Modal Electronics has announced the 002, an analog/digital hybrid polysynth with 12 discrete voices of polyphony.
» modulus.002 provides twelve discrete voices of polyphony with full multi-timbrality
» Two oscillators per voice with two sub oscillators, which can be switched from being either traditional square wave to having the same waveform as the main oscillator – in effect making four oscillators per voice
» Analog / digital hybrid architecture uses NCOs for high resolution and stable oscillators. Over 50 different waveforms, ranging from classic analogue sounds to more unique digital shapes
» modulus designed 24db per octave four pole transistor ladder filter, with some very unusual morphing characteristics or polesweeping, enabling transition from four pole through bandpass to one pole 6db per octave, or anywhere in between
» Two LFO’s, one per voice and one global
» Extensive modulation options, all accessed directly from the front panel – no menu options!
» modulus.002 features a range of sequencing options – a built in 12 Track, 12 row, 32 step sequencer with 16 dedicated step time editing knobs on the front panel and MIDI sync capabilities. Sequences can also be transposed dynamically while running
» An arpeggiator with a range of different modes, including modulus hold mode, enabling arpeggiator-based sequences to be created
» The modulus Animator, which enables any control parameter on the modulus.002 to be sequenced, enabling very complex filter transisitions, wave form changes and modulation matrix changes to be sequenced
» Ethernet port to connect your modulus.002 to your network and enable updates via the Internet and access to the Modulus cloud features
» Enhanced UI, featuring a quality 4.3″ screen with wide viewing angle, display is context sensitive where the control parameters of any control knob that is touched by the user, is immediately displayed
» Twelve quick recall banks are accessible directly from the front panel, enabling performing musicians to get rid of their set sheets and 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, making live performance a doddle
» VCF and VCA envelope generators
» Four Key Modes – Polyphonic, Monophonic, Unison and Stack
» Pemium FATAR semi-weighted five octave key mechanism with aftertouch
» Pure analog signal path from the oscillators onwards, no digital conversion.
» Combined XLR/TRS sockets for balanced / unbalanced outputs. Further, each of the twelve outputs can be brought out individually via a dedicated d-sub socket.
» Optional Digital Output board providing multi voice outputs over USB (Class Compliant) with FX available Q1 2015.
» Two audio inputs enabling audio processing from the VCF onwards plus external MIDI in and out
» XY joystick and Sustain and Expression pedal inputs for performance controls – any control parameter can be assigned to any joystick axis (X+, X-, Y+, Y-) by pressing the dedicated front panel selector button
Modal additionally declared it’s bolstering its management team with the welcomed appointment of William Neen, former CEO of Foxconn Europe, to the board of directors as company CFO. With the appointment, the company decided its Modulus branding was outdated. Though the Modulus trading name dates back to when current company co-founder and director Paul Maddox made his MonoWave synthesiser in 1999, by becoming aware of the reemergence from bankruptcy of a non-related MI industry company also known as Modulus, Maddox and his fellow directors decided to create a unique brand by also announcing the concern will be now known as Modal Electronics going forward.
Modal Electronics’ 002 is available now for a whopping £2,995 / €3,795 / $5,200.