The Runner V2.0

Moffenzeef Modular

The Runner is a compact and feature rich drone synthesizer made in collaboration between Moffenzeef Modular and Boy Harsher.  From sweet, mellow, chorus-rich, detuned washes to walls of brutal harsh noise, the runner is designed to create excellent drones with little effort.  

Boy Harsher and Møffenzeef have teamed up again, this time for an upgraded version of the ‘The Runner’ synthesizer (originally released in 2021 and quickly sold out). ‘The Runner v2.0’, has been dolled up in an all new red dress.

Midi Mayhem:
The Runner v2.0 has full MIDI CC implementation to allow for total control over the interface as well as additional hidden features. v2.0 allows for the pitch to be controlled externally via MIDI.

The Runner v2.0 comes with a free MaxForLive plugin to allow for seamless integration into Ableton Live. The plugin greatly simplifies CC integration and is controllable by Ableton’s automation, MIDI mapping, and preset saving capabilities.

Two Synths for the Price of One:
Inside The Runner v.2.0 there is a button that allows you to switch The Runner into Knucklebuster mode - a previously released limited edition harsh noise experimental synthesizer.

Drone Dreams:
The Runner v2.0 has evolved, but we haven’t lost sight of our original mission: drone on to the break of dawn.


THE RUNNER is powered by a “Boss style” center pin negative +9vDC power supply. This power supply is commonly used with guitar pedals. (power supply not included with purchase).

Controls include:

  • GAIN: Overall gain of analog distortion circuit. 1x to 100x.


  • VOLUME: Overall volume. ~3v peak to peak - ~6v peak to peak.


  • RANGE: Speed range for ANIMATE knob. up = fast, down = slow.


  • CHORUS: Chorus on/off switch. Chorus has a fixed rate and depth.


  • RESONANCE: Resonance control for lowpass filter.


  • CUTOFF: Lowpass filter cutoff frequency. 80hz - 15khz.


  • NOTES/HZ: Quantize on/off for pitch of the root oscillator. Up = fixed chromatic pitches, down = free running oscillator.


  • PITCH: 27.5hz - 440hz when quantize is off. Musical notes A0 - A4 when quantize is engaged.


  • HARMONICS: THE RUNNER has 5 square wave oscillators that are controlled by the same pitch knob. The HARMONICS knob is a crossfader to mix between them all. 0-25%: Sub oscillator 25-50%: 5th above root pitch 50 - 75%: 1 octave above root pitch 75 - 100%: 2 octaves above root pitch 11. ANIMATE: A complex random LFO that is routed to the filter cutoff and all 5 of the oscillator’s pulse width . This knob controls both the speed and depth of the LFO. The LFO will ebb and flow on its own without any human intervention. When ANIMATE is all the way down, the LFO is off.