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The End Of The Voyager

After 14 years as a flagship instrument, Moog has finally announced the retirement of the Voyager, the instrument which arguably made analogue cool again. Dave Gale explains the appeal of this legendary synth

About 12 years ago, on a wet and windy Saturday, I made my way up to the West End of London to have look at a new synthesiser, which was the rebirth of the classic Minimoog. Knowing I was probably going to be seduced by something pretty special, I made sure I had sufficient funds in my bank account – just in case, you understand…

Needless to say, by the time I left the West End, my bank account was lighter in cash, and I was carrying a very heavy box with ‘Voyager’ written on the side.

Having had considerable success in the 60s and 70s with modular synthesisers, Dr Bob Moog (pronounced ‘Moge’), the inventor and designer of the legendary Minimoog Model D, experienced a rather unceremonious fall from popularity, in the mid-80s. Thanks to the availability of digital synths, and arguably the failure of Moog to keep up with these trends, Japanese companies such as Roland, Korg and Yamaha, started to make ground on the synthesiser market, with a much cheaper price point.

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The new issue of MusicTech magazine is on sale Thursday May 19th, and this month we bring you a glimpse of a dynamic new touchy-feely music making future in our whopping cover feature looking at getting literally hands-on with your music. Also we bring you 6 ways to create a cool studio, 6 of the best mixers, the latest reviews, tutorials for every major DAW and a sad farewell to the Moog Voyager…