I'm not sure if Behringer is to thank for all of these lower priced synths but whoever it is, I'm thankful for it. Moog has added another mid-tier synth to their line up with the Subharmonicon, a modern interpretation of a couple classic (and incomprehensibly expensive) vintage units.
The gist of this new piece is that you can create sequences and then create subsequences based on rhythmic divisions (polyrhythms) which will shift around the base tempo. I absolutely love this type of rhythm and use it in every single piece of music I write so this synth is incredibly interesting to me. A bit more technical of an explanation from Moog is:
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.
So uh.. Yeah, I guess that makes sense? The especially interesting part to me is how difficult it is to predict how the sub rhythms are going to turn out. This synth will require a lot of trial and error but the results sound magical. I’m a huge fan of anything that produces unpredictable results (Count To 5 anyone?) which end up triggering other creative ideas and processes.
All Photos from Moog.
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