"This one was one of my first also, probably the third synth I bought. It's been with us since 'She's in Control.' It did us good. 'Woman Friend' is that, and stuff on second album too. Lots of leads, lots of basses. You can instantly go from a great bass to great Minimoog sounding leads. It's simpler and it doesn't take as much room also. It's got a lot of hidden subby low-end that if you want to have that power at the bottom of your track then you have it in there. The Moog Prodigy actually cuts through more than the Minimoog."more
Made by: Moog Electronics (USA) from 1979-1984 Release date: 1979 Type: Monophonic Analogue synthesizer Designed by: Rich Walborn, Tony Marchese Original price: £295 Current price: £225 About: This was the very first synth that Liam bought. He just purchased a keyboard with the intention of making a few songs for fun. It inspired the name of band whilst recording their first demo tape. Liam wrote the name "The Prodigy" to the demo tape that he gave to Keith and Leeroy. But now the Moog have now gone bust, but 11000 Prodigy's were produced from 1979-84 so you shouldn't have any problem finding one. Used: Liam has used this machine in all his first tracks! Nowadays you can still sometimes see this machine in live shows. Gear info: Probably Moog´s biggest selling synth next to Minimoog. Unlike many other Moogs that are being sold this was truly a performance keyboard not a novelty toy. If you want that fat analog sound that is becoming very popular again this is it. Dual Oscillator/Triple Waveform each Osc. Has both Filter and Loudness contour controls. The Prodigy is a simple, dual-oscillator analogue monosynth with a single filter and two three-stage envelopes. It also has oscillator sync. As a beginner's analogue keyboard, though, it's clearly laid out and easy to use. It's used commonly in techno-electronica. Pretty handy for that 'fat' bass sound that you can't quite get from anything other than a Moog. Also great for making weird effects, leads, and percussion sounds. This keyboard will do everything from Full Out Analog Bass Lines to Screaming Techno Synth sounds to Monster Leads. Not at all a bad synthesizer, but very limited in programming and flexibility. And the first models had no external control inputs. The Prodigy is not the best Moog ever made, but it was particularly successful in the UK. It has been used by many other artists such as Depeche Mode, Blur, The Album Leaf, Fatboy Slim, 808 State, Trent Reznor, Astral Projection and Moloko.more
Fletch's first synth which he was persuaded by Vince Clarke to buy for £295 in in July of 1980 from HONKY-TONK MUSIC store in Hadleigh, Essex. Andrew Fletcher appears using a Moog Prodigy in two different performances at the UK tv show "Top of the Pops" in 1981 and he is also seen using in in the 'Just Can't Get Enough' Music Video along with other live performances, he eventually passed the Prodigy onto Alan Wilder when he moved onto a Moog Source.more
What was your first synth and is it still part of your armoury? The first synth I ever bought was an Octave Cat mono synth for £30. I sold it for £40 to buy a Moog Prodigy which I sold for £60 to buy something else, I think it was a Yamaha CS40M. That was pretty much the last synth I sold.more
In the '80s, I was able to pick up one of these used for under $100. Multi-timbral sounds and layering hadn't seen the light of day yet, so I wanted a small monophonic synthesizer to play lead lines and other sounds that were different (a second sound) other than what I was playing on my polyphonic synth. The Prodigy ended up being that synth for me, but truthfully, it wasn't that great. It did the job, but it really lacked the fat oscillator sound (sounded thin), aside from the fact that I was never a big fan of the Moog oscillator sound anyway.
The Moog Prodigy is usually meant as a bass synth. But I use it for more than a bass synth. It's got a great tone for Pads and Leads that no one seems to explore all that much. This synth has such a rich unique tone that you just can't help explore the beautiful, subtractive, monophonic synth that it is.