Moog Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Edition No Longer Available

Analog Performance Rack Synthesizer with 3 VCOs, 2 Resonant Filters, Glide Control, and More
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Legendary Minimoog Sound - Now In a Rack Version!

The MiniMoog Voyager is available in a 19" Rack Mount Edition! The Rack Mount Edition (RME) is five units high and, with optional wood sides, doubles as a tabletop synth. Its backlit front panel includes all of the front panel controls of the Voyager (with the exception of the touch surface). All presets from the Voyager are useable in the Rack Mount Edition.

  • 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 2nd 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 1st Note (Glide is on if not playing legato and is Off when playing legato)
  • Mode 6: Mode 4+5 combined (this is Glide mode 4 and 5 combined)
  • Mode 7: Legato back to first = glide off (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 AND Cursor goes backwards in the progression of the sounds in that category.
Moog Voyager RME at a Glance:
  • The ultimate analog synth, now in a rack!
  • Classic Moog oscillators, filters, and amplifiers
  • MIDI I/O plus control voltage connectors
  • New features and 7 banks of 128 presents (896) in v3.0
The ultimate analog synth, now in a rack!

The Minimoog Voyager RME is perhaps the ultimate monophonic analog performance synth. 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. The Voyager Rack has many additional features, including MIDI IN and MIDI OUT implementation, extensive patching facilities, and a large number of new panel features.

Classic Moog oscillators, filters, and amplifiers

The Voyager RME's signal path starts with a bank of three wide-range, high-stability voltage controlled oscillators, one noise source, and one audio preamplifier for externally-applied audio signals. The sound modifiers are two 'Moog-style' lowpass filters and one VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier). Modulation sources are two ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelope generators and one multi-waveform LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator).

MIDI I/O plus control voltage connectors

The Voyager RME's rear panel delivers all of the same input/output resources that are available on the Voyager via its MIDI IN, THRU, and OUT connectors, four audio input and output jacks, and two accessory port connectors. The output accessory port connects the RME's 21 control and gate outputs to the forthcoming VX-351 Voyager CV Output Expander, while the input accessory port connects the 18 control and gate inputs to the VX-352 Voyager CV Input Expander.

V3.0 adds even more capability to the Voyager:

V3.0 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 Newmann, 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.

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.

These changes enable the Voyager to work better with older MIDI equipment.

Moog Voyager RME Features:
  • Three wide-range, high stability VCOs with continuously-variable waveforms.
  • Two "Moog-style" lowpass-resonant filters with choice of two-pole or four-pole response
  • Five-input mixer for combining the audio sources prior to filtering
  • Two wide-range ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelopes
  • Filter Envelope sweeps the filter and is available for modulation shaping
  • Volume Envelope shapes the overall volume
  • Low Frequency Oscillator generates triangular, square, Sample & Hold, and smoothed Sample & Hold waveforms for use as modulating signals
  • Modulation Busses Module selects sources, destinations, and shaping signals for the MOD WHEEL bus and the EXT PEDAL bus
  • GLIDE varies the speed at which the keyboard voltage changes, from instantaneous to several seconds
  • Extensive MIDI implementation capabilities
If you're going to go analog, go with a Moog!

Additional Media

Moog Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Edition Review

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number VY-MIN-021

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

Sweetwater Advice

Phil Selman

I felt like a kid at Christmas, staring into the box and seeing the toy of my dreams looking back up at me. A once-over glance at the big widely spaced knobs and I was at home with the Moog Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Edition's layout. Like many who would choose the Rack Mount Edition, rather than the full sized Voyager, I already have a MIDI controller I like the feel of and really don't have the space for a keyboard to go with every tone module floating around my modest home studio. Since I was completely out of rack space, I immediately appreciated the unique way Moog approached the design of their rackmountable unit. Rather than being rectangular, the bottom angles up so that, when sitting on a desk, the face angles back and is easier to see and access. A couple of quick connections later and I began the journey into the infinite possibilities the Voyager had to offer. My initial plans involved building some strange and ethereal sounds (I've always been a big fan of Pink Floyd) and then sequencing and recording with my computer's DAW. My plans were delayed when I decided to take what I thought would be a quick glance at the included presets. Just shy of being overwhelmed, I was inspired! The Voyager ships with over seven hundred presets, ranging from every flavor of fat bristling bass, to vibrant shredding lead, wild and evolving modulated ambience, to glistening swelling pads. While every parameter leaps to its new configuration with the push of the patch change button the sound is 100% analog, and 100% tweakable. With the twist of a knob or flip of a switch you can take control of the preset value and customize away. I found this particularly useful because, though I am familiar with analog subtractive synthesis, I sometimes find it daunting to start with simple waveforms and build drastically complex patches. With the wide range of presets to tweak, this is never an issue. By the time I was finished "just getting to know it," six hours had melted away into what felt like minutes. I turned up the panel brightness, basked in the blue glow, and kept plugging away. The Voyager Rack Mount Edition is the perfect companion for anyone interested in creating original, organic, analog tones. I wrote a number of tracks using it as a lead, and in one case as every instrument including percussion. I also generated a variety of sound effects, and for the sound designer, it is a must-have tool. Moog is a name that is synonymous with analog synthesis, and anyone who has ever tried one in any form is bound to recognize its quality a malleability. What many may not know about the modern Moog architecture, is that the analog oscillators and filters are much the same as they've ever been, but they are regulated by finer circuitry which is further controlled through MIDI. That means that you still get the classic sound you would expect from the Moog name, but with all the advantages of a modern synthesizer.
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