Moog Source

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Moog's Source was their first to offer patch memory storage as well as some other new features. It boasted 16 memory locations so you could finally save and recall your synth patches. A casette-tape jack was also implemented to transfer your patches to and from an external tape and free up the on-board memory for additional new patches. But in an effort to modernize with the eighties, the Moog had replaced all buttons, knobs and sliders with flat-panel membrane buttons and a single data-wheel assignment format. At the time, this may have seemed far-out, but in all actuality it is the Source's downfall.

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Parameters are edited not with hands-on sliders and knobs but by assigning a selected parameter to the dedicated data wheel. This is very tedious and does not allow for true hands-on tweaking during performances nor can you adjust different parameters simultaneously or while playing. These days, the membrane buttons don't always seem to work quite right either. However, those famous monophonic Moog sounds are still inside this synth which has two fat analog oscillators and the legendary 24 dB Moog filter.

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The Source has been used by Tangerine Dream, Jan Hammer, Depeche Mode, Devo, Vince Clarke, New Order, Ultravox, Josh Wink, Front Line Assembly, Moog Cookbook, Kitaro, Imperial Drag, The Cars, Phish, The Rentals, King Crimson, Blur, and Gary Numan.

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42 Visitor comments
April 16, 2011 @ 8:03 pm
The Source is an under rated synth. It sounds amazing and has that nice buzzy overdriven tone which the minimoog has. Once you get past the concept of no pots it's very easy to use. It misses the 3rd osc from the mini but gains 2 adsr envelopes, osc sync, 16 memories, arpegiator, s/h. It sounds amazing and is more versatile than you might think once you scratch beneath the surface. Very expressive and has an amazing quality to the sound. Oscillators are sweet. Filter great and the envelope generator is extremely responsive. I think the article does not do it justice.
December 15, 2010 @ 2:09 am
I saw and listened the french group Air on december 15th, playing at Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris. On stage, there were two Moog The Source, and Nicolas Godin (who also played electri / acoustic guitar, bass guitar and vocoder) used one to make and incredible and huge solo at the and of "Sexy boy".
September 23, 2010 @ 2:39 pm
For me one of the best monophonic synths ever. The sound is very deep, perfect for nice bass sounds.
September 17, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
It was used by Saga and Cameo in the early 80's.
July 8, 2010 @ 9:58 pm
Oh how i miss my beloved Source. I learned basic synthesis on the Source, my first ever synthesizer. I have long since sold it (regretably) for bigger and better things - Roland Jupiter 8, Dave Smith Prophet 08, Voyager, MS-20, etc. But i still believe this synthesizer to be such an amazing board for a beginner as well as a veteran. I believe most dual osc. moogs as well as the pro one and the sh-101 to be great synths to learn on because of their simplicity and easy access of controls. I highly recommend this beastly synth!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCO's + Noise Gen. with ramp, triangle, variable width pulse waveforms
  • Memory - 16 patches (plus casette-tape save/load)
  • Filter - cutoff, res, ADSR env
  • LFO - square or triangle
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Arpeg/Seq - YES
  • Control - CV /GATE
  • Date Produced - 1981
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