A decent update for the Argon8 family of wavetable synthesizers brings in MPE support, a Polyphonic Step Sequencer, Envelope Curves, Gain Boost and a few other bits and pieces.
Updates are always welcome but along with the expected tuning, tweaks and fixes comes a couple of pretty substantial additions.
MPE was one of those things that you felt it always should have had and so it’s great to see that implemented.
The Polyphonic Step Sequencer is probably more interesting with up to 8 notes per step all able to have fun with the 4 lanes of parameter automation.
The Envelope Curves update brings in 7 new types and 3 additional curves. Each one is independent and so you can have different envelope types in one patch.
- Expo – classic curve found in the original release of Argon – suited for most sound types
- Snappy – fast attack and decay time curves – best suited for percussive material
- Soft – smoother attack and release time curves – best suited for pads
- Linear – simple linear ramp for each envelope stage – best suited for modulation
- Expo Long – Expo curve with double the maximum time for each stage of the envelope
- Snappy Long – Snappy curve with double the maximum time for each stage of the envelope
- Soft Long – Soft curve with double the maximum time for each stage of the envelope
- Linear Long – Linear curve with double the maximum time for each stage of the envelope
The gain structure has been revised giving a new Gain Boost setting which increases the average output level. There’s also increased range in the Patch Gain Control improving the audio quality while decreasing the noise floor.
There’s also a Chord Invert function and new delay modes.
To celebrate the update Modal has released a new soundbank – so that’s fun and free to all users.