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The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:20 pm
by Grentzmann
Hi Vintage synth's users.

I'am considering to buy a Moog Voyager, but have been reading a lot about issues
with noise from the background light? Is there someone in here who could tell me
what to be aware about, when buying a used moog Voyager, is the any other issues to
be aware about and so on.

I'am already covered in vintage analog roland gear and digital synth, but needs a mono analog synth
in the high end class (not necessary vintage, also new synth have my interest) is there other synth that could be a good alternativ (MFB Dominion f.ex.?)

Kindly regards
Grentzmann.

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:49 pm
by n3wt15
I dont notice any noise on my voyager from the backlight, though I have never payed attention to it either...I guess ill have to do some testing.

Another good mono? Cwejman S1, future retro XS, waldorf pulse, some sort of modular.

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:04 pm
by commodorejohn
What constitutes "high-end class" here? Are there specific specs/features you're looking for?

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:13 pm
by Grentzmann
n3wt15 wrote:I dont notice any noise on my voyager from the backlight, though I have never payed attention to it either...I guess ill have to do some testing.

Another good mono? Cwejman S1, future retro XS, waldorf pulse, some sort of modular.
what I've been reading it's some kind of problem with the 50/60hz in europe (I'am from Denmark), that's
generetes this noise, I dont think it's a problem with a moog used in the States... (but I'am just trying to find out if the proplem is real or just a "issues" on the blue edition model. )

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:20 pm
by Grentzmann
commodorejohn wrote:What constitutes "high-end class" here? Are there specific specs/features you're looking for?
What I'am looking for is something similar to the minimoog or Oberheim Expander, but I have had enough vintage synth's during the time and (nearly) all of them have had issues or been sent to repair. (my MKS 30 took nearly 6 month before I had it back).

So what I'am looking for is a "new" synth that can do most sounds (some are good for leads and other for bass and so fourth).

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:36 pm
by commodorejohn
If you don't mind mini-keys and don't require patch memory, you should take a look at the MS-20 Mini - it's quite versatile and sounds great, and it's a h**l of a lot cheaper than a Voyager.

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:20 pm
by GuyaGuy
I'm not familiar with the problem but maybe go with the Performer edition which doesn't have the fancy back lighting like the Electric Blue, etc.?

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:34 pm
by GuyaGuy
And...I just spotted this:

Voyager Quiet II Technology Upgrade

This feature shipped stock on all Select Series Voyagers and Electric Blue Voyagers with a serial greater than 850.

Anniversary Edition Voyagers preceded this upgrade. This upgrade is not available for Signature or Anniversary Edition Voyagers.

With the introduction of the Minimoog Voyager Select Series, Moog is pleased to incorporate Quiet II Technology for ALL Select Series backlighting.
Moog was at the forefront of this technology with the blue backlit front panel of the Minimoog Voyager Electric Blue model; a stunning new look never before seen. Now Moog Engineering has incorporated a new, quieter version of this backlighting technology dubbed: Quiet II Technology

All Minimoog Voyager Select Series, including the Electric Blue, include the Quiet II Technology. We are very pleased to offer the Quiet II Technology to our Electric Blue customers as well.
http://www.moogmusic.com/products/minim ... r-upgrades

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:58 pm
by Grentzmann
commodorejohn wrote:If you don't mind mini-keys and don't require patch memory, you should take a look at the MS-20 Mini - it's quite versatile and sounds great, and it's a h**l of a lot cheaper than a Voyager.
I have been thinking of the MS-20 mini the only thing is the mini keys, I have a rather big hand and big fingers and those mini keys.. hmmmmm.. :-)

But it is a good alternative and I could buy 3 or 4 of those for the price of the Voyager..

Re: The Minimoog Voyager

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:07 pm
by commodorejohn
I'd at least see if you can find one to try and see how it fits; I find it's quite usable, but then my hands/fingers aren't particularly big. It definitely is a great piece of gear for $600, in any case.