Modal Electronics 001 Hybrid Duophonic Synthesizer
The Modal Electronics 001 Hybrid Duophonic Synthesizer is a duophonic bi-timbral premium hybrid synthesizer, that features the exact same voice architecture and feature set as it's bigger brother the Modal 002, but this time includes two voices as opposed to twelve, 001 also boasts plenty of control voltage (CV) I/O meaning it'll also happily live inside of your modular world.
With two Oscillators per voice featuring over 50 waveforms and two Sub Oscillators, which can either produce standard square waveforms or more uniquely create the waveshape of the main oscillator, which mean the 001 has more of a four Oscillator per voice structure. The Oscillators themselves are classed as NCO's (numberically controlled oscillators) since they do not have a fixed bandwidth the sonic result is very high resolution with incredibly stable tuning, the NCO's can create both analogue sounding and very digital sounding complex waveforms, the Oscillators also features a pulse width mode which can be modulated from the Animator or either LFO mod matrix.
Just like the 002 the 001 features the unique Modal 24dB ladder filter circuit, which features some very unusual morphing characteristics or ‘polesweeping’, enabling transition from four pole through bandpass to one pole 6db per octave, or anywhere in between, all of the filter metrics are displayed in realtime on the high quality OLED display so you know exactly what's going on with your sound before you even play a note.
The 001 includes comprehensive modulation matrix comprising of two LFO's; one global LFO (LFO 1) and one polyphonic LFO (LFO 2) both include eight seperate modulation destinations LFO 2 includes a single shot mode which only reads one cycle of the LFO per keypress, with some clever tweaking can you get LFO2 to operate as a second EG. Unique modulation features like waveform modulation and drive modulation make for inspiring and complex sounds. Modulation can also be achived using the super high quality japanese control joystick or can be controlled using aftertouch.
Also included on 001 is the extensive and expressive sequencer and animator from the 002, the sequencer operates as a 2 Track, 12 row, 32 step sequencer with MIDI sync capabilities. The Animator functions in exactly the same way as 002 it enables any control parameter on the 001 to be sequenced, enabling very complex filter transisitions, wave form changes and modulation matrix changes to be sequenced.
The amazing ARP section with the incredible hold function is great for "off the cuff" performances, leaving both hands free to tweak and really get into the synth, the ARP can sync to the internal or external clock sources and includes a huge range of play modes and time divisions.
As you'd expect with any Modal product, the Cloud connectivity with backup, share and update facilities is included and is super simple to use. The synth.net cloud facility allows you to backup and share your sounds, seqences and performances over a single ethernet cable - you can also update the system software without the need for sysex dumps meaning you'll always be up to daye with the latest features and sounds, plus you can also remote control the synthesizer parameters using any device that can display a webpage.
The conextualy sesitive high contrast 4.3" screen provides precise visual feedback in relation to the control or parameters being tweaked, the fluid and intuitive UI is easy to navigate and makes in depth sound design a pleasure.
Another unique feature that is also found on both 001 and 002 are the key modes, polyphonic, monophonic, unison and stack are all available.
Just like the rest of the Modal range we carry demo stock of each model of synthesizer, if you are interested in trying out any synthesizer from the Modal range please contact us, we will travel to you!
The main features of the Modal Electronics 001 Hybrid Duophonic Synthesizer include:
- Two voice hybrid duophonic synthesizer
- FATAR semi-weighted keybed
- 24db transistor ladder filter
- Premium build quality with all matte finish steel case and wooden leather clad side pannels
- Pure analogue signal path from the NCO's out
- Four CV inputs and four CV outputs
- Option digital effects and digital output board available seperatly
- Two audio inputs
- High quality control joystick
- Made in the UK
- In depth training sessions available free of charge upon purchase of a 001 *enquire for availability
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Not giving it 5 stars only because the OS needs some work. The sound quality is definitely 5 star! The manufacturers are open about OS bugs and planned improvements. The method they use for OS updates is brilliant; FAR better than sysex over USB! The synth has the best digital waveforms I've ever used, and has a lovely Moog-ish sounding filter. I love the noise this thing makes. The OS is very much work in progress though e.g. the sequencer is really not ready as of July 2015. I'm hoping for big improvements, as emails from the engineers promise major updates. If you're reading this some months later, please check the current version: it may be a lot better. The sound and build quality ooze class. It's a pricey instrument, but it sounds really pricey! And the guys at Modal are very helpful and willing to correspond.
Good things do come in small packages, the 001 has only been with us for a few hours and has already blown us away.