Modal COBALT5S – 5 Voice Extended Virtual Analogue Synthesiser

The Modal COBALT5S is a 5 Voice Extended Virtual Analogue Synthesiser. Built upon the Modal Electronics’ next-generation COBALT synth architecture and housed in an ultra-portable go-anywhere footprint. It will spark your creativity wherever, and whenever inspiration strikes and also offers USB-powered.

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Modal COBALT5S

The Modal COBALT5S is a 5 Voice Extended Virtual Analogue Synthesiser. Built upon the Modal Electronics’ next-generation COBALT synth architecture and housed in an ultra-portable go-anywhere footprint. It will spark your creativity wherever, and whenever inspiration strikes and also offers USB-powered. Whether it’s a singularly authentic replication of classic analogue sounds or the most contemporary leading-edge texture, COBALT5S’ extended virtual analogue sound engine delivers on all counts.

COBALT5S takes inspiration from the iconic sound of its analogue forebears, transcending any and all limitations to take a leading edge synth architecture. It is truly mobile from sultry basslines to expansive, mutating beds and everywhere in between. As a result the COBALT5S is not just modelling run-of-the-mill analogue sounds, this is Beyond Analogue, Anywhere.

Create Without Limitation

The COBALT5S offers five true polyphonic voices, two independent algorithm groups and up to 8 oscillators per voice. This means that musicians, sound designers and producers are armed with a nefarious palette of sound that is primed for any application imaginable. Fuse this with 40 complex algorithms, including Sync, Ring Modulation, Waveform Morphing, plus many more, and it’s easy to see why COBALT5S empowers creators with liberated sound sculpting capability without limitation.

Earcandy

Featuring the same self-oscillating 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter from the COBALT8; COBALT5S guarantees to texture your sound with all the bite and warmth your performance demands. Also on offer are four separate filter modes fuse with mainstay controls for Cutoff and Resonance, alongside a Morph, parameter; to musically manipulate the frequency response of the filter for a truly immersive experience. From the sublime to the experimental and everywhere in between, crafting the perfect timbre is limited only by your imagination.

Shaping Your Sound with the COBALT5S

Everything you demand to craft the perfect sound in meticulous detail is right at your fingertips with COBALT5S. Three envelopes complete with selectable types take command of the filter, amp or modulation destinations. This empowers you with unrestricted options when it comes to fine-tuning your sound. One Polyphonic LFO and one Global LFO provide extended power to control a plethora of modulation sources, selected via a sophisticated 8-slot modulation matrix. Whether it’s an otherworldly evolving soundscape, rhythmic pads or a searing lead; realising your creative vision has never been this easy!

Your Performance, Supercharged!

Get wild with the integrated 512-note real-time/step-sequencer, complete with 4 animation lanes. Fuse this with a built-in programmable 32-step advanced arpeggiator. With a compatible MPE controller, the COBALT5S is ready for any performance with MPE support for next-generation creative expression. As a result, it offers you the production and or sound design scenarios imaginable.

The COBALT5S offers a 37-note compact keybed with aftertouch. Plus, with a USB powered specification, powering the COBALT5S from your Mac/PC or portable power brick also couldn’t be any simpler.

COBALT5S offer Evolved Control

Take complete command and craft your signature sound with ease courtesy of 16 switched encoders. For complete expressive capability; COBALT5S’ X/Y/Z touchpad also provides ultimate 5-axis control over pitch bend, mod wheel and/or any user-selected modulation assignment. Two independent stereo effect engines, including delay and chorus, inject depth and character into your patches. This allows you to create polished synth textures. Furthermore, you will find a radiant monochrome OLED display that relays all key information in razor-sharp resolution.

Hook-up Flexibility

Integrating COBALT5S into your existing setup couldn’t be easier. Connect to PA systems, stage boxes, mixing desks and more with a dual ¼-inch line out jacks. Practice in private thanks to a ¼-inch stereo headphone output. Then add some genuine piano-style sustain to your performance with a ¼-inch sustain pedal input. You can also connect to all your MIDI peripherals thanks to full-size MIDI ins and outs, as well as MIDI over USB capability. Finally, keep everything on point with COBALT5S’ Clock sync In and Out. So whatever your next performance demands, the COBALT5S guarantees to assimilate with ease.

Free MODALapp for immersive sound programming sessions

The free MODALapp brings the comfort of screen-based editing on your computer or mobile device. Available as a standalone app for macOS, Windows, iOS, iPad or Android systems and in VST3 and AU plug-in formats. As a result, it is the perfect companion for synth enthusiasts looking to deep dive into all sound editing and performance parameters. This means that creating your own signature sound, backing-up your library and managing your patches & sequences couldn’t be simpler.

