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Modal Electronics Cobalt5S



    5 voice extended virtual-analogue synthesizer

    Founded on Modal Electronics’ next-generation COBALT synth architecture and housed in an ultra-portable go-anywhere footprint, the USB-powered COBALT5S is made-to-move and ready to spark your creativity wherever, and whenever inspiration strikes. Whether it’s a singularly authentic replication of classic analogue sounds, or the most contemporary leading-edge texture, COBALT5S’ extended virtual analogue sound engine delivers on all counts.

    COBALT5S takes inspiration from the iconic sound of it’s analogue forebears, transcending any and all limitations to take a leading edge synth architecture, truly mobile – from sultry basslines, to expansive, mutating beds and everywhere in between, COBALT5S is not just modeling run-of-the-mill analogue sounds, this is Beyond Analogue, Anywhere.

    Perform anywhere using a next-generation Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesis engine

    Create everything from classic to cutting-edge sounds driven by 40 complex sophisticated algorithms and Modal’s morphable 4-pole Ladder Filter

    Experience a new level of performance with MPE support, an integrated Realtime/Step Sequencer and dual FX engines

    Express yourself with a 37-note compact-key bed with aftertouch, an intuitive X/Y/Z touch pad and 16 switched encoders

    Integrate COBALT5S into your existing setup or power it via USB for on-the-go use

    Access all synth functions via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3

    Create Without Limitation

    Featuring five true polyphonic voices, two independent algorithm groups and up to 8 oscillators per voice, musicians, sound designers and producers are armed with a nefarious palette of sound that’s primed for any application imaginable. Fuse this with 40 complex algorithms, including Sync, Ring Modulation, Waveform Morphng, plus many more, and it’s easy to see why COBALT5S empowers creators with liberated sound sculpting capability without limitation.


    Featuring the same self-oscillating 4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter from the COBALT8, COBALT5S guarantees to texture your sound with all the bite and warmth your performance demands. Four separate filter modes fuse with mainstay controls for Cutoff and Resonance, alongside a Morph parameter to musically manipulate the frequency response of the filter for a truly immersive experience. From the sublime to the experimental and everywhere in between, crafting the perfect timbre is limited only by your imagination.

    Shaping Your Sound, Simplified!

    Everything you demand to craft the perfect sound in meticulous detail is right at your fingertips with COBALT5S. Three envelopes complete with selectable types take command of the filter, amp or modulation destinations, empowering you with unrestricted options when it comes to fine-tuning your sound. One Polyphonic LFO and one Global LFO provide extended power to control a plethora of modulation sources, selected via a sophisticated 8-slot modulation matrix. Whether it’s an otherworldly evolving soundscape, rhythmic pads or a searing lead, realising your creative vision has never been this easy!

    Your Performance, Supercharged!

    Get wild with the integrated 512-note realtime/step-sequencer, complete with 4 animation lanes. Fuse this with a built-in programmable 32-step advanced arpeggiator and you start to scratch the surface of the performance capability COBALT5S heralds for the modern creator. Top this off with MPE support for next generation creative expression via a compatible MPE controller, and COBALT5S is primed for any performance, production or sound design scenario imaginable.

    Made to Move

    When we say this is Beyond Analogue Anywhere, we mean it. Taking the legendary build quality synonymous with Modal Electronics’ synthesiser roster, and outfitting this with a 37-note compact keybed with aftertouch, and COBALT5S is primed for your creative exploits wherever and wherever creativity strikes. Plus, with a USB powered specification, powering the COBALT5S from your Mac/PC or portable power brick couldn’t be any simpler.

    Control, Evolved

    Take complete command and craft your signature sound with ease courtesy of 16 switched encoders. For complete expressive capability, COBALT5S’ X/Y/Z touchpad provides ultimate 5-axis control over pitch bend, mod wheel and/or any user-selected modulation assignment. Two independent stereo effect engines, including delay and chorus, inject depth and character into your patches, allowing you to create polished synth textures. Rounding-out this tactile, performance-centric control assortment is a radiant monochrome OLED display that relays all key information you demand in razor sharp resolution.

    Hook-up Flexibility

    Integrating COBALT5S into your existing setup couldn’t be simpler. Connect to PA systems, stage boxes, mixing desks and more with dual ¼-inch line out jacks; practice in private thanks to a ¼-inch stereo headphone output; add some genuine piano-style sustain to your performance with a ¼-inch sustain pedal input; connect to all your MIDI peripherals thanks to full-size MIDI ins and outs, as well as MIDI over USB capability; finally, keep everything on point with COBALT5S’ Clock sync In and Out. Whatever your next performance demands, COBALT5S guarantees to assimilate with ease.

    Product Specification


    True 5 voice polyphonic


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


    40 high-resolution virtual-analogue oscillators, up to 8 per voice

    Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms, 40 different algorithms including: complex analogue synthesis techniques, built-in crossmodulation (SYNC, RM, and many more), PWM, smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing, filtered noise.

    Extended Oscillator Drift


    4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance and four switchable configurations

    Resonance and Balanced Filter Modes  


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

    Two LFO’s with tempo sync (one poly, one global) with seven different shapes

    Eight assignable modulation slots and four additional fixed modulation routings for common assignments with 11 modulation sources and 41 modulation destinations

    Sequencer and Arpeggiator

    Polyphonic realtime 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, 5 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 and up to 2048 steps before repeating


    Two incredibly powerful independent and user-configurable stereo FX engines for Chorus and Stereo Delay

    User Memory

    300 patch memories, all fully editable; ships with 200 factory programs

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

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

    Controls and Performance

    Premium 37 compact-key keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch

    16 switched encoders support realtime CC message transmissions to other MIDI devices or DAWs

    Five-axis X/Y/Z pressure-sensitive touchpad for pitch bend, mod wheel and/or modulation assignments

    Multiple keyboard modes, Mono, Poly, Stack 2, Unison 2, Unison 4

    Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes

    Inputs and Outputs

    6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS line outputs

    6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS headphone output

    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″ TS sustain pedal input

    Enclosure and Display

    Durable polycarbonate enclosure

    Monochrome OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing


    Power: DC-9.0V – 1.5A centre-positive or USB-bus powered

    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): 56.5 x 16.2, x 5.7 cm / 22.24” x 6.38” x 2.24”

    Weight: 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs

      Brand: Modal Electronics

      SKU: MDL-CS-5

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