Moog updates the Subharmonicon with bug fixes, MIDI improvements, and more
Moog has also unveiled new free educational resources and creative tools, including Patching With Intention
Moog Music has announced an update to the popular Subharmonicon semi-modular synthesizer. Firmware v1.1.0 introduces a host of updates and new features including new MIDI features and important bug fixes.
Highlights of the update include improvements to sequencer clock behaviour, the ability to transpose the pitch of a running sequence on the Subharmonicon with an external keyboard and the capacity to use MIDI CC91 to set low, high or last note priority.
Alongside the update, Moog has also announced a collection of new educational and creative tools to accompany the Subharmonicon. Patching with Intention will cover patching techniques, explore synthesis concepts and provide an in-depth guide to the instrument’s patchbay. A new book of ten unique Subharmonicon patches is also available. Both resources are free to download from Moog’s website. Check out the retro artwork for Patching with Intention below:
We recently spoke with Lisa Bella Donna, a power user of the Subharmonicon and much of Moog’s other synths and sequencers. Speaking on the iconic Minimoog Model D, she told us: “The moment I began to dial it up and play it, everything changed. It sounded alive and right up front, warm and pure, wild and at times unruly, which fascinated me immediately. The touch response, the range, the flexibility and, of course, the sound. It’s truly where my lifelong journey with synthesis began.
“I connect with it in ways that I don’t connect with any other instrument. Every time I take flight and explore with the Minimoog, I rejoice. It fills my heart with music.”
You can check out her 2021 performance, Ascension, below, in which she uses a Subharmonicon, Matriarch, Grandmother, Mother-32, Moog One, Subsequent 37, Subsequent 25 and the classic Moog Synthesizer lllP.
Find the update’s full release notes and download the firmware here.