Modal CRAFTsynth


Sonic State preview of the new Craft Rhythm is on-line.

Sounds good to me. It’s not done yet though. A head to head comparison with something like the Digitakt would be good eventually. Even though this isn’t done the computer interface is well along.
{And further along than DT Overbridge – at least as far as anyone in the general public can know. ] Interesting that they have included a crude sequencer in the computer interface too.

The variable polyphony level will be an annoyance but on the other hand trading that for the things like time stretch etc will be worth it.

Luke in the video promises many more products from Modal in the Craft synth line coming up, so this looks like a complete product line for them, not just a one off… So Modal will have products at the tip-top and a higher performance bottom. Will see how low they price the Craft Rhythm and the future Crafts. Modal is certainly an innovative group.

Looks like quality sound production at a minimum price.

Cool that it can be battery powered as well.


These products are labelled DIY, which since its a snap together in less that ten minutes, i almost get, but not quite. No soldering.

I wondering if anyone, or Modal even, will do a more complete packaging? Seems like that wouldn’t be too hard to do, and not very expensive to do either. It could be in a smaller package then too.


If it’s priced like the modal synth about 99$ I would definitely be in for one. The ideal behind these is pretty cool, I’d love to have a line of these. And maybe eventually a way to sock more than one into creating a single synth.


Anybody actually using these with Elektron machines? Can they be synced?

They seem to be less popular than Teenage Engineering…

The drum sampler looks nice


i really don’t like my CraftSynth. i call it the CrapftSynth. LoL. maybe it’s just me.

it was fun for about 2 days.

this post makes me want to give it a go again.


Interesting, it looks funky but I rather liked the sound from the 3 videos posted on gear4music site.
Are you using it with iPad?
Can you sync it?

I am more curious about the drum machine sampler…


Link to jshell’s post on Modal Skulpt thread.

So will Modal launch the CRAFT V2.0 on Kickstarter like they did with the Skulpt? [ADDED: Answer is ‘Yes’ see below.]

I think there is enough space between the CRAFT V 2.0 and the Skulpt so they both can be successful products, but Modal is crowding up the space.

This also calls up the question of pricing for this too.

Good find by the way jshell.


Modal CRAFT V 2.0


Craft is about £70
Sculpt is about £250

I’d guess ‘new thing v2’ would be closer to skulpt price , but I think Kickstarter helped judge demand / sales sodoing it again seems reasonable…

How different would a more advanced craft be compared to skulpt ?
(Not very) but I think they’re onto a better form factor and cash flow , can’t imagine there’s much demand for their very expensive synths , last time I used the white rack box it kept falling over but there has been lots of updates since.


It’s probably down to limitation made in the software the CRAFT is more a mono-synth, i think.


I think the product line for Modal pre-CRAFT had them destined for bankruptcy. I wonder too about the departure of Paula Maddox from Modal, and if it had anything to do with company direction. (Remember Modal, had planned a Eurorack line, and then scrubbed it, and now Paula has started a Eurorack line with her company Dove.) I wouldn’t think Modal would use the lower price products to subsidize their high end stuff, but they might well be able to hold on to the high end stuff, if it would just break even for them.


One of you is psychic! I just got an email from Modal announcing the v2.0. 8-OSC wavetable synth. Kickstarter set to begin soon. Target price around 129 GBP. Can’t wait to hear some demos.



More detail here. Info is just breaking.


Rather than wavetable it’s more wave forming and wave shaping.

AND it will be launched on Kickstarter.

ADDED: It’s small, though that seems OK. It’s almost Eurorack in size.
Dimensions: 150mm x 135m x 68mm (6”x5 1/2”x 3”)


There are demos over at Soundcloud.

Sounds good.

Features ...
  • Monophonic wavetable synthesizer
  • 8 oscillators in total with 2 selectable waveforms and mixer stage
  • 40 unique waveforms available split into 8 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets
  • VA, digital and generative waves are available along with selections from the Modal 002
  • Process and cross modulate waveforms with 1 of 16 oscillator modifiers including Frequency / Phase Modulation, Hard / Window Sync, Ring / Amp Modulation, Derez / Bitshift, Wavefolders and Waveshapers
  • Multi option Unison / spread to detune the 8 oscillators for a huge sound
  • 3 x envelope generators for Filter, Amplitude and Modulation
  • 2 x audio rate LFOs
  • 8 slot modulation matrix with 8 sources, each source can have 1 destination. (LFO1, LFO2 and MOD-EG assignable from CRAFTsynth, Velo, Note, ModW, AftT and Expression assignable from MODALapp)
  • Program and transpose patterns with the built in sequenced arpeggiator
  • 2-pole resonant filter that can be morphed from low pass, through band pass, to high pass
  • Delay and distortion (waveshaping overdrive, not bitcrushing) effects
  • Optional MIDI clock sync for LFOs and Delay
  • 64 preset storage locations
  • 8 key touch MIDI keyboard with 8 custom scales and root note selection
  • MIDI DIN in and out
  • Analogue clock sync in and out (configured to the KORG / Teenage Engineering specification)
  • Class compliant MIDI provided over USB connection to host computer or tablet
  • Headphone and line output
  • Powered by USB or 3 x AA batteries
  • Optional software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android
  • Portable and compact design
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 135m x 68mm (6”x5 1/2”x 3”)


Skulpt wasn’t drawing me in, and I don’t know why but I’m dying to try this one. I like where they’re headed!


And they indeed are selling off their high end synths – the V2 is advertised as having Modal002 Waveforms!


Thanks - I watched the youtube video, and it sure sounds nice. Lots of firepower for not a lot of money. All things are cyclical, right? Analog comes back to the top; and now it’s a the 2nd golden age of digital, haha.


Neat! I’ve been wanting a craftsynth lately (since I can’t seem to stay away from tiny noisemakers), with the main drawback being the USB midi connection on the initial model. I do like the design of the original though. I still kindof want one to have alongside Kastle and Pocket Operators… But this new one has DIN MIDI, so: “hooray! another couchside octatrack buddy!”


I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my Skulpt since I got it last week as it so nice sounding and plays real nice with the DT. This looks to be a really interesting follow-up. I was a little worried when they first teased it as if it was a straight update of the original CraftSynth engine then it would’ve been too close to the Skulpt. But this has some really interesting tricks that are all the rage in the software world but not so common in hardware. Especially if the price mentioned above turns out to be true.

I think they may have smartly pre-empted whatever the rumour forthcoming Volca might be… I can definitely see this next Modal on my horizon.


It sounds nice in this new advert/product demo