as modulating signals.

- Rate -- control sets the LFO rate over the range 0.2 Hz (one cycle every five seconds) to 50 Hz (fifty times a second).
- Sync -- selector selects LFO synchronization source to be from the keyboard gate, external envelope gate, external gate, or off (no synchronization).
- Rate LED -- provides visual indication of the LFO rate.

Modulation Busses Module
Selects the sources, destinations, and shaping signals for the Mod Wheel bus and the EXT Pedal/On bus.

- Source -- selectors (2) selects the modulation source from the LFO triangle or square waveforms, Oscillator# 3, sample and hold, the external modulation input (MOD2) or noise.
- Destination -- selectors (2) selects the modulation destination from all the audio oscillators, just Oscillator #2, just Oscillator #3, the filter cutoff frequencies, the oscillator waveforms, or LFO Rate.
- Shaping -- selectors (2) selects the key pressure signal, filter envelope, note-on velocity or on to shape the modulation signal on that bus.
- Amount -- controls (2) sets the overall modulation amount for each bus.

Output Module
- Master Volume -- control sets the overall level of the instrument's audio outputs.
- Headphone Volume -- control sets the overall level of the headphone output.
- Headphones Jack -- 1/4-inch tip-ring-sleeve phone jack for regular headphones.

Glide and Fine Tune Module
- Glide -- varies the speed at which the keyboard voltage changes, from instantaneous to several seconds.
- Fine Tune -- adjusts the overall tuning of the instrument.

V 2.5 Software Capabilities
Voyager Software developed by Rudi Linhard of Lintronics.

Front Panel Storage and Recall
Except for the Fine Tuning control, the settings of all front panel controls, selectors, and switches are stored in the nonvolatile digital memory. A total of one hundred twenty eight front panel presets may be stored for instant recall.

Transmission and Reception of Keyboard Data Via MIDI
Polyphonic note-on and note-off with velocity can be transmitted (Note numbers 53-96).The Voyager responds to note-on (0-127) messages monophonically with user defineable note priority. The Voyager's Front Panel Controls transmit and respond to MIDI CCs. Please refer to the Voyager User's Manual for a list of the Front Panel Controls and their corresponding MIDI CC#s.

Uploading and Downloading of Presets Via MIDI
Individual Presets or whole Preset banks may be uploaded and downloaded via MIDI System Exclusive.

Updating of Operating Software Via MIDI
The instrument's operating software can be updated via MIDI files (.syx Sysex files) which will be available on Moog Music's web site in the Support Docs and Software section.

Panel Mode Features
Panel Mode features include Compare, Quick Mode (Preset changes with +/-1 buttons), Parameter Display (view stored paramter value, current parameter value), and enable/disable preset Master and Headphone Volume.

Edit Mode Features
Related to Preset Parameters not on Front Panel, these include: Compare tp Preset, Recall last Sound, Real Panel Control, Pitch Bend Amount, Programmable Mod Buss Sources, Destinations and Shaping, Keyboard and Trigger Modes, FIlter Pole Select, Envelope Gate Source, Touch Surface Destinations, Touch Surface Memory, Pot Mapping Mod. Matrix, LFO MIDI Clock Divider, Initialize Parameters, Preset Name, and Save Preset.

Master Mode Features
Global Settings and functions for the Voyager include: LCD Contrast, MIDI Local Kbd. On/Off, MIDI Merge, MIDI Program Change On/Off, MIDI In/Out Channel, MIDI In/Out On/Off, Send Panel Sound, Send All Presets, Receive Presets, SysEx Device ID, Transpose In/Out, MIDI Key Order, Velocity Curve, Copyright Info, Software Version, Send System ROM, Send Boot System, Receive Update.

Player Control Interfaces
- 44-Key Keyboard -- produces Pitch, Gate, Velocity, and Pressure control outputs.
- Wheels -- Pitch Wheel bends pitch over a range of up to +/-1 octave. Mod wheel controls the gain of the Mod Wheel bus.
- Glide and Release -- switches provide real-time on-off control over the glide and release functions.
- 3-Dimensional Touch Surface --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.

Pedal/Control Inputs
These 10 jacks have red nuts. They accept either expression pedals or control voltages, and control the following performance parameters:

- Volume
- Pan
- Filter Cutoff
- Waveform
- Pitch
- MOD2 - External Modulation Source
- MOD1 - External Control of the Pedal Mod. Bus
- Sample and Hold In
- Evelopes Rate
- LFO Rate

Accessory Port
The Accessory port delivers the Control Voltage and gate signals generated inside the Voyager to a standard DB-25 connector. This is designed for use with the VX-351 Voyager CV Expander.

LFO Sync
A footswitch or gateapplied to this input will reset the LFO waveform to the beginning of its cycle.

Envelopes Gate
A footswitch or gate applied to this input will start the envelopes.

Sample and Hold Gate
A gate signal applied to this jack will trigger a sample and hold voltage.

