COBALT5S 5 Voice Extended Virtual-Analogue Synth


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Founded on Modal Electronics’ next-generation COBALT synth architecture and housed in an ultra-portable go-anywhere footprint, the USB-powered COBALT5S is made-to-move and ready to spark your creativity wherever, and whenever inspiration strikes. Whether it’s a singularly authentic replication of classic analogue sounds, or the most contemporary leading-edge texture, COBALT5S’ extended virtual analogue sound engine delivers on all counts.

COBALT5S takes inspiration from the iconic sound of it’s analogue forebears, transcending any and all limitations to take a leading edge synth architecture, truly mobile – from sultry basslines, to expansive, mutating beds and everywhere in between, COBALT5S is not just modeling run-of-the-mill analogue sounds, this is Beyond Analogue, Anywhere.

- Perform anywhere using a next-generation Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesis engine

- Create everything from classic to cutting-edge sounds driven by 40 complex sophisticated algorithms and Modal’s morphable 4-pole Ladder Filter

- Experience a new level of performance with MPE support, an integrated Realtime/Step Sequencer and dual FX engines

- Express yourself with a 37-note compact-key bed with aftertouch, an intuitive X/Y/Z touch pad and 16 switched encoders

-Integrate COBALT5S into your existing setup or power it via USB for on-the-go use

-Access all synth functions via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3



True 5 voice polyphonic


Supports MPE-compatible MIDI controllers, allowing you to apply polyphonic control and expression to individual notes


40 high-resolution virtual-analogue oscillators, up to 8 per voice

Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms, 40 different algorithms including: complex analogue synthesis techniques, built-in crossmodulation (SYNC, RM, and many more), PWM, smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing, filtered noise.

Extended Oscillator Drift


4-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance and four switchable configurations

Resonance and Balanced Filter Modes  


Three dedicated envelope generators for AMP, MOD and FILTER that can be accessed independently or all three simultaneously including negative (reverse) versions for MOD and FILTER ENVs

Two LFO’s with tempo sync (one poly, one global) with seven different shapes

Eight assignable modulation slots and four additional fixed modulation routings for common assignments with 11 modulation sources and 41 modulation destinations

Sequencer and Arpeggiator

Polyphonic realtime sequencer with 512 notes and four recordable/editable parameter animations (Delay FX, LFO’s, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally)

Polyphonic Step Sequencer with 64 steps, 5 notes per step, 4 lanes of Parameter-Lock style animation, Step Input mode, multiple playback modes including gate modes and rest function

Built-In sophisticated programmable arpeggiator of 32 steps with rest capability and up to 2048 steps before repeating


Two incredibly powerful independent and user-configurable stereo FX engines for Chorus and Stereo Delay

User Memory

300 patch memories, all fully editable; ships with 200 factory programs

100 sequencer presets that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements

4 Quick Recall slots accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favourite patches

Controls and Performance

Premium 37 compact-key keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch

16 switched encoders support realtime CC message transmissions to other MIDI devices or DAWs

Five-axis X/Y/Z pressure-sensitive touchpad for pitch bend, mod wheel and/or modulation assignments

Multiple keyboard modes, Mono, Poly, Stack 2, Unison 2, Unison 4

Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes

Inputs and Outputs

6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS line outputs

6.35 mm / 1/4″ TRS headphone output

MIDI DIN In and Out

3.5 mm / 1/8″ TS Analogue clock sync In and Out

Class compliant MIDI over USB connection

6.35 mm / 1/4″ TS sustain pedal input

Enclosure and Display

Durable polycarbonate enclosure

Monochrome OLED display for instant visual feedback at all times of playing/editing


Power: DC-9.0V – 1.5A centre-positive or USB-bus powered

Editor Software

Free MODALapp software editor available for macOS, Windows, iOS and Android

MODALapp can also be run within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), with VST3 and AU versions available


Dimensions (L x W x H): 56.5 x 16.2, x 5.7 cm / 22.24” x 6.38” x 2.24”

Weight: 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs