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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42 Visitor comments
August 25, 2011 @ 8:28 am
This is a hell of a kickin' [beep] synth.
It doesn't do a lot but it does it [beep] ing well.

I highly recomand it!

(the slim phatty is sounding pretty close to this one)
July 10, 2011 @ 1:48 pm
Alright, it's not a mini, but for it's going price this is one of the best choices for an analog mono synth. It HAS a classic moog sound. Warmer and fatter than the Phatty. Very round, very musical. The entire circuit is actually on the panel board, so should be easy to service as well. Light weighted.
June 27, 2011 @ 10:17 am
nice synth i´m loking for
June 25, 2011 @ 9:43 am
btw, you might want to add that there is a switch between decay and release in the envelope. When I read this I thought that "oh no release function? well nothing for me then" but when I tried it out I found the switch :P I mean, it is a very vital function for leads, at least for me.
June 23, 2011 @ 6:30 am
I have only tested a modded Prodigy, but the store had no idea what the mods did, mostly there were a lot of patch inputs so I guess the sound structure is more or less the same. It was quite expensive due to the mods though, so I would probably go for a Little Phatty instead. However, I think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the knobs, compared to the Phattys knobs these are great. The switches are kinda cheap though, but a good solution to save money imo. If I find a Prodigy for a cheaper price that is not modded I might consider buying it, it's a great machine!
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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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