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Moog Releases Subharmonicon Semi-Modular Synthesizer

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Moog Releases Subharmonicon Semi Modular Synthesizer

Moog Releases Subharmonicon Semi-Modular Synthesizer

The Subharmonicon is a unique semi-modular analog synthesizer that allows for the creation of harmonic structures never before heard. It employs two independent oscillators, each with its own sub-oscillator, to create unprecedented levels of sonic complexity. The oscillators can be tuned in intervals or locked to each other to create harmonically rich sounds.

Moog’s Semi-Modular Synthesizer Subharmonicon becomes available to everyone. So far, the model has been available years ago during Moogfest, and now you can order it already or soon from your retailer. Now we can all dive into the subharmonics of this famous Moog synth.

The Subharmonicon happens to be stimulated by the Rythmicon (rhythm machine), the Trautonium by Friedrich Trautwein, and the Schillinger System (method of musical composition) named after Joseph Schillinger (1895–1943). 

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The Subharmonicon stars two VCOs, four subharmonic generators, two four-step sequencers, and four rhythm generators. The VCOs can be set to intervals, or you could even use the two oscillators as one LFO. The four generators produce pitches an octave below the notes played on the keyboard. What’s more, there are two envelope generators and a Moog Ladder Filter with resonance control.

Even though it has been designed for live performance, it is also perfect for studio production and sonic experimentation. The Subharmonicon is a unique semi-modular analog synthesizer that allows for the creation of harmonic structures never before heard. It employs two independent oscillators, each with its own sub-oscillator, to create unprecedented levels of sonic complexity. The oscillators can be tuned in intervals or locked to each other to create harmonically rich sounds.

Moog’s Semi-Modular Synthesizer Subharmonicon becomes available to everyone. So far, the model has been available years ago during Moogfest, and now you can order it from your retailer. Now we can all dive into the subharmonics of this famous Moog synth.

The Subharmonicon happens to be stimulated by the Rythmicon (rhythm machine), the Trautonium by Friedrich Trautwein, and the Schillinger System (method of musical composition) named after Joseph Schillinger (1895–1943).

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Harmonically opulent waveforms such as sawtooth waveforms produce a range of harmonics above that primary frequency—and the subharmonic series at work in the Subharmonicon inverts this natural order of overtones.

The four sub-oscillators can be distributed from the two oscillator base frequency down to up to four octaves from the fundamental to create stacked, harmonically related tones. The two VCOs and four sub-oscillators can be tuned to create up to six-note chords.

Subharmonicon Characteristics

Subharmonicon’s characteristic is that it employs two independent oscillators, each with its own sub-oscillator, to create unprecedented levels of sonic complexity. The oscillators can be tuned in intervals or locked to each other to create harmonically rich sounds.

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.

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.

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 production version has a built-in quantizer, Midi support, envelope controls, and a lightly modified sequencer section. Time to add another Moog Semi-Modular to your setup, Moog Mother-32, and Moog DFAM.

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Subharmonicon – Understanding Subharmonics

In synthesizers and electronic keyboards, we often refer to harmonics – a series of overtones occurring at fixed mathematical intervals above the fundamental pitch responsible for a wave’s shape and timbre. A wave shape may contain certain harmonics in a particular pattern of relative strength, for example.

We know that pitch can be modified by changing the length of an organ pipe, a guitar string, the column of air in a trumpet, etc. The remarkable thing is that the ratio between the original pitch and the altered pitch always follows the harmonic series pattern.

So if we have a guitar string vibrating at a frequency (ƒ) of 440 Hz, and we halve its length by playing at the 12th fret, the string sounds one octave higher (ƒ2) at 880 Hz, or double the original frequency. One-third of the length produces the fifth above that (ƒ3), etc. In every case, multiplying the original frequency by an integer creates a specific harmonic.

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Creating an undertone, or a subharmonic is more challenging in the physical world. Instead of multiplying the original frequency by an integer value, we must divide by an integer value.

We cannot simply build a guitar that becomes twice as large in order to play the first subharmonic, one octave down in pitch at 220 Hz (ƒ/2) from the original pitch (ƒ) of 440 Hz.

