With Christmas out of the way you might be wondering what will get you through the dark winter months. If you like synthesizers then an inexpensive, tiny monosynth with a massive sound might be just the thing.
Modal are well known for big, powerful polysynths like the 8 voice, fully analogue 008 or the equally impressive 12 voice 002. The release of Skulpt, a 4 voice – 32 oscillator virtual analogue synthesiser which combines a compact form factor with a huge complement of oscillators and fully morphable waveforms was a big success, sharing some of the Modal DNA of its bigger cousins, and was funded by Kickstarter. This Kickstarter campaign was very successful. It achieved its funding target very quickly and through the direct connection with users it provided feedback and feature requests which found their way into the final production model.
Because of the success of the Kickstarter model with Skulpt, Modal have launched a kickstarter for their next model, the Craft Synth v2 - a monophonic Wavetable synth which while small is very powerful. The Craft Synth v2 Kickstarter campaign runs until the 9th January 2019. There are lots of Pledge options, check the Kickstarter page, but for example for £119 or more you can get a Craft Synth v2 including VAT.
What is Craft Synth v2?
Monophonic wavetable synthesiser
8 oscillators in total with 2 selectable waveforms and mixer stage
40 unique waveforms available split into 8 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets
VA, digital and generative waves are available along with selections from the Modal 002
Process and cross modulate waveforms with 1 of 16 oscillator modifiers including Frequency / Phase Modulation, Hard / Window Sync, Ring / Amp Modulation, Derez / Bitcrush, Wavefolders and Waveshapers
Multi option Unison / spread to detune the 8 oscillators for a huge sound
3 x envelope generators for Filter, Amplitude and Modulation
2 x audio rate LFOs
8 slot modulation matrix with 8 sources, each source can have 1 destination. (LFO1, LFO2 and MOD-EG assignable from CRAFTsynth, Velo, Note, ModW, AftT and Expression assignable from MODALapp)
Program and transpose patterns with the built in sequenced arpeggiator
2-pole resonant filter that can be morphed from low pass, through band pass, to high pass
Delay and distortion (waveshaping overdrive, not bitcrushing) effects
Optional MIDI clock sync for LFOs and Delay
64 preset storage locations
8 key touch MIDI keyboard with 8 custom scales and root note selection
MIDI DIN in and out
Analogue clock sync in and out (configured to the KORG / Teenage Engineering specification)
Class compliant MIDI provided over USB connection to host computer or tablet
Headphone and line output
Powered by USB or 3 x AA batteries
Optional software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
Portable and compact design
Dimensions: 150mm x 135m x 68mm (6”x5 1/2”x 3”)