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What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:02 am
by basic303
I'm considering purchasing a moog prodigy from a friend of mine, need some pros and cons of purchasing one of these.

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:46 pm
by Fatbenelton
Nice synth - I have one.

Pro's
Sounds great
Cheap (ish) for dual VCO Mono
Moog Sound
Great Osc Sync
Robust
Pretty Reliable
It's got wood!

Cons
Early models had no cv/gate
No ADSR - has ADS..
Basic modulation (pro - simple architecture, con- no wacky wierdness like on a pro-one or Octave CAT)
No performance -arp etc (pro - simple, no batteries and less to go wrong¬)
Bob Moog had nothing to do with it! (not really important but it might be to some anal collector!)

Bottom line is that it is a very nice sounding synth with 2 VCO's and moog 'character'......

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:02 pm
by snod_donkey
Nice basic synth

Easy to work on should it require repairs. Most parts easy to source. Can sound very much like a Minimoog too on some sounds

I had one for a while and done a few side by side tests with the Mini.... was very impressed with it

Cant think of many bad points to mention... as previous though not all of them had external control but thats simple to add in anyway

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:33 pm
by natrixgli
Pros: Sounds great, looks great, will hold (or increase) it's value.
Cons: Expensive, no MIDI, fairly crappy keyboard, limited flexibility.

It's a good source of "vintage Moog sound" but I generally stay away from vintage stuff these days unless I find a ridiculous deal on something. Unless you have a lot of other synths, your money would serve you better buying newer stuff where you get much more bang-for-your-buck. The Prodigy is sort of a one trick pony, though it's THE pony to have if you plan on starting a The Cars cover band :)

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:31 pm
by Mr. DiSco
natrixgli wrote:, though it's THE pony to have if you plan on starting a The Cars cover band :)
I was listening to them when I read this, perfect hasard :). I don't hear to much Prodigy?

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:49 am
by natrixgli
Mr. DiSco wrote:
natrixgli wrote:, though it's THE pony to have if you plan on starting a The Cars cover band :)
I was listening to them when I read this, perfect hasard :). I don't hear to much Prodigy?
Probably not, I think they used a Prophet 5 mostly. But for a lot of stuff they probably could have used a Prodigy just as well. When I thought about the oscillator sync on the Prodigy it reminded me of playing a cover of "Let's Go" on mine back in the day.

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:32 pm
by maindeglorie
The Cars used the Korg 700s. A LOT.

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:43 am
by xpander
sounds *great*, but not as robust as something like a Pro One. you can retrofit CV/gate in early models, no worries.

i highly recommend it.

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:35 pm
by Fatbenelton
I have both a pro-one and a prodigy - I've taken 'robust' to mean strong and well made (as opposed to sound) and on that basis I have to correct you - the prodigy is more robust than the pro-one which is perhaps the most flimsy, poorly made synth I own!
From a sound point of view the Pro-one is great and more flexible and powerful than the Prodigy. Nevertheless the Prodigy has a sound and character of it's own and is a lovely synth.

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:49 pm
by Paraphonique
Another con :

No noise source.

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:42 pm
by madrasputin
I'm in agreement with everyone else about it being a reliable and great sounding Dual VCO monosynth. It is the Moog sound most assuredly so you'll be getting great bass lines and some really cool leads out of it! Highly recommended especially if it's an early model that you can retrofit with Midi/CV. Buy yourself that Prodigy!

Re: What are some Moog Prodigy pros and cons

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:16 am
by Omniant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLKKugiDf4E

This video should indicate that yes, you need one.