Vintage Heritage - Contemporary Minimoog!
The Minimoog Voyager Synthesizer is a monophonic analog performance synthesizer. It incorporates virtually all of the sound resources and functions of the original Minimoog Model D, which was produced by Moog Music, Inc. from 1970 to 1982. It has many new additional features, including a three-dimensional touch surface, MIDI In/Out implementation, extensive patching facilities, and a large number of new panel features.
Of the 896 user accessible presets, 704 come pre-loaded with various patches, including: 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, Marc Kline, Zon Vern Pyles, and Thomas Wolfe.
Additionally, V3.0 has added to the Voyager the External Mixer knob (just right of the display panel), which has a dual function, allowing you to rapidly change presets instead of continuously punching the cursor buttons. MIDI enhancements allow you to send either 7 or 14 bit resolution from the Mod Wheel and optionally reduces the amount of MIDI data being sent from the Touch Surface.
The signal path starts with a bank of three wide-range, high-stability voltage-controlled oscillators, one noise source, and one audio preamp for externally-applied audio signals. The sound modifiers are two Moog filters and one stereo VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier). Modulation sources include two ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelope generators and one multi-waveform LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator). A 44-key keyboard with velocity and afterpressure outputs, pitch bend and modulation wheels, a three-dimensional touch surface, and many control/pedal input jacks function as control devices.
The Minimoog Voyager has a hinged, multi-position panel and a solid hardwood cabinet. The power supply accepts any power voltage from 100V to 240V.
- Storage Mode: This sets the behavior after a preset is stored. The user is prompted - go to stored preset after saving? If yes is chosen in this screen, then after a preset is stored to a new location the UI goes to the new location. If no, then after a preset is stored the current location is maintained in the UI.
- Glide Modes: There are now 8 glide modes. 1 of 8 is stored in a preset.
- Mode 1: normal glide (glide is always on)
- Mode 2: legato glide (glide is only on when you play legato)
- Mode 3: legato glide to second only (glide is off when not legato, when the first note of a legato phrase is played, and when returning to the first held note of a legato phrase. Glide is on for the 2nd + notes of a legato phrase.)
- Mode 4: legato glide back to first only (glide is off when not legato, when the first note of a legato phrase is played, and when subsequent notes are legato. Glide is on when returning to the first held note of a legato phrase)
- Mode 5: legato first note (glide is on if not playing legato and is off when playing legato)
- Mode 6: modes 4+5 are combined (this is glide mode 4 and 5 combined)
- Mode 7: glide is off legato back to first. (glide is on when not playing legato, and when playing legato but is turned off when returning to the first held note of a legato phrase)
- Mode 8: legato glide toggling (for legato playing, glide is on for two notes then off for two notes)
- Quick Save: if a preset has been edited, pressing the master switch twice saves the preset to the present location.
- Sound Category Browse: if enter is pressed, the preset advances to the next available sound in the bank or in the subsequent bank with the same sound category. This is useful for searching for all lead sounds, bass sounds, percussion sounds, etc. Pressing enter + cursor goes backwards in the progression of the sounds in that category.
Minimoog Voyager Performer Features:
- Oscillators Module: 3 wide-range, high stability VCO's (Voltage Controlled Oscillators) with continuously-variable waveforms.
- Mixer Module: 5-input mixer for combining the audio sources prior to filtering.
- 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, one per output channel. Highpass/Lowpass mode consists of Moog lowpass filter in series with a highpass filter.
- 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.
- LFO Module: Low Frequency Oscillator generates triangular, square, sample & hold, and smoothed sample & hold waveforms for use as modulating signals.
- Modulation Buses Module: Selects the sources, destinations, and shaping signals for the Mod Wheel bus and the ext pedal/on bus.
- Output Module: master volume, headphone volume
- 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.
- 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.
- Three-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.