Subharmonicon – Understanding Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms employ multiple rhythms playing at once to create complex, interweaving phrases. In the same way that a subharmonic oscillator uses an integer value to modify the initial pitch (ƒ) of an oscillator to create a musically related subharmonic, each Subharmonicon rhythm generator uses an integer value to divide the current clock value (t) to create a new rhythm.

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The Subharmonicon’s two sequencers are driven by individual rhythm generators. You’ll notice how the many clock divisions may compete or collaborate to create polyrhythms when you have more than one rhythm generator on at once.

Because the same clock is utilized by each rhythm generator, they will inevitably re-sync to the same downbeat, resulting in the overall polyrhythm repeating. In this manner, you may think of the rhythm generators as coming together to form a larger, circular pattern.

When you use the same rhythm generator in multiple songs or during live performances, it can create complex polyrhythmic material – as well as some truly distinctive phrasing and rhythms.

Subharmonicon Specs

  • SOUND ENGINE: Analog
  • SOURCES: VCO 1, SUB 1, SUB 2 / VCO 2, SUB 1, SUB 2
    Each VCO features two additional subharmonic oscillators
  • FILTER: Self-Oscillating Ladder Filter, Low-Pass, 4-Pole (-24 dB/Octave)
    4-pole (-24 db/octave) low-pass Moog ladder filter
  • ENVELOPES: VCA EG (Attack, Decay); VCF EG (Attack, Decay)
  • SEQUENCERS Analog (x2)
    Each sequencer controls any combination of its associated VCO, SUB 1, and SUB 2
  • STEPS: 4 Steps per Sequencer, selectable Quantization
  • CLOCK: Driven by any and all of the Rhythm Generators
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Conclusion

The Moog Subharmonicon is a semi-modular synthesizer that allows you to create subharmonics and polyrhythms. It has two sequencers, each with four steps, and a range of clock divisions that you can use to create complex rhythms. The synth also has two VCOs, a ladder filter, and envelope controls.

Now that you know a little more about the Moog Subharmonicon, what do you think of it? Is it something that you would be interested in using? Let us know!

Availability

Moog’s Subharmonicon is available for example at our friends’ Signal Sounds.

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The Moog Experience

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Artist Collaborations: Original Tracks & Visual Artwork

Ever since analog synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog collaborated with composer and educator Herb Deutsch to develop the first Moog modular synthesizer in 1964, artist collaboration has been at the heart of Moog Music’s story.

Moog’s creative team worked with various artists to develop original visuals, characters, learning tools, and tracks to bring the Moog Sound Studio environment to life.

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New Compilation EP: Explorations in Analog Synthesis 

Explorations in Analog Synthesis is a new seven-song EP created to demonstrate the powerful analog sound and infinite sonic possibilities of both Moog Sound Studio synthesizer combinations. 

This genre-bending compilation of original electronic music compositions features a chiptune-inspired head trip from Bonobo, an R&B-influenced synth pop track from Peter Cottontale featuring Jamila Woods, an ethereal vocal collage from Julianna Barwick, an evolving psychedelic excursion from Dan Deacon, a driving percussive electronica track from Madame Gandhi, an emotive dark wave song from Martial Canterel, and an industrial-tinged electronic pop track from Ela Minus. Each track was built around the instruments and accessories included in each artist’s Moog Sound Studio of choice: Mother-32 & DFAM or Subharmonicon & DFAM.

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Explorations in Analog Synthesis is available to stream for free on Moog’s SoundCloud.

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Moog Music Introduces Complete Synthesizer Studio Experience

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Moog Sound Studio Now Shipping

Moog Sound Studio includes all the equipment, cables, accessories, and educational tools needed to enter the world of analog synthesis for the first time or continue to explore sound in an immersive new way. Now shipping.

