Semi-Modular Analog Polyrhythmic Synthesizer
- Wide-release version of a limited-edition cult-classic synth
- 2 analog VCOs and 4 suboscillators
- 4-pole resonant lowpass filter and VCA with attack and decay controls
- 2 x 4-step sequencer and polyrhythm generator produce complex sequences
- Stack oscillators for 6-note pseudo-polyphony
- Manual and clock-syncable tempo controls
- Expansive 32-point patchbay for limitless tweakability (Includes 5 patch cables)
- Complete 60HP Eurorack synthesizer that can easily be installed in a Eurorack case
The Moog Subharmonicon® is a versatile analog labyrinth of subharmonically derived synthesis and polyrhythmic sound, equally suited for losing oneself and simultaneously finding oneself.
A rich harmonic kaleidoscope
Subharmonicon® is a semi-modular polyrhythmic analog synthesizer that employs a 6-tone sound engine and multi-layered clock generator to explore the world of subharmonics, polyrhythms, and the unique relationships they create.
Craft a rich harmonic kaleidoscope with six-tone subharmonic chords.
Subharmonicon’s characteristic sound starts with two analog VCOs and four Subharmonic Oscillators for a total of six powerful sound sources. Each subharmonic tone is mathematically derived from one of the two main VCOs, giving the resulting chord shapes a beautifully coherent quality. Onboard quantization lets you dial in perfect intervals every time with selections for multiple tuning systems. Choose from contemporary Equal Temperament settings, the heavenly intervals of Just Intonation, or the unlimited freedom of no quantization at all.
Design and explore design polyrhythmic patterns that evolve over time.
Animating Subharmonicon’s distinctive chord shapes is done through a polyrhythmic pair of 4-Step Sequencers. Each sequencer is clocked by any or all of four Rhythm Generators that output mathematical divisions of the master tempo. Layer multiple Rhythm Generators on top of each other to create complex polyrhythms and discover inspiring new patterns and styles. Delve into Subharmonicon’s dual Envelope Generators, Moog Ladder Filter, and analog VCA to call up dynamic articulations ranging from lush pads and blurred edges to percussive plosives and ritualistic rhythms.
Integrate with Mother-32 and DFAM for endless possibilities.
Although no patching is required to start creating, exploring Subharmonicon’s modular patchbay unlocks worlds of possibilities as you make novel connections and plug into new ideas. The 32-point 3.5mm patchbay can be patched into itself, expanding Subharmonicon’s onboard capabilities, or interfaced with Mother-32, DFAM, and other external Eurorack-compatible gear (MIDI Type A adapter included for DIN to 3.5mm MIDI input). Use as a standalone synth with included +12V DC power supply or simply remove the front panel to install into any Eurorack system.
Subharmonicon is inspired by Joseph Schillinger’s mathematical system 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!), an instrument capable of sounding multiple harmonically related polyrhythm generators simultaneously.
The Mixtur-Trautonium created subharmonics by dividing the frequency of its primary oscillator, while the Rhythmicon created polyrhythms that were multiplications of its primary tempo. These concepts of subharmonics and polyrhythms form the historic roots of the Moog Subharmonicon.
The undertone series, or subharmonic series, results from the division of an initial fundamental frequency (f) by successive integer values (unlike the overtone series, which results from integer multiples of the fundamental frequency). Where overtones are found to occur naturally in acoustic sounds, undertones must be produced through more extreme or novel methods, such as electronic circuitry.
Polyrhythms employ multiple rhythms playing at once to create complex, interweaving phrases. In the same way that a subharmonic oscillator divides the fundamental frequency (f) to create a musically related subharmonic, each rhythm generator in Subharmonicon uses an integer value to divide the current tempo value (t) to create a new rhythm.
- SOUND ENGINE: Analog
- 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)
- SEQUENCERS: Analog (x2)
- STEPS: 4 Steps per Sequencer, selectable Quantization
- CLOCK: Driven by any and all of the Rhythm Generators
- RHYTHM GENERATORS: 4
- 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: 32 x 3.5mm jacks
- PATCHBAY INPUTS: 17 Input Jacks
- PATCHBAY 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
- INCLUDED POWER SUPPLY: 100-240VAC; 50-60Hz, +12VDC 1200mA
- POWER CONSUMPTION: 4.8 Watts
- EURORACK CURRENT DRAW: 360mA (maximum) from +12VDC (10-pin header)
- SECURITY: Kensington lock slot
- WEIGHTS AND DIMENSIONS:
- EURORACK MOUNTING DIMENSIONS: 60HP (1” / 26mm Module Depth)
- Imperial: (in.): 4.2h x 12.57w x 5.24d
- Metric: (cm): 10.67h x 31.93w x 13.31d
- Imperial Weight: 3.5 lbs.
- Metric Weight: 1.58 kg
- Imperial: (in.): 8h x 15w x 9d
- Metric: (cm): 20.32h x 38.1w x 22.86d
- Imperial Weight: 6 lbs
- Metric Weight: 2.72 kg
Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice