Modal Electronics has recently released an all-new firmware update for its feature-packed COBALT8-Series synthesizers. Firmware v2 redefines the sound and functionality of Modal Electronics’ extended virtual-analog synths by adding various new forward-thinking features to inspire the creativity of musicians, producers and sound designers.

With the brand-new Vintage parameter and Oscillator Free Run, COBALT8 adds more vintage and classic synth capabilities. The Vintage setting alters the organic fabric of the advanced virtual-analog algorithms by emulating the behavior of vintage synths’ technical imperfections, where certain tuning and other variations were introduced into the sound generation.

Oscillator Free Run is a feature known from analog synthesizers and, when activated, adds to the sonic flexibility of COBALT8. ‘Classic’ Synth sounds are so much more alive with the vintage, and free run parameters ensuring every key press is slightly different than the one before.

A whopping 27 new filter types increase the already impressive arsenal for creative sound design with COBALT8 Firmware v2. The list includes 2-Pole State Variable Filters, various Lowpass, Bandpass and Highpass Ladder Filters with drive, combinations of traditional filter types with Notch characteristics, and much more.

The new filters unlock even more classic synth tones and expand COBALT8’s experimental capabilities with the more complex filter outputs to create sounds that no one could imagine before. For all new filter types featuring Drive, the Morph control allows for dialing in the right filter drive amount to taste.

The new Cutoff Scaling patch parameter unlocks improved filter cutoff behavior with three distinctive modes to increase creative performance and sound design options.

Note-to-Cutoff Scaling can now track with full accuracy in one of two new modes; Relative, and Bipolar. These modes can be tailored to match your preferences on a per-patch basis. The original note-to-cutoff characteristics remain available in Legacy mode.

Additionally, COBALT8 Firmware v2 includes 14 powerful new effects. Harnessing Modal’s flexible processing distribution system, some of the new additions harness the power of two effects slots for more sonic power and depth.

The V2 Reverb is great for adding a little bit of space to a sound, huge near-infinite reverbs, and everything in-between. Creative sound gourmets will also enjoy the new Phaser v2, Compressor, Three-Band EQ, Unisoniser, Utility and additional Drive effects, giving enough options to give custom patch creations a final, production-ready touch

With the new firmware, the programmable Arpeggiator receives new Arp Directions to inspire musicians and producers. The update also improves the capabilities of the OLED display, the Audio In quality, the gain staging of the audio output and much more.

A full list of new features and improvements is available in the release notes on the product’s web page. Firmware v2 is available as a free update via the MODALapp software.

More information: Modal Electronics