jon_kull wrote:Most of the demos make it sound harsh and buzzy. Does it have a smoother, softer (Voyager-ish) side?
It won't sound Voyager buttery smooth, but that is because they are two entirely different sound engines. Can it get Voyager-esque? Fairly close, I must say. Just be sure that you are working with the filter set to 4-pole/24dB per octave. In my experience, this has resulted in tones that are more subdued and mellow.
If you are truly interested in the Sub Phatty, take a look at the back of the manual and check out the hidden parameters section - accessible when in Shift mode. It is quite engaging how much is there already that I had not yet seen available in any other Moog offering. Bear in mind, I've only owned the Taurus and Taurus 3 and not the Minitaur. So some of this may indeed be available in that little box as well.
You're likely hearing a lot of "harsh and buzzy" demos because that is either a) what the synthesist likes to craft and/or b) they are fixated on the new Multridrive parameter in the filter section.
I've also owned a Voyager SS and LP SE II (w/CV Out mod). Can't say I miss the sound engine of either. That is my personal mileage however; yours may vary.