New Modal Wavetable Polysynth - ARGON8

Sub $1000 coming before Christmas      06/09/19
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Today Modal Electronics announce their new ARGON8  Polysynth. With features taken from their flagship 002, SKULPT and Craft 2.0 synths, ARGON8 goes large (its bigger).

The ARGON8 is an 8 voice digital Polysynth with a three octave full size Fatar keybed (with aftertouch),120 high resolution wavetables (from 002 as well) 4 oscillators per voice, 28 wavetable processors including de-rez, phase shapers and rectify.

We had a look at the pre-production prototype - presets have not been created yet and the final look will be tweaked, with Jackson (we're fortunate in that Modal are just down the road). The ARGON8 will be on show at Knobcon this weekend if you are going - we'll have a reporter there so hope to get another look.

UPDATE: Final pricing is  $699 £579 TBC, but Modal tell us that it will be competitive certainly sub $1000 - as soon as we know we'll tell you. Modal are also confident that the ARGON8 will be shipping well before Christmas worldwide.

ARGON8 Features

  • True 8 voice polyphony 
  • Road ready Steel and Aluminium chassis
  • 120 carefully crafted wavetables split into 24 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets
  • Additional PWM bank and 4 noise/modulation banks accessible on Oscillator 2
  • 28 static wavetable processors including de-rez, wave folders, wave shapers, phase shapers and rectify that can be applied to the 120 wavetables to give a mind boggling array of permutations and new waveshapes
  • 32 high resolution wavetable oscillators, 4 per voice, with 8 types of oscillator modifier including: Phase Mod (FM), Ring Mod, Amp Mod, Hard Sync and Windowed Sync
  • FATAR TP9/S Full size 37 key keybed with both velocity and aftertouch 
  • 1.54 inch large OLED display 
  • Bourns continuous rotary encoders throughout as standard
  • A 4-axis joystick that can be assigned to a huge range of modulation destinations and virtually ‘locked’ when desired 
  • Three dedicated envelope generators for AMP, MOD and FILTER that can be accessed independently or all three simultaneously including negative (reverse) versions. 
  • Two pole morphing resonant filter
  • Waveshaping distortion
  • Three independent and user configurable stereo FX engines -  Delays, lush Reverbs, Flanging, Phasing, and Rich Choruses
  • Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes 
  • Mod Matrix”with eight assignable slots with four additional fixed routes, 11 mod sources and 52 destinations
  • 500 patch memories.Patch upload and download through the free MODALapp 
  • Two Audio rate LFO’s with tempo sync (one poly, one global). Polyphonic LFO can sync to frequency divisions
  • Programmable arpeggiator of 32 steps with rest capability with up to 2048 steps before repeating 
  • Real time sequencer with number 512 steps with input quantise and four recordable /editable animations 
  • Multiple keyboard modes, Mono, Poly, Unison 2, unison 4, unison 8, Stack 2 and Stack 4 
  • All time-based FX, LFO’s and sequencer arpeggio can be either clocked internally or externally
  • Sync in/out 
  • Full size MIDI five pin din sockets 
  • Full size quarter inch jacks for both audio and external control such as sustain and expression. 
  • 3.5 mm stereo input with ability to route incoming audio through the FX 
  • Free dedicated app that works on Mac, PC, iOS, Android and works under VST3 and AU.

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