Synth Site: Moog: Prodigy Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Graham a professional user from Scotland writes:
I've just seen one being offered for sale at £500 which is totally bonkers. Since Bob sadly passed away the prices for his named kit has gone mad. I say named becuase he didn't design this synth. It is a simpe instument with few exciting features. You can buy a monopoly for fay less which does so much more. These synths moogs/arps/sequential etc...are for collectors who will pay anything. This has to be the worst value for money. It's limited, horribly overpriced, badly built and not designed by Bob Moog. It's good for a few creamy leads. It hasn't even got white noise. It does have stupid white switch caps, most of which were long lost. They cost a fortune to replace if you can find any.

The Rogue, which also suffers from the above concerns does more. It is also cute which the prodigy isn't.

Avoid, it's horrible, misguided hype.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-11-2005 at 04:34
Dj Calyx a part-time user writes:
It's okay. Pretty much just looks cool. There are really not very many functions. I like the Rogue or Source better. They have more options. Hard to sync-up with other synths too since it has some wierd proprietary "cynch jones" jacks in back. It does sound great, especially it's sync, but there just are not that many possibilities for it's price. Good beginner synth if you find one for under $400.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-11-2005 at 22:31
Hollan Holmes a hobbyist user from US writes:
I bought my Moog Prodigy in 1981 and I still use it today in my studio. Typical of many synths from that era, the oscillators are quite susceptible to temperature variations, causing them to fall out of tune fairly often. An easy fix, however, and one of the few negative aspects of the Prodigy. Typical rich, warm Moog sounds that are so sought after even today.

As for durability, I used to gig with this machine, changing patches on the fly, by hitting sliders and tweaking knobs with fury. Not one is broken or malfunctioning, even after 24 years of use. Not bad at all. I love this synth and will never sell it. Although its monophonic, which limits its use somewhat, I highly recommend owning one. Running it through some reverb, delay, etc. provides for some really killer analog sound fodder.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-02-2005 at 10:55
a part-time user writes:
Comments below so completely miss the point as well as being 100% negative bordering on nerdy. Completely misses the point - bottom line for a musical instrument's the sound - the Prodigy, like most Moogs, Sequentials and Oberheims, has great sounds, which is why they're still valued and generally sound better than the new equipment. Simple equation actually - easiest thing is to complain about what it doesn't have; the Pro One for example is lacking some features of the VAs, but completely irrelevant. I'd like a Prodigy and a Pro-One, thanks.

One reason the Pro One has more features is that it came out after the Prodigy and it's designs were a response to the Prodigy that were intended to give it the edge in the same markets. At the end of the day though, the extras are excellent but the most important equation remains excellent sounds and how they're used. I've heard great music done with a Prodigy, Pro One, Source, Odyssey, etc., with the common denominator being excellent sounds, vs. nerdy arguments about whether one has X or Y features. Incidentally, the abovementioned is all common sense stuff to some..

Build quality's quite acceptable; more simplistic than some but the actual quality's not a problem and is about the same as a Pro One. Most used Prodigy's are working fine after 2 decades, which tells me they're durable enough, and easily repaired.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-07-2004 at 11:28
Mal Daykin a professional user from NYC writes:
A simple and cheap mono. The best mono ever? Don't make me laugh. The modulation is simple and nowhere near as good as the pro1 for example. The controls and general build are poor which is typical for moogs of its era. No noise so no effects. That is very poor. More warmth than cutting edge. Again, 2 or 3 good sounds, which is what you get on most moogs. The slider caps fall off so expect some/ all of them to be missing when you buy. This is a very over valued synth. They cost serious cash and offer very little.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-12-2004 at 03:11
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