Moog Prodigy

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The Prodigy was an entry-level monosynth from Moog, which has since become a very popular and widely used Bass-synth in techno and electronic music. It was designed as an affordable dual-oscillator synth. It was, however, designed without any help from Bob Moog himself. But that didn't stop the Prodigy from becoming an excellent analog synth!

Its simple yet effective design employs two voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) with saw, triangle and pulse waveforms...all classic analog stuff! There's also a genuine Moog 24dB / octave lowpass filter (emphasis), A/D/S envelope generator, and LFO with square or triangle waveforms and routing to the VCF, VCO or both! Even Portamento, Pitch and Mod wheels. To save money there are no highly flexible modulation routings, no on-board sequencers or arpeggiators, and a simple 32 note keyboard.

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If you can't afford a Minimoog, look into the Prodigy! It's a simple design with strikingly good sound, and it's perfect for learning analog synthesis with. Love the wood casing! Simple, sweet, Moog. It is used by Überzone, Cirrus, Astral Projection, Fatboy Slim, Depeche Mode, 808 State, Prodigy, Howard Jones, Blur, The New Deal, Solaris, Jimmy Edgar, and the Hippos.

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40 Visitor comments
February 14, 2014 @ 10:06 am
Just bought a well preserved Prodigy MK1 BX version. Lovely machine, manufactured 1979 but still sounds amazing, capable of vast variety of sounds. Check my demo using it and Lexicon Reflex here
October 20, 2013 @ 12:57 pm
I second that on Dopapod. He's amazing on this synth!
Deian Mountbatten
September 6, 2013 @ 9:52 am
I got my Moog Prodigy in 1979 and I still play this wonderful synthesiser today,probably the best two Oscillators ever built.I played the lead synths on ELIZABETH'S EMPIRE in January 1982 on my Moog Prodigy when I worked with Billy Currie and Warren Cann on our ULTRAVOX!! iNTiMATE COLLECTiON album,my stage name alias was 'Dejan Djordjevic'. Listen for free on Regards,me,Mr. Deian Montbatten,Basement Flat Rear,189SandgateRoad,Folkestone,Kent,CT20 2HJ,UK
August 2, 2013 @ 8:22 am
I don't know why there are so many comments comparing this to the Little Phatty. They have a similar vibe, but the sound put out by the Prodigy is just so much bigger and warmer. The Prodigy has the classic Moog sound when it comes to leads and basses. The LP's oscillators just can't keep up with it.
June 14, 2013 @ 9:02 am
Beastie Boys used this synth to create the bassline from "Make Some Noise". Recorded through a pedal into an amp!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's with sawtooth, triangle, and pulse (narrow/square) waveforms
  • LFO - Square or Triangle
  • Filter - 24 dB/oct lowpass w/ cutoff, emphasis, A/D/S envelope
  • VCA - Attack, Decay, Sustain
  • Keyboard - 32 keys (no velocity & aftertouch)
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1979 - 1984

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