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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guru
March 26, 2013 @ 7:01 am
People use to consider the Source as the one which is closest in sound to the Model D. Bull [beep] ! The Prodigy is much more rounder and warmer, and does have the classic Moog analog tone ! Get this one if you can't afford a Model D ! :)
ryan
February 18, 2013 @ 12:10 pm
It would be awesome if Moog could reissue this for around $500. I would buy it as soon as I possibly could.
Sir Dejan Djordjevic
January 19, 2013 @ 4:30 am
I bought my Moog Prodigy in 1979 and I still play this brilliant synthesiser today,probably the best two Oscillators ever built.I played the lead synth on ELIZABETH'S EMPIRE in January 1982 on my Moog P when I worked with Billy Currie and Warren Cann on our ULTRAVOX!! album iNTiMATE COLLECTiON: Elizabeth's Empire could've been released in March 1982!!You can listen for free on www.myspace.com/ultravoxii. Regards,Sir Dejan Djordjevic,Basement Flat Rear,189SandgateRd,Folkestone,Kent,CT20 2HJ,UK
Ledbetter
December 30, 2012 @ 12:26 pm
If the Prodigy is not making noise, place all the knobs at twelve o'clock and push all switches to the left. This will initialize all settings and you should hear some sound.

You can google "moog prodigy user manual download" and find the manual, which is 45 pages long. I just took mine apart and cleaned the contacts. I bought it new when they first came out. Lot's of dirt. Plays like new now. I used Radio Shack contact cleaner and instructions I found on the web, at bustedgear dot com, I think.
Defective Nation
September 2, 2012 @ 10:54 pm
"hifonic" the early models didn't have any CV/Trig ins/outs, only the later ones did.

I've just bought one for a reasonable price on eBay but it made no mention of in/outs and there was only one photo. I've got my fingers crossed that it is A) as good as it looks in the photo & B) that it is one of the later versions so I can control it from my Novation Super Bass Station...
 
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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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