Scan code: LN112330 Manufacturer code: COBALT8X

Modal - 'Cobalt8X' 61-Key, 8-Voice Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesiser

Modal - 'Cobalt8X' 8-voice Polyphony, up to 8 Oscillators per Voice, 4-mode/4-pole Ladder Filter

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Scan code: LN112330 Manufacturer code: COBALT8X
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8-Voice Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesiser
Modal - 'Cobalt8X'

Modal - 'Cobalt8X' Modal - 'Cobalt8X'

Inspired from the rich tradition of warm and punching analogue-style synth sounds, and conceived by iconic synths from yesteryear, Modal’s ‘COBALT8X’ realises the true creative potential of analogue waveforms. This incredible, inspiring instrument reimagines the aesthetics of analogue sounds and invites musicians, producers and sound designers to discover a whole new era of virtual-analogue synth textures, way beyond the limitations of its analogue forefathers.

In addition to the innovative oscillator engine of COBALT8X, Modal included a new morphable 4-pole ladder filter. In conjunction with Modal’s unmatched modulation options, an inspiring real-time/step sequencer, the invigorating arpeggiator, a Premium FATAR 61-note keyboard, MPE, studio-quality effects and MODALapp integration, Cobalt8X is the dream synth for those who seek a flexible electronic instrument to create vintage synth sounds and is keen to enter new realms of sound.

The Cobalt8X’s 8 true polyphonic voices, encased in a sleek desktop and rack-mountable enclosure, tempt players to lay out wide string or rich synth pad chords, while the monophonic bass or lead patch, played with 64 oscillators can shake the walls of any venue!. And with the avant-garde sound forming features, every synth enthusiast out there can refine his/her performance with sounds that no other synthesiser is able to generate.

Two independent oscillator groups with up to 4 oscillators each generate not only powerful virtual-analogue goodness, but like no other synthesiser 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.

500Patch Memories

61-NoteAftertouch Keyboard

100Sequencer Presets

Amazing Features • Rich analogue-style sounds driven by COBALT8X’s Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesis
• Create your own signature sounds by harnessing the power of COBALT8X’s unique waveform architecture
• Features 512-note Realtime/Step Sequencer, 32-step programmable Arpeggiator and powerful Animation Lanes
• Express yourself with the class-leading 61-note key bed with aftertouch, built into a road-ready aluminium enclosure
• Access all synthesiser functions and update COBALT8X via the free MODALapp

Route To A Massive Amount of Destinations!

Modal - 'Cobalt8M'

12-SLOT MODULATION MATRIXCOBALT8X’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. COBALT8Xs 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.

Connections. Connections. Connections.

Modal - 'Cobalt8X'

SYNC WITH EXTERNAL GEAR!Set to be played in any synth environment, COBALT8X 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 COBALT8X devices, the amount of voices is easily doubled to 16 voices and 128 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. One hundred customised effects configurations and sequences can be stored as well to be applied to any sound while performing.

Free MODALapp for Immersive Sound Programming Sessions!

Modal - 'Cobalt8X'

The Ideal CompanionThe free MODALapp offers the comfort of screen-based editing on your computer or mobile device. It comes available as a standalone app for macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS or Android systems and in VST3 and AU plug-in formats.

It is the ideal companion for synth enthusiasts looking to search further into all sound forming and performance options to create their own unique sounds, and to backup and manage patches and sequences.

Introducing MODALapp

Modal - App

Unlock the full potential of your Modal Electronics instrument with MODALapp, a multi-platform application that’s the central command of your Modal synthesiser ecosystem. Available as a free download from the Modal Electronics website and all mainstream app stores, MODALapp conquers the dividing line between hardware control and screen-based patch editing, preset management and must-have product-specific resources.

Unique, full-featured and above all, inspiring - joining the creative revolution and discovering hardware synth editing at its finest has never been easier.

Meet MODALapp

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Polyphony True 8 voice polyphonic
MPE Supports MPE-compatible MIDI controllers, allowing you to apply polyphonic control and expression to individual notes
Oscillators 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
Filter 4-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 12 modulation sources and 55 modulation destinations
Sequencer and Arpeggiator Polyphonic Real-time sequencer with 512 notes and four recordable/editable parameter animations (Delay FX, LFO’s, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally)
Polyphonic Step Sequencer with 64 steps, 8 notes per step, 4 lanes of Parameter-Lock style animation, Step Input mode, multiple playback modes including gate modes and rest function
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
User Memory 500 patch memories, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs
100 sequencer presets that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements
100 FX presets
4 Quick Recall slots accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favourite patches
Controls and Performance Premium FATAR 61-key Keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch
29 endless encoders, 24 buttons
4-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
Chord Invert control to easily create chord inversions and variations
Inputs and Outputs 6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS dual-mono line outputs
6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS headphone output
3.5 mm / 1/8″ TRS stereo audio input
MIDI DIN In and Out
3.5 mm / 1/8″ TS Analogue clock sync In and Out
Class compliant MIDI over USB connection
6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS expression pedal input
6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS sustain pedal input
Enclosure and Display Road-ready steel and aluminium enclosure with economical stained bamboo end cheeks
1.54-inch large OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing
Power Power: DC-9.0V – 1.5A centre-positive
Editor Software Free MODALapp software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
MODALapp can also be run within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), with VST3 and AU versions available
General Dimensions (L x W x H): 855 x 300 x 100 mm / 33.7″ x 11.8″ x 4″
Weight: 9 kg / 19.9 lbs
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Additional Information
Scan Code LN112330
Model Number COBALT8X
GTIN 5060480060401

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Modal - 'Cobalt8X' 61-Key, 8-Voice Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesiser
Modal - 'Cobalt8X' 61-Key, 8-Voice Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesiser