The Moog booth was packed at this year’s 2014 NAMM Show. The big news? Moog showcased its Sub 37 Tribute Edition paraphonic analog synthesizer. The Sub 37 is a limited edition 2-note synth that houses the Sub Phatty’s celebrated sound engine. It is dedicated to Moog’s founder, Bob Moog.
We did some checking and a number of Sub Phatty owners say they are excited about the Sub 37; more than a few comments suggest they feel it is superior to the Sub Phatty we covered last year. At least part of that appeal lies in its ease of programming, plus various controls the Sub Phatty just doesn’t have, including more functional features on its front panel.
Here’s a brief overview of what the Sub 37 offers, from the folks at Moog:
Monophonic or Duo-Paraphonic performance modes
37-note velocity sensitive keyboard w/ aftertouch
2 modulation busses w/ assignable source and destinations
Classic Moog Ladder Filter with resonance, MultiDrive, and selectable filter slopes.
The Sub 37 Tribute’s new features include Duo Mode, which allows oscillator 1 and oscillator 2 to be played independently, programmable appreciator/step sequencer, two modulation busses with assignable source and destination options, access to 256 presets, and a 37-note velocity sensitive keyboard with aftertouch.
A fully featured mixer section contains dedicated controls and mutes for each sound source, as well as a level control for External audio input and Feedback – which feeds the output of the filter directly back to the input of the mixer.
Also included are the powerful DAHDSR envelopes from the Sub Phatty with panel control of each extended function. And, like the Sub Phatty, the Sub 37 Tribute includes a free standalone/plugin editor that is compatible with all major plugin formats, creating seamless integration between analog synth and DAW for total control, recall, and automation of every parameter.
The Sub 37 retails for about $1499. Moog Music will donate a portion of the proceeds of each Sub 37 sale to Asheville Area School Music Programs.
* Tribute edition includes Bob Moog signature panel, wood sides, and aluminum extrusion