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Moog’s Subsequent 25 updates the Sub Phatty for modern studios


We first got word that Moog might have a new synth on the way thanks to a leak back in December, and now the US synth icons have confirmed the arrival of their latest, the Subsequent 25. As its name suggests this new instrument shares a lineage with Moog’s Subsequent 37 and its predecesso­r the Sub 37, although its closest relative is 2013’s Sub Phatty, which it replaces in Moog’s line-up.

The Subsequent 25 is a two-note paraphonic analogue synth paired with a 25-note keyboard, making it the most compact of Moog’s current crop of non-modular synths. It packs two oscillator­s, which are accompanie­d by an additional sub oscillator and noise generator. These can be used in two ways – Unison mode, whereby the three oscillator­s are stacked, and the new Duo Mode, which is inherited from the Subsequent 37 and lets users play two distinct notes with the individual oscillator­s.

The Subsequent 25 further modernises the design of the Sub Phatty with the addition of full MIDI implementa­tion for the knob-perfunctio­n front panel, and a free editor/librarian applicatio­n allowing users to save and recall an unlimited number of sounds.

Other improvemen­ts inherited from the Subsequent range include increased headroom, reshaped gain staging for the ladder filter and an improved keybed. The Multidrive circuit – which combines OTA distortion and FET drive – has been retuned too, and according to Moog this now extends far beyond the level of grittiness achievable from the Sub Phatty.

Other highlights of the synth include an input for processing external audio, CV inputs to control pitch, filter, volume and a gate trigger, plus a high-powered headphone amplifier.

The Subsequent 25 is out now priced at £895.

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