January 23, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Moog Sub 37

Well here we are once again at the Winter NAMM show with all the exciting and buzz worthy offerings from every professional audio manufacturer in the industry. Our first stop on the show floor is a brand we have come to know and love: Moog Music. Last year they wowed us with the Moog Sub Phatty which is still an incredibly powerful and popular, fully analog synthesizer. Moog Music’s latest offering in the analog synthesizer market, the Sub 37 might look familiar to Sub Phatty owners. That’s because they kept the same architecture from the Sub Phatty and moved it over into a brand new paraphonic analog synthesizer with a host of new and exciting features.

The arpeggiator and step sequencer are really fantastic inclusions on this synth when considering  its closest competitors like Dave Smith and Elektron. All three booths were located together at this year’s NAMM which created a triangulation of analog awesome that no attendee could possibly resist. The 16 preset buttons allow you to call up a total of 256 presets which is a great way to get your analog rocks off right out of the box. Duo Mode is another great feature which allows for functions like playing a lead line over an established bass line with independent oscillator control.

The big takeaway here is that Moog listens to it’s customers and they develop instruments based on those comments. So if the Sub 37 is not what you wanted to see from Moog (no one is saying that) then head on over to the Moog Music website, sign up to their forums, and let your voice be heard. Also be sure to check out more specifications and details on the Moog Sub 37 which has a release date and an official price coming sometime around May.



This is Amos from Moog Music here with UniqueSquared at the NAMM show 2014 where we are showing the new Sub 37 synthesizer. This is really just sort of the total package from Moog. We’ve been listening to our customers and we’ve taken the feedback from our previous instruments and tried to deliver just about everything everyone has asked for to the best of our ability. So I’d like to give you a brief walkthrough and show you what we’ve done. So check it out this is the Sub 37. It’s based on the Sub Phatty synthesizer architecture which we introduced last year and in that case we had a two octave keyboard and a smaller panel and we were challenged to try and fit all of the cool functionality that we wanted to deliver into that package and as a consequence we hit a lot of the coolest features inside and under the panel. In this case we extended the keyboard to three octaves and so we had a lot more room to work with and we are able to bring all of these great features out to the panel. We have a fully featured arpeggiator and step sequencer here which is new for Moog. Here on the panel you’ve got synchronization and a wide range control. A lot of options. Your classic patterns of up down order and random and there’s also this step and step record mode. This is a very nice feature where you can enter sort of SH style. You can play notes in any order you like and then go into step mode and play them back. Coming soon, this is an early NAMM prototype so not everything is fully available. When we are shipping in May this will be all implemented. We have these 16 preset buttons which are quick access to 256 presets. There’s 16 banks of 16 presets and also sixteen buttons in a row is really nice for XOX style step sequencing. A lot of hands on sequencing ability in addition to all of the hands on tweak-ability. Moving along the panel we have two fully independent modulation busses. There are two LFOs with the classic LFO wave shapes and also programmable modulation sources that you can set up. Things like the key pitch from the sequencer, and additional list controls. You have fully independent destinations for filter, pitch modulation, and a controllable programmable modulation destination that lets you do really cool stuff like let you use one LFO to change the rate of the other LFO, you can modulate the VCA level for AM amplitude modulation sounds. Your classic pulse wave modulation, full wave form modulation, noise level for kind of percussive and flute sounds. A whole host of others. Two fully featured modulation buses really lets you bring out the most motion and dynamic range of the sounds. Moving on to the oscillator section. Another innovation that we’ve added here is Duo Mode. As you can see the Sub Phatty is labeled a paraphonic synthesizer. What we mean there is it is a basic, single synthesizer voice but you can now control the pitch of the two oscillators independently. So you can hold down a bass line on oscillator one and the sub oscillator. You can play an independent lead over top of it on oscillator two or you can play intervals and this really expands the range of performance that you can deliver. In the mixer section we’ve added on/off control for each oscillator similar to the MiniMoog Model D and in addition we’ve added built in feedback control which is a trick from the Model D where you take the mixer output of all of your oscillators and route it back in to the external input. Then you can crank that up as loud as it will go and get this incredible toothy, hairy, amazing on the edge on instability sound that is just so organic. It really brings the instrument to life. Another thing that we’ve brought out on the panel that was hidden on our previous synthesizer is control volt filter slope so you can select 6, 12, 18, or 24 db per octave rolloff of your low pass filter that gives you completely different sonic characteristics to your sound. You can get really bright and edgy sounds that are different than the classic Moog and then all the way down in stages to the really rich liquid four pole filter sound that we’re know for. In the envelope section, we’ve also added a ton of new features and functionality. These buttons here control additional features. You can latch on the envelopes and have them running freely, independent of the keyboard. You can loop them so they become additional modulation sources with a complex shape of modulation that’s controlled by your normal envelope knobs. You can do your classic multi trigger and reset which if you are familiar with mono synths these are useful performance features that let you change how percussive or liquid your sound is very easily from the front panel. Additionally you have other hidden controls that were available on the Sub Phatty: the amplitude, the envelope delay and hold sections, velocity control is directly available, and then keyboard tracking of the envelope so they can get shorter and longer as you play up and down the keyboard. This is really nice for making lively, organic, living kind of sounds where every note has it’s own character. This is all of the things that people wished were on our earlier synths, asked us for, said they liked and we put it all together in a beautiful package in the classic Phatty series chassis. Aftertouch available directly from the keyboard. CV inputs on the side and we think that this will really deliver what people want from Moog and we are happy to present it to you this year. This is the Sub 37 and you are watching