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
December 10, 2013 @ 1:39 pm
The Moog Source is the driving bass all over ZZ Top's Eliminator album. The drum machine is an Oberheim. 80% of ZZ Top's fan base wouldn't know who ZZ Top are without Linden Hudson's pre-production of Eliminator, synthing up and syncing up ZZ Top's sound. Add Billy Gibbons' feedbacking guitar (inspired by the slow, powerful swell of the Tom Scholtz's guitars on the first Boston album) and Terry Manning's perfect cut and paste production, a new genre: Electro-Texas Boogie was born!
Rob Squared
October 23, 2013 @ 9:40 am
Bought one on '82 and used it on the road and in the studio for 2 years. Then sold it to a friend and lost track of it. While visiting another friend in the Bay Area in Oct 2013 was reunited with it and made him an offer he couldn't refuse. It's mine again after 25 years and in great shape. Sounds and plays fantastic. The high C key is missing and the stop bushings are kinda hard but otherwise........I could not be happier.
The Wood
September 22, 2013 @ 3:55 am
Amazing. Simply amazing. I previously let one get away a few years ago when I opted for a Voyager instead. The Voyager was sold months ago and I knew had I bought the Source instead, it would still be here. Well, lucky for me I found another one in excellent condition and this one actually had the Encore MIDI upgrade installed. Add to that the 256 patch memories and I had to take it. I have been so happy with her ever since. Named her Mickey, even. By far, it is the nicest sounding and funnest synth I have ever owned, and I've owned over a dozen classics. If you see a good one, buy it.
Mike K.
May 18, 2013 @ 10:41 pm
This is the main stage synth of Jeremy Schmidt of Black Mountain.
Really great sounding synth. I wouldn't be surprised if he had a few backups, in case of membrane button failure.
John R.
January 19, 2013 @ 7:30 am
The Source is the only Synthesizer that is 1 to 1 sounding to my Minimoog D!!!!
I have a Moog Voyager,LittlePhatty and much other monophonic Synths, but they all dont have the original Minimoog D sound like the Moog Source have! Think about it like a ugly Minimoog D with 16 Memory!!!
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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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