  • 37-note compact keybed with aftertouch
  • Features five true polyphonic voices
  • 40 complex algorithms, including Sync, Ring Modulation, Waveform Morphing, plus many more,elf-oscillating 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter
  • Four separate filter modes fuse with mainstay controls for Cutoff and Resonance, alongside a Morph parameter
  • Three envelopes complete with selectable types take command of the filter, amp or modulation destinations
  • One Polyphonic LFO and one Global LFO provide extended power to control a plethora of modulation sources
  • Sophisticated 8-slot modulation matrix
  • Integrated 512-note realtime/step-sequencer, complete with 4 animation lanes
  • built-in programmable 32-step advanced arpeggiator
  • Support for next-generation creative expression via a compatible MPE controller
  • 5-axis control over pitch bend, mod wheel and/or any user-selected modulation assignment.
  • Two independent stereo effect engines, including delay and chorus,

Polyphony

  • True 5 voice polyphonic

MPE

  • Supports MPE-compatible MIDI controllers, allowing you to apply polyphonic control and expression to individual notes

Oscillators

  • 40 high-resolution virtual-analogue oscillators, up to 8 per voice
  • Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms, 40 different algorithms including complex analogue synthesis techniques, built-in cross-modulation (SYNC, RM, and many more), PWM, smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing, filtered noise.
  • Extended Oscillator Drift

Algorithms

  • VA Sweep: Sweep through sine, triangle, saw, square, pulse (with pulse width) (A), ability to detune the oscillators (or snap to musical intervals) using spread (B)
  • VA Crushed: Sweep through sine, triangle and saw shapes (A) with real-time control over bit crushing (B)
  • Spread Saw: Spread mode with increased oscillator count, ability to blend between the fundamental and detuned oscillators (A) and more comprehensive spread (B) options (e.g oct up + detuned)
  • Spread Square: Spread mode with increased oscillator count, ability to blend between the fundamental and detuned oscillators (A) and more comprehensive spread (B) options (e.g oct up + detuned)
  • Spread Triangle: Spread mode with increased oscillator count, ability to blend between the fundamental and detuned oscillators (A) and more comprehensive spread (B)options (e.g oct up + detuned)
  • PWM: Classic Pulse Width Modulation with width control (A) and ability to detune the oscillators using spread (B)
  • PWM Dual: PWM mode whereas the width control (A) changes, the pulse width increases in the first cycle of the wave and decreases in the second cycle. Oscillators can be detuned using the spread (B) control
  • PWM Triangle / Square: Alternating triangle and square waves with control over the width of the triangle portion (A) and an asymmetry control (B) that allows every second cycle to have a different triangle width (inverse) to the first
  • PWM Saw Eraser: Wave with both a saw and PWM portion, with control over the ratio between the two portions (A) and the width of the PWM portion (B) relative to parameter A
  • PWM Triangle Pinch: Triangle wave with pulse width modulation (A) and an asymmetry control (B) which allows every second cycle of the wave to have different width to the first (can be wider or narrower)
  • Hard Sync Saw: Classic hard sync with un-quantised ratio (A) that can be blended with a sub-oscillator (B) one octave below the fundamental
  • Hard Sync Square: Classic hard sync with un-quantised ratio (A) that can be blended with a sub-oscillator (B) one octave below the fundamental
  • Hard Sync Triangle: Classic hard sync with un-quantised ratio (A) that can be blended with a sub-oscillator (B) one octave below the fundamental
  • Fractal Saw: Complex sync with un-quantised control over ratio (A) and an asymmetry control (B) that allows every second cycle of the wave to have a different sync ratio to the first
  • Fractal Square: Complex sync with un-quantised control over ratio (A) and an asymmetry control (B) that allows every second cycle of the wave to have a different sync ratio to the first
  • Fractal Triangle: Complex sync with un-quantised control over ratio (A) and an asymmetry control (B) that allows every second cycle of the wave to have a different sync ratio to the first
  • Reverse Saw: Periodically reverses the direction of the waveform and changes the playback rate (A), asymmetry control (B) changes the period length (I.e the switch point within a cycle)
  • Reverse Square: Periodically reverses the direction of the waveform and changes the playback rate (A), asymmetry control (B) changes the period length (I.e the switch point within a cycle)
  • Reverse Triangle: Periodically reverses the direction of the waveform and changes the playback rate (A), asymmetry control (B) changes the period length (I.e the switch point within a cycle)
  • Window Amp Sync: Applies amplitude modulation to a sine wave using a hard synced waveform. Features an un-quantised sync ratio control (A) and the ability to morph between multiple window shapes (B)
  • Metal Saw: Creates ring modulation/amplitude modulation like effects by syncing a waveform to two separate signals, one at the base rate and one at the sync rate. Features un-quantised control over sync rate (A) and ability to balance between the base wave and the modulated signal (B)
  • Metal Square: Creates ring modulation/amplitude modulation like effects by syncing a waveform to two separate signals, one at the base rate and one at the sync rate. Features un-quantised control over sync rate (A) and ability to balance between the base wave and the modulated signal (B)
  • Metal Triangle: Creates ring modulation/amplitude modulation like effects by syncing a waveform to two separate signals, one at the base rate and one at the sync rate. Features un-quantised control over sync rate (A) and ability to balance between the base wave and the modulated signal (B)
  • Ring Mod Saw: Ring mod applied to two saw waves, with quantised ratio control (A) that snaps through a series of useful ratios, and a fine control (B), which cross-fades between these ratios allowing precise control across the whole range
  • Ring Mod Square: Ring mod applied to two square waves, with quantised ratio control (A) that snaps through a series of useful ratios, and a fine control (B), which cross-fades between these ratios allowing precise control across the whole range
  • Ring Mod Triangle: Ring mod applied to two triangle waves, with quantised ratio control (A) that snaps through a series of useful ratios, and a fine control (B), which cross-fades between these ratios allowing precise control across the whole range
  • Ring Mod Triangle / Square: Ring mod applied to a triangle and a square wave, with quantised ratio control (A) that snaps through a series of useful ratios, and a fine control (B), which cross-fades between these ratios allowing precise control across the whole range
  • Ring Mod Saw / Square: Ring mod applied to a saw and square wave, with quantised ratio control (A) that snaps through a series of useful ratios, and a fine control (B), which cross-fades between these ratios allowing precise control across the whole range
  • Ring Mod Saw / Triangle: Ring mod applied to a saw and triangle wave, with quantised ratio control (A) that snaps through a series of useful ratios, and a fine control (B), which cross-fades between these ratios allowing precise control across the whole range
  • Chaos Saw: Un-quantised ring modulation (A) combined with randomisation (B)
  • Chaos Square: Un-quantised ring modulation (A) combined with randomisation (B)
  • Chaos Triangle: Un-quantised ring modulation (A) combined with randomisation (B)
  • Fold Triangle: Triangle wave-folding (A) with DC offset (B)
  • Filtered Noise: Noise generator combined with a morphable filter with full control over Cutoff (A) and Morph (B)
  • FM Saw:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Sawtooth as the carrier and a Square as the modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
  • FM Square:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Square as both the carrier and modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
  • FM Tri:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Triangle as the carrier and a Square as the modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
  • Noise AM Saw: Sawtooth Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and the Noise filter cutoff (B)
  • Noise AM Square: Square Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and the Noise filter cutoff (B)
  • Noise AM Tri: Triangle Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and the Noise filter cutoff (B)

