|Manufactured by||Moog Music|
|Synthesis type||Analog Subtractive|
|Filter||24 dB/oct low-pass|
|Left-hand control||Pitch/mod wheels|
The Moog Prodigy was a synthesizer produced by Moog Music from 1979 to 1984. Of the 11,000 produced, versions released after 1981 included a control voltage/gate input on the back that allowed the VCF of the filter to be triggered and controlled by an external source. These later versions began at serial number 4610. The official model number of the instrument is 336. 336A would indicate a domestic (US) model, while a 336BX would indicate an export unit.
The Prodigy featured two Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCOs), one with a sawtooth waveform, a triangle waveform, and a rectangle waveform, the second with a sawtooth, a triangle, and a square waveform. These waveforms could be detuned up or down by more than a fifth, allowing for the creation of thick pads as well as atonal sounds. The two oscillators could be synchronized as well, then altered using the pitch wheel (in sync mode, the pitch wheel would alter the tonality of the sound, not the pitch. Roaring synth leads were made possible using this feature.)
The Prodigy was capable of a full range of synthetic sounds, from a gentle whistle or flute in the upper ranges, to sub-level bass (a sub oscillator allowed for very deep lows.) The voltage controlled amplifier (VCA) was controllable only via a 3 stage ADR envelope controller (ADR short for Attack Decay Release). The Prodigy did not feature a white noise or pink noise generator.
The Moog Source, which began production in 1981, featured internal workings very similar to the Prodigy in a much sleeker physical design that featured programmability, arpeggiator / sequencer and white noise.
It inspired the name of British electronic band The Prodigy whilst recording their first album. The band's frontman, Liam Howlett, is known to have used the synthesizer in some of the songs he made in the early 1990s.
It has been used by many artists such as:
- Joy Electric
- Massive Attack
- The Prodigy (named after the Moog Prodigy)
- Howard Jones
- Depeche Mode
- The Album Leaf
- Fatboy Slim
- Kontour (Some Bizzare Records)
- 808 State
- Sturm Cafe
- The New Deal (band)
- The Get Up Kids
- Reggie and the Full Effect
- Nine Inch Nails
- The Anniversary
- The Hippos
- History of Guns
- Tegan and Sara
- Rammstein (Christian Lorenz)
- Hazy Montagne Mystique
- Snap! (Luca Anzilotti a.k.a. John VIRGO Garrett III)
- Offlaga Disco Pax
- Der Blutharsch
- Black Moth Super Rainbow
- Shout Out Louds (Bebban Stenborg)
- Miguel Mateos
- Zigmars Liepins (album "Journey")
- Astronauta Pinguim
- "Moog Prodigy". Vintage Synth Exploer. "LFO ... routing to the VCF, VCO or both!"
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