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Modal 002
Modal 008
Nonlinear Labs C15
Waldorf Blofeld
Waldorf rackAttack
Waldorf XTk30
Wersi Stage Performer

Monophonic Synthesizer:

ARP Pro-DGX
ARP (Korg mini) Odyssey
Casio VL-1 Tone
Dübreq Stylophone
Korg M500 MicroPreset
Korg MS-20 mini
MeeBlip
Modal Craft Synth
Modulus monoWave
Moog miniMoog (1979 & 2017)
Moog Minitaur
Moog Prodigy
Moog Sub Phatty
Moog Taurus III
Moog Voyager
Sequential Circuits Pro-One
Synthesizers.com Modular
TTSH (ARP 2600 clone)
VacoLoco Zira
Waldorf Pulse
Waldorf Pulse 2

String Machines:

ELKA Rhapsody 610
Eminent 310 theatre
Hohner String Vox
Logan String Melody
Waldorf Streichfett

Other Keyboards:

Manikin Memotron

Extras:

Behringer Mixer MX2642A
Behringer Mixer MX8000
Behringer Rack Mixer RX1602
Boss DR-220E
Digital Raagini
EEH DS 500
Electro-Harmonix Small Stone
Georg Mahr Midi-Ratsche
Ibanez Digital Delay DM1000
IBK 10 Control
Kurzweil XM-1 Expression-Mate
Lexicon Model 200 reverb
Mode Machines Krautrock Phaser
Moogerfooger Ring Modulator 102
Moogerfooger 12-Stage Phaser 103
Moogerfooger Analog Delay 104Z
Moogerfooger Murf 105
Moog MP201
OTO Machines BAM
Schrittmacher
Schrittmacher's Inside
Schulte Compact Phaser (19")
Simmons SDS-V
Strymon Timeline
Synthoma Élkorus
VacoLoco Tron
Waldorf 4Pole
Waldorf EQ27
Wersi Voice (BBD FX)
Waldorf midiBay
Waldorf Becher/Mugs

Ex-Gear:

Access MicroWave controller
Alesis Andromeda A6
ARP Quartet
Crumar Multiman S
Crumar Performer
EES Midi CV7
ELKA PM13
ELKA Solist 505
ELKA x705
Emu Emax II
Farfisa Soundmaker
Farfisa Syntorchestra
Hohner ADAM
Hohner String Performer
Jen SX1000
Kawai SX-210
Keio Mini Pops 3
Korg PE1000 (Poly Ensemble)
Korg PE2000 (Poly Ensemble S)
Moog Satellite
Oberheim Matrix 6
PPG waves
PPG wave 2.3 (V8.3)
Rhythm Ace 2l
Roland TR 606
Roland M-VS1
SCI model 700
Seiko DS 202+310
Sound-Art Chameleon
Technosaurus Cyclodon
Vermona Piano-Strings
Waldorf microQ keyboard
Waldorf Q
Waldorf XT30
Waldorf Gekko Chords
Waldorf Gekko Arp
Waldorf microWave
Waldorf Wave
Waldorf waveSlave
Wersi Baß Synth
Wersi String Orchestra

Links:

[iNet-CAD.de]
EM Portal Forum
faq.waldorfian.info
unofficial.waldorf-wave.de
www.moogarchives.com
waldorf-music.info

Musik:

www.qwave.de
EL-KA
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Modal 002



Modal 002 (here early 2014 version named Modulus 002)

There are some typical British things that ended up as not being widely accepted out side the Commonwealth. Think of the left hand driving, mint sauce on main course meat, diagonal cut toasted slices, and universities researching about the difference of milk or tea poured in cups first for the 4 o'clock tea time.
The UK was also special in building some very unique synthesisers with some slightly to totally different concept in design and/or user interfacing. Remember physic laboratory like design and the pin matrix of the EMS VCS3 and Synthi A. The compact cheesy looking (just looking!) yellow Wasp synth in the plastic housing, the 3D section dividers of the Oxford synth to protect the knobs. But they are all now classic high praised and priced synths.

So what is so different about a synth with plenty endless encoder knobs to turn, a mixture of digital waveshapes and a fine analog filter with a unique Slope parameter, a build in step sequencer, built in Arpeggiator and a special Animator to modulate a played note while it sounds, a colour graphic display and all this packed in a transportable stylish package?
Well, the new thing is, that this synth is now reality! Others stopped to do such an Über-Synth at different levels to built a mass market compatible product and therefore dismissed a feature or two to serve the need of serious synth players. Others reached the technically limits with the best available electronics to early. Others added features but missed to add some access to use them without a manual on your lap.
Others built genre defining low pass filters, but missed to add some new and exciting features.
It needed not only an stage experienced electronic wizard at Modal to reach the goal, but also a team of designers, software engineers, and financial advanced CEO to coordinate the start of a new company and pushing the limits beyond the barriers of revised old concepts.
The synth you bought is hard to described in one word. "Umpf" (greetings to Mr. R. C.) was the insiders single word description for Paul Maddox first mono synth called the MonoWave. And his second major hardware synth (hence the name 002) might be nailed down by the word "goosebumps".

This newer British polysynth with digital NOS oscillators (not based on fixed sample rate = less aliasing) and analog filters got 12 voices. It is packed in a well designed metal housing with leather end checks on the left and right.
All those knobs are endless encoders. The display is a coloured one. And the sound is the best of both worlds:

  • It is sounding very analog when you use the normal PWM or sawtooth waveshapes and the filter in the 4pole mode.
  • If you use one of the 51 digital waveshapes, the filter in the non 4-pole modes (see parameter "Slope") as 1-pole or bandpass filter it does sound very unique digital.
  • And if you use the DeRez mode of the oscillators, you get some nice PPG wave like aliasing and crunch on the low end. See the MonoWave

Added also, is the feature to use the provided suboscillators of both oscillators not only with the typical square wave but also with the same waveshape as the oscillator itself. Some nice filter drive is added via a dedicated parameter in the mixer section. The transistor cascade filter got a unique Slope parameter to blend it from a 4-pole lowpass to 2 -pole bandpass to 1-pole lowpass. The envelopes are very well scaled to get fast timings and long sweeps in their range. Two LFOs are available. Added is also a multiple row 32 step sequencer, a parameter sequencer of several rows triggered per note (called "Animator") and full multimode for layering and splitting sounds. And an arpeggiator too.
Of cause the used Fatar keybed is velocity and aftertouch sensitive.
And there is more then enough memory to store your sound and sequences and animations in one of the 9999 memory locations per type on board.

And its a great addition to the Modal 008.