Modal Electronics has released Firmware 2.0 for its SKULPT synth. With significant new functions and many improvements, Firmware 2.0 offers more sonic and functional versatility for creative musicians and sound designers alike. At the same time, a new release of the free MODALapp 2.5.0 becomes available for all supporting platforms, including macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS and Android, while the MODALapp plugin for AU and VST3 compatible DAWs was undergoing a refreshment, too.
With the newly introduced MPE support, SKULPT is compatible with MPE controllers. With MPE, every played note can be articulated individually and allows a more expressive performance. Because each MIDI note is assigned to its unique MIDI channel, every MIDI note can receive dedicated MIDI Channel-Expression commands. This feature delivers creative, next-level performance opportunities. SKULPT is now the most affordable MPE polyphonic hardware synth available on the market. To showcase the new MPE capabilities, Modal Electronics released a new 32 patch sound set, available online from Modal Electronics’ SKULPT product page.
SKULPT’s integrated Arpeggiator offers the new mighty Sustain/Arp Latch Mode to expand the performance versatility.This function works like a classic arp hold that can also be used when the arpeggiator isn’t engaged.
The new Global Tune Setting ensures a better integration of SKULPT into mixed setups with other, less accommodating equipment in studio and live applications, like analogue synthesisers or DJ turntables, which tend to be less precise in tuning.
Finally, a new global settingenables a MIDI-In Offset, that simplifies the integration of Skulpt as a desktop module with other synths. MIDI-In Offset allows the configuration of the correct pitch playing range of each individual patch without having to adjust the octave settings of the external controller.
To install the firmware upgrade, the free MODALapp, Modal’s universal editor and sound managing app is required.
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