Modal Electronics has poured its history of design innovation into the Argon8, a proudly digital 8-voice polyphonic synthesizer. Complex in character and massive in sound, Argon 8 is built on a 32-oscillator configuration, which can be played polyphonically, monophonically, in unison, or stacked. The Argon8 is dripping in processors â€” including de-rez, waveshaping distortion, a robust effects engine, morphable filters, and envelope generators â€” which can distort and mangle or inspire sublime ambient explorations. A built-in arpeggiator and 512-step sequencer let you generate intricate patterns to evoke classic 80s arp lines or future-facing programming. With a steel and aluminum chassis and bamboo end cheeks, the Argon8 is a durable, furniture-grade synth that looks beautiful in the studio and can withstand night after night of heavy gigging. It also offers ample connectivity to fit snugly into an existing multi-synth setup. Leasevilleâ€™s synth enthusiasts are impressed by Argon8â€™s seemingly endless functionality, which makes it an ideal tool for intrepid sound designers.
To realize its rich and harmonically complex character, Argon8â€™s 32 high-resolution oscillators respond to a pair of selectable waveshapes from 120 morphable wavetables. Additionally, oscillator two includes pulse-width modulation and noise generation to warble up a signal before it hits any other processor. At a minimum, each of the four voices contains four stacked oscillators, but, with optional mono, unison, and stack modes, Argon8 can create even denser soundscapes. You can also take advantage of its â€œspreadâ€ function to slight detune all of the oscillators for a textured, rippling chorus, or tune them to intervals to explode the synthâ€™s polyphonic capabilities.
Argon8 is a sound designerâ€™s playground, featuring a vast selection of processors that includes de-rez, waveshaping distortion, and a user-configurable stereo effects engine with delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, and phaser. A 2-pole multi-type morphable filter, three dedicated envelope generators (for AMP, MOD, and FILTER), and two-audio rate LFOs, further expand Argon8â€™s soundscaping possibilities, and an incredibly powerful Mod Matrix lets users knit modulators together into unreal sonic tapestries. You can also drive Argon8â€™s many functions with an assignable and super-responsive 4-axis joystick. Chaotic, lush, or anything in between â€” Argon8 can do it all!
This already insanely feature-packed synth also boasts a 512-step sequencer with four recordable parameter animations and a programmable 32-step arpeggiator with rest capability. To capture your brilliant designs for perpetuity, Argon8 has 200 user patch memory slots, and you can upload and download patches with the free ModalApp, compatible with macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android devices, and instantiable in your DAW.
Housed in a steel and aluminum chassis with bamboo end cheeks, the Argon8 isnâ€™t just for the studio. Itâ€™s a road-ready beast built for even the most prolific touring musicians. Itâ€™s also a pleasure to play, sporting a semi-weighted 37-key FATAR keybed with velocity and aftertouch for a responsive, natural feel. Argon8 plays well with others, too, easily integrating into an existing multi-device setup, with numerous connectivity options: 5-pin DIM I/O, USB-MIDI, 1/4â€ stereo outs, 3.5mm stereo input, and analog clock sync I/O.