Moog Intros Tolex Minimoog Voyager XL


At the 2015 NAMM Show, Moog Music was showing its new Tolex Minimoog Voyager XL – a limited production run (100 pieces) version of the Minimoog Voyager XL, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Moog modular synthesizer.

The Minimoog Voyager XL is designed to combined the immediate playability of a Minimoog with the flexible synthesis options of a traditional modular synthesizer.

With the Tolex Minimoog Voyager XL, the wood cabinet has been hand-wrapped in black tolex, just as the Model 15 modular synthesizer, and the chassis has been updated to parallel that of the original Moog modular synthesizers.



  • 61-Note Velocity Sensitive Keyboard with After-Pressure
  • Ribbon Controller with Pitch and Gate CV Outputs
  • Touch Surface Controller with X, Y, A and Gate Outputs
  • External Audio Input
  • Effects Loop Insert
  • 2 Active Attenuators
  • 4-Input CV Mixer
  • Lag Processor
  • Additional LFO Source with Multiple MIDI-Syncable Waveforms
  • 3 Four-Way Mults
  • 20 Control Voltage Outputs
  • 3 Gate Outputs
  • 10 Control Voltage Inputs
  • 4 Gate Inputs
  • 2 Modulation Busses
  • Solid Maple Cabinet
  • Tilting Control Panel

The Tolex Minimoog Voyager XL is available now, priced at US $5,500. See the Moog site for more info.

37 thoughts on “Moog Intros Tolex Minimoog Voyager XL

  1. Looks great but please Moog. Just re-issue the original Mini Moog with modern components and make it cheap enough for us mortals to own. I’m sure you can do it.

      1. I had a SE-1. And it doesn’t sound like a Minimoog Model D (I have too). The envelopes are very soft (even with modification) not snappy, the filter is less fat and warm, and you can clearly hear the steps (impossible to use the cutoff in real time). And it’s much much cleaner, less warm and “dirty”. Anyway it’s a good synth but not a Minimoog D clone, it’s Minimoog style synth (3osc, 24db filter…). But yes it’s cheaper than a Mini 😉

      2. I have to say it’s becoming really boring seeing these endless “make it cheaper for mortals”, “why so expensive” comments on every high end synth that gets released, or “Oh this will just end up in some collector lawyers cabinet’. Professional instruments of every type cost a lot of money, Fact.

        If you can only afford budget synths then don’t blame companies for bringing out products YOU cant afford because they cater for a clientele that do want them. The world does not, and should not revolve exclusively around the amateur, hobbyists, people who have not succeeded enough financially to own them, be-it a synth, a car, a nice house with a pool etc.

        This petty and jealous sniping on everything over 500 bucks is stupid. Try and get a professional violin or trumpet for 500 bucks.

    1. Voyager is modern Minimoog with tons of new tricks in it’s sleeve.

      And those new tricks are the reason, why it is impossible to match all parameters in those vain, nitpicking comparison videos. It sounds great, like model D, just not identical. Like not two Mini Moogs don’t sound identical either.

      I don’t want them to waste any more time for making old synths. Go forward, like DSI with it’s P06!

  2. That’s a pretty sick looking synth. Great specs. If I had the funds for it, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Looks like it’s worth every penny, can’t wait to hear sound demos.

      1. I’d have to look that up, I don’t own a voyager. I have a sub phatty (which I love), and the quality of that is great, so I have faith in Moog limited editions to be worth the money. That said, totally worth checking it against the original voyager to see if the differences are meaningful.

        1. The XL series has been out for a few years, since 2012 in fact.

          They are identical soundwise to the other Voyagers.

          Their big selling point is that they include the VX-351/352 expansion features and the CP-251 Control Voltage Processor. That’s about a grand worth of expanders in a single unit.

  3. Beautiful, just beautiful. This would make an excellent companion synth/keyboard to a system 15 moduler Moog in looks & functionality, just wish the lottery would help me out:) Dreams are free I suppose!

  4. For that price it would have been nice had they created a buckle-down Tolex cargo case for it. I keep having to remind myself these are hand made like fine sports cars, not assembled by robots like family sedans. If I can’t afford one, that’s my fault, not theirs.

    1. 5500 dollars for a mono synth? and your the one in the wrong for not being to afford it.
      Love your comical subservient atituftude. It is a rip off!! Tolex, ? It looks cheesey

      1. Find another synth with these features and this quality for the price.

        The Make Noise Shared System, which is a great modular but a lot less synth, has no keyboard and has lesser build quality, is pushing $4k.

