Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

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Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:40 pm

This is more of an interllectual exercise than anything else.

If I had to get rid of one of these synths, which one? Both are in the same $ ball field when purchased. Also, I use a Korg Prophecy and a Kenton as a MIDI to CV controller so lack of keyboard is not an issue.

MacBeth M5 pros:

patchability
great architecture/lay out
rare

MacBeth cons:

huge and heavy

Moog Voyager pros;

memory
signed by Moog (rare)
portable

Moog Voyager cons

limited patchability (no expansion - yet)

I am thinking of a big move in the future (coast to coast) and I have a lot of stuff. If you had to get rid of one or the other, what would it be?

I could probably never find another M5 if I wanted a second one and probably find it just as hard getting another signed Moog Voyager. Both pieces are extremely collectible.
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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by Ned Bouhalassa » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:12 pm

Are you talking about the Moog XL?
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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:24 pm

No, not the XL. Was Bob Moog even alive when the XL came out? I can't remember.
Ned Bouhalassa wrote:Are you talking about the Moog XL?
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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by Cybercardinal » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:02 pm

Was Bob Moog even alive when the XL came out? I can't remember.


That would be a no.

Did you actually meet him when it got it's signature?

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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:47 pm

Cybercardinal wrote:....

Did you actually meet him when it got it's signature?
No I didn't. It's a signature edition Voyager with certificate of athenticity (also signed by Bob), special Moog badge luminous wheels, soft shell Voyager gig bag and gooseneck lamp. I bought it second hand from eBay, from a fellow Canadian, so no tax. It was a stinkin' good deal of about $2,400 about six years ago. It's numbered 110 (that's a good number imo).

For the record, I also have a signed Moog Theremin which has been used a lot in live shows.
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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by Sir Nose » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:22 am

Depends on how much the signature means to you? I'd keep the M5. Easy enough to get another voyager on the used market if you desire the sound and playability. Not so easy to get an M5.
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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by BluMunk » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:54 pm

Which do you play more?

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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:29 pm

BluMunk wrote:Which do you play more?
That's a difficult one.

I use the Moog in a section of my studio that has a workstation and a sequencer. So if I have a pad going or a groove, the Moog is handy to contribute.

If I'm into some long electronic meditation thing using the M5, playing with a sequence, and or the Orb and a drum machine, I can sometimes spend hours on just a few notes but with an ever changing timbre of sounds.

However, I am definitely slowing down when it comes to making music. It must be an age thing or something. I'm 57. I don't know what will happen to my gear when I pass this mortal coil.

I may be moving soon and was thinking of downsizing.

I had this image of me lying in an old folks home surrounded by pictures of family and on the dresser, with a cactus plant on top sits the MacBeth M5.
Sir Nose wrote:Depends on how much the signature means to you? I'd keep the M5. Easy enough to get another voyager on the used market if you desire the sound and playability. Not so easy to get an M5.
I probably wouldn't get another Voyager, as nice as they are.
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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by ColorForm2113 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:23 pm

well you could definitely get a lot more money for the M5 thats for sure, something to think about if you're moving and not really doing music anymore...
... thats a very tough decision to make, glad its not mine (although if you just want to give me both that would make things SOOO much simpler LOL)
i dont think i could ever part with my voyager, its become such a huge part of my music making process, bass, leads, drums, fx, midi/cv controller, night light
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Re: Moog Voyager v/s MacBeth M5

Post by Phollop Willing PA » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:18 pm

It's a hypothetical rather than practical question. Something that has been on my mind for a while. When the answer manifest, I'll know it, I suppose. For now I'm doing nothing at least until someone shows up at my door with a wheel barrow full of money.
ColorForm2113 wrote:well you could definitely get a lot more money for the M5 thats for sure, something to think about if you're moving and not really doing music anymore...
... thats a very tough decision to make, glad its not mine (although if you just want to give me both that would make things SOOO much simpler LOL)
i dont think i could ever part with my voyager, its become such a huge part of my music making process, bass, leads, drums, fx, midi/cv controller, night light
MOOGSig: Voyager/Theremin, ROLAND: JP8000/MC505/MC50/SH1000/Octapad1/RE 20, CASIO VLtone, KORG: Prophecy/MS2000R/Kaos Pad2/D3200/D888/SDD4000/M3, BOSS SP202/DR110, YAMAHA:CS40M/QX7/WX7/QY10/Reface DX, ARP Exp, MACBETH M5, FR ORB, SONNET, ALESIS SR18

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