Misuse Control

A patch by 0VRLNDR

±1 12-ET Arpeggiated Plucky

Patch Instructions

Misuse Control patch for the Moog Subharmonicon

Cybotron's 1983 track "Clear" or the sample thereof used in Missy Elliot's "Lose Control", this patch is a demonstration of extending the sequencer from 4 to 16 steps with an easy-to-tune and recognizable sound.

  1. Tune VCO 1 just north of 12 o'clock.
  2. Tune SEQ 1 knobs so each step is a semitone above the previous.
  3. Tune VCO 2 to match VCO 1 (only needed if you make VCO 2 audible)
  4. Tune SEG 2 knobs so each step is 4 semitones above the previous.
  5. TIP: Press and hold the EG button and use the NEXT button to step through each tone individually to simplify tuning.
  6. Set RHYTHM 1 to be 4x as fast as RHYTHM 2, so that RHYTHM 1 completes a single pass perfectly for each step of RHYTHM 2. In other words, RHYTHM 2 is playing quarter notes on the beat, and RHYTHM 1 is playing 16th notes in time.
  7. Here's the sauce: Patch SEQ 2 OUT to VCO 1 IN. This makes Sequencer 2's knob position impact VCO 1's pitch.
  8. Adjust the rest of the knobs accordingly.
    In the linked example, about halfway through the patch, another layer of this exact patch was added, with the VCOs tuned 3 semi-tones down, for a bit of extra "bite".