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Title: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: jg666 on October 29, 2020, 08:27:04 AM
Another new synth from Modal. At first I thought it was just a different coloured Argon8 but then saw the video

https://youtu.be/6rgr4iqofms

Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: jg666 on October 29, 2020, 08:47:20 AM
Hot on the heels of the Andertons  video is a First Look video from Nick Batt

https://youtu.be/jgMvuYkYvz0



Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: briceunger on November 18, 2020, 05:54:37 PM
A really nice synth. Lovely sound and I'm told a really solidly built synth.
Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: jg666 on November 18, 2020, 11:17:05 PM
Nick Batt has now done a full review...

https://youtu.be/2j_4kBfVMOw
Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: LoboLives on November 18, 2020, 11:42:44 PM
Modal always shocks me with their lack of bi timbrality. For digital synths it seems like a bit of an oversight.
Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: jg666 on November 18, 2020, 11:52:01 PM
Indeed. It does seem a shame when for perhaps not a lot more money they could have done that. I suppose the reasonably low selling price of this (and the Argon) are one of the key selling points though :)

Edit - Now if they could combine the Cobalt and the Argon into one synth that has the 2 different engines able to run together to produce a bi timbral synth then that would be very interesting
Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: LPF83 on November 19, 2020, 07:27:38 AM
Indeed. It does seem a shame when for perhaps not a lot more money they could have done that. I suppose the reasonably low selling price of this (and the Argon) are one of the key selling points though :)

That's the key.  The module is under $500 -- so it is competing in territory like the Minilogue module.  Allowing more than monotimbral would increase likely increase complexity across the board... maybe only impacting price by a couple of hundred bucks but that might put it outside the projected sales sweet spot.
Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: LPF83 on December 06, 2020, 09:55:35 AM
Nice comparison from Starsky Carr.  Much prefer the sound of the Minilogue XD personally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvZ8giaxaJc
Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: jg666 on December 06, 2020, 10:24:52 AM
Yes going on that demonstration, so do I.

I wish my first generation Minilogue sounded as good as the XD :)
Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: LPF83 on December 06, 2020, 03:00:10 PM
Yes going on that demonstration, so do I.

I wish my first generation Minilogue sounded as good as the XD :)

I always thought the first gen sounded good.  I have to admit though, the sequencer on the XD is one reason I got one.
Title: Re: Modal Cobalt 8
Post by: jg666 on December 06, 2020, 03:15:05 PM
Yes going on that demonstration, so do I.

I wish my first generation Minilogue sounded as good as the XD :)

I always thought the first gen sounded good.  I have to admit though, the sequencer on the XD is one reason I got one.

It does sound good for certain types of sounds but really suffers when you turn up the resonance - the low end really suffers.