Developing the Moog Sound Studio Experience

When Moog introduced its Mother-32 semi-modular analog synthesizer in 2015, the instrument helped introduce a whole new community to the limitless world of modular synthesis. Its family of semi-modular synthesizers has since expanded to become a full-fledged ecosystem of powerful, approachable, and inspiring electronic instruments (Mother-32DFAMGrandmotherMatriarch, and Subharmonicon).

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The creative potential of these instruments led to opportunities for multi-sensory installations at public events worldwide, inviting visitors to discover synthesis through experiences that encourage them to get lost in their surroundings. Through these activities, Moog’s employee-owners quickly learned that users with any level of experience can feel comfortable and excited about sound exploration with the right tools, guidance, and creative space.

Along with these learnings, Moog’s development of the complete sonic exploration station that is Moog Sound Studio is a direct response to years of feedback from the growing synthesizer community. The all-in-one solution for beginning or continuing a journey in professional-quality sound design includes everything the creator needs for an immersive, self-guided experience from any home or studio.

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Moog Sound Studio, a new synthesizer experience from Moog Music, includes all the tools and creative inspiration you need to embark on an immersive sonic adventure. Designed for beginner and seasoned synthesists alike, Moog Sound Studio introduces a uniquely comprehensive approach to exploring modular synthesis.

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A Complete Synthesizer Studio Package (Just Add Headphones)

Each user begins their unique Moog Sound Studio journey by selecting an instrument combination that speaks to their musical style or sonic preference: Mother-32 & DFAM or DFAM & Subharmonicon.

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Moog’s Mother-32 and DFAM synthesizers are a perfect pairing to anchor any electronic studio. Mother-32 is a versatile performance and production synthesizer with a powerful step sequencer and 64 slots of sequence memory. Its classic Moog voice delivers raw analog sound, deep Moog bass, and soaring synth leads, which complement DFAM’s rich analog rhythms and percussive patterns.

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For a more experimental journey with unexpected textures and sounds, choose the magical combination of Subharmonicon and DFAM. Subharmonicon is a rich sonic kaleidoscope of six-tone subharmonic chord shapes and polyrhythmic sequences, while DFAM presents an inspiring approach to drum synthesis and rhythmic pattern creation.

While each instrument is uniquely powerful alone, pairing two together creates an experience that will inspire you to create new sounds, unlock novel behaviors, synchronize patterns, and explore endless sonic possibilities.

Along with the chosen duo of semi-modular analog synthesizers, each Moog Sound Studio includes an audio mixer and power distribution hub, a two-tier rack mount kit, patch cables and a patch cable organizer, guided exercises and patch book, educational materials, games to encourage experimentation, custom artwork designed exclusively for Moog Sound Studio owners, and plenty of creative inspiration.

The perfect foray into Eurorack for those new to modular, as well as a creative tool for experienced synthesists to grow their sound design skills, Moog Sound Studio offers an inviting creative environment and experience for all.

To learn more about Moog Sound Studio and find an authorized Moog dealer near you, click here.

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Artist Collaborations: Original Tracks & Visual Artwork

Ever since analog synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog collaborated with composer and educator Herb Deutsch to develop the first Moog modular synthesizer in 1964, artist collaboration has been at the heart of Moog Music’s story.

Moog’s creative team worked with various artists to develop original visuals, characters, learning tools, and tracks to bring the Moog Sound Studio environment to life.

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New Compilation EP: Explorations in Analog Synthesis 

Explorations in Analog Synthesis is a new seven-song EP created to demonstrate the powerful analog sound and infinite sonic possibilities of both Moog Sound Studio synthesizer combinations. 

This genre-bending compilation of original electronic music compositions features a chiptune-inspired head trip from Bonobo, an R&B-influenced synth pop track from Peter Cottontale featuring Jamila Woods, an ethereal vocal collage from Julianna Barwick, an evolving psychedelic excursion from Dan Deacon, a driving percussive electronica track from Madame Gandhi, an emotive dark wave song from Martial Canterel, and an industrial-tinged electronic pop track from Ela Minus. Each track was built around the instruments and accessories included in each artist’s Moog Sound Studio of choice: Mother-32 & DFAM or Subharmonicon & DFAM.

