Modal Electronics Argon8 Wavetable Synthesizer Is Ready For Pre-Order

Modal Electronics Argon8 pre-order phase has begun which means that the team is in the finish with the development of their new poly wavetable Synthesizer.

According to the information of various shops in Europe, the Argon8 will probably be delivered before the end of the year, which is good news. The developers were not sure but now it still seems to come in 2019. As a reminder: Argon8 is Modal Electronics’ new 8x polyphonic wavetable Synthesizer with many deep sound features and a very nice hands-on interface for less than 700 €.

How good it will finally be, the test will say. So much I can say: if it is even better than the Craftsynth 2 (review) but with 8 voices, then you can be very curious.

Polyphony

True 8-voice polyphonic, mono-timbral

Oscillators

120 carefully crafted wavetables split into 24 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets, covering virtual analog 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, waveshapers, 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

Filter

Two pole morphing resonant filters with multiple filter types. 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 quantize and four recordable/editable parameter animations. Delay FX, LFO’s, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally

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

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

  • Analog clock sync in and out (configured to the KORG / Teenage Engineering specification).
  • MIDI DIN 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)
  • Power: DC-9.0V-1.5A

Modal Electronics Argon8 pre-order phase is now open for £579, 649€ /$749  on Thomann, Musicstore, Gear4music, Sweetwater… Estimated shipping 2-3 weeks.

Available for pre-order at our partner 

Thomann

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