Modal COBALT8 Virtual-Analog Keyboard Synthesizer, 37-Key

Reach beyond the limits of analog. The Modal COBALT8 synth creates inspiring tones with complex oscillator modulations, warm filters, and powerful effects.


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Modal COBALT5S Virtual-Analog Synthesizer, 37-Key

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Based on Modal's Cobalt technology, the five-voice COBALT5S virtual-analog synth delivers detailed sound-shaping capabilities in a jam-anywhere form factor.

A five-voice extended virtual-analog synthesizer founded on Modal Electronics' next-generation COBALT synth architecture and housed in an ultra-portable go-anywhere footprint, the USB-powered COBALT5S is made-to-move and ready to spark your creativity wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Whether it's a singularly authentic replication of classic analog sounds or the most contemporary leading-edge texture, COBALT5S' extended virtual analog sound engine delivers on all counts.

See and hear the COBALT5S in this video from Modal Electronics:

COBALT5S takes inspiration from the iconic sound of its analog forebears, transcending any and all limitations to take a leading edge synth architecture, truly mobile -- from sultry basslines, to expansive, mutating beds and everywhere in between, COBALT5S is not just modeling run-of-the-mill analog sounds.

Create Without Limitation

Featuring five true polyphonic voices, two independent algorithm groups, and up to 8 oscillators per voice, musicians, sound designers, and producers are armed with a nefarious palette of sound that's primed for any application imaginable. Fuse this with 40 complex algorithms, including Sync, Ring Modulation, Waveform Morphing, plus many more, and it's easy to see why COBALT5S empowers creators with liberated sound sculpting capability without limitation.


Featuring the same self-oscillating 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter from the COBALT8, COBALT5S guarantees to texture your sound with all read more the bite and warmth your performance demands. Four separate filter modes fuse with mainstay controls for cutoff and resonance, alongside a Morph parameter to musically manipulate the frequency response of the filter for a truly immersive experience. From the sublime to the experimental and everywhere in between, crafting the perfect timbre is limited only by your imagination.

Sound Shaping, Simplified!

Everything you demand to craft the perfect sound in meticulous detail is right at your fingertips with COBALT5S. Three envelopes complete with selectable types take command of the filter, amp, or modulation destinations, empowering you with unrestricted options when it comes to fine-tuning your sound. One polyphonic LFO and one global LFO provide extended power to control a plethora of modulation sources, selected via a sophisticated eight-slot modulation matrix. Whether it's an otherworldly, evolving soundscape, rhythmic pads, or a searing lead, realising your creative vision has never been this easy!

Your Performance, Supercharged!

Get wild with the integrated 512-note realtime step-sequencer, complete with four animation lanes. Fuse this with a built-in programmable 32-step advanced arpeggiator and you start to scratch the surface of the performance capability COBALT5S heralds for the modern creator. Top this off with MPE support for next generation creative expression via a compatible MPE controller, and COBALT5S is primed for any performance, production, or sound design scenario imaginable.

Made to Move

When Modal says this is "beyond analog anywhere", they mean it. Taking the legendary build quality synonymous with Modal Electronics' synthesiser roster and outfitting this with a 37-note compact keybed with aftertouch, COBALT5S is primed for your creative exploits wherever and wherever creativity strikes. Plus, with a USB powered specification, powering the COBALT5S from your Mac/PC or portable power brick couldn't be any simpler.


- Perform anywhere using a next-generation extended virtual-analog synthesis engine
- Create everything from classic to cutting-edge sounds driven by 40 complex sophisticated algorithms and Modal's morphable four-pole ladder filter
- Experience a new level of performance with MPE support, an integrated Realtime/Step Sequencer, and dual FX engines
- Express yourself with a 37-note compact-key bed with aftertouch, an intuitive X/Y/Z touch pad and 16 switched encoders
- Integrate COBALT5S into your existing setup or power it via USB for on-the-go use
- Access all synth functions via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3
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-Polyphony: True 5-voice polyphonic
-MPE: Supports MPE-compatible MIDI controllers, allowing you to apply polyphonic control and expression to individual notes
- 40 high-resolution virtual-analog oscillators, up to 8 per voice
- Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms plus 40 different algorithms including: complex analog synthesis techniques, built-in cross modulation (SYNC, RM, and many more), PWM, smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing and filtered noise.
- Extended Oscillator Drift
- Algorithms (Retractable menu)
- 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance and four switchable configurations
- Resonance and Balanced Filter 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
- Two audio-rate LFO's with tempo sync (one poly, one global) with seven different shapes
- Eight assignable modulation slots and four additional fixed modulation routings for common assignments with 11 modulation sources and 41 modulation destinations
-Sequencer and Arpeggiator:
- Polyphonic realtime 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, five notes per step, four 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 and up to 2048 steps before repeating
-FX: Two incredibly powerful independent and user-configurable stereo FX engines for Chorus and Stereo Delay
-User Memory:
- 300 patch memories, all fully editable; ships with 200 factory programs
- 100 sequencer presets that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements
- 4 Quick Recall slots accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favorite patches
-Controls and Performance:
- Premium 37 compact-key keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch
- 16 switched encoders support realtime CC message transmissions to other MIDI devices or DAWs
- Five-axis X/Y/Z pressure-sensitive keypad for pitch bend, mod wheel and/or modulation assignments
- Multiple keyboard modes, Mono, Poly, Stack 2, Unison 2, Unison 4
- Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes
-Inputs and Outputs:
- 6.35 mm / 1/4" TS line outputs
- 6.35 mm / 1/4" TRS headphone output
-MIDI DIN In and Out:
- 3.5 mm / 1/8" TS Analog clock sync In and Out
- Class compliant MIDI over USB connection
- 6.35 mm / 1/4" TS sustain pedal input
-Enclosure and Display:
- Durable polycarbonate enclosure
- 1 large monochrome OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing
-Power: DC-9.0V - 1.5A centre-positive or USB-bus powered
-Editor Software:
- 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
-Dimensions (L x W x H): 56.5 x 16.2, x 5.7 cm / 22.24" x 6.38" x 2.24"
-Weight: 2.36 kg / 5.20 lbs

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