Moog Music today announced that – after 13 years & 14,000 instruments, it will be ending production of the Minimoog Voyager, the last synth designed by Moog founder Bob Moog, right.
According to the company, the introduction of the Minimoog Voyager in 2002 “signaled the rebirth of Moog Music, and the re-emergence of the analog synthesizer as a viable creative tool in our increasingly digital world”.
“The Minimoog Voyager is the last synthesizer that Bob Moog designed from start to finish,” notes the company, in their announcement. “His DNA is in the circuits of this machine, and it is the culmination of Dr. Moog’s life’s work, which was dedicated to electronic musical instrument design.”
Moog has created a video to commemorate the end of production of the Minimoog Voyager, featuring NIN’s Trent Reznor:
In the interview, Reznor recounts his relationship with the Minimoog Voyager, which he feels “is the archetype of what a synthesizer is and should be.” The video is set to an original score by British electronic music producer, The Haxan Cloak, co-producer of Bjork’s Vulnicura. He used a Minimoog Voyager and a prototype Mother-32, Moog’s newest synthesizer, to create the score.
As a thank you to existing Minimoog Voyager owners, Moog Music is offering 20% off on all Minimoog Voyager upgrades, modifications and calibrations to domestic customers until the end of the year. Contact techsupport at moogmusic.com for details.
Update: We originally reported that “We contacted Moog and asked them if they were discontinuing all versions of the Minimoog Voyager, including variations like the Voyager XL, and they confirmed that they are discontinuing ‘all of them’.”
We got a follow up from a contact at Moog Music, who said that “[e]verything except the Minimoog Voyager XL is being discontinued.”