Modal Electronics has announced availability of COBALT8, an immensely powerful, eight-voice extended VA (virtual analog) synthesizer that brings traditional and entirely new analog-style sound textures to modern music creation and production.

The synth creatively unlocks the full potential of analog waveforms with up to 64 high-resolution VA oscillators with extended drift — up to eight for each of its eight true polyphonic voices.

Modal Electronics COBALT8

Building on the tradition of warm and punchy analogue-style synth sounds, conceived by legendary synthesisers from the past, COBALT8 unlocks the full creative potential of analogue waveforms. This powerful, inspiring instrument reinvents the aesthetics of analogue sounds and invites musicians, producers and sound designers to explore a new era of virtual-analogue synthesiser textures, far beyond the limits of its analogue forefathers.

On top of the innovative oscillator engine of COBALT8, we added a new morphable 4-Pole Ladder Filter. Combined with Modal’s unparalleled modulation options, an inspiring real-time / step sequencer, the energising arpeggiator, the Premium FATAR 37-note keyboard, MPE, studio-quality effects and MODALapp integration, COBALT8 is the perfect synth for everyone who wants a versatile electronic music instrument to play vintage synth sounds and is eager to enter new sound dimensions.

Eight true polyphonic voices tempt players to lay out wide string or rich synth pad chords, while a monophonic bass or lead patch, played with 64 oscillators can shake the walls of every stadium. And with the avant-garde sound forming features, every synth enthusiast can refine his performance with sounds that no other synthesiser is able to generate.

COBALT8 features

  • Play rich analog-style sounds driven by COBALT8’s Extended Virtual-analog Synthesis, combining traditional technology with modern synth features.
  • Create your own signature sounds by harnessing the power of COBALT8’s genuine waveform architecture with 34 complex sophisticated algorithms and Modal’s morphable 4-pole Ladder Filter.
  • Bring performance to a new level with MPE support, the integrated 512-note Realtime/Step Sequencer, 32-step programmable Arpeggiator and powerful Animation Lanes.
  • Express yourself with the class-leading 37-note key bed with aftertouch, built into a road-ready aluminium enclosure.
  • Integrate COBALT8 into your production and live performances with the full-size MIDI connections and the 3.5mm Sync Ins and Outs.
  • Access all synthesizer functions and update COBALT8 via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3.

COBALT8 will be available worldwide in November 2020, priced £579.99 GBP (including VAT) / 649.99 EUR (including 20% VAT) / $749.99 USD.

More information: Modal Electronics