At Superbooth 17, Modal Electronics debuted a new OS for their synthesizers that adds support for MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression).
We got a quick overview of the update from product specialist Luca Mucci, and a demo of MPE control with a Keith McMillen K-Board Pro 4.
Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression is a new standard that allows for more expressive performances to be communicated using MIDI. With MPE, you have full continuous control over the pitch, timbre, volume, etc of each individual note when performing polyphonically.
Here’s the text of their announcement:
We are excited to announce the release of a new OS update for the Modal 002 / 002R / 001 synths, containing a number of new features and improvements.
Here’s what’s new:
• MPE support: The 002 family of synths now supports MPE-compatible MIDI instruments (e.g. ROLI Seaboard, Roger Linn LinnStrument, KMI K-Board Pro 4), allowing you to apply polyphonic control and expression to individual notes.
• Class-Compliant USB-MIDI host support: Class-Compliant USB-MIDI devices (such as USB-MIDI keyboards) can now be plugged into the USB-A host port on the back of all 002’s and 002R’s, allowing for computer-free USB-MIDI setups. Both MIDI in and out is supported here.
• Chord Mode: Trigger custom chords with notes.
• Clock Sync Auto Mode: Allows the synth to automatically sync to an external MIDI clock if detected, else sync to the internal clock.
• Digital IO board Legacy Output Mode: Allows the audio outputs of the Digital Input/Output Expansion Board to hard-pan each voice like with the original 002 output board.
• A number of important bugs fixes and stability improvements
Simply connect your Modal synth to your network and click ‘Update’ to get this new OS version. While that’s installing, check out this second video from Keith McMillen Instruments demoing their K-Board Pro 4 with our new MPE support on a 002R.
The update is free for existing customers. See the Modal Electronics site for more info.