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Modal Electronics Argon8

The Argon8 is the latest creation of Modal Electronics. It takes that benchmark wavetable sound and brings it into a more compact and price-conscious space.

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 destination.

The Argon8 also comes with an arpeggiator that is programmable up to 2048 steps before repeating. Next to this there are also a sequencer with 512 steps, input quantise and four animation tracks.

The Argon8 also features 3 engines with modulators, delays, reverbs and alls sorts of distortions.

Modal Electronics Argon8



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

Modal Electronics Argon8

Modal Electronics Argon8

 

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