Moog Music The Source

Moog Music The Source

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The Source, Analog Synth from Moog Music.

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  • Manufacturer: Moog Music
  • Model: The Source
  • Category: Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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Moog Music The Source user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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moosers's review

Moog Music The Source
The Moog Music Source is an analog synthesizer that was made in the early 1980s.  It has 37 keys and has both a pitch and modulation wheel.  It is a polyphonic or monophonic synth depending on what setting it is on.  It is a unique Moog synth because the parameters are in the form of buttons for the most part and I believe this is the first Moog synth that is capable of storing sounds.


Being that the Moog Music Source is a unique synth, it took me a little bit longer to figure out exactly what everything does.  The parameters are split into a number of different sections including a modulation, mixer, oscillator, filter, and a voltage controlled filter section.  Everything is laid out conveniently but since the layout is so unique when compared to other Moog synths, it isn't as easy to follow.  The manual for the Moog Music Source synth is thorough and is definitely a good thing to have around when trying to learn how to use this synth.


The sound of the Moog Music Source is pretty similar to that of Moog synths prior to this one and is capable of getting all sorts of lead and bass Moog sounds.  Having the ability to save sounds is a huge plus when it comes to using this instrument and will undoubtedly save you some time.  It has plenty of options to control your tone and I have to say that this synth is incredibly versatile and varied.  While it looks like a newer digital synth, it certainly has the sound of a vintage analog synth as it is one!


Overall, while the Moog Music Source is kind of a hybrid of classic analog sounds and the newer technology that was available at the time, at the core this synth sounds much like the Moog synths like the Rouge and the Prodigy.  These are a little harder to find than those and the price varies a great deal because of this.  If you are looking for a classic Moog synth, the Source will satisfy those needs even if it doesn't have the same look and configuration.

voicetrack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Moog Music The Source
It is a beautiful analog synth Moog (certainemen one of the most beautiful design of the brand my taste)
3 Octaves with two buttons on keyboards transposition. Noon but no one from CV / Gate and an output to control another computer from the keyboard or sequencer / arpeggiator.

It is totalemen analog sound with two VCO (tri / square-imp / sawtooth) with sync (there is not the mini) and modulation of the VCO 2 by the wheel in this mod. The VCO to stabilize after at least 5 minutes when it's cold so if you try one and that it does not have the agreement of the dpart is normal, it is atendre. After it remains stable.

There is also an LFO with the clock running is also used by the arpeggiator and sequencer.


The Source is great in the sense that there are no pots, but a very high-end dial (Optical therefore almost indestructible) to a clean and beautiful precision (means no bearings mounted on a cutoff), in addition it is allowing ballast to start and finish of the towers less alone with inertia. ergonomics of the machine is great, simple and more logical than other machines of the brand.
The LFO atein an impressive speed and allows for the simple FM (on the cut off, the VCO or both).

envlop the ADSR are true and not a lot of ads like monophonic or brand of the time.

The top is the mmorisation the patch which is not common in mono (16 memory but can not stok of K7 is a known problem apparamen).


This is the Moog, the true, hardcore, dynamic and powerful! It quasimen the sound of a mini with a VCO and less on the same settings, it distinguishes difficilemen a Minimoog (which is not true of all small mono Moog). Too bad the LFO is not assignable to the PWM (which is only 10 I do not put in because CATEGORY 2VCO is a sacred machine).


I have been using quite a few years and it allows for much of the sounds for which musicians buy a Minimoog and for less than half the dimension of a Mini.

sin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A museum piece that rips!"

Moog Music The Source
- Keyboard 37 keys monophonic bass note priority (type MS-20).
- 2 VCO + pink noise
- A 24 db Moog VCF LP
- 2 ADSR
- Synchro
- S / H
- Arpeggiator
- Sequencers
- Program Sequencer
- 16 programmable memories of sounds. Perfect on stage and in studio!
- Wheels fixed pitch / modulation and sync.
- Audio output: 0 dBm, 600 Ohms, 80 dB dynamic range.
- Input / Output CV / Out S-Trig, in / out backup tape.


It is a very simple synth, fun and educational. The signal flow is observed on the front panel (the Minimoog) and editing via the optical encoder is a feast of precision and speed! The encoder wheel is practically indestructible because without contact and prevents breaks edited values ​​...
The manual written by Rock Wehrmann is also very clear and has many examples as well as presets for 16 original sounds.


Aahhh sound!
The two oscilloscope are really FAT! The square is huge!
The classic Moog filter lowpass 24 dB / octave "sounds"!
To play bass synth arpeggio with its sequenced is a killer! The sound is analog and fat.
I tested it on large studio and the PMC can easily shake the walls! The really serious down 32 Hz ..


I use it for 3 months. It's been a long time that I was looking for.
I love his post-futuristic look and grain!
All digital functions are fatal (memories, S / H, Arp sequenced ...).
This is the latest monophonic Moog before their first death. It's a synthesizer collection, given the number of copies made (7000 81 to 83).
The bargain price tends to rise ... € 850 there are 4-years-it is € 1000 a year, € 1500 today ... And probably over 2000 in 5 years ... But attention to the condition of the animal before you buy.
One of the best Moog synth in my opinion.

minimumvital's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Beautiful, but ..."

Moog Music The Source
monophonic lead


simple fact parameters editable and programmable via the rotary volume pot, very nice beefy


moog sound "white" (as Rick Wakeman at the antics if you know what I mean) by using lead


I've owned and sold a few years of lost battles for cheap (when I see the coast today hallucinating!)

Why do you say? Just because this superb synth has a huge flaw: it is completely unreliable!

The mine began rapidly to fail and désacorder all 4 mornings and I'm ruined for repair (which send and return with more Bordeaux / Paris, hello the pill!).

Too bad because it rings beautifully ... but think carefully before you buy where you step, especially with the price I see here ...

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