Moog “The Source”: Kontakt

The definitive  library of sampled sounds from Moog’s “The Source”


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Just like our Big Block: Clavinet / Pianet library, there’s an interesting story behind this instrument. One of my work colleagues found this in a closet he was cleaning out. Being a guitarist, he had no interested in what was (then) a non-working synthesizer. 

I took it to the local Moog repair source in the Bay Area – This Old Synth. Chris did a great job. He found several issues, and got this baby back up and running. He:

  1. Replaced the factory sounds
  2. Replaced the battery
  3. Performed the “Crazy Fox” 5V regulator fix – I didn’t know such a thing existed
  4. Replaced a bad CD5051 CV chip
  5. Replaced a bad 100 ohm resistor replaced to re-enable keyboard scaling. Also changed the keyboard current source 4558 chip in case strained as cheap part
  6. Did a burn-in-test

Once I got it home, I sampled it on minor thirds at 48Khz, 24-bit through a PreSonus Studio Live 32 console over Firewire directly into my Mac. From there, I used a number of editors to get you the samples you hear today, including SoundForge Mac, DSP Quattro, and Wavelab.

The Source was Moog’s first synthesizer to offer patch memory storage. The design was also the first (and only) Moog synthesizer to feature a flat-panel membrane keyboard to replace the standard buttons, knobs and sliders, along with multihued panel graphics that were very different from anything Moog offered at the time. Sound wise it is considered to sound more like the original Moog Minimoog than any other synthesizer made by Moog and was introduced as its replacement.

In addition to the memory capable of holding 16 presets, the Source features a 37-note keyboard, and two VCOs that can be selected among three waveforms and three octaves. Programmed presets can be saved to an audiocassette interface to free up the onboard memory for additional new patches. The 24dB/octave VCF has parameters for keyboard tracking, cutoff frequency, resonance, and envelope amount. There are two ADSR envelope generators that can be set in single or multi trigger modes, one for the VCF and one for the VCA. For modulation, the Source features LFO and sample and hold. The unit also features a rudimentary sequencer. The Source was made in at least 2 versions the latter offering more voltage control options.

The instrument was used extensively by the band Devo on their 1981 album New Traditionalists, and the band also appeared in early print ads for the keyboard.

The Source was also used by Toby Smith, keyboard player from the band Jamiroquai, Depeche Mode and most notably by New Order, especially on the track “Blue Monday”. (Wikipedia)

In this library, you will receive at least 525 samples and at least 50 presets – I’m programming more all the time, as these samples are really good.

If you want to know about the The Source – you should know that I sold it about a year ago to a vintage keyboard enthusiast in Switzerland. After purchase, reconditioning and shipment, I sold it at a profit – but I don’t regret it. The lack of pulse-width modulation was a non-starter for me. I took a great instrument, made it better, and sold it to a very happy user.

Included programs:

Once I got The Source back from the shop, it had a set of factory programs in it. I sampled the best sounds to my ears., and I was after mapped synth sounds.

Each of the 11 Factory sounds is offered in both Mono and Polyphonic versions – either with no or very little effects. These sounds will get you the sound of Moog’s The Source as if you purchased it in 1981.

The remaining 28 presets are my “inventions” – using the sampler engine to create news sounds based on those original sampled keymaps.

Each instrument’s presets have been tuned to equal temperament tuning using a Strobotuner.

# Name Notes
000  Lead 1 – Factory #1 (M)    Factory Program 1 – Classic Minimoog Sound
001  Lead 2 – Factory #2 (M) Factory Program 2 – Square Wave + High Rez
002  Horn – Factory #3 (M) Factory Program 3 – Tuba to Trumpet
003 Flute – Factory #4 (M) Factory Program 4 – Sine Wave w/ Hint of Noise
004 Clav Bass – Factory #5 (M) Factory Program 5 – Classic Synthesizer Clavinet
005 Vibes – Factory #6 (M) Factory Program 6 – Vibraphone
006 Harpsichord – Factory #8 (M) Factory Program 8 – 8va 2nd Oscillator for full stop
007 Organ – Factory #9 (M) Factory Program 9 – Percussive Filter
008 Trill Voice – Factory #10 (M) Factory Program 10 – Fat Resonant Filter
009 Taurus – Factory #11 (M) Factory Program 11 – Full Taurus Pedal –  fat
010 Synthe Vox – Factory #12 (M) Factory Program 12 – Metal-like vocal sound
011 Lead 1 (P) Factory Program 1 – Polyphonic Version
012 Lead 2 (P) Factory Program 2 – Polyphonic Version
013 Horn (P) Factory Program 3 – Polyphonic Version
014 Flute (P) Factory Program 4 – Polyphonic Version
015 Clav Bass (P) Factory Program 5 – Polyphonic Version
016 Vibes (P) Factory Program 6 – Polyphonic Version
017 Harpsichord (P) Factory Program 8 – Polyphonic Version
018 Organ (P) Factory Program 9 – Polyphonic Version
019 Trill Voice (P) Factory Program 10 – Polyphonic Version
020 Taurus (P) Factory Program 11 – Polyphonic Version
021 Synthe Vox (P) Factory Program 12 – Polyphonic Version
022 Poly Filter Comp Poly synth with a nice rezzy filter spank
023 Rezzo Metallic Metallic square patch – also a keyboard comp
024 Dyn. Saw Brass Dynamic Vel > Filter programming
025 Gater Pad Gater effect up front in this thematic poly synth
026 Plucky Clav-like Short, sweet, clavinet
027 Fat Filter Mod Distorted filter sweep solo synth
028 Filter Pad Warm, soft brass-like filter and pad
029 Metal Trem Metal Pad. Mod Wheel > Tremolo
030 Rectified Broken rectifier solo distorted synth
031 Thipper Bass Octave fast filter swept solo bass
032 Plunk Sub Bass Sub bass with a hint of filter attack
033 Powa Bass Power distorted bass
034 Solstice Strings Metallic, mid-rangie Film Score strings
035 Digital Impersonator Dynamic FM-like keys
036 MKS 7D MKS-70 like pad. Twin Peaks!
037 Sizzle Pad Pad with high frequency “sizzle” filter elements
038 Big Saw Pad Classic Polymoog sound
039 Large Squares Resonant Squares poly synth
040 Sync Sweep + Tube Amp Sampled through a tube amp
041 70’s Solo Synth Solo synth with delay
042 Buzzy Solo Synth High frequency buzz on a solo synth
043 Source does PPG A keyboard comp that sounds like a PPG
044 Van Trellis Blade Runner synthesizer
045 Fat and Wide Wide panned Toto-like brass synth
046 Not Certain Breathy brass with distortion
047 It’s a Sign Sine-wave synthesizer
048 Wet P5 P5 filter mod with Chorus and Reverb
049 + Sub Bass Almost invisible sub-bass. Layer with another