Moog Source [1981]

This particular Moog looks pretty different from other Moogs. Straight out of a 1970s sci-fi movie! ⁣

One great example of the Moog Source’s sound can be found on New Order’s 1983 track “Blue Monday”. It serves as the ever-catchy throbbing bassline (which always gets stuck in my head). According to Devolution Accelerated, a Devo fansite, the Source was also used heavily on Devo’s 1982 record Oh, No! It's Devo. It was Mark Mothersbaugh's primary keyboard during the New Traditionalists tour.⁣

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The Source was the first and only Moog synthesizer to feature a flat-panel membrane keyboard- a keyboard whose keys are not separate moving parts, but rather pressure pads. It was also Moog's first synthesizer to offer patch memory storage. It had a cassette-tape jack to transfer your patches to and from an external tape, so you could free up space from the on-board memory for additional new patches. ⁣⁣⁣

The Moog Source is a monophonic microprocessor-controlled analog synthesizer. It’s got two analog oscillators and the legendary 24 dB Moog filter.⁣⁣⁣

Notable users: DEVO, New Order, Depeche Mode, Jan Hammer, The Cars.⁣⁣⁣

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References: Wiki, Encyclotronic, Vintage Synth Explorer, Devolution.

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