Try a free Minimoog Voyager – and get the Minimoog Bob wanted

“What would Bob Moog do” is normally a tough question to answer – but not so with the Minimoog. We know exactly what Dr. Moog thought would improve the Minimoog – and that’s all the more reason to try it for free on your Mac or Windows machine.

Robert Moog was principle designer of the 2002 Minimoog Voyager, the instrument that brought the Moog name back to life. And here’s the thing: while the original was a classic, and maybe is worth experiencing in its “pure” form, it’s possible to recommend the Voyager as a genuine improvement.

Apart from preset storage (you wimps), the Voyager maintains the original Minimoog architecture but allows deeper access to sound design. So there’s a dedicated LFO, so you have a modulation source. There are two dedicated modulation buses, allowing you to shape the sound. You get separate envelopes for filter and amplitude.

And all of these features are recreated on Blamsoft’s VK-1 Viking synth. (Available as a VST2 plug-in, compatible with macOS 10.11 or newer and 64-bit Windows XP or newer.) Now, whether this is the best Minimoog emulation ever is perhaps besides the point. It sounds great – enough so that I don’t mind just saving time doing an elaborate A/B comparison, and would get straight to music. It adds all the Voyager features. And, oh yeah, they let you set the price you want to pay.

That’s great. You can actually try this as an instrument, then support the developer with the amount of money you’ve got, not the amount of money they think you should have.

If you’re a Reason user, the VK-1 is also available as a (still very reasonably-priced) 59 $/EUR Rack Extension – which is great, because then you get all the advantages of Reason. They’ve also completed a big update, version 1.5:

https://shop.propellerheads.se/rack-extension/vk-1-viking-synthesizer/

Synth Anatomy just went through a nice video tour:

You get 228 presets, but honestly, this thing is really fun to program – thanks to the LFO and two modulation buses. You can choose drive modes for the filter, which escalates the ladder filter from kinda normal to kinda awesome. An there’s enough modeling of instability to make this thing feel alive.

Now, someone needs to make a nice iPad touch template for it – Bob unintentionally predicted the iPad with the Voyager’s X/Y modulation panel, right?

Here are a bunch of sound examples from the developer:

But if those don’t appeal to you musically, a nice little community has formed around the VK-1 with tons of other music made just with this one synth.

I’d been often returning to Native Instruments’ Minimoog-inspired synth Monark – especially now that it has a Reaktor Blocks edition, so you can break it apart and use it as modules. But it’s really nice having the architectural additions of the Voyager, and the pay-what-you-will nature of the VK-1 makes it ideal for exchanging projects with others.

http://blamsoft.com/vst/vk-1-viking-synthesizer/

And raise a glass to Dr. Moog’s various accomplishments – but also to the Voyager, the synth that made the Moog renaissance possible, and all the great Moog Music stuff that has followed since.

The Voyager, in electric blue.

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Propellerhead Europa VST Plug-in-Synthesizer für die „anderen“ DAWs

Propellerhead Europa VST / AU

Eigentlich ist es ja das Gold der eigenen DAW jedes Herstellers, die Synthesizer und Sampler sowie die Effekte innerhalb eines einzigen Systems sind eine Art Wink für die anderen, dass dies nur mit Reason geht. Aber der erste Plug-in-Synthesizer geht nun auch für alle anderen. Europa!

Für ein besseres Europa!

Ja, das ist wie schon Thor fürs iPad eine Anpassung an alle AU- und VST-User und damit ein erstes Element aus Reason heraus. Auch die Werbung ist mit dem Begriff Reason und nicht mit Propellerheads gekennzeichnet. Das sieht danach aus, dass die Schweden vielleicht ein wenig Angst vor der neuen Menge an DAWs haben könnten und lieber auch Anbieter einiger Synthesizer sein wollen, sollte Reason einfach insgesamt mal weniger Bedeutung haben. Man sieht es auf Bühnen auch weniger als einst.

Propellerhead Europa VST

Der Synthesizer ist es natürlich auch wert, portiert zu werden. Es gibt drei Oszillatoren mit diversen Schwingungsformen und zwei Modulationsmatrix-Steuerelementen für die Tonhöhe. Das System ist als eher eine Art Wavetable-Synthesizer mit Bearbeitung auf spektraler Ebene zu sehen. Es ist also irgendwo zwischen Massive und Waldorf „aufgehängt“.

Wie erwähnt: Hinter dem Oszillator arbeitet ein Spectral-Filter, was eher ungewöhnlich ist und somit das Besondere hier in Europa. Es kann bestimmte harmonische Obertöne ausblenden, dazu es gibt eine Reihe von fertigen „Filtertypen“. Dem nachgelagert ist ein klassisches Filter mit einigen Optionen und natürlich eine ADSR-Hüllkurve. Alles zusammen in einem Verbots-Rot.

4 Komplexe Hüllkurven und 3 LFOs sorgen für Bewegung und eine Modulationsmatrix mit 8 sichtbaren Einträgen schafft Verbindungen. Wie üblich gibt es auch einige Effekte, die man unschwer erraten kann, da sie jeweils als eigenes kleines Leucht-Rechteck aktivierbar sind. Sehr übersichtlich. Die Sounds können beliebig vervielfacht abgespielt werden (Unisono Mode). Das Teil ist also eine ziemliche Brot- und Butter-Maschine für alle.

Propellerhead Europa VST wird in der Einführungsphase 99 US-Dollar kosten. Danach soll er gute 50 US-Dollar teurer sein. Beides ist an sich angemessen.

Infos

  • Das alles findet man auf der Propellerheads.se Site bzw. deren Shop

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