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Modal Electronics Limited Cobalt8 8 Voice Extended Virtual Analog Synthesizer Module

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Overview

8-Voice Desktop or Rackmount Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesizer.

BEYOND ANALOGUE

Building on the tradition of warm and punchy analogue-style synth sounds, conceived by legendary synthezisers from the  past, COBALT8M unlocks the full  creative  potential of analogue waveforms. This powerful, inspiring instrument reinvents the aesthetics of analogue sounds andinvites musicians, producers and sound designers to explore a new era of virtual-analogue synthesizer textures, far beyond the limits of its analogue forefathers.


On top of the innovative oscillator engine of COBALT8M, a new morphable 4-Pole Ladder Filter was added. Combined with  Modal’s unparalleled  modulation options,  an  inspiring  real-time / step sequencer, the energizing arpeggiator, MPE,  studio-quality effects  and  MODALapp  integration, COBALT8M is the perfect
synth for everyone who wants a versatile electronic music instrument to play vintage synthsounds and is eager to enter new sound dimensions.

Eight true polyphonic voices, housed in a sleek desktop and rack-mountable enclosure, tempt players to lay out wide string or rich synthpad chords, while a monophonic bass or lead patch, played with 64 oscillators can shake the walls of every stadium. And with the avant-garde sound forming features, every synth enthusiast can refine his performance with sounds that no other synthesiseris able to generate.

Two independent oscillator groups with up to 4 oscillators each generate not only powerful virtual-analogue goodness, but like no other synthesizers before, 34 unique complex algorithms like Sync, Ring Modulation, Waveform Morphing, and many more are available to increase the creative options for new-generation synth sounds. Each Algorithm has a simple-to-use pair of controls selected to suit the particular algorithm or character, providing musicians the power of traditionally complex oscillator modulations or processes spontaneously.

COBALT8M’s newly designed, self-oscillating 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance injects more warmth and bite. Switch between the four different filter modes, get creative with the Notch filter and form unusual synth textures with the Phasor. Two different characteristics allow to instil a more subtle behaviour or process the sound with sheer raw power.

Three flexible  audio-rate  (2 x  polyphonic)  LFOs  can  be  routed  to  a massive amount of destinations using the modulation  matrix  and  sync  to  internal  or  external  tempo.  Three  dedicated  envelopes  for  the  filter, amp and modulation allow excessive control over dynamics and expression. Switchable envelope types provide greater options to tailor the envelopes for specific sound purposes. COBALT8M's sophisticated 12-slot modulation matrix supports easy assignments of complex modulation routes to keep the sound evolving. Four common modulation routings are pre-set here to free up space for more exciting ideas.

The integrated 512-note Realtime / Step Sequencer with four powerful Animation Lanes invites to compose massive and  complex melodic  patterns.  The polyphonic  64-note  step  sequencer mode enables easy step input  for  note  and animation values.Multiple sequencer trigger modes coupled with the powerful on board arpeggiator (programmable up to 32 steps) and performance features such as Chord Hold, Inversions, Transpose, Sustain Latch.

COBALT8M’s rugged steel and aluminium enclosure underlines the synth’s professional approach. The desktop design fits on every producer's table, and included brackets help to mount COBALT8M into a live or studio rack. For direct access of  the parameters, COBALT8M features 13 switched encoders, 13 encoders, 9 buttons and an X/Y  joystick for pitch or modulation. MPE support offers new ways of creative expression for sophisticated performers.

Reshape your sounds completely with the onboard stereo effects engine. COBALT8M comes with a 3-slot FX engine with in-depth FX  programming. To polish the sound, a  total of 11 FX  algorithms add character and depth, including Chorus, Phaser, Flanger (Pos), Flanger (Neg), Tremolo, LoFi, Rotary, Stereo Delay, Ping-Pong Delay, X-Over Delay and Reverb.

Set to be played in any synth environment, COBALT8M comes with all physical connections required. Control the synth using USB,  monitor with headphones or using the dedicated line outputs, sync with external gear using the full-size MIDI in and out or the 3.5 mm Sync in or outputs and take control of your sound using  the built-in Sustain and Expression inputs. By poly-chaining any two COBALT8M devices, the amount of voices is easily doubled to16 voices and128 oscillators.

There is plenty of room to store patch, effects and sequence creations. Out of the box, 300 of the total 500 patches are filled with factory patch banks, carefully programmed by some of the most accomplished sound designers of the world.  












Features

Polyphony
  • True 8 voice polyphonic
Oscillators
  • 64high-resolution virtual-analog oscillators, up to 8per voice
  • Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms, 34 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
Filter
  • Four-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 12modulation sources and 55 modulation destinations
Sequencer and Arpeggiator
  • Real time sequencer with 512 notes with polyphonic mode and four recordable/editable parameter animations (Delay FX, LFO’s, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally)
  • 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

Unlock the full creative potential of polyphonic sounds. Order today.

Specs

Cobalt8 8 Voice Extended Virtual Analog Synthesizer Module Specifications:

User Memory
  • Patches: 500, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs
  • Sequencer: 100sequences that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements
  • FX: 100 presets
  • Eight Quick Recall slots accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favorite patches
Controls and Performance
  • 13 switched encoders, 13 encoders, and 9 buttons
  • Four-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
Enclosure and Display
  • Desktop-style steel and aluminum enclosure
  • Mounting brackets for 19” racks included 
  • 1.54-inch large OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing
Inputs and Outputs
  • 2 x unbalanced 6.3 mm (1/4”) TS outputs (L/R)
  • Stereo 6.3 mm (1/4”) stereo headphone output
  • Stereo 3.5 mm (1/8”) input with ability to route incoming audio through the FX
  • 6.3 mm (1/4”) sustain pedal jack
  • 6.3 mm (1/4”) expression pedal jack
  • 3.5 mm (1/8”) Analogue clock sync in and out (configured to the KORG / Teenage Engineering specification)
  • MIDI DIN in and out Class-compliant MIDI over USB connection to host computer or tablet
Power
  • Power: DC-9.0V -1.5A center-positive
Editor Software
  • Free MODALapp software editor for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
  • MODAL plug into access COBALT8M within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), with VST3 and AU versions available
General
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 47 x 42 x 27cm (18.5 x 16.5 x 10.6inches)
  • Weight: 2.1kg (4.63lbs)
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