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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39 Visitor comments
March 9, 2012 @ 7:56 am
To date my only Moog, and still a sweet little lead or bass synth on which you can do not a lot else than tweak some and then play, play, play. There should be more like these. Sure there's a time and place for complex modulation, one more VCO and tons of other great stuff the Rogue can only dream of, but at the end of the day it's inspiration that counts, and the Rogue can certainly bring that - as much due to its limitations as in spite of them. Overdrive, auto triggering of the LFO and sync are all great. The pitch wheel didn't calibrate to a semi-tone on mine. Overall: always a sweet buy.
January 20, 2012 @ 2:52 am
dp - just watched the demo you posted. you got SO MUCH out of the rogue. fantastic demo.
January 19, 2012 @ 3:27 pm
This is my Rogue, hope you'll enjoy it:
September 30, 2011 @ 11:26 am
Sunn 0))) uses a Moog Rogue for creating their drone doom sound (live on this 2011 tour at least)
September 1, 2011 @ 1:36 am
this is NOT the same as a a Realistic MG1!
1-MG1 has amount sliders for modulation, Rogue only has switches.
2-MG1 has a divide down organ tone (polyphony).
3-Rogue has mod and pitch wheels.
4-Keyboard tracking is on/half/off for the MG1, a knob on the rogue.
5-MG1 has independent waveform selection and pitch.
6-MG1 also has a (weak) ringmod effect.
7-osc sync is only on or off on the MG1, there is no "contoured".
8-keybed iss different on the two. The MG1's is slower.
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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
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Perfect Circuit Audio.

    Thanks to Pete Moulton and Eric White for providing information.

    Updated June, 2008.

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