Moog Voyager - Analogue Mono Synth

Moog Voyager

$3,295

It somehow seems only right that Moog should secure the final spot on our list with the Voyager. After all, it was Bob Moog who pioneered the portable analogue monosynth way back in 1970 with the original Minimoog Model D, and the Voyager is perhaps the ultimate evolution of that original design, introduced in 2002, three years before Moog’s death.

At this kind of price point the options get serious. You could go for something boutique like a Macbeth micromac or wait for the release of the hotly anticipated DSI Pro 2, Dave Smith’s self-proclaimed “ultimate monosynth”. Instead, we’re playing it safe and sticking with the modern incarnation of the greatest monosynth ever made. Bob Moog started this, and it’s with Bob Moog that we’ll leave it. The Voyager is the continuation of the Minimoog story, a lasting tribute to the revolutionary impact of Moog’s instruments.

You can take your pick from the Rack-Mount Edition or even the staggeringly expensive but equally impressive XL. (We’re big fans of the recently discontinued Old School too – snap one up while you still can!) But we’ll pick the sensible choice of the lot, if such a thing exists. The Performer Edition is a hand-crafted, all-analogue synth which introduces just enough modern features to keep things interesting without diluting the classic spirit which made the Minimoog such a hit.

Three oscillators. Two Moog ladder filters. Assignable touchpad interface. Over 800 on-board presets.

The sound? Classic Moog.

 

 

28th July, 2014

Comments

  • No love for the Vermona mono lancet? Wicked dual osc mono synth with one of the best square waves around imo

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  • My two cents…. I’ve heard some pretty terrible things about Cyclone Analogic TT-303… and I would personally take a x0xb0x over it any day.

    Also… Korg Monotron? Top ten best analog monosynth? I guess SH-101 and MC-202 were too close to the 303 or what? I agree that the Mono Lancet should be in there, perhaps instead of Monotron. Well, actually there are a bunch of better candidates.

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  • Borg – new synths only in this one, so 101 and 202 don’t qualify.

    As always with our Ten Of The Best features these are our favourite options at a range of price points, listed from cheapest to most expensive.

    We like the Mono Lancet too but as far as modules go the Dark Energy and Pulse 2 get the nod here.

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  • got the bass bot since a while and must say the sound is quite good, creamy and very 303 authentic, the filter is good as well. probably better to test it for yourself than judging on it by “hearing terrible things”. the rest of the list seems to fit as well.

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  • Monotron is my favorite synth of all time. I have plenty of synthesizers (also some which are mentioned in this post).

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  • Future Retro’s XS should be on there too IMO

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  • Analogue Solutions Leipzig S is a killer monosynth !

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  • Can definitely recommend ANYTHING from Studio Electronics.

    SE-1 is a great and cheaper alternative to the minimoog + has an SEM filter in there!

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  • Mono lancet should be there imo

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  • Really surprised the Moog Minitaur didn’t make the list…

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  • For something e little different, check out an Eowave Domino. It has an interesting character

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  • vermona mono lancet, eowave domino, mfb micro/nanozwerg (price is ridiculous) just to name some very strong contenders for this list.

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  • Analogue Solutions Telemark ? Happy the Dark Energy got in their tho

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  • I am surprised not to see the EMS’s Synthi A, or VCS3 on the list. When it comes down to sonic flexibility, those two remain peerless.

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  • No DSI Pro 2???

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  • BASS STATION II …All the way! it’s amazing.

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  • The MicroBrute is made of very solid metal not plastic. And the MiniBrute also has only one oscillator.

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  • lol cool article

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  • x0xbox its better than cyclone!

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  • Waldorf Pulse 2 is the best sounding synth from all of those however it would be beneficial having more knobs. Pulse 2 is proper analog modular synth with the patch memory.

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  • If you think the analogue revival started with the MonoTron you must have just jumped on the bandwagon recently.

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  • Hypersynth Xenophone should be on the list, I would say in place of the Mopho which is bland and undistinguished. Or if you want a DSI, put the Evolver up there, the best monosynth for under a grand. I would put both; remove the Minimoog which is always admirable but overpriced and does not have a place on this list of affordable monosynths.

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