Modal Electronics 008R 8 Voice Analogue Synthesizer Rack
The Modal Electronics 008R offers the gloriously rich, fully-analogue sound of the 008 in rackmount format.
- 8 voice polysynth with a pure analogue voice architecture
- Two VCO's with two sub-oscillators per voice
- Unique multi-mode filter with 15 modes available
- Two LFO's each with multiple waveforms and MIDI sync
- Versatile modulation routing with 11 sources and unlimited destinations
- Onboard Step Sequencer, Arpeggiator and Animator
- Ethernet port to enable updates and access to Modulal Cloud features
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The 008R offers the same fully-analogue sound engine as the 008 keyboard squeezed into a 3U 19 inch rack mount case. The two-part multi-timbral (bi-timbral) design supports splits and 'stacks' to create complex sounds. Saying that, 008R comes complete with eight voices with 16 VCOs and 16 sub-oscillators of pure analogue awesomeness. As such, each voice provides two VCOs with two sub-oscillators. Each VCO is 100% analogue, providing sawtooth, triangle, and square waveforms with PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) and noise. Each can be blended to provide completely new, complex wave shapes. Additionally, a range of classic analogue polysynth features, such as oscillator and filter FM (Frequency Modulation), make for amazing-sounding sonic firepower. Furthermore, an exclusive, extensive modulation matrix system provides an almost unlimited supply of modulation possibilities.
The 008R's innovative, impressively flexible filter design combines various traditional modes, such as lowpass, bandpass, and high-pass, with additional modes of notch filters, phase filters, and combinations thereof — 15 different filter types in all, actually. An additional filter overdrive — first implemented in 002 — enables the sound to be driven to sonic extremes! Ultra-fast (1ms) filter envelopes enable snappy-sounding sounds to be quickly created with the greatest of ease while the filter envelope is assignable to any parameter. Pushing the design envelope further still, two LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) with multiple wave shapes are both capable of reaching audio rate and also sync-able to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface).
Indeed, just like its 001, 002, and 002R brethren, by being based around Modal Electronics' extraordinary OS, 008R also makes much use of a 4.3-inch, full-colour, context-sensitive display — first shown on 002, bringing all of 002's OS-based fanciful features to bear on its younger synth sibling, such as Modal Electronics' proprietary Animator, allowing for monumental modulation flexibility by bringing 12 animated 'rows' of parameter sequencing into productive play. Speaking of sequencing, the onboard Sequencer supplies two tracks of 32 steps, each with up to 12 notes/parameters, providing polyphonic part playback. Performance- wise, an advanced Arpeggiator abounds with multiple modes and features to musically die for. And, just like its 001, 002, and 002R brethren before it, 008R is Internet-connectable for straightforward software updates, as well as additional features from Modal Cloud. Similarly, 008R fully supports the Modal Web interface... use any HTML5-compatible web browser — Chrome, Firefox, Safari, et al — on any platform that supports a browser — desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet — for full control and editing of 008R's functions via its Ethernet connection... no need for a pesky plug-in!
Returning, briefly, back to its impressive hardware, 008R's solid steel chassis shares the same high-quality construction attributes as 002R before it — albeit sporting stealthy graphic good looks that are as easy on the eye as they are to the human touch, while still beautifully complimenting its instrument family members' matching colour scheme. Similarly, two — Left and Right — Audio In(puts), permitting processing of external audio using 008R's amazing-sounding analogue filter stage are rearward residing. There, too, resides an internal, worldwide — 60 Watts | 100 - 240V | 50 - 60Hz — auto- sensing Power supply with IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) mains inlet — no wobbly 'wall wart' hiding here!).
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