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SKULPTsynthesiser

4 voice virtual-analogue synthesiser

SKULPT is a powerful desktop performance synthesiser that allows musicians to quickly sketch and perform music anywhere. This synthesiser features a unique 32-oscillator virtual analogue sound engine, carefully designed by the Modal developers in Bristol, UK. It’s unique synth architecture with 2 WAVE groups, incorporating 4-oscillators per voice let musicians, producers and DJs perform with classic synth sounds as well as create exciting new sound textures from soft to brutal.

Play and record rich classic and modern synthesiser sounds with the flexible 4-voice synth architecture, expandable to 16 voices

Create and save impressive sound textures with up to 8 oscillators per voice, morphable waveforms, analogue-style morphable filter and flexible effects

Perform with the integrated real-time sequencer with up to 4 Animation lanes and space for 64 sequences

Integrate SKULPT into your production and live performance setup thanks to its full-size MIDI connections and 3.5 mm Sync in and outs

Access all synthesiser functions and update SKULPTsynthesiser via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3

Use it anywhere with its portable and lightweight, yet durable desktop design with real-time controls and 16 touch keys, powered by 6 AA batteries or USB power

Sound Demos

What does SKULPTsynthesiser sound like?

Synth-Eldorado

Two WAVE groups per voice with 4 oscillators each provide deep hands-on control over the sound and sweep smoothly between sine, triangle, saw, square, PWM and Noise sources. Additional oscillator modulation using FM, Ring Modulation or the hugely powerful onboard LFOs unveil an unmatched potential for sound customisation.

The state-variable 2-pole filters morph from low pass through to band pass and through to high pass. With its resonance feature it picks out rich harmonics at high resonance levels.

Three dedicated envelopes for the filter, amp and modulation give excessive control of the dynamics and expression. The available 2 LFOs, one global and one polyphonic can be synced to internal or external tempo. The polyphonic LFO syncs also to a division of the fundamental frequency of the played notes for both brutal and subtle modulation of the sound.

Built-In Movement

SKULPT has a deceptively capable real-time sequencer on board. It is pretty easy to capture performances, quantize, loop & hold them as well as capturing 4 lanes of Animation on the fly – this alone introduces some crazy modulation possibilities and is key to getting to know this synthesiser.

This coupled with the adaptable on-board arpeggiator, chord and transpose functions open an entire new world for complex and exciting synth sounds.

Polish With Effects

Built-in distortion (waveshaping overdrive) and delay effects add character and depth to the signal. The distortion delivers interesting overtone textures from subtitle to heavy overdrive.

The delay effect injects expressive complexity from short slap-backs and room-style reverb sounds to long overlaying or psychedelic echoes using the sequencer animation. To create chorusing and other time-based effects the delay can be modulated. Internal or external sync generate rhythmic interaction with the tempo of a track.

Open To All Environments

SKULPT has a comprehensive set of connections to power and control the synth using USB, monitor with headphones or using the dedicated line output, sync with external gear using the full-size MIDI in and out or the 3.5 mm Sync in or outputs.

Expand the sound of SKULPT synthesiser is possible by polychaining up to 4 units for a total of 16 voices and 128 oscillators.

From the press

MusicTech – Very intuitive both on the hardware and in the software. Don’t be put off by the size or weight – this is a big-sounding synth!…Skulpt is a heavy-sounding, light synth with a brilliant design and inspiration by the bucketload. Fab.”
Juno – “The Skulpt proves that good things come in small packages, offering far more potential than you might expect for such a minuscule synth. “
Ask.Audio – “It’s at once a fun and portable synthesiser and a really serious instrument capable of some enormous sounds, and with a real depth of sound shaping and editing capabilities…If you’re looking for a portable powerhouse that can make great sounds and also teach you something about synthesis, Modal’s SKULPT is well worth a look.”
Sonicstate – “I must confess, I was pleasantly surprised by the sounds Skulpt makes, it has an organic, musical feel which is perhaps not what you might expect from a pure DSP synth. “
Music Radar – “[SKULPT is] a flexible instrument and capable of a good variety of synth sound styles, from modern, frequency-filling basses to trance-like chord progressions, bubbling FX and much more besides. It’s at its best when making the most of its voice modes, FM and ring mod and creating complex modern sounds rather than replicating vintage-style patches.”

Free MODALapp for immersive sound programming sessions

The free MODALapp brings the comfort of screen-based editing on your computer or mobile device. Available as standalone app for macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS or Android systems and in VST3 and AU plug-in formats it is the perfect companion for synth enthusiasts looking to deep-dive to all soundforming and performance parameters to create their own signature sounds.