Minimoog Model D vs Moog Minimoog Voyager

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This video is ultimately a promo for a Sound Guru sample library – but the bulk of the video is a comparison between a classic Minimoog Model D synthesizer and a modern Moog Minimoog Voyager.

How do you think they compare?


8 thoughts on “Minimoog Model D vs Moog Minimoog Voyager

  1. I really like the sound of the Model D, although, if someone was going to give me (or if I were going to buy) a Voyager I wouldn’t pass it up.

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  2. I bought the sample sets from these guys and they are really good. So are they tutorials. I fully recommend them, in case anyone was on the fence.

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  3. Aw, c’mon, comparing MiniMoogs AGAIN? I owned a Trumansburg Mini years ago and I’ve heard most of the software emulations. You know what? Bob is IN all of them. The minute differences in translation are too small to debate, in my view. They all have the legendary beef. Focus on what they can do, not some subjective and transitory filter-maybes. If you own MiniMogue, Creamware’s Mini or MiniMonsta, you still have the heart at your fingertips.

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    • I agree. I have a ’74 Minimoog and the software Minimonsta and the Arturia Minimoog and they’re all similar while at the same time they’re all different. Some sounds are better on the software than on the hardware and vice versa and in a mix ‘nobody’ can tell which is which. Even I forget later when asked “is that the real moog?”

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  4. Sigh, how I want Voyager.

    They are surprisingly different and yet so similar at the same time. Couldn’t say which I like more. Some cases Voyager and some cases classic. The filters still have lively, virulent, lusty, desirable character, that the static digital approximations lack. The XL version gives me boner every time I see it and hearing it gives me…hnnnnggghh. Polyphonic Voyager XL would probably cost a million, but…hhnnnnngghhh.

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    • I once tried explaining what synthporn was to a girlfriend… needless to say, she’s now an ex-girlfriend.

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  5. Having both owned a Voyager and a Model D within the last year, I found myself selling the Voyager and keeping the Model D.

    On paper (and, to be fair, in the middle of a busy mix where a lot of other things are taking place) the Voyager is likely going to be the winner. It boasts a better spec sheet, is well built, has nice things like MIDI, memory locations, the touchpad, etc. You can do sync and PWM and all those other wonderful things the original Mini was incapable of. It also stays in tune. Which is a huge boon for playing live.

    But on its own, played through a pair of nice headphones, the Model D has that je ne sais quoi. It just flat out sounds that bit better. I don’t know why, it just does. It’s one of the few vintage instruments for me where the hype matches the reality.

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  6. Instability of OSC, Noise, signal path all add to the character of that model D. It makes lovely sex to your ears. I own a voyager but the D is a more musical instrument to my ears.

    I dont understand why we have to buy second hand broken down synths when the maker can reproduce them for us. Its sad that these machines will eventually become no more when they finally wear out.

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