The Modal SKULPT gets a mild update and becomes the SKULPTsynth SE with a slightly different look and some new presets. Is that it?
I’m trying to find the differences here and they’re not making it easy. As far as I can tell they’ve improved the case, the visibility of the labelling and the keyboard is not black and white rather than grey and grey. There are 127 “high energising ” new patches and that’s about it. If you can spot any other differences then let us know in the comments.
Otherwise the SKULTsynth SE, like the SKULPT before it, is a cool little 4-voice synth with a virtual analogue sound engine. It has 32 oscillators that uses 2 Wave groups of 4-oscillators per voice, a morphable 2-pole resonant filter, a modulation matrix and digital effects. It has a real-time sequencer with 4 automation lanes and also supports MPE.
One other change is that they’ve drawn the lines differently on the front panel. The sort of isometric layout can be a bit disorientating. With the new lines they’ve pulled the controls together and I think you can see the controls that relate to each a lot better than on the original.
So, while there’s nothing very new to see here this synth effectively replaces the original and remains a decent, compact virtual analogue instrument that’s excellent when self-contained but also opens itself up to new possibilities via a software editor.
At £169 it’s good value for a feature-packed little synth.