Modal Electronics 002 12-Voice Hybrid Polyphonic Synthesizer
The Modal Electronics 002 Previous known as the Modulus 002 is a Premium 12-Voice Hybrid Polysynth that features an extensive selection of unique innovations that brings the Analogue and Digital synthesis domains together in one incredibly powerful instrument.
002 delivers modern control and modern conveniences whilst providing a lush and opulent sound you expect from an analogue synthesizer, it features internet connectivity for cloud storage, software updates and also has the ability share sounds, sequences and settings with other Modal.002 users online.
The voice architecture of the 002 is based around subtractive synthesis, it beings with a group of very unique oscillators called NCO’s (numerically controlled oscillators), each with its own sub oscillator per voice, though the OSC’s are digital there is no DSP involved in the voice structure, so there is no aliasing or warped sound you would normally associate with DSP based synthesis.
Since the Oscillators are digitally controlled the 002 is incredibly flexible, accurate and is able to create crystal clear sounds like nothing else. NCO’s allow the individual voices stay in tune and remain completely stable throughout, this also means they can be digitally controlled and managed and since there is no fixed sample rate (unlike analogue VCO’s), the 002 is able to create a whole plethora of waveforms with 55 available onboard, ranging from the more familiar Analogue Waves to more complex Digital Wavetable timbres.
002 is able to produce twelve discrete voices of polyphony with full multi-timbrility and has a unique feature that allows the user to switch the sub oscillators individually from standard square waves, over to the wave that the main oscillator is creating, which effectively means you have a potential of a massive four oscillators per voice, 002 has controls for mixing the oscillator signals and also tweaking the amount of pulse width modulation. After the NCO’s the entire signal path is all analogue and features more unique innovations.
The filter is a Modal designed multi-mode 24dB 4-pole transistor ladder filter that is fully resonant and can be switched between 24dB/ octave 4-pole to 6dB/octave one pole filter modes, which can also process external audio sources and also features a slope control to sculpt your filter sound.
002 features one multi-wave LFO per voice and also one global LFO with a vast array of modulation options. Two envelopes are onboard; one for the VCA and one for the VCF and two modulation matrix’s, all of which are all easily accessed and tweaked from the front panel with all changes displayed on the crystal clear contextually sensitive display.
An onboard sequencer further increases the capabilities, it will of course allow for step based sequencing but much more than that it includes function called with Animator, that is able to control and modulate any parameter within 002 per step and is operable in 16 rows of 32 steps.
The 002 represents a huge landmark in Synthesizer development and it needs to be seen and heard to be believed; it is high quality from the ground up, each component has been carefully hand selected and has been implemented perfectly to create truly inspirational instrument, with a premium sound quality and incredibly high-quality build and finish, if you are interested in having a listen and a demo of 002, please get in touch.
The Main Features of The Modal Electronics 002 Polyphonic Synthesizer Include:
- Premium 12-voice polyphonic synthesizer
- Superior build and high-quality throughout
- Perfect combination of digital control and analogue sound
- Cloud connectivity for performing software updates, storing sounds, sequences and patches
- Pure analogue signal patch from the NCO’s to the output stage
- Premium 61-note FATAR keybed with assignable aftertouch
- D-sub style analogue out, with potential for mixing each voice individually
- Layer, stack and split voices as required
- In depth training sessions available free of charge upon purchase of a 002 *enquire for availability
Written by Tom Lewis
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After mulling it over for quite a while I decided to buy the 002 and to be honest I'm gutted that I took so long to make the decision. I've had this synth for just over a week and it's been nothing but a joy to use, the UI takes a little getting used to at first but once I jumped that (relatively small) hurdle I was on my way to making sounds from scratch and having a great time in doing so. Top notch design and engineering from the Modal guys, wish everything made in the UK was this good!
I don't normally review products, but I feel compelled to leave a note for the Kazbar guys on this one. The 002 has literally taken over my productions and is now on every song I make, the sound is that bloody good!!! Tonnes of low end and more features that I know what to do with, I've only played around with the presets so far and that's been enough to write another albums worth of material already. Thanks again for turning me onto this guys, you didn't let me down!
This is an awesome piece of kit. I did baulk at the price initially but, the more I heard it, the more I needed it. It sounds MASSIVE!