Modal Electronics Announces Cobalt8M, Cobalt8X Synthesizers

Modal Electronics today announce that it is expanding its Cobalt8 synth lineup, adding the Cobalt8M and Cobalt8X synthesizers.

The Cobalt8 offers up to 8 oscillators per voice, MPE Support, 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance and four switchable configurations, 3 envelopes & LFO’s per voice, deep modulation options, a polyphonic step sequencer with parameter locking per step, arpeggiator and 3 independent effects engines.

Here’s the new lineup:

  • The Cobalt8 features a FATAR 37-key keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch .
  • The Cobalt8M packs the Cobalt synth engine into a tabletop module, with brackets for 19? 3U rackmount included (requires 1U free space above or right-angled connectors).
  • The Cobalt8X features a FATAR 61-key keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch.

Intro Video:

Modal says that all models will be available ‘soon’.

15 thoughts on “Modal Electronics Announces Cobalt8M, Cobalt8X Synthesizers

  1. I’m always happy to see editors appear alongside a new synth. As with any less-than-galactic-sized model, having that 2nd & 3rd layer available in software can give you a lot more for the buck. Its no surprise that they used the same cases as the Argon line. Its like Korg’s basic frame for Minilogues or the Opsix/Wavestate. I seem to see more modules around than keys, too. Smart price-pointing.

  2. Haven’t tried this yet, but the Argon impressed me with the build quality for the price, and I expect this to be the same.

    For a couple of hundred bucks more than something like the MicroKorg, you’re getting a full-sized synth, with a really flexible synth engine, and pro-quality build.

  3. Just daydreaming here… People rave over the Virus a lot (no pun intended), clearly with good reason. The YouTube videos are inspiring. It had a strong role in early EDM, but its also gorgeous as an ambient tool. I’ve played most of the name synths, but sadly, not that one, in any form. I’d be pleased to see that turned into a proper VST/AU. Same with the Novation Supernova. Those are two near-Unobtanium instruments for sure. No, its not “the same,” but I’d take 85% and call it good.

  4. Very tempted to pick one of these guys up. This is 100% VA right? They talk about a four-pole morphable latter filter, but. that is also VA too I assume.

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