Modal Electronics Argon8

8-Voice Polyphonic Wavetable Synthesizer

$699.00

This is a pure digital synth and a pre-production model, everything subject to change. I think it’s a bit premature to start marketing this, however, it will supposedly be available by the Holiday 2019 season so if that is realistically true, maybe they needed to get it out there now. I’m going to withhold judgement at this time. It’s nice to have a peak, but if the release date slips, you run the risk of torturing your potential customers, ala Behringer.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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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 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
  • 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

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 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

Physical

Road ready Steel and Aluminium chassis

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