Moog Rogue

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The Moog Rogue could be the very definition of cheap Moog bass. It's a two-oscillator analog monosynth from Moog that, while having genuine and highly desirable Moog componentry, its design cut many corners to make this Moog's most compact and inexpensive offering of its time. In fact, the design was so simplified and streamlined that Moog licensed the design to Tandy/Radioshack who built the nearly identical Realistic Concertmate MG-1, which actually offers more features for less bucks! Incidentally the Rogue is also utilized as the Moog Taurus II Bass Synth with 1-1/2 octave bass pedals instead of the Rogue's 2-1/2 octave keyboard.

The Rogue could be considered a very scaled down version of the Prodigy (which was itself a very scaled down Minimoog) offering far fewer synthesis options and flexibility. Only two waveforms per oscillator (saw and square/rectangle) and, unlike the Prodigy, the oscillators must play the exact same waveform and pitch range, for a much more limited sonic range of synth tones. You cannot mix Sawtooth with Square/Rectangle waves on the Rogue, whereas you can on the Prodigy and Liberation. Another cutback is the single envelope generator that is shared by both the Filter and the Loudness Amp, offering just Attack, Release and a switchable Sustain mode (OFF, HALF, FULL). Still, the Rogue has a decent Moog filter with an external audio input.

Moog was definitely cutting costs with this model, making it the smallest, simplest and most basic synth in their line-up; yet still versatile and user-friendly enough to be used as the Taurus II Bass Pedal synth and an entry-level electronic tinkering Radioshack junkies music machine. To this day, the Rogue is still an inexpensive place to get good Moog sounds! It is used by Peter Gabriel, Add N To (X), 808 State, Stereolab, Mr. Oizo and KMFDM.

Here is a table highlighting some of the differences pointed out by a user between the MG-1 and Rogue.

Realistic Concertmate MG-1 Moog Rogue
Sliders for modulation Switches for modulation
Divide-down polyphonic organ --
No Pitch/MOD wheels Independant Pitch/MOD wheels
Keyboard tracking switches Keyboard tracking knob
Independent waveform selection and pitch --
Ring modulator effect --
Osc sync on/off Osc sync contour
Keyboard response is slower --

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42 Visitor comments
J to the G
July 25, 2014 @ 1:24 pm
Talking Heads used one - Tina Weymouth played the bass part for Burning Down The House on one, at least in concert (as seen in Stop Making Sense).
martin
July 23, 2014 @ 10:12 am
I have one since a couple of years, it has a nice sound but eventually i got bored of it until i had a guy do some mods to it. He added a few Potis and switches, now i can mix the waveforms, the LFO has three settings (very slow, normal and superfast) and goes almost up to audiorate, sounds great, he also added vco->Filtermod, lovely, and PWM.

godd thing is, that i can dsable all mods to get the basic original sound.

i highly recommend modding the Rogue, if it´s done well it doesn´t do harm to the synth and broadens the soundpossibilites immensly!
Reivaj
April 29, 2014 @ 3:39 pm
Thick, Fat, Warm, gorgeous.
The discreet analog circuitry of the old Moog filter does wonders to any sound source you can think of.
patrick
November 25, 2013 @ 6:23 pm
This is a pretty sweet synth, you can get tons of sounds out of it. This band Galaxius Mons made a whole album just using a Rogue. Just goes to show, you can get a whole band out of this thing if you manipulate it right!

I love mine. Definitely a keeper!
andy
June 3, 2013 @ 8:52 am
Nice sounding, if rather limited in what you can do with it Of note is an external input for the filter. Something to beware of is the 18v AC power input jack- it's a male pluh, rather like walkman headphone sockets and you can blow up the synth by pluging in with power on. I'd recommend this highly to Pink Floyd fans- not sure if they used this model but certainly something similar. Would recommend a MIDI interface- there's CV/gate sockets so this could be added externally. It's also very light and very tough, which is a plus!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs:
    OSC 1: Pitch: 32', 16', 8'; Wave: Sawtooth, Rectangle.
    OSC 2: Pitch: 32', 16', 8'; Wave: Sawtooth, Square.
  • Memory - None
  • Filter - 1 24dB/oct lowpass w/ cutoff, emphasis, env amount
  • VCA - Attack, Release
  • Keyboard - 32 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - NO
  • Control - CV / GATE (V-trig in, S-trig out)
  • Date Produced - 1981
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    Thanks to Pete Moulton and Eric White for providing information.

    Updated June, 2008.

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