Modal Electronics Argon8 Argon8X Argon8M

8 Stereo Voices Polyphonic Wavetable Synthesizer

Argon8 $749.00Argon8X $819.00Argon8M $649.00

Now there are 3 form factors with the same identical sound engine. The original Argon8 with 37 keys, the Argon8X with 61 keys, and a module/rack mount version, the Argon8M.

The Argon8 is digital and a true wavetable synth, but like most at these price points, it does not load user supplied wavetables. Modal feels the wavetables are carefully curated, which is likely best for the average user, and fitting for the price point.

A little more detail I’ve been able to extract from Modal information and by contacting their support: There are 120 wavetables, split into 24 banks of 5 morphable wavetables. The wavetables are comprised of 5 single waveforms with 32 steps for each waveform for a total of 128 steps. The pure original waveforms that make up each wavetable can be found at 0, 31, 63, 95, and 127. Additionally, there are 32 static wavetable processors that can be applied to the 120 wavetables to give an array of permutations and new waveshapes.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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https://www.modalelectronics.com/argon8

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Polyphony

  • True 8 voice polyphonic
  • Mono-timbral

Oscillators

  • 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 3 noise/modulation banks accessible on Oscillator 2
  • 32 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
  • 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
  • Voice Drift and Width controls that help to create massive stereo soundscapes

Keyboard

  • FATAR TP/9S Full size keys with both velocity and aftertouch, 37 on the ARGON8 and 61 on the ARGON8X
  • 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
  • FX include Chorus, Phaser, Flanger (Positive or Negative), Lo-fi, Tremolo, Rotary, 3 x Delay types (Stereo, Ping-Pong, Crossover) and Reverb.

Sequencer

  • Real time sequencer with 512 notes with input quantise and four recordable / editable parameter animations
  • Delay FX, LFO’s, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally
  • 100 sequencer presets that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements

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
  • Quick Recalls accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favourite patches. 8 slots on keyboard variants, and 4 on ARGON8M

Connectivity

  • Analogue 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 MODALapp standalone software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android. Optional MODALplugin  VST3 / AU plugin for running MODALapp within your Digital Audio Workstation (coming soon)
  • Power: DC-9.0V-1.5A

Physical

  • Road ready Steel and Aluminium chassis
  • ARGON8 – Width: 555mm – 22 inches / Depth: 300mm – 11-3/4 inches / Height: 100mm – 4 inches
  • ARGON8X – Width: 885mm – 35 inches / Depth: 300mm – 11-3/4 inches / Height: 100mm – 4 inches
  • ARGON8M – Width: 384mm – 15 inches / Depth: 127mm – 5 inches / Height: 80mm – 3 inches / Desktop or Rack mount – 3U 19” rack