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Modal Electronics 008R 8-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer


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Modal Electronics Rackmount Bi-Timbral Analog Polysynth with Sequencer

Modal 008R is an 8-voice analog synthesizer. It features two 100% analog VCOs per voice with two sub oscillators, an innovative and extremely flexible multi-mode filter with 15 different modes, VCA, 11 modulation sources — including two audio rate LFOs — with unlimited destinations and a very powerful sequencer and arpeggiator.

The hardware has been manufactured with high-quality components: black metal case, aluminum turned encoders and high-quality 4.3" LCD screen.

Among the many connections, Modal 008R features an ethernet port to connect your synth to your network and enable updates via the internet (no need for MIDI sysex dumps!) and also to access the Modal cloud features and HTML web user interface.

  • Eight discrete voices of polyphony with an uncompromising analog architecture utilizing the highest grade components throughout.
  • Two 100% analog VCOs per voice with two sub oscillators, providing sawtooth, triangle, square with PWM and noise. Each of the waveforms can be blended together to provide completely new complex wave shapes.
  • Innovative and extremely flexible multi-mode filter with 15 modes including traditional modes such as low-pass, band-pass and high-pass as well as more unusual notch, phase and combination modes.
  • Filter overdrive enables the sound to be driven to sonic extremes.
  • A range of classic analog polysynth features such as oscillator and filter FM bringing amazing sonic power.
  • Two LFOs, both capable of reaching audio rates with multiple wave shapes and MIDI sync.
  • 11 modulation sources with unlimited destinations, individual depth settings per destination and a super-smooth sample rate of 10kHz.
  • Built-in 12-track, 12-row, 32-step sequencer with MIDI sync capabilities. Sequences can also be transposed dynamically while running.
  • A full-featured arpeggiator with a wide range of different modes including 'hold’ mode, enabling creation of arpeggiator-based sequences.
  • Modal Electronics Animator enables any control parameter on the 008 to be sequenced, enabling very complex filter transitions, wave form changes and modulation matrix changes to be sequenced.
  • Ethernet port to connect your 008 to your network and enable updates via the internet and to access Modal Electronics cloud features.
  • Two-part multi-timbral (bi-timbral), allowing splits across the keyboard or stacks to create amazingly complex sounds.
  • Superb UI, a great departure from typical synthesizers, featuring a high quality 4.3" screen with wide viewing angle.
  • Eight 'quick recall banks' are accessible directly from the front panel, enabling performing musicians to get rid of their set sheets and instead build set lists of presets, sequences and animations, all quickly accessible from dedicated front panel buttons. Up to ten banks of quick recalls can be created, a boon for live performance applications.
  • Ultra-fast (1ms) VCF and VCA envelope generators. VCF-EG is one of the 11 modulation sources that can be freely assigned to any parameter by its own unique amount.
  • Four key modes: polyphonic, monophonic, unison and stack.
  • Voice control parameters are easily accessible using the Modal Quick Navigate dials to quickly control page, parameter and value. These dials are also user assignable to single or multiple parameters to create complex macro knobs.
  • Modal Web Interface allows full control and editing of 0028R's functions in any HTML5-compatible web browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) on any platform that supports a browser — laptop, desktop, tablet or phone! — with no need for a plug-in.
  • Optional digital output board providing multi-voice outputs over USB (class compliant).
  • Two external audio inputs enabling audio processing from the VCF onwards plus external MIDI in and out.
  • Occupies 3U of space in a 19" rack.
More Information
Manufacturer Modal Electronics
Condition New
Mfg. Included Accessories (3) Power Cables: 1 US, 2 international
Ethernet Cable
Analog/Digital Analog
Number of Keys None
Weighted Keys N/A
Key Action n/a
Aftertouch Yes
Speakers n/a
Programs/Presets 10,000
Voices of Polyphony 8
Oscillators per Voice 2 plus Sub
Multitimbral 2 parts
Effects n/a
Sequencer Built-in 2-track, 12-row, 32-step sequencer
Sampling n/a
Internal Storage Capacity n/a
Audio File Playback No
Arpeggiator Yes
MIDI In, Out, Thru
USB Port (to Host) N/A
USB Flash Drive Port (to Device) N/A
Audio Inputs Dual stereo 1/4" TS inputs for processing external sources through VCF and VCA
Audio Outputs Dual stereo combo XLR/TS jacks
Control Connections N/A
Onboard Controllers N/A
  • Each of 8 voices can be output individually via D-Sub port
  • Optional digital output board for multi-voice output and MIDI over USB (sold separately)
Width 22.4" with rack ears (fits 19" rack)
Depth 13.4"
Height 5.25"
Product Weight 17.5 lbs.
Unique Features
  • High-quality screen for parameter display
  • Ethernet port to connect 008R directly to your network and Modal Electronics cloud features

Modal Electronics Ltd. Limited Warranty

One year Parts and Labor on all Modal Electronics Ltd. products. Warranty covers all defects in material and workmanship.

The following are not covered: damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse, product modification or neglect; damage occurring during shipment; damage from failure to follow instructions contained in the instruction manual; damage resulting from unauthorized repairs; or damage caused by improper installation; or damage caused by AC power overvoltage conditions.

Modal Electronics Ltd.'s liability is limited to the repair or replacement, at its option, of any defective product and shall not include incidental or consequential damages. Modal Electronics Ltd. reserves the right to replace a discontinued model with a comparable model. Any replacement units or parts may be new or rebuilt.

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