Polychaining 8 Moog Subsequent 37 CV’s!

Polychaining 8 Moog Subsequent 37 CV’s!

The polyphonic analogue synthesizer…. In their finer forms, expensive, complicated, and these days rarified but above all, amazing. The Roland Jupiter series. The Oberheim OB range. The Poly Moog and Memory Moog synthesisers, the Mighty Yamaha CS80. These instruments populate the lions share of most peoples fantasy synthesiser collections. Unfortunately these days these classics have reached a point of appreciation that makes them way out of reach for most of us mortals, but its OK to dream a little bit from time to time I suppose isn’t it..?

Polychaining 8 Moog Subsequent 37 CV's!

Recently we have seen quite a few entries into the modern analogue poly arena. The superbly placed 4 voice Korg Minilogue, (With a more powerful sibling hopefully waiting in the wings for introduction very soon). The very solid Novation Peak, The Dave Smith range, and the surprising Behringer Deepmind, all tossing their rather impressive hats into the analogue poly-synth ring. However, the glut of these modern pretenders, while being diverse and interesting, do not necessarily have that certain something, that little bit more: May it be an entirely pure analogue signal path. just one or maybe two oscillators per voiceperhaps shared EGs and so on….. So what to do if you want something special, something really special. Super-luxury-analogue-polyphonic-synthesis?

Polychaining 8 Moog Subsequent 37 CV's!

Sadly Moog doesn’t currently produce a poly. If they did, It would probably be quite expensive, and likely, a little bit complicated, and well, they just don’t. So what are we supposed to do? Just make one ourselves I guess! All you need is 8 or so Subsequent 37 CVs quite a few midi leads, a half decent set of speakers to appreciate the monster we have created, a little patience and hey presto. The worlds greatest synthesiser, probably…

Moog has employed the ability to poly-chain their synths throughout their range of mono’s all the way back to the early days of the sadly now retired Moog Voyager and Voyager RME. 
Poly chaining itself is simply the ability to use a chain of monophonic synthesizers linked to each other via a ‘MIDI THRU’ chain, assigning them a ‘note priority number’ within the poly-chain and connecting them to a suitable multi-channel audio interface or mixer, and there you have it, a polyphonic synthesizer (all be it a ‘modular’ and quite an expensive one. But a polyphonic Moog synthesiser none the less).
 
 
The Moog Subsequent 37CV already is one of the most textured and vibrant sounding synthesisers on the market today, so creating a polyphonic version is a real treat to get the opportunity to have a play with. 8 Moog Subsequent 37 CVs, with 2 classic Moog oscillators plus a sub oscillator for every single voice. That is 24 of Asheville’s finest all playing as a single concerted instrument. A rarified experience indeed, it took a little fettling as the majority of presets in this synth are fat lead and bass focussed, but after a little effort the sound was just gorgeous and I am currently looking for a ‘reason’ to put this set up together again, so if you would like more, be sure to let us know. it is not every day you get to play a poly that to put together in the real world would cost over £13.5K!