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New synth from Modal - CRAFTsynth Desktop Synthesizers
Old 18th November 2016
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New synth from Modal - CRAFTsynth

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Modal have announced a new kit based synth call the CRAFTsynth:







Modal Electronics is delighted to announce Modal CRAFTsynth - we believe the World’s first no soldering, self assembly, monophonic USB or battery powered synthesiser with full MIDI support through a Class Compliant USB port. Assembled in less than 10 minutes, with no tools or specialist knowledge required (not suitable for under 13 years of age), CRAFTsynth brings real synthesiser performance to a new price point and an entirely new audience of synth players.

Modal CRAFTsynth specification:
- Monophonic DSP based self assembly synthesiser, requires no soldering or electronics skills, tools or knowledge

- Eight front panel potentiometers for editing control, with two pages of editing functionality

- 2 oscillators per voice
o sine, tri, saw, pwm, noise plus FM (OSC2 modulates pitch of OSC1)
o detune and fine detune for OSC2

- Mixer stage for OSC levels

- Unison / spread mode that splits the oscillators into four separate sub oscillators per oscillator
o giving a total of eight oscillators, de-tunable for a HUGE sound

- LFO with six destinations
o VCA amplitude
o filter cutoff
o FM amount
o OSC mix
o PWM amount
o pitch / frequency

- Four LFO wave forms, each invertible
o Sine, tri, saw, square

- LFO auto syncs to MIDI clock if present

- Resonant low pass filter

- 16 recallable EG presets for ease of use
o Soon to be released, CRAFTapp will provide full editing control of EG’s for custom envelopes which can be stored within a patch

- 16 patch storage locations (manageable through Modal CRAFTapp)

- Playable touch panel interface with five note keys plus controls for scale and glide time
o Scale changes between major, minor, diatonic and blues

- Delay and distortion (waveshaping overdrive, not bit crushing) effects

- Headphone and line output

- Class Compliant MIDI provided over USB connection to host computer or tablet

- Powered by USB or optional AA battery pack
- Modal CRAFTapp for iOS*, Macintosh and PC coming end of 2016 (subject to Apple AppStore conditions), Android support planned for Q1 2017.

Due to ship mid-December 2016, MSRP UK £79.99 including VAT, projected US and Euro pricing TBA

Looks very interesting and a bit of fun.....

Old 18th November 2016
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In stark contrast with their high end built-like-tanks synths
Old 18th November 2016
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In a word No
Old 18th November 2016
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In a word No
In another word yes, only £79, a first synth for the grandson, he likes building kits so a good Christmas present.

Old 18th November 2016
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Small, inexpensive, clever, pretty, built-in fx, unusual. Sounds like a great idea to me.
Old 18th November 2016
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this is cooler than a volca imo
Old 18th November 2016
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A Modal that the rest of us can afford
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Interesting idea, but not sure it's good for the brand. Reminds me of when Aston Martin made a supermini.
Old 18th November 2016
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No demos yet at the Modal Soundcloud.
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If it sounds good, why not?

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Interesting idea, but not sure it's good for the brand. Reminds me of when Aston Martin made a supermini.
"made" = stuck a badge on a Toyota!
Old 18th November 2016
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Unfortunately the voice can't be panned left.
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Unfortunately the voice can't be panned left.
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It's a lol moment for those of us owning an 002/008
Old 18th November 2016
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Gadget of the year!
I want one for Christmas.....
Old 18th November 2016
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No demos yet at the Modal Soundcloud.
Maybe YouTube...



Will he or won't he...

Old 18th November 2016
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Maybe YouTube...



Will he or won't he...

That could be him!
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That could be him!
It's a trap
Old 18th November 2016
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this is cooler than a volca imo
It's not analogue. So it's not.
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I think it would please musicians more to hear that they spend their resources on perfecting their existing line and not messing around with thingies like this.

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i bet this will have a case sold seperately which will cost more than this diy synth..same as the teenage enginnering ones.
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I think it would please musicians more to hear that they spend their resources on perfecting their existing line and not messing around with thingies like this.

If this helps cash flow, it will be a good thing...

Every little helps...

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i bet this will have a case sold seperately which will cost more than this diy synth..same as the teenage enginnering ones.
<thinks> Bet someone's already CNCing some tiny wooden cheeks for it.
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itll be intresting hearing what it sounds like..it looks like a small arcade machine hope someone does a pacman type case for it thatd be cool
Old 18th November 2016
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80 pounds?
**** yeah, thats just about a pocket operator
Old 19th November 2016
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I think it would please musicians more to hear that they spend their resources on perfecting their existing line and not messing around with thingies like this.
Old 19th November 2016
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No demos yet at the Modal Soundcloud.
Quote on facebook saying demos coming shortly.
Old 19th November 2016
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Looks fragile.

Old 19th November 2016
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Interesting. Hopefully this means that the Eurorack modules will be released soon.
Old 19th November 2016
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I think it would please musicians more to hear that they spend their resources on perfecting their existing line and not messing around with thingies like this.

Mind if I ask, do you own one of our products?
The OS for 002 and 008 is rock solid, recently a user found 2 obscure bugs, reported them to us and they were fixed inside 24 hours and in beta test right now.

We spend our time, and money, developing products and refining them, unlike other companies that spend 80% of their budget on flash adverts and campaigns.

It's easy to knock small companies like modal when they don't have the resources that the likes of Roland and Korg.

So, how about you visit a dealer, and try one of our products with the latest OS before passing comment?
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Maybe YouTube...



Will he or won't he...

Haha, love it
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