Here's my take on the Voyager and Voyager XL:
- Having heard the Minimoog demo's posted here recently, and elsewhere, there's no doubt that the Minimoog sound is extremely special because it simply sounds better than any other equivalent synthesizer, hands down.
- The Moog Voyager is a little disappointing (as is the Little Phatty which I own) in looking for that original Moog sound - they are close, but there is definitely that 'magic ingredient' missing. In short, they are just not quite as good in the basic oscillator and filter department.
- That said, Bob Moog himself worked on the Voyager and to an extent on the Little Phatty so they are genuine, honest attempts at modern reincarnation of the Minimoog legacy; and should be treated with real respect IMO - they are very decent synthesizers in their own right and of course totally analogue (without that 'everything too in phase' sound that all VAs seem to suffer from). So I do not subscribe to cynical comments about Moog Music as they are today and the Voyager - both of which receive a quite amount of cynical comment, even on this forum.
- The Voyager XL is one of the most curious synthesizers I've ever seen. It looks amazing and no doubt can be made to scream and howl in ways only yet dreamed of. Nevertheless, the price is outrageous (as is the Voyager price); and Moog needed to offer at least the option of adding extra voice cards to make it Duophonic if not polyphonic. Or at least, the panel could have been a bit more efficient and a small amount of space allocated to add a few modules such as extra oscillators, filters, envelopes etc even if remaining monophonic. I feel they missed a trick there and overall can't imagine the Voyagers in-built resources providing what it looks to be setup for - a massive moog modular sound. Perhaps existing Voyager users can indicate otherwise?
But a 5 octave monophonic synthesizer is a quite silly in concept for lead playing; and even for sound design - I can't imagine one's mind hearing/imagining a given sound on an analogue synthesizer spanning 5 octaves - perhaps in the white noise department; or perhaps with scaled LFO rate effects?? But is does seem a little silly the way they've set it up.
Saying all of that , if the Voyager XL cost about $2500, I think it would be quite a hit.