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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Kelly a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Arpeggiators are always a nice bonus, as are the memories - the Source being one of the few programmable analogue monos. The sound falls somewhere between the MiniMoog and a MemoryMoog (MM) using a mono'd voice card. I suppose the digital parts of the Source liken it to the processing going on in the MM this way. Like the MM, the Source styling features a brushed aluminum body w/walnut end blocks and keyboard trimming. Some think the SonicSix blue and ARP orange and black of the Source's control pads look nasty but I love it. I'll hold on to this synth more for it's unique styling and programming method than it's actual sonic capabilities.

The Source lacks modulations found on most comparable monos, like PW mod, EXT input to the filter or any cross modulations like on an Odyssey for example, but it does give you the sync the Mini lacked.

The sound seems quite diverse given the limited modulation facilities, but perhaps this is because you can flip from patch to patch in moments where it might take a week to see that much varied action from a non programmable equivalent. Nice basses, percussive organish sounds and leads. Perhaps a MultiMoog has more of a 'typical' Moog sound, but what the Source does, it does well.

Make sure before you shell-out for a used Source that all the buttons on the control pad work. At this time, there are no replacements or repairs that don't involve cutting into the pad.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-22-1999 at 01:51
nubey a professional user from USA writes:
The source was my first synth I ever owned, I mowed yards all summer and bought it at a garage sale for $100. This was 1985 -- DX7's and I believe the Juno's were all the rage. I was really into new order at the time and when I found out that most of "Blue Monday" was done on a Source I was sold. That old school bass line we all know and (possibly) love, is a Source.

Keyboard -- it's got a lovely fat sound, too bad the 3 osc isn't available, interesting sequencer, to me a modernized and a little more litmited mini.

The bad: UGH membrane buttons suck goats, they go out daily and must be cleaned frequently, I also had keys stop working periodically and magicaly come back to life weeks later, strange. This is first generation digital for MOOG (no not the sound) but the interface etc, and it shows, these are unreliable and testy beasties -- be warned they are nowhere near as reliable as even a Mini -- so buyer beware -- I personally wouldn't buy another one due to the ridiculous prices and unreliabillity, I'd probably buy an MS-10 or and MS-20 which are built like synth tanks and are still somewhat reasonably priced.

Great synth, just a bad interface/case design.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-12-1999 at 11:54
tripbrother a hobbyist user from usa writes:
hmmmm, i LOVE MINE. have you kissed your source today? great sounds, easy to use and so very pretty. as a matter of fact it's running through my re:501 right now and i love it. really thinking about the midi set-up latley, sounds like a great addition to a great machine. so glad i got me one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-13-1999 at 14:58
cedric c.carter a hobbyist user from florence,massachusetts USA writes:
This is a very under-rated monophonic synth that is often over-looked by the mystic of the minimoog. The SOURCE tends tobe much more stable as far as tuning and with the voice storage, sequencer and arpeggiator you can't go wrong. I DO wish that the keyboard was as long as the minimoog though. I DO have a manual that I got from the Moog people in Ohio. I want to eventually get the midi kit installed from Encore so I can run it though my digital equipment. I've owned the Prodigy, Multimoog and a Memorymoog in the past. I'm glad I kept the Source, but I wish I had also kept the Multimoog because of it's pressure sensitive keyboard (only one other 70's keyboard had that...ARP Pro/DGX). Bottom line on the SOURCE... 5 stars!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-09-1999 at 20:23
Eskild (Beta Freakuency) a professional user from Norway writes:
I`ve had the Source for about 7 years now, and I still use it everytime I compose. Now, I`m into electronic/house/ebm, and the Source realy has gives the music a deep sound. Thus I think the Minimoog sounds a little more fat. On my Sorce, I`ve installed Midi. It`s cooool, but i really miss a velocity-function......but who cares: it`s a MOOG!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-11-1998 at 08:03
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