Moog Announces Subharmonicon Update
Firmware v1.1.0 introduces a host of updates and new features 03/09/22
Moog Music say that Firmware v1.1.0 introduces a host of updates and new features to Sub-harmonicon owners. Some of the most notable include the addition of new MIDI functionality as well as an important bug fix that addresses sequencer clock behavior.
In addition to this firmware update, Moog is providing a collection of new educational and creative tools for Subharmonicon owners to get the most out of their instrument. Get started with patching techniques, explore deeper synthesis concepts, and understand all patchbay features in a new guide titled “Correct with intention.” Additionally, a new book of 10 unique Subharmonicon patches is available to explore. Both are free to download from the Moog website.
The fifth and final entry in Moog’s semi-modular “Interconnectivity” series, at the top of this page, showcases some of the new features included in this latest firmware update with Subharmonicon integrated alongside Matriarch (Dark Series) .
Subharmonicon Firmware Highlights
Sequencer clock behavior
The sequencer clock outputs (SEQ 1 CLK and SEQ 2 CLK) are now in phase with the internal clock. Previously, these outputs were delayed by one clock pulse relative to the internal clock.
MIDI Note Transpose
While the sequencers are running, MIDI notes sent to Subharmonicon will transpose the pitch of the sequence being played. This allows you to connect a MIDI keyboard such as the Moog Grandmother or Subharmonicon 25 to Subharmonicon, and use the keyboard to transpose the Subharmonicon sequences live, to follow the key changes in your music.
Keyboard note priority
Note Priority is a common feature on monophonic synthesizers; since they can only play one note at a time, they need a rule to know which note to play when more than one key on the keyboard is pressed at the same time. You can now use MIDI CC 91 to prioritize low notes, high notes, or the last note on the Subharmonicon to determine which notes it will follow when controlled from a MIDI keyboard.
When the envelope generator is locked (the EG button flashes), the TRIGGER button and signals received at the TRIGGER input jack are ignored. Previously, if these TRIGGER functions were activated while the EG was locked, the VCF and VCA envelopes would go into their decay phase and fall back to zero, and therefore were not triggered by the internal sequencer. The EG should be unlocked and turned on (solid red EG button) in order to respond to sequence triggers again.
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