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Modal Electronics launches ARGON8X and ARGON8M Synthesizers at NAMM 2020

Modal Electronics added two new members to the ARGON 8 family at NAMM 2020. The ARGON8X Polyphonic Wavetable Synthesizer with a 61-note keyboard and the ARGON8M voice synthesizer module, which is used as a desktop, but also in a 19″ Rack can be integrated.

Modal Electronics ARGON8X Synthesizers

ARGON8M: A compact desktop modular synthesizer version that can also be installed in a 19-inch 3U rack using the supplied end panels.

ARGON8X – A larger 61-key version with FATAR TP9/S keyboard, integrated 1.54″ OLED display, multiple keyboard modes, built-in programmable arpeggiator, real-time sequencer, and much more.

Both Modal Electronics Synthesizers share the sound engine that the original ARGON 8 already offers.

Modal Electronics Synthesizers Features:

  • True 8-voice polyphony, mono-timbral
  • 120 wavetables split into 24-banks of 5 morphable waveforms sets
  • Waveforms offered include virtual analog classic, modern EDM, and several from the original Modal 002, plus a wide range of mathematically generated tables, PWM bank, four noise/modulation banks accessible on oscillator 2
  • 32 static wavetable processors including de-rez, wave folders, wave shapers, phase shapers, and rectify that can be applied to the 120 static wavetables.
  • 32 high-resolution wavetable oscillators, 4 per voice, with 8 types of oscillator modifiers
  • Voice Drift and Width controls help to create massive stereo soundscapes
  • 500 patch memories, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs and 200 user patch spaces
  • 100 sequencer presets and 100 FX presets
  • Quick Recalls accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favorite 8 patches
  • FM, ring modulator, PWM
  • Four fixed modulation slots plus eight assignable with 11 mod sources and 52 destinations
  • Mod assignable 4-axis joystick with lock
  • Three dedicated envelope generators for filter, amplitude, and modulation
  • Two audio rate LFOs, one global and one polyphonic (Poly LFO can sync to frequency divisions)
  • 2-pole resonant VCF, which can be morphed from low-pass, through band-pass, to high-pass
  • Monophonic, duophonic, and polyphonic modes available
  • Unison/stack options to detune the oscillators for a huge sound
  • Waveshaping distortion FX
  • MIDI clock sync for LFOs and delay
  • Fully programmable arpeggiator with division, direction, octave, swing, and sustain controls
  • Sequencer with real-time polyphonic note input
  • Real-time sequencer with 512 notes. Includes input quantize and four animation tracks for recording knob movements, etc.
  • 100 sequencer presets and 100 FX presets
  • FATAR TP9/S Full size 61-note keybed with both velocity and aftertouch
  • 29 front-panel encoders with shift mode for further access to functions
  • Front panel transmits MIDI CC’s, enabling control of external software and hardware
  • MIDI I/O with 5-pin DIN sockets
  • Class-compliant MIDI over USB
  • Analog clock sync I/O on 3.5mm sockets
  • Dedicated headphone output
  • Master output on 2 x 1/4″
  • Powered by 9 VDC power supply
  • MODALapp editor (free download available separately) provides complete visual access and control to all ARGON8X’s features—Mac, Windows, iOS, Android
Modal Electronics ARGON8M Polyphonic Wavetable Synthesizer

Price and Availability

  • Modal ARGON8X – $819
  • Modal ARGON8M – $649

Both Modal Electronics Synthesizers can be pre-ordered through the B&H store and will be available starting February 2020.

About Ankeet Solanki

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