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Modal Electronics Announce Tiny 8 OSC Wavetable Synth

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British manufacturers Modal Electronics continue to see the light in miniature and inexpensive synthesisers after the excitement surrounding their recently released SKULPT poly-synth. The newly announced CRAFT will be an 8 oscillator monophonic wavetable synth, powered by batteries or USB. As with the SKULPT, this is a Kickstarter venture, skepticism around crowd-funded instruments is understandable but Modal have a strong track record of coming through with the goods.

Here’s the specs announced for CRAFT:

  • 8 oscillators in total with 2 selectable waveforms and mixer stage
  • 40 unique waveforms available split into 8 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets
  • VA, digital and generative waves are available along with selections from the Modal 002
  • Process and cross modulate waveforms with 1 of 16 oscillator modifiers including Frequency / Phase Modulation, Hard / Window Sync, Ring / Amp Modulation, Derez / Bitcrush, Wavefolders and Waveshapers
  • Multi option Unison / spread to detune the 8 oscillators for a huge sound
  • 3 x envelope generators for Filter, Amplitude and Modulation
  • 2 x audio rate LFOs
  • 8 slot modulation matrix with 8 sources, each source can have 1 destination. (LFO1, LFO2 and MOD-EG assignable from CRAFTsynth, Velo, Note, ModW, AftT and Expression assignable from MODALapp)
  • Program and transpose patterns with the built in sequenced arpeggiator
  • 2-pole resonant filter that can be morphed from low pass, through band pass, to high pass
  • Delay and distortion (waveshaping overdrive, not bitcrushing) effects
  • Optional MIDI clock sync for LFOs and Delay
  • 64 preset storage locations
  • 8 key touch MIDI keyboard with 8 custom scales and root note selection
  • MIDI DIN in and out
  • Analogue clock sync in and out (configured to the KORG / Teenage Engineering specification)
  • Class compliant MIDI provided over USB connection to host computer or tablet
  • Powered by USB or 3 x AA batteries
  • Optional software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
  • Dimensions: 150mm  x 135m  x 68mm (6”x5 1/2”x 3”)

 

The Kickstarter isn’t online yet, but check out the Modal website for more

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