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Virtual Analog Synthesizer

  • 8-Voice polyphonic
  • Velocity sensitive 37 key keyboard with aftertouch (Fatar TP9 / S)
  • 24 Buttons
  • Lockable four-axis joystick
  • OLED display
  • Glide / Portamento (Legato and Staccato mode) as well as Mono, Poly, Unison (2, 4 and 8) and Stack (2 and 4) keyboard modes
  • 4-Pole morphable ladder filter with cutoff, res (resonance) and morph controls
  • 2 Independent oscillator groups with up to 4 oscillators each
  • 34 Algorithms like sync, ring modulation, waveform morphing and more
  • Step sequencer
  • Arpeggiator
  • 3 Independent DSP effects (FX1, FX2 and FX3): Chorus, Flanger, LoFi, Ping-Pong Delay, Phaser, Reverb, Rotary, Stereo Delay, Tremolo and X-Over Delay
  • 300 Factory programs - a total of 500 presets can be saved
  • MODALapp compatible
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 555 x 100 x 300 mm
  • Suitable case: Art.

    510447

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Connections:

  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • AUX input: 3.5 mm mini jack
  • Expression and sustain pedal connection: 6.3 mm jack
  • Clock Sync input and output: 3.5 mm mini jack (Teenage Engineering / Korg specification)
  • MIDI input and output
  • USB
Number Of Keys 37
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Number of simultaneous Voices 8
Sound Engine Virtual Analogue
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, USB
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display Yes
Item number 506277
£549
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I really wanted to like this one.
Jigme 04.07.2021
To me the keyboard was the big winner. It feels and plays so nice. If it weren't for the money I would have gotten the big Cobalt8 just for the keyboard.

However a synth is about its sound and it is so clear and transparent I can not combine it with my other sounds. This is very personal and I am not saying that the Cobalt8 is bad sounding. I, however, need to bring down the filter at least 40% to have a somewhat pleasing sound to my ear. Next to that all presets are drowning in extreme stereo spread, delay and reverb... bass, bell, pad or string.. to my ears they all started to sound the same. They all have that glassy sound. All the sounds are there but I can not emotionally relate to them.

When I checked the filter (clean with lots of resonance) I could hear the steps jumping from one position to the next so obvious I knew this would not be the synth for me. In this day and age it should have a much better resolution.

When I wanted to set lfo from 0 to 2, I carefully turned the knob but position remained 0 so I gave it a little push and it jumped to 5. Then turned the knob backwards to 1 to 6.. it took me a while before I got it where I wanted. Then I waited for a long time to hear the effect but the lfo was simply not running yet when set to 02. You need to set lfo speed at least at 5 or so before it starts running. Specially with digital I like to have a precision and this annoyed me.

The volume knob is very loose and when adjusting the filters or effects I could touch the volume knob by mistake making a jump up or down in volume which should never happen so easy. Live this could be a disaster.

The filter is boring. This is a big issue for me. It says 'toem' no 'tjoem'

Limitations in an instrument can work out inspiring but having a digital synth I feel there must be more possible with some sort of modulation matrix. Why not exploit the strengths of this machine?

I really wanted to like this one. I think if you play presets or self created sounds as they are you can be happily in love with this synth. But if you want to adjust sounds in realtime while playing you bump onto little and bigger issues. When I listen to recordings I did with the Cobalt I could' t help but listen to a vst. A vst built into a wonderful keyboard.
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Great Synth
1llusion 26.03.2021
Perfect synth. Does all the sounds.
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Fantastisch!
Lui2019 28.04.2021
Super Gerät, insbesondere für den Preis. Klanglich erste Sahne mit sehr cleverer und vielseitiger Soundengine und das Userinterface ist so gestaltet dass alle Parameter recht zugänglich sind.

Der einzige Nachteil aus meiner Sicht ist dass das Handbuch etwas zu wünschen übrig lässt, allerdings findet man im Netz zahlreiche Demovideos, auch direkt von Modal , die für die ersten Schritte sehr hilfreich sind.
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Der hat was ....
GPunkt 08.01.2021
Von allen Modal Synths ist das der wahrscheinlich beste. Sehr 80iger Synthwave Pad geeignet. Sehr gut für dicke analog klingende Moogige Bässe. Ganz toll für das Sounddesign. Die selbstgemachten Presets fallen nur so aus dem Synth raus. Ich hab gar nix ... wirklich überhaupt nix ... zu meckern. Preis / Leistungs -mäßig das Beste, was ich je gekauft habe. Klingt nach dreimal so viel Geld. Irgendwie von Charakter her sehr "Prophet-ähnlich", wie ich finde. Und das er digital ist, merkt man nicht mal, wenn man ganz zu Beginn eines neuen Presets nur mit einem Oszillator spielt. Ich geb ihm die Max-Wertung in allen Kategorien!
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