  5. Looks cool and very vintagey.

    It’s so funny that Tolex now commands a $500 premium over a hand finished hardwood case.

    In the future perhaps plastic will be the most exotic case of all.

  6. Why the bloody hell to Moog keep producing these limited edition products?

    I don’t give a damn if it’s gold plated or it’s butt cheeks are wrapped mahogany!
    Just please make us a areasonable product with the hot Moog sound, with a reasonable price that aspiring creatives like us in the mass-market can afford.

    1. Because they’re fun? Because they sell well?

      I think it’s smart of them to for a variety of great synths at a variety of price ranges. Now they got a great iPad synthesizer for like 20 bucks, a good starter synth for $300, all the way up to a giant monster synthesizer for $35,000.

      I wish I could afford the $35,000 synthesizer, but offering A wide range of great products and a variety of price ranges is the way you run a business.

    2. Minotaur
      Slim Phatty
      Sub Phatty

      What more do you want? Those are all very affordable and are great synths. Moog is a small company. They produce what they’re able. All of their synths are limited runs due to man power and parts supply.

      1. Perhaps polyphony?
        This is something that Moog can not brag about ,

        61-Note Velocity Sensitive Keyboard with After-Pressure

        They seem to keep out the detail that it only plays one note at a time,

        A musical term is you can’t polish a turd,
        but you can roll on in glitter, (or Tolex)

        Tolex is the trade name of a flexible, water-proof, vinyl material used to cover upholstery In Henney-Packard Hearses & Ambulances of the 50’s and Fender amplifiers, Coffin Case guitar cases and guitar cases from the 1960s onwards.

        1. “They seem to keep out the detail that it only plays one note at a time”


          Also, thanks for the history of tolex as if we didn’t all know. I think your post just gave me cancer.

  7. Moog has a great sound! By far, the best synth sound. Now they they have all of these super expensive synths, be nice to see a line of consumer affordable products like Korg is pushing along. Probably not as cheap as korgs line but around the “under a grand” price point would be nice. Dont know if its in the manufacturing that you can only get a Moog poly synth for about 2 grand and up. I just remember the slim phatty’s sound being so great, id like to get another moog if i could ever afford another thats not just a rackmount.

    1. Respect to you for enjoying moogs, but the idea moogs are the best sounding synths is really just your opinion. The filter whistles when cranked up , the filter is not one of the best in my opinion. Bob Moog was an important guy and respect to him, but the idea moogs are the be all and end all of synthesis is comical.

      1. That “whistling” is a desirable trait from pushing the resonance way up.

        It is a primary characteristic of real analog filters.

        So much so, that they can often self-resonate into a sine wave.

  8. It’s a great synth if you can afford it, but it’s also very very very very selfish of the company to desire to only want to give you only one note for all that money to keep you in pre-historic dinosaur times in the years of high technology. They could have least given folks two notes if it breaks their to give you four notes.

    1. There’s got to be just one person making these “one note” posts. There just can’t be more than one of you. You can play two notes at the same time on the Sub37 for $1500. Also, while the Voyager XL can only play one note at a time, you can play another note after that, but then it must rest.

      1. Sorry to break it to you…

        but Moogs can only ever play a single note per day. Takes ages to multi-tack, but what is music but suffering.

  9. Moogs business model is more fascinating than their modified recycled synth designs. It amazes me how moog still manage to operate and generate income with those ridiculous prices. Yet somehow they manage to do it.

  10. This is just so affordable. The extra $2000 for the Tolex finish seems very reasonable priced.
    Now I just can’t wait for the new Moog Modular 55 with gold pots and diamond LEDs, true it will be more than a million, but who cares anyway.
    I think someone at Moog Music has lost his mind.
    Fortunately for us mortals, Amos will continue to develop evolved instruments that make sense

  11. Another “limited edition” of their…357th incarnation of Minimoog. This company is ridiculous. We live in 2015 AD and Moog is still releasing analog MONOsynths at a price of a Ferrari. And the most weird is that there are still people who find all these normal. Now they’ll release a replica of the Modular 55. Welcome back 1973! 😛
    Thanks God, the great Dave Smith is still around, so we can see some serious modern analog synths.

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