A whole new beast – firmware version 2 is here!
Building on the success of the powerful Cobalt synthesizer, Modal have refined and enhanced nearly every aspect, with tons of upgrades and exciting new features within firmware version 2. One of the most unique new features is the ‘Vintage’ parameter and Oscillator Free Run which allows you to tap into the tonality and style of classic synths. 27 new filter types are also included, expanding your sound design capabilities, including everything from 2-pole state variable filters to highpass ladder filter and everything in between. The new filter types utilise ‘Drive’ and ‘Morph’ parameters so you can dial in your filter with precision. The factory preset bank has also been updated to showcase the sonic power of all the new upgrades and new additions.
14 powerful new effects are also included such as a three-band EQ, compressor, unisoniser, stereo drive, mono drive and new versions of the classic reverb and phaser effects. With two additional effect slots added, you can incorporate more processing power and get in-depth with your sound shaping. The new scaling Cutoff Scaling patch parameter allows you to tap into even more flexible filter cutoff behaviour with three varying modes to choose from.
Infinite sound possibilities
The COBALT8 sees two isolated oscillators grouped with up to four oscillators. Each of these not only provides you with the finest analog goodness, but also grant you even more creative options. Embrace the 34 innovative algorithms such as sync, ring modulation and waveform morphing to take your sound to new heights. Each and every algorithm comes complete with an intuitive pair of controls designed to complement it. This is as good as it gets for tonal shaping!
Centre of attention
Be heard loud and proud thanks to the self-oscillating 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter. This is perfect for injecting bite to ensure you cut through even the densest of mixes. You can even get creative by utilising the on-board notch filter to generate weird and wonderful effects!
The three on-board LFOs can be routed to absolutely anywhere within the synth through the modulation matrix. You can even sync them to either an internal or external tempo. You’ll receive an unparalleled level of expression and control thanks to the inclusion of three specialised envelopes for the filter, amplifier and modulator.
Creating patches is incredibly stress-free as the COBALTT8 boasts an intuitive 12-slot modulation matrix. Thanks to this, your sound will constantly keep evolving. The analog synth also comes complete with four generic routings that are pre-determined to provide you with inspiration. When creating sounds you’ll have infinite access to each and every parameter. The COBALT8 boats 29 knobs, 24 buttons as well as an X/Y joystick for detailed pitch and modulation manipulation.
Dig deep and get creative
Available as a standalone application for macOS, Windows, iOS, iPad or Android systems, as well as VST3 and AU plugin. The free MODALapp is perfect for editing via your computer, mobile device or tablet. This is the perfect extension for those who desire to dig deep and create their own signature patches!
Firmware version 2.0 now available with 27 new filter types, 14 powerful new effects, two new effects slots and unique ‘Vintage’ parameter and oscillator free run
Unparalleled manipulation via 9 knobs, 24 buttons, and X/Y joystick
Compact, portable design allows you to play and produce anywhere
Power supply provided
Comes complete with 500 preset spaces
Infinite routing possibilities allow you to constantly create new, exciting textures
Ideal for production and performance activities
Boasts stylish aqua blue finish
Polyphony: True 8 voice polyphonic
64 high-resolution virtual-analogue oscillators, up to 8 per voice
Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms, 34 different algorithms including: complex analogue synthesis techniques, built-in crossmodulation (SYNC, RM, and many more), PWM, smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing, filtered noise.
Extended Oscillator Drift
Four-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance and four switchable configurations
Resonance and Balanced Filter Modes
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 12 modulation sources and 55 modulation destinations
Sequencer and Arpeggiator:
Realtime 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
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
Patches: 500, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs
Sequencer: 100 sequences 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 favourite patches
Controls and Performance:
Premium FATAR TP/9S 37-note Keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch
29 endless encoders, 24 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:
Road-ready steel and aluminium enclosure
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: DC-9.0V – 1.5A centre-positive
Free MODALapp software editor for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
MODALplugin to access COBALT8 within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), with VST3 and AU versions available
Dimensions (L x W x H): 55.5 x 30 x 10 cm (21.9 x 11.8 x 3.9 inches)
Weight: 5.6kg (12.35 lbs)