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Modal Electronics Argon8M 8-Voice Polyphonic Wavetable Synthesizer Rackmount Module

A rackmount module version of Modal's stunning Wavetable workhorse




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    Product Description

    UK synth trailblazers Modal Electronics have expanded their widely-lauded Argon line-up with a desktop/rackmountable module; introducing the Argon8M. It features an identical sound engine and feature set, but rather than a 37-note keybed, it has brackets for mounting to a 19" 3U rack, as well as end-cheeks for simple desktop use. Mind-bending functionality and near-infinite tonal possibilities meets an attractive price tag; Modal have once again raised the bar in the desktop synth category.

    Key features

    • Road ready Steel and Aluminium chassis
    • 120 carefully-crafted morphable wavetables with 28 static wavetable processors for further tweaking
    • True 8-voice polyphony with 32 wavetable oscillators; 4 per voice, with 8 types of oscillator modifiers
    • 1.54” OLED display for real-time visual accompaniment
    • An assignable 4-axis joystick for ultimate hands-on modulation
    • Three dedicated envelope generators for Amp, Mod and Filter, plus 2- pole morphing resonant filter
    • Three powerful independent/user-configurable stereo FX engines with delays, lush Reverbs and heaps of modulation
    • Glide/portamento with both legato and staccato modes
    • Hugely powerful “Mod Matrix” with eight assignable slots with four additional fixed routes, 11 mod sources and 52 destinations
    • 500 patch memories, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs and 200 user patch spaces. Patch upload and download through the free MODALapp
    • 512-step sequencer with input quantise

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    New in Firmware v2.6

    Firmware v2.6 adds 12 new Wavetable Banks containing 60 all-new Waveforms. Now, producers, performers and sound designers can experience immediate access to two independent wave-groups each containing 180 carefully crafted wavetables split into 36 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets; there’s even an additional PWM bank and 3 noise/modulation banks accessible on wave-group 2. In addition, users can now effortlessly link OSC2 tuning to be linked to OSC1 frequency via a handy OSC2 Tune Mode control. Fuse all of this with 32 static wavetable modifiers including, de-rez, wave folders, waveshapers, phase shapers and rectify, all of which can be applied to the 180 wavetables - not to mention 8 types of oscillator modifier - and the sonic possibilities are virtually limitless. 

    In tandem with the release of the ARGON-Series’ v2.6 firmware, MODALapp has also been updated to v2.7.6, catering for the 60 new waveforms and OSC2 Tune Mode control the new firmware update provides.

    Unlocking Wavetable Potential

    Modal Electronics know a thing or two about wavetable synthesis. By taking the wavetable concept a step further, they’ve unlocked a broader tonal palette than ever before.

    Many people associate digital synths with sterile, artificial sound; Modal’s approach with the Argon8 ensures that it has more sound on offer, and a warmer, more organic response than previously possible. Combine wavetables with extensive processors, stereo effects, 3 x envelope generators and a 2-pole morphing resonant filter, and a digital synthesizer becomes a sound designer’s dream.

    Bigger Than It Looks

    You’d be forgiven for looking at the feature list and imagining a behemoth of a keyboard that hogs your entire workspace. Not the Argon8; this desktop-sized unit will easily fit in amongst your existing setup, and is borderline-portable (don't forget the rack compatibility!).

    Not only that, but it comes with all the connectivity you’ll ever need. Pedal inputs, audio input, sync in/out, MIDI in/out, USB connectivity – this is a fully-fledged workstation that’s not much bigger than your computer screen.

    ModalApp Editor

    As if the mind-boggling built-in functionality of the Argon8 wasn’t enough, it’s also compatible with Modal’s free ModalApp editor. This allows you to tap even further into the real-time tweaking of your synth, including manipulating filters, wavetables, effects and much more.


    • Polyphony: 8-voice
    • Wavetables: 120 (split into 24 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets)
    • Additional PWM bank and 4 noise/modulation banks accessible on Oscillator 2
    • Wavetable processors: 28 static (including de-rez, wave folders, wave shapers, phase shapers and rectify)
    • Oscillators: 32, 4 per voice, with 8 types of oscillator modifier including: Phase Mod (FM), Ring Mod, Amp Mod, Hard Sync and Windowed Sync
    • 1.54 inch large OLED display
    • Bourns continuous rotary encoders throughout as standard
    • A 4-axis joystick that can be assigned to a huge range of modulation destinations and virtually ‘locked’ when desired
    • Three dedicated envelope generators for AMP, MOD and FILTER that can be accessed independently or all three simultaneously including negative (reverse) versions.
    • Two pole morphing resonant filter
    • Waveshaping distortion
    • Effects: 3 user-configurable stereo FX engines that can create sophisticated Delays, lush Reverbs, Flanging, Phasing, and Rich Choruses
    • Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes
    • Hugely powerful “Mod Matrix” with eight assignable slots with four additional fixed routes, 11 mod sources and 52 destinations
    • 500 patch memories, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs and 200 user patch spaces. Patch upload and download through the free MODALapp
    • Two Audio rate LFO’s with tempo sync (one poly, one global). Polyphonic LFO can sync to frequency divisions
    • Inbuilt sophisticated programmable arpeggiator of 32 steps with rest capability with up to 2048 steps before repeating
    • Real time sequencer with number 512 steps with input quantise and four recordable /editable animations
    • All time-based FX, LFO’s and sequencer arpeggio can be either clocked internally or externally
    • Sync in/out
    • Full size MIDI five pin din sockets
    • Full size quarter inch jacks for both audio and external control such as sustain and expression.
    • 5 mm stereo input with ability to route incoming audio through the FX
    • Free dedicated app that works on Mac, PC, iOS, Android and works under VST3 and AU.
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    Customer Reviews


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    Shaun Vaughan11th Sep 2021

    A very intuitive synth module that is a joy to operate. Endless sound possibilities and sounds great. Only downside is that the FXs are a bit weak.

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