Filter 

  • 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance and four switchable configurations
  • Resonance and Balanced Filter Modes

Modulation

  • Three dedicated envelope generators for AMP, MOD and FILTER that can be accessed independently or all three simultaneously including negative (reverse) versions for MOD and FILTER ENVs
  • Two LFOs with tempo sync (one poly, one global) with seven different shapes
  • Eight assignable modulation slots and four additional fixed modulation routings for common assignments with 11 modulation sources and 41 modulation destinations

Sequencer and Arpeggiator

  • Polyphonic real-time sequencer with 512 notes and four recordable/editable parameter animations (Delay FX, LFO’s, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally)
  • Polyphonic Step Sequencer with 64 steps, 5 notes per step, 4 lanes of Parameter-Lock style animation, Step Input mode, multiple playback modes including gate modes and rest function
  • Built-In sophisticated programmable arpeggiator of 32 steps with rest capability and up to 2048 steps before repeating

FX

  • Two incredibly powerful independent and user-configurable stereo FX engines for Chorus and Stereo Delay

User Memory

  • 300 patch memories, all fully editable; ships with 200 factory programs
  • 100 sequencer presets that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements
  • 4 Quick Recall slots are accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favourite patches

Controls and Performance

  • Premium 37 compact-key keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch
  • 16 switched encoders support real-time CC message transmissions to other MIDI devices or DAWs
  • Five-axis X/Y/Z pressure-sensitive touchpad for pitch bend, mod wheel and/or modulation assignments
  • Multiple keyboard modes, Mono, Poly, Stack 2, Unison 2, Unison 4
  • Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes

Inputs and Outputs

  • 6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS line outputs
  • 6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS headphone output
  • MIDI DIN In and Out
  • 3.5 mm / 1/8″ TS Analogue clock sync In and Out
  • Class-compliant MIDI over a USB connection
  • 6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS sustain pedal input

Enclosure and Display

  • Durable polycarbonate enclosure
  • Monochrome OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing

Power

  • Power: DC-9.0V – 1.5A centre-positive or USB-bus powered

Editor Software

  • Free MODALapp software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
  • MODALapp can also be run within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), with VST3 and AU versions available

General

  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 56.5 x 16.2, x 5.7 cm / 22.24” x 6.38” x 2.24”
  • Weight: 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs
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