Modal CARBON8 Experimental Digital Synthesizer

Sick of the same old sounds? Try the Modal CARBON8, an 8-voice experimental digital synthesizer that creates sounds no vintage synth could muster.

The Modal Electronics CARBON8 8 Voice Experimental Digital Synthesizer. 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 synthesizer textures, far beyond the limits of its analogue forefathers.

On top of the innovative oscillator engine of COBALT8, Modal added a massive arsenal of inspiring morphable and static filters. Combined with Modal's unparalleled modulation options, an inspiring real-time / step sequencer, the energizing 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 synthesizer is able to generate.

A premium 37-note keyboard with aftertouch is the perfect playground for demanding artists. The CARBON8 is an 8-voice Experimental read more Digital Synthesizer. It utilizes over 40 complex digital algorithms and advanced Oscillator Modifiers to produce contemporary and unusual sounds for modern music production and performances. With a massive array of 33 filter types, a new Vocal filter, new shapeable LFO waveforms, the powerful Sequencer and Arpeggiator section and extensive real-time control, CARBON8 is the dream of today's music producers and performers. Like every Modal instrument, it integrates seamlessly into every synth environment and the free MODALapp, available for computers and mobile devices.

- Supports MPE-compatible MIDI controllers, allowing you to apply polyphonic control and expression to individual notes
- 64 high-resolution virtual-analogue oscillators, up to 8 per voice
- Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms, 40 different algorithms including: complex analogue synthesis techniques, built-in crossmodulation (SYNC, RM, and many more), PWM, smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing, filtered noise.
- Extended Oscillator Drift
- 31 resonant Filter types including morphable and static filters
- Cutoff Scaling with three distinctive modes

- Three dedicated envelope generators for AMP, MOD and FILTER that can be accessed independently or all three simultaneously including negative (reverse) versions for MOD and FILTER ENVs
- Three audio-rate LFO's with tempo sync (two poly, one global) with seven different shapes
- Eight assignable modulation slots and four additional fixed modulation routings for common assignments with 12 modulation sources and 55 modulation destinations
Sequencer and Arpeggiator
- Polyphonic Real-time sequencer with 512 notes and four recordable/editable parameter animations (Delay FX, LFO's, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally)
- Polyphonic Step Sequencer with 64 steps, 8 notes per step, 4 lanes of Parameter-Lock style animation, Step Input mode, multiple playback modes including gate modes and rest function
- Built-In sophisticated programmable arpeggiator of 32 steps with rest capability with up to 2048 steps before repeating
- Three incredibly powerful independent and user-configurable stereo FX engines for 26 Effects algorithms, incl. Drive, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo, LoFi, Rotary, Stereo Delay, Ping-Pong Delay, X-Over Delay and Reverb.


- Play rich analogue-style sounds driven by CARBON8's Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesis, combining traditional technology with modern synth features
- 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 CARBON8 into your production and live performances with the full-size MIDI connections and the 3.5mm Sync Ins and Outs
- Access all synthesiser functions and update CARBON8 via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3
- 500 patch memories, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs
- 100 sequencer presets that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements
- 100 FX presets
- 8 Quick Recall slots accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favourite patches
- Controls and Performance
- Premium FATAR 37-key Keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch
- 29 endless encoders, 24 buttons
- 4-axis joystick that can be assigned to a huge range of modulation destinations and virtually 'locked' when desired
- Multiple keyboard modes, Mono, Poly, Unison 2, unison 4, unison 8, Stack 2 and Stack 4
- Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes
- Chord Invert control to easily create chord inversions and variations
- Free MODALapp software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
- MODALapp can also be run within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), with VST3 and AU versions available
- Road-ready steel and aluminium enclosure with economical stained bamboo end cheeks
- 1.54-inch large OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing
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- Power: DC-9.0V - 1.5A centre-positive
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 555 x 300 x 100 mm / 21.9 x 11.8 x 4
- Weight: 5.60 kg / 12.4 lbs
- Polyphony: True 8 voice polyphonic
- Inputs and Outputs: 6.35 mm / 1/4 TS dual-mono line outputs, 6.35 mm / 1/4? TRS headphone output, 3.5 mm / 1/8? TRS stereo audio input
- MIDI DIN In and Out: 3.5 mm / 1/8? TS Analogue clock sync In and Out, Class compliant MIDI over USB connection, 6.35 mm / 1/4? TRS expression pedal input, 6.35 mm / 1/4 TS sustain pedal input
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Carbon 8

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