Release
foot switch plugged into this jack will have the same effect as depressing the corresponding switch on the left hand controller panel.

Mixer Ext In
Plug any instrument-level or line-level audio signal in this jack to combine with the oscillator and noise signals prior to filtering.

Mix Out/Filter Audio In
The output of the audio mixer appears here, before being fed to the filter. Normally, the Mixer output is bridged directly to the filter input. If you plug something into this jack, that breaks the normal connection. Using a standard insert cable (1/4" TRS plug to two 1/4" TS plugs) this jack can be used as an effects loop for external processing of the Mix before it goes to the filter.

Left(Mono) and Right Audio Outputs
The audio outputs are 1/4" unbalanced outputs. The two output channels are summed to mono when only the left(mono) output is used.

12V Lamp
The BNC Lamp Socket provides 12VDC for a gooseneck lamp.

MIDI In, Thru, and Out Connectors
Standard MIDI connectors for interfacing with other MIDI gear.

Power Input
The Voyager's power input accepts a standard power cable. The Voyager works from 100-250 VAC, 50-60 Hz.

Version 3.X Enhancements
Hardware Enhancements
- V3.X hardware upgrade extends the current single Bank of 128 Presets to 7 Banks of 128 Presets for a total of 896 user accessible presets.
- Of the 896 user accessible presets, 704 come pre-loaded with patches from Nigel Hopkins, Brian Kehew, Will Alexander, Bernie Worrell, Drew Neumann, Amos Gaynes, Steve Dunnington, Aron Magner, Chad Hugo, Darrell Diaz, Frank Lucas, Fred Wreck, Gabrial McNair, Geoffrey Keezer, Herbie Hancock, Khari Simmons, James Lumb, Jamie Muhoberac, Joseph Rivers, Neil Palmer, Printz Board, Randy Cantor, Rick Wakeman, Mark Kline, Zon Vern Pyles, Thomas Wolf.

Software Enhancements
The External Mixer knob (just right of the display panel) has a dual function that allows you to rapidly change presets as opposed to continuously punching the cursor buttons.

MIDI Enhancements
- Allows you to send either 7 or 14 bit resolution from the Mod Wheel.
- Optionally reduces the amount of MIDI data being sent from the Touch Surface.

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)

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Dimensions: 30 1/2" Wide x 18" Deep x 3" High (when flat) 12" High when fully upright

Weight: 40 lbs.

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 45 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 35 x 24 x 9 in
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "I play keys,congas,bells,chims,timbs,,,and needed something to take it to the next level......The mini Moog has done that!!!When"
Sound: The Moog has taken my music to the next level!! Feature: I can't get enough of the Moog Grooves!! Ease of Use: I use my syn with the Moog ,,,,and all comes together...theres so many groovesss that sound Great! Quality: I use the moog 1hr a day .....have gig with it running threw a DI Box!!Lot of Voice!!Really happy with the feed back that i have gotten from fans at my gigs!! Overall: An all over view......I'm Pumped!!The Moog fills my Music Fix!!
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"Whoever said that the original is always better than the remake has never seen the Voyager"
Sound: Exquisite sound quality without losing that renowned fat sound from the original Model D. Outputs very good quality; it's kind of like taking an original 1971 Minimoog, giving it the oscillators of the ARP 2600 and fine-tuning them, taking the filter from the Original Mini, and giving it the sound quality and outputs of the Korg OASYS. If none of that made sense, in long story short it sounds great. Feature: Great Analog control, like time-traveling back to the Semi-Modular era where the operator was in control of everything. Since it is true to its heritage, it has all of the control of the original Minimoog and more, and some of today's best features like the touchpad. Ease of Use: To operate this instrument you have to understand synthesis. As I stated, it has all analog control, which could make it a challenge for musicians who are new to [Analog] synthesis to operate the instruments. Definitely not a synthesizer to start out on; if you want something simpler check out some of the older Moogs like the Micromoog or the Prodigy. Quality: Built like a tank. It has the design of the original Minimoog, without the troubles of easy damage and unstable oscillators (leads to tuning problems) from the original. Definitely solid, but I wouldn't recommend testing how durable it is... Value: A little pricey, but you get what you pay for. Here in Canada it is something like $6,000 CA, in the states it is cheaper. Funny, because that was the price of a Minimoog in the 70s (it's said that at that point it cost as much as Volkswagen Beetle. That still applies today!). Manufacturer Support: Never dealt with it The Wow Factor: Looks just like the original, only with a few more controls, a display and a backlight. Since I own the Preformer's Edition, it comes in the same wooden panel that the Original did. It looks great in my rig, sitting right beside an Arp Blue Meanie and a few Moogerfoogers. Overall: This machine might as well be a time machine. For people looking for that original fat sound, those neat filters and a lot of symbolic value, here it is. The Voyager.
Style of Music: Hmmm. No real style, just something with a beat
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