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Explorations in Analog Synthesis is available to stream for free on Moog’s SoundCloud.

Pricing and Availability

Moog Sound Studio: Mother-32 & DFAM: $1,399

The two bundles are available now: Moog Sound Studio: Subharmonicon & DFAM: $1,449 and Moog Sound Studio: Subharmonicon & DFAM: $1,449

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Karanyi Sounds’ New Wavesynth an Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer

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Wavesynth an Advanced Wavetable Synthesizer

Karanyi Sounds launched their most forward-looking instrument so far. Wavesynth is a new virtual instrument and a compelling waveshaper instrument for Kontakt 6.

Wavesynth Features

  • 220+ Factory & Artist presets
  • Sounds from 12 classic synths (Juno 106, JX & 8P, Voyager, Emulator, M1, Sub37, Prophet 6 & 8, OBX, MS20, CZ)
  • 14 type of wavetable algorithms
  • Amp & wavetable envelopes
  • 2 LFO: Wavetable position & Prophet-type low pass filter
  • Moog-type low pass filter
  • 3 customizable effects: dimension, tape delay & hall reverb
  • Master EQ, Compressor & Limiter
  • ROLL (intelligent randomizer)
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Big, bold basslines to super peaky sequences and arps, cinematic soundscapes, drones. Fully packed with synth legends and brave new sounds waiting for you to create something unique. Wavesynth, a powerful waveshaper instrument for Kontakt 6. Fully packed with synth legends and brave new sounds waiting for you to create something unique. Wavesynth is almost as flexible as an analog synth: you have plenty of possibilities to shape, twist, stomp your sounds.

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With over 60 parameters (all MIDI-learnable) and an intuitive interface design and Roll (our built-in intelligent randomizer), you can go wild and create new inspiring patches in seconds. Including Classic Essentials + VHS Cinema Sound Sets.

You have two toys to play with right out of the box: Classic Essential Sound Pack is a big warm hug for retrowave lovers while the VHS Cinema Sound Pack is fully packed with useful patches for film composers, electronic musicians. With over 220 artist presets

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Wavesynth Features

  • 220+ Factory & Artist presets
  • Sounds from 12 classic synths (Juno 106, JX & 8P, Voyager, Emulator, M1, Sub37, Prophet 6 & 8, OBX, MS20, CZ)
  • 14 type of wavetable algorithms
  • Amp & wavetable envelopes
  • 2 LFO: Wavetable position & Prophet-type low pass filter
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  • Moog-type low pass filter
  • 3 customizable effects: dimension, tape delay & hall reverb
  • Master EQ, Compressor & Limiter
  • ROLL (intelligent randomizer)

Please note: Wavesynth requires Native Instruments Kontakt 6.2.2

 (Full, retail version – free version of Kontakt NOT supported) or later in order to run.

About Karanyi Sounds

Karanyi Sounds is a sample developer company that was founded by award-winning composer, music producer Dani Karanyi in 2018. Over the last 17 years, Dani produced electronic music albums as well as film, animation, video game scores, and TV advertisements. As a pianist, he was always passionate about exploring how to bring life to the digital world of music production and seeking new techniques of sound manipulation. Teamed up with Los Angeles-based composers and other sound designers around Europe, he started to sample his favorite synthesizers and release them as Kontakt instruments with a simple-to-use, intuitive interface. Karanyi Sounds keep developing new inspiring instruments and expanding our repertoire to other sound sources too. Personally, I find the aesthetics mind-blowing outstanding pleasing.

Karanyi Sounds is crafting inspiring, high-quality sample collections in Kontakt format, focusing on film and video game scoring. Their goal is to create sonically rich, detailed and characteristic instruments like (or sometimes unlike than) the original sound sources. The company carefully select these sound sources while they also set up custom analog recording paths and rare combinations of effect chains to create unique, playable instruments. Unconventional recording techniques and sound design are as important parts of the modern music production as melodies and orchestration – so Karanyi Sounds is focusing on moods and characters as well as the sound sources themselves.

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Pricing and Availability

Wavesynth is available now.

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