Synthesizer Of The Week: MiniMoog Voyager Performer Edition
Our very first synthesizer of the week goes to the MiniMoog Voyager Performer Edition. This monophonic analog synthesizer was originally released back in 1970 when synths were becoming increasingly popular with pop and rock musicians. Moog noticed a gap in the market and aimed to design a new synthesizer that was affordable, portable and ideal for live performance. Many modular synths at the time were large and difficult to transport yet the new MiniMoog was smaller in size, more compact and cancelled out the need for patch cords.
The Minimoog grew in popularity due to its progressive design and powerful warm synthesizer sounds, whilst it also became re-known for its collection of analog synth bass sounds.
In this video footage, Bob Moog talks us through the functions of the MiniMoog synthesizer.
In 2002, Moog redesigned and relaunched the MiniMoog as the MiniMoog Voyager and launched a new series of MiniMoog Synthesizers which incorporated many modern day features with attractive characteristics of past models. A full range of MiniMoog synths were launched which included the Voyager XL, Voyager Electric Blue and our featured synth, the MiniMoog Voyager Performer. (You can browse the full collection here).
MiniMoog Voyager Performer Edition
The MiniMoog Voyager Performer Synthesizer features dual Moog filters, 4 analog envelope generators and like the original MiniMoog, this synth features 3 analog controlled oscillators. The MiniMoog Voyager incorporates modern features such as Midi capabilities and a 128 progam memory, which allows you to capture, record and transfer sounds to your computer.
Check out the playlist of sounds below which explores the collection of sounds that can be created with the MiniMoog Voyager.
- Three wide-range, high stability VCO’s (Voltage Controlled Oscillators) with continuously-variable waveforms.
- Five-input mixer for combining the audio sources prior to filtering.
- Dual mode filter module includes dual lowpass and highpass-lowpass filtering. Dual lowpass mode consists of two 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 generates two 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: Low Frequency Oscillator generates triangular, square, Sample & Hold, and smoothed Sample & Hold waveforms for use as modulating signals.
- Modulation Busses 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 DIMENSIONALTOUCH 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.
Famous musicians using MiniMoog Synths: The Chemical Brothers, The Orb, Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails.
- Kraftwerk co-founder Ralf Hutter used a Minimoog on the successful concept album Autobahn, and the Minimoog was used extensively on many subsequent albums ‘The Man-Machine’ and ‘Computer World’.
- Metronomy‘s Joseph Mount plays the Minimoog on ‘The English Riviera’ featured in the songs “The Look” and “The Bay”.
More information on the MiniMoog Voyager Performer can be found on the Dolphin Music website.
For further guidance on synthesizers, take a look at Dolphin Music’s Guide to Synthesizers.