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COBALT8 Firmware v1.1 + MODALapp v2.7 now available

Six all new algorithms for the COBALT Series’ unique waveform architecture, plus raft of workflow enhancements, empowers users with even more power in their creative arsenal

Modal Electronics Announces COBALT8 Firmware Update v1.1

Calling all synth-heads! Now there’s even more reason to add a COBALT Series synthesiser to your collection with the immediate release of a new firmware update v1.1. Featuring six new algorithms for our unique waveform architecture, alongside a number of user-requested workflow enhancements, the COBALT8, COBALT8M and COBALT8X furnish producers, performers and synth fanatics with even more fuel to ignite their creativity. 

The COBALT Series: Beyond Analogue

Comprising three models – the COBALT8, COBALT8M and COBALT8X – the COBALT Series take the revered attributes of legendary vintage synths from the past, injecting progressive concepts in sound generation techniques without compromising the timbral warmth and iconic workflow modern creators demand. Fusing Modal Electronics’ sophisticated modulation and performance engine, this family of synths deliver an expansive and diverse spectrum of sounds applicable to all musical genres.

Under the hood, the COBALT Series is fueled by dual independent oscillator groups with up to 4 oscillators each and an immense 40 unique complex algorithms to choose from. Fuse this with MPE support, 1:1 integration with MODALapp, an integrated 512-note realtime/step sequencer, a 32-step programmable arpeggiator with powerful animation lanes, connectivity for any situation and our proprietary morphable 4-pole Ladder Filter, and it’s easy to see why the COBALT Series heralds a new era in virtual-analogue synthesiser technology.

COBALT8

8 voice 37-key
extended virtual-analogue synthesiser

COBALT8X

8 voice 61-key
extended virtual-analogue synthesiser

COBALT8M

8 voice
extended virtual-analogue module/rack

New in Firmware v1.1

With the introduction of COBALT8 Firmware v1.1, users have access to six new unique algorithms firmly focussed on FM and AM oscillation models complete with dual controls for precise sound sculpting capability.

These new algorithms include:

  • FM Saw:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Sawtooth as the carrier and a Square as the modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
  • FM Square:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Square as both the carrier and modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
  • FM Tri:Square: Frequency Modulation using a Triangle as the carrier and a Square as the modulator with full control over FM Depth (A) and Modulator Frequency Ratio (B)
  • Noise AM Saw: Sawtooth Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and Noise filter cutoff (B)
  • Noise AM Square: Square Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and Noise filter cutoff (B)
  • Noise AM Tri: Triangle Wave amplitude modulated by a filtered noise source with full control over AM Depth (A) and Noise filter cutoff (B)

In addition, Firmware v1.1 adds a raft of new feature updates and workflow enhancements including a Master Clock Mode to continually send MIDI clock information to compatible studio peripherals.

MODALapp v2.7

In tandem with the COBALT8 Firmware Update v1.1, we have also released MODALapp v2.7, empowering the synth making community with a number of stability enhancements and performance improvements. MODALapp is a free sound editor for Modal Electronics hardware. It allows precise edits for all synthesis and performance features alongside facilities to effortlessly install the latest firmware updates across the entire line of Modal Electronics Synthesisers.

As a multi-platform app it is available for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Windows computers and Android mobile devices. The additional VST3 and AU plug-ins keep users firmly in the flow while producing music with any compatible DAW software, like Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro X and others.

COBALT8 v1.1 - Release Notes

Features:

  • 6 new oscillator algorithms (Noise AM and Square FM types)
  • Added ‘Master’ clock mode that always sends out MIDI clock

Improvements:

  • Improved arpeggiator sync when working with external sequencers
  • Improved expression pedal behaviour
  • Improved LFO1 sync when clocked from external MIDI

Fixes:

  • Removed some modulation assignment options that don’t make sense
  • Fixed some re-trigger issues with the S+H shape on LFO1
  • Fixed issue where an external CC 0 (bank) message would cause the screen to switch to the ‘play’ page, if screen switching is enabled for external MIDI messages.
  • Fixed Tri Noise screen display glitches
  • Fixed issue where vibrato assignments could cause oscillator pitch offsets
  • Fixed an edge case when loading a step sequence with 0 steps
  • Fixed Y+ to LFO1 assignment not always working as expected
  • Fixed app sync of XY lock parameter

MODALapp v2.7 - Release Notes

MODALapp:

Improvements:

  • Aspect ratio has changed to 16:9
  • New look and feel
  • Updating and reflashing is now more reliable
  • Popups are now resizable and moveable
  • Tabs now appear as soon as they’re detected
  • It is now possible to rearrange tabs by clicking and dragging

COBALT8 + ARGON8:

Features:

  • Support for Cobalt V1.1
  • Folders can now be selected for preset imports

Fixes:

  • Last folder imported from is now correctly remembered for the next use
  • Fixed DIN/USB Thru filters sync issues