Moog Subharmonicon Semi-Modular Polyrhythmic Analogue Synthesizer

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  • Capable of complex sounds and patterns
  • Two VCO's
  • Four subharmonic oscillators
  • Two 4-step sequencers
  • Four rhythm generators
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Moog Subharmonicon  Analogue Semi-Modular Desktop Synthesiser

The Moog Subharmonicon is a versatile analog labyrinth of subharmonically derived synthesis and polyrhythmic patterns, equally suited for losing oneself and simultaneously finding oneself through sound. This new semi-modular analog synthesizer is designed for the exploration of sequences that unfold and evolve over time, spiraling through six-tone subharmonic chords and organic polyrhythms.

The newest addition to Moog’s family of semi-modular analog synthesizers (Matriarch, Grandmother, Mother-32, and DFAM), Subharmonicon is capable of complex sounds and patterns, yet is incredibly simple to use. With two VCOs, four Subharmonic Oscillators, two 4-Step Sequencers, and four Rhythm Generators, this new musical machine creates a rich harmonic kaleidoscope that divides into itself until everything that is up becomes down. Although no patching is required to start creating, Subharmonicon can be patched into itself, expanding its onboard capabilities, or interfaced with Mother-32, DFAM, and other external Eurorack-compatible gear for endless possibilities.

To design Subharmonicon, Moog drew inspiration from radical theories on music composition that arose in experimental circles during the 1930s and 1940s. Subharmonicon is inspired by Joseph Schillinger’s mathematical systems for musical composition and is influenced by two analog innovations from the 1930s and 1940s, the Mixtur-Trautonium, which employed a series of subharmonic oscillators to generate electronic undertones, and the Rhythmicon (developed by Leon Theremin, the inventor of the Theremin), an instrument capable of sounding multiple harmonically related polyrhythm generators simultaneously.

“A long time ago, when I was in college and first met Bob [Moog], the Rhythmicon came up a couple of times,” recalls Steve Dunnington, Senior Hardware Lead at Moog Music. “One of his other students was into Schillinger...and I’ve always been fascinated by patterns that repeat differently each time...and that’s a thing you can explore [with Subharmonicon]. This instrument was inspired by some of the ideas and musical concepts of Schillinger, such as the idea that by taking a set of pitches and superimposing them on a set of rhythms with a different length will generate rotating musical motives.”

Under Dunnington’s direction, a small group of synth enthusiasts had the chance to discover Subharmonicon’s unique sounds and concepts back in 2018 when an early version of the instrument was first introduced as part of that year’s Moogfest Engineering Workshop. It’s been in high demand ever since, and the instrument is now shipping to authorized Moog dealers worldwide.

  • Capable of complex sounds and patterns
  • Simple and intuitive to program
  • Two VCO's
  • Four subharmonic oscillators
  • Two 4-step sequencers
  • Four rhythm generators
Part number MOD-SUBH-03
220V, Type G
Sound engine SOURCES: VCO 1, SUB 1, SUB 2 / VCO 2, SUB 1, SUB 2
FILTER: Self-Oscillating Ladder Filter, Low-Pass, 4-Pole (-24 dB/Octave)
ENVELOPES: VCA EG (Attack, Decay); VCF EG (Attack, Decay)
Analog sequencers

STEPS: 4 Steps per Sequencer, selectable Quantization
CLOCK: Driven by any and all of the Rhythm Generators

Rhythm generators

RHYTHM: Derived by dividing the Tempo by an integer value (1-16)
CLOCK: 20 BPM to 3,000 BPM (Beats per Minute; 1 Pulse per Quarter-note), MIDI Clock, EXT CLOCK

Patchbay

JACKS: 32 x 3.5mm
INPUTS: 17 Input Jacks
OUTPUTS: 15 Output Jacks
MIDI: 3.5mm MIDI Input (Type A dongle included)

Rear panel

AUDIO: 1⁄4” TRS Headphone or 1⁄4” TS Instrument
POWER: Power supply connection
SECURITY: Kensington lock slot

Power

STYLE: Wall adapter; barrel connection; centre-pin positive
INPUT: 100 – 240VAC; 50 Hz – 60 Hz
OUTPUT: +12VDC; 1200mA

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