New Modal Polysynth Cobalt8 - First Look

US 8 Voice Extended VA      29/10/20

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What a time to be into synthesizers eh? Modal, another UK synth manufacturer (just down the road from us) have today announced the Cobalt8 synthesizer, an 8 voice DSP based synthesizer.

Its got a very similar look to the Argon8 but is a lovely shade of blue. It also does not offer Wavetables, but extended VA synthesis with 34 distinct algorithms which generate a pretty wide range of oscillators tones.

Like the Argon8 we have the same hight speed LFOs, 3 envelopes, 3 FX slots, arpeggiator and 512 sequencer, but the other major difference is the new filter type which is a modeled 4 pole ladder filter, at its core, but with the ability to morph through bandpass and high pass, plus there are several additional filter modes.

8 Modulation slots, plus 4 fixed assignments and  Modal App editor support  bring it into line with the other Modal Electronics offerings.

I only had time for a quick look as it only arrived a couple of days ago, but initial impressions are good, it has a distinct sound and some lovely example patches.


November 2020 with an RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of £579.99 GBP (including VAT), MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) of €649.99 EUR (including 20% VAT), and a MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) of $749.99

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