Moog Subharmonicon

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Synthesiser

  • Polytonal semi-modular synthesiser
  • Two analogue oscillators, each with two tunable subharmonics
  • Resonant Moog ladder filter (low pass, -24dB / oct.)
  • VCA and VCF envelopes, each with adjustable attack and decay times
  • Two analogue 4-step sequencers with selectable quantization
  • 4 Rhythm generators for generating polyrhythmic patterns
  • Internal speed adjustable from 20-3000 BPM
  • Patchbay with 17 inputs and 15 outputs (3.5 mm)
  • Line / headphone output (6.3 mm)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): approx. 319 x 107 x 133 mm
  • Weight: approx.1.59 kg
  • Eurorack specifications: width: 60 HP, depth: 26 mm
  • Includes power supply (12 V DC) and 6 patch cables
  • Matching case: Art.505270 (not included in delivery)
  • Matching cover: Art.484167 (not included in delivery)
available since May 2020
Item number 490371
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Design Desktop
Polyphony 4
Sound Generation Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In
Storage Medium None
USB-port No
Effects No
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 1
Digital Output No
Display No
Optional Expansions None
Special Features Stepsequencer
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A beautiful exercise in design with factored-in limitations
Łukasz 13.12.2020
The Subharmonicon is a great example of a device that factors in conscious limitations which can be used creatively. It can play six separate notes at the same time, with a twist. It only has one VCA EG for all six oscillators. Since there is no way to decouple sub-oscillators entirely from the main oscillator and there's only two sequencers, it makes sense to think of the Subharmonicon as two voiced.

Those two voices with their respective sub-oscillators are summed by the available mixer into a single VCF controlled by a simple Mother-32 style ASD envelope, followed by a single VCA controlled by another ASD envelope.

What makes things interesting is how you animate those available oscillators and their subs. Each main oscillator has access to a simple 4-step sequencer which you can dial in to different frequencies. A separate part of the device is the polyrhytmic generator, which is essentially four regular clocks that are later summed and just "press the NEXT button" on the assigned sequencer whenever any of those clocks trigger.

Since SEQUENCER 1 can only ever animate VCO1 and SEQUENCER 2 can only ever animate VCO2, we can mentally split the Subharmonicon into two separate voices. Each voice is VCO + SUB1 + SUB2 with a super basic 4-step sequencer. The interesting thing about the sequencer is that it has 16 values per step but what those values correspond to is controlled by the range selector (10 octaves, 4 octaves, 2 octaves) and the quantizer (12 or 7 equal-temperament or just-intonation).

If you pair Subharmonicon with, say, Mutable Instrument Streams, you can patch VCO1 (and its subs) to the left input, SEQ1 to the left excite, and VCO 2 (and its subs) to the right input, SEQ2 to the right excite. The two channels of Streams are analog VCFAs (similar to LPGs) so losing the Subharmonicon VCF is not a big deal then. The nice thing about this is that the duophonic Subharmonicon can then be very interestingly stereophonically. You can pan the two channels and make this into a truly binaural experience.
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Amazing—but do your homework before you buy!
AstronautDown 08.10.2021
This is a great instrument but I would strongly recommend newcomers to analog synths to start elsewhere (perhaps Mother-32), or at least do a lot of research before buying. This is NOT your typical subtractive synth. The very idiosyncratic sequencer, tempo modulation, and OSC tuning, while very powerful, falls almost in the realm of "experimental".
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The new calssic
zaamir 04.10.2021
All great about Moog as always. Great build quality, awesome sound in nice package. No bad word about it.
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Not recommend
shlomi 22.02.2022
I bought the Subharmonicon about a year ago.
Bottom line, I highly do not recommend it. I thought the problem was related to me - maybe I do not understand it or do not know how to use its functions. I have seen dozens of YouTube videos - and finally the inevitable conclusion is: it is a bad musical instrument.
It's full of bugs and the sounds are not good. Lots of work and very few happy moments.
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