Modal COBALT8X 8 Voice 61 Key Extended Virtual Analog Synthesizer

Modal COBALT8X

The Modal COBALT8X builds on the tradition of warm and punchy analog-style synths sounds; unlocking the full creative potential of analog waveforms. Powerful and inspiring, the COBALT8X reinvents the aesthetics and allows you to explore a new era of synthesizer textures. Going far beyond the limits of its analog predecessors. Not only does the COBALT8X feature an innovative oscillator engine, but there's also an added morphable 4-Pole Ladder Filter. Combined with unparalleled modulation options; step sequencer; arpeggiator; FATAR 61-Note Keyboard; MPE; Studio Quality effects; and MODALapp integration. The COBALT8X is the perfect versatile instrument for playing vintage synth sounds. Boasting 8 true polyphonic voices, the COBALT8X tempts you to lay out wide string and rich synth pad chords. While a monophonic bass or lead patch with 64 oscillators lets you shake the walls of the biggest stadiums. Plus, with avant-garde sound forming features, you can refine your performance with sounds like no other.

Analogue Goodness and so much more

Featuring 2 independent oscillator groups with up to 4 oscillators each; you can generate powerful virtual-analog goodness with 34 unique algorithms such as Sync, Ring Modulation, Waveform Morphine and many more. So you can increase your creative options for new-generation synth sounds. Each Algorithm also has a simple-to-use pair of controls to suit the particular algorithm or character. Providing the power of traditionally complex oscillator modulations or processes spontaneously.

For every synth lover: our 4-Pole Ladder Filter

Additionally, COBALT8X has a self-oscillating 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance, injecting even more warmth and bite. You can switch between the four different filter modes, get creative with the Notch filter, and create unusual textures with the Phasor.

Shape your sound

Finally, the flexible audio-rate LFOs can be routed to a number of destinations. Using the modulation matrix and sync to internal or external tempo. There's also three dedicated envelopes for the filter, amp, and modulation that allows for excessive control over dynamics and expression. There's also a 12-slot modulation matrix that supports easy assignments of complex modulation routes.

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Modal COBALT8X

The Modal COBALT8X builds on the tradition of warm and punchy analog-style synths sounds; unlocking the full creative potential of analog waveforms. Powerful and inspiring, the COBALT8X reinvents the aesthetics and allows you to explore a new era of synthesizer textures. Going far beyond the limits of its analog predecessors.

Not only does the COBALT8X feature an innovative oscillator engine, but there’s also an added morphable 4-Pole Ladder Filter. Combined with unparalleled modulation options; step sequencer; arpeggiator; FATAR 61-Note Keyboard; MPE; Studio Quality effects; and MODALapp integration. The COBALT8X is the perfect versatile instrument for playing vintage synth sounds.

Boasting 8 true polyphonic voices, the COBALT8X tempts you to lay out wide string and rich synth pad chords. While a monophonic bass or lead patch with 64 oscillators lets you shake the walls of the biggest stadiums. Plus, with avant-garde sound forming features, you can refine your performance with sounds like no other.

Analogue Goodness and so much more

Featuring 2 independent oscillator groups with up to 4 oscillators each; you can generate powerful virtual-analog goodness with 34 unique algorithms such as Sync, Ring Modulation, Waveform Morphine and many more. So you can increase your creative options for new-generation synth sounds.

Each Algorithm also has a simple-to-use pair of controls to suit the particular algorithm or character. Providing the power of traditionally complex oscillator modulations or processes spontaneously.

For every synth lover: our 4-Pole Ladder Filter

Additionally, COBALT8X has a self-oscillating 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance, injecting even more warmth and bite. You can switch between the four different filter modes, get creative with the Notch filter, and create unusual textures with the Phasor.

Shape your sound

Finally, the flexible audio-rate LFOs can be routed to a number of destinations. Using the modulation matrix and sync to internal or external tempo. There’s also three dedicated envelopes for the filter, amp, and modulation that allows for excessive control over dynamics and expression. There’s also a 12-slot modulation matrix that supports easy assignments of complex modulation routes.

  • Play rich analogue-style sounds driven by COBALT8X’s Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesis, combining traditional technology with modern synth features
  • Create your own signature sounds by harnessing the power of COBALT8X’s unique waveform architecture with 34 complex sophisticated algorithms and Modal’s morphable 4-pole Ladder Filter
  • Bring performance to a new level with MPE support, the integrated 512-note Realtime/Step Sequencer, 32-step programmable Arpeggiator and powerful Animation Lanes
  • Express yourself with the class-leading 61-note key bed with aftertouch, built into a road-ready aluminium enclosure
  • Integrate COBALT8 into your production and live performances with the full-size MIDI connections and the 3.5mm Sync Ins and Outs
  • Access all synthesiser functions and update COBALT8 via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3

Polyphony

True 8 voice polyphonic

MPE

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

Oscillators

64 high-resolution virtual-analogue oscillators, up to 8 per voice

Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms, 34 different algorithms including: complex analogue synthesis techniques, built-in crossmodulation (SYNC, RM, and many more), PWM, smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing, filtered noise.

Extended Oscillator Drift

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

Three audio-rate LFO’s with tempo sync (two poly, one global) with seven different shapes

Eight assignable modulation slots and four additional fixed modulation routings for common assignments with 12 modulation sources and 55 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, 8 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 with up to 2048 steps before repeating

FX

Three incredibly powerful independent and user-configurable stereo FX engines for Chorus, Phaser, Flanger (Pos), Flanger (Neg), Tremolo, LoFi, Rotary, Stereo Delay, Ping-Pong Delay, X-Over Delay and Reverb that can be arranged in any order

User Memory

500 patch memories, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs

100 sequencer presets that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements

100 FX presets

8 Quick Recall slots accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favourite patches

Controls and Performance

Premium FATAR 61-key Keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch

29 endless encoders, 24 buttons

4-axis joystick that can be assigned to a huge range of modulation destinations and virtually ‘locked’ when desired

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

Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes

Chord Invert control to easily create chord inversions and variations

Inputs and Outputs

6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS dual-mono line outputs

6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS headphone output

3.5 mm / 1/8″ TRS stereo audio input

MIDI DIN In and Out

3.5 mm / 1/8″ TS Analogue clock sync In and Out

Class compliant MIDI over USB connection

6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS expression pedal input

6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS sustain pedal input

Enclosure and Display

Road-ready steel and aluminium enclosure with economical stained bamboo end cheeks

1.54-inch large OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing

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