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Modal Electronics Argon 8

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    8 voice wavetable synthesiser

    Leaning on the heritage of our legendary OO series synthesisers, ARGON8 is a modern wavetable synth for music performers, producers and sound designers. With it’s transparent and rich sound, an array of realtime controls, MPE support, a clear structured user interface and integrated performance tools, ARGON8 is a unique instrument, designed to deliver an unmatched sonic experience.

    A premium 37-note keyboard with aftertouch is the perfect playground for demanding artists. The rugged aluminium chassis and professional I/Os allow ARGON8 to be integrated into every studio and live setup. MODALapp gives easy access to all ARGON8 functions and runs on macOS/Windows/iOS/iPadOS and Android devices and is also available in AU/VST3 plug-in formats as MODALplugin.

    Product Specification


    True 8 voice polyphonic


    Supports MPE-compatible MIDI controllers, allowing you to apply polyphonic control and expression to individual notes


    32 high-resolution wavetable oscillators, 4 per voice

    180 carefully crafted wavetables split into 36 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets Additional PWM bank and 3 noise/modulation banks accessible on Oscillator 2

    32 static wavetable modifiers including, de-rez, wave folders, waveshapers, phase shapers and rectify can be applied to the 180 wavetables to give a mind-boggling array of permutations and new waveshapes

    8 types of oscillator modifier including Phase Mod (FM), Ring Mod, Amp Mod, Hard Sync and Windowed Sync

    Voice Drift and Width controls that help to create massive stereo soundscapes


    2-pole state variable filters, 4 Filter types – ‘Standard’ filters are based on the resonant filter found in other Modal synthesisers and ‘Classic’ with a more rounded character and a softer resonance response.


    3 dedicated envelope generators for AMP, MOD and FILTER that can be accessed independently or all three simultaneously including negative (reverse) versions and multiple envelope curve options

    2 Audio rate LFO’s with tempo sync (one poly, one global). Polyphonic LFO can sync to frequency divisions

    8 assignable modulation slots and 4 additional fixed modulation routings for common assignments with 11 modulation sources and 52 modulation destinations

    Sequencer and Arpeggiator

    Polyphonic Real-time sequencer with 512 notes and four recordable/editable parameter animations (Delay FX, LFO’s, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally)

    Polyphonic Step Sequencer with 64 steps, 8 notes per step, 4 lanes of Parameter-Lock style animation, Step Input mode, multiple playback modes including gate modes and rest function

    Built-In sophisticated programmable arpeggiator of 32 steps with rest capability with up to 2048 steps before repeating


    Waveshaping distortion

    3 incredibly powerful independent and user-configurable stereo FX engines for Chorus, Phaser, Flanger (Pos), Flanger (Neg), Tremolo, LoFi, Rotary, Stereo Delay, Ping-Pong Delay, X-Over Delay and Reverb that can be arranged in any order

    User Memory

    500 patch memories, all fully editable and ships with 300 factory programs

    100 sequencer presets that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements

    100 FX presets

    8 Quick Recall slots accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favourite patches

    Controls and Performance

    Premium FATAR 37-key Keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch 

    29 endless encoders, 24 buttons

    4-axis joystick that can be assigned to a huge range of modulation destinations and virtually ‘locked’ when desired

    Multiple keyboard modes, Mono, Poly, Unison 2, unison 4, unison 8, Stack 2 and Stack 4

    Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes

    Chord Invert control to easily create chord inversions and variations

    Inputs and Outputs

    6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS dual-mono line outputs

    6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS headphone output

    3.5 mm / 1/8″ TRS stereo audio input

    MIDI DIN In and Out

    3.5 mm / 1/8″ TS Analogue clock sync In and Out

    Class compliant MIDI over USB connection

    6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS expression pedal input

    6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS sustain pedal input

    Enclosure and Display

    Road-ready steel and aluminium enclosure with economical stained bamboo end cheeks

    1.54-inch large OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing


    Power: DC-9.0V – 1.5A centre-positive

    Editor Software

    Free MODALapp software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android

    MODALapp can also be run within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), with VST3 and AU versions available


    Dimensions (L x W x H): 555 x 300 x 100 mm / 21.9″ x 11.8″ x 4″

    Weight: 5.60 kg / 12.4 lbs

      Brand: Modal Electronics

      SKU: MDL-ARG-37

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