Modal - Argon8
The Argon8 derives much of its heritage and DNA from the Modal 002 hybrid synthesizer released in 2014. It takes that benchmark wavetable sound and brings it into a more compact and price-conscious space. Modal say you’ve never seen anything like it at this price
They call it “true” 8 note polyphony which makes me wonder when polyphony isn’t true and which synths don’t have true polyphony and should it be called something else? Anyway, inside this synth are 64 oscillators with 4 per voice in all modes and up to 8 per voice in certain modes for some enormous sounds. There are 120 wavetables to choose from covering classic waves, modern sounds and a whole range of mathematically generated waves from the Modal 002. These can be updated and expanded via the Modal App.
There are 28 wavetable processors that can act upon the waves doing things like de-rez, wavefolding, shaping, phasing and rectifying. This gives a huge amount of scope for sound design, modulation and getting crazy with waveshapes. There are three dedicated envelope generators one for each of the amplifier, modulators and filter. The filters are 2-pole resonant and there are two audio rage LFOs. There’s a modulation matrix with eight assignable slots and four fixed routes giving 12 x 52 destinations – that a lot of modulation!
There’s a mad arpeggiator that’s programmable up to 2048 steps before repeating. And a sequencer with 512 steps, input quantise and four animation tracks.
For effects they give you three engines with modulators, delays, reverbs and all sorts of distortion.
The front panel features the same rotary encoders as found on the SKULPT. There’s a cool looking joystick and a nice display which should keep you from having to look at the App to know what’s going on.
True 8 voice polyphonic
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
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
Two pole morphing resonant filter
Filter can be morphed from low pass, through band pass, to high pass
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
Three incredibly powerful independent and user configurable stereo FX engines that can create sophisticated Delays, lush Reverbs, Flanging, Phasing, and Rich Choruses
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
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
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)
Road ready Steel and Aluminium chassis
Width: 560mm – 22 inches
Depth: 300mm – 11-3/4 inches
Height: 120mm – 5 inches