Modal Electronics Skulpt SE Synthesizer

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Modal Electronics Portable Digital Polyphonic Synthesizer with Built-In Sequencer and Effects

Modal Electronics Skulpt SE is a powerful portable performance synthesizer that allows musicians to perform and compose anywhere. This lightweight USB- or battery-powered synth features a unique 32-oscillator virtual analog sound engine. Its mighty synth architecture features 2 wave groups incorporating 4 oscillators per voice, a morphable 2-pole resonant filter plus a comprehensive 8-slot modulation matrix and digital effects.

The integrated arpeggiator and 256-note sequencer allow you to play rhythmic patterns and melodies automatically. Skulpt SE supports MPE for next-generation expressive performances. Musicians, DJs and producers will find 128 exciting preset sounds to start their synth adventure right out of the box. The free MODALapp and MODALplugin for all primary computer and mobile platforms integrates easily with any VST3- or AU-compatible recording environment.

Skulpt SE and the original Skulpt synthesizer (sold separately) can be polychained in mixed setups of up to 4 synths and patches are cross-compatible. A wide range of free and commercial patch collections are already available to start your musical adventure immediately.

  • Play and record rich classic and modern synthesizer sounds with the flexible 4-voice synth architecture, expandable to 16 voices via polychain
  • Create and save impressive sound textures with up to 8 oscillators per voice, morphable waveforms, an analog-style morphable filter and flexible effects
  • Master your performances with MPE support and the integrated realtime sequencer with up to 4 animation lanes
  • Integrate Skulpt SE into your production and live performance setup thanks to its full-size MIDI connections and 1/8" sync input and output
  • Access all synthesizer functions and update Skulpt SE via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and the free MODALplugin in AU and VST3 formats
  • Use it anywhere with its portable and lightweight-yet-durable desktop design with realtime controls and 16 touch keys, powered by 6 AA batteries or USB power
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Synth El Dorado
Two wave groups per voice with four oscillators each provide profound 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 customization. The state-variable 2-pole filters morph from low pass through to band pass and 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 you extensive control over dynamics and expression. Two LFOs, one global and one polyphonic, can be synced to internal or external tempo. The polyphonic LFO also syncs to a division of the played notes' fundamental frequency for both brutal and subtle modulation of the sound.

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Next-gen performances out of the box
Skulpt SE supports MPE and offers musicians creative new musical ways to model sounds with their fingertips. Connect a MPE-compatible MIDI controller and perform next-generation expressive sound articulations only possible with a real instrument like Skulpt SE. Skulpt SE has a deceptively capable realtime sequencer on board, making it easy to capture performances, quantize, loop and hold them and capture four lanes of animation on the fly. This coupled with the adaptable onboard arpeggiator, chord and transpose functions opens an entire new world for complex and exciting synth sounds.

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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 subtle 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 sequencer animation. The delay can be modulated to create chorusing and other time-based effects. Internal or external sync generates rhythmic interaction with the tempo of a track.

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Open to all environments
Skulpt SE has a comprehensive set of connections to power and control the synth using USB, monitor with headphones or the dedicated line output and sync with external gear using the full-size MIDI in and out or the 1/8" sync input and output. A global tune setting ensures a perfect integration into mixed setups with other, less accommodating equipment in studio and live applications, like analog synthesizers or DJ turntables, which tend to be less precise in tuning. Expand the sound of Skulpt SE by polychaining up to 4 units for a total of 16 voices and 128 oscillators.

close-up rear view of Modal Electronics Skulpt SE showing MIDI input and output connectors and sync output connector
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Made to move
Weighing in at just 1.36 lb and featuring a compact, go-anywhere footprint, Skulpt SE is primed for your creative exploits wherever inspiration strikes. A lightweight, robust hard plastic enclosure with removable protection hood plus power via USB or six AA batteries (sold separately) makes Skulpt SE the ultimate feature-packed, pocket-sized synth that's ripe for any scenario you throw at it – whether it's an impromptu jam, a studio session or a live performance, this powerhouse of a synth delivers.

Modal Electronics Skulpt SE sitting alongside tablet computer running MODALapp connected with USB cable

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 a standalone app for macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS or Android systems as well as VST3 and AU plug-in formats, it is the perfect companion for synth enthusiasts looking to dive deep into all sound-forming and performance parameters to create their own signature sounds.

Modal Electronics Skulpt SE sitting alongside tablet computer running MODALapp connected with USB cable
More Information
Manufacturer Modal Electronics
Condition New
Included from Manufacturer Protective lid
Micro USB cable
Analog/Digital Digital
Number of Keys 16
Key Action Touch keyboard
Programs/Presets 128 patch storage locations
Voices of Polyphony 4
Oscillators per Voice 8
Effects Waveshaping overdrive distortion
Delay with modulation, sync to internal and external tempo sources
Sequencer 256-note realtime step sequencer with up to 4 lanes of animation
Arpeggiator Yes
USB Port (to Host) MIDI, System Updates, Editor/Librarian/Patch Manager
Audio Outputs 1/8" TRS dual-mono output
1/8" headphone output
Control Connections 1/8" sync input
1/8" sync output
Width 10"
Depth 5.5"
Height 3"
Product Weight 1.36 lb
Unique Features MPE support
Can be powered by 6 AA batteries (sold separately)
Free software editor for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
Free plug-in editor in VST3 and AU formats

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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  • Our central, midwest location ensures fast delivery times.
  • See below for transit day estimates. Please note, these are estimates and are not guaranteed.

Generally, package estimated transit days are as follows:

  • Upper Midwest: 1-3 days
  • Central US, South East US, and East Coast: 2-4 days
  • West Central US: 3-5 days
  • West Coast: 4-6 days
  • Alaska & Hawaii: 7+ days
All transit times are based in business days. Please allow 7-10 business days for most freight shipments. Business days are Monday through Friday and do not include public holidays and weekends (Saturday/Sunday.) For questions regarding estimates to your specific location, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-783-3368.