Modal Electronics Argon8 – new Wavetable-Synthesizer with 8 Voices

Modal Electronics introduces the Argon8, an amazingly impressive (and really affordable) 8-voice wavetable synthesizer. Aside from the 3 octave keyboard, the instrument offers everything you’d expect from a full-blown polyphonic synthesizer: lots of oscillators, lots of modulation routings, arpeggiator, quantized sequencer and much more …

Argon8’s completely new sound engine enables extremely complex synthesis creation that we believe is hitherto unprecedented at this price point and even for products that are much, much higher.

The Instrument:

Polyphony

– True 8 voice polyphonic
– Mono-timbral

Oscillators

– 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

– 120 carefully crafted wavetables split into 24 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets, covering virtual analogue classics through to cutting edge EDM and many from the original Modal 002 as well as a whole range of mathematically generated tables. 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

Keyboard

– FATAR TP9/S Full size 37 key keybed with both velocity and aftertouch

– 1.54 inch large OLED display – that provides instant visual feedback to the user at all times of playing/editing

– Multiple keyboard modes, Mono, Poly, Unison 2, unison 4, unison 8, Stack 2 and Stack 4

– Inbuilt sophisticated programmable arpeggiator of 32 steps with rest capability with up to 2048 steps before repeating

– Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes

Filter

– Two pole morphing resonant filter
– Filter can be morphed from low pass, through band pass, to high pass

Modulation

– Hugely powerful “Mod Matrix” with eight assignable slots with four additional fixed routes, 11 mod sources and 52 destinations

– 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 Audio rate LFO’s with tempo sync (one poly, one global). Polyphonic LFO can sync to frequency divisions

 

FX

– Waveshaping distortion’
– Three incredibly powerful independent and user configurable stereo FX engines that can create sophisticated Delays, lush Reverbs, Flanging, Phasing, and Rich Choruses

Sequencer

– Real time sequencer with 512 steps with input quantise and four recordable / editable parameter animations
– All time-based FX, LFO’s and sequencer arpeggio can be either clocked internally or externally

Storage

– 500 patch memories, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs and 200 user patch spaces. Patch upload and download through the free MODALapp
– 100 sequencer presets and 100 FX presets

Connectivity

– Analogue clock sync in and out (configured to the KORG / Teenage Engineering specification)
– MIDI IN and OUT
– Full size quarter inch jacks for stereo audio outs, headphones and external control such as sustain and expression
– 3.5 mm stereo input with ability to route incoming audio through the FX
– Class compliant MIDI provided over USB connection to host computer or tablet
– Optional software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS, Android with VST3 and AU compatibility – MODALapp can be run within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Physical

Road ready Steel and Aluminium chassis

Width: 560mm – 22 inches
Depth: 300mm – 11-3/4 inches
Height: 120mm – 5 inches

Power: DC-9.0V-1.5A

Price

649 Euros / 579 GBP / 699 USD

Modal Electronics Argon8

8-Voice Wavetable Synthesizer

Price: 649 Euros / 579 GBP / 699 USD

Website Manufacturer:
www.modalelectronics.com

Filed under 2019, General

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