Modal Electronics CRAFTsynth Monophonic Synthesizer Kit

Modal Electronics CRAFTsynth Monophonic Synthesizer Kit

Modal Electronics CRAFTsynth Monophonic Synthesizer Kit

Modal Electronics CRAFTsynth Monophonic Synthesizer Kit

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Product Highlights

  • Easy Assembly, No Tools or Solder Needed
  • Two Oscillators per Voice
  • Mixer & Unison Spread for Oscillators
  • Low-Pass Filter, Distortion, & Delay
  • LFO: 6 Destinations and 4 Waveforms
  • 16 Patch Memories & 16 EG Presets
  • Touch Panel: 5-Note Keys, Scale, Glide
  • MIDI Over USB, Headphone & Line Output
  • Powered by USB or Optional Battery Pack
  • CRAFT Software Editor and Controller
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Modal Electronics CRAFTSYNTH overview

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The easily assembled CRAFTsynth Monophonic Synthesizer Kit from Modal Electronics ships on five separate boards that snap together without tools or solder. Once assembled, the instrument features a 2-oscillator-per-voice architecture with a wide range of in-depth manipulations, such as detune and fine-detune for OSC2, as well as waveform selections including Sine, SAW PWM, Noise, and FM (OSC2 modulating OSC1 pitch). Additionally, the Unison/Spread mode splits the oscillators into four separate sub oscillators per oscillator, virtually expanding your synth to a total of eight oscillators, which are also de-tunable for a massive sound.

The resonant low-pass filter can become state-variable when using the CRAFTapp—a free software editor and controller for iOS, OSX, Windows, and Android—that expands the functionality greatly and offers custom envelope generation, unlimited patch storage, and other enhancements. The CRAFTsynth offers 16 recallable EG presets and 16 preset storage locations for quick and easy recall of your favorite settings.

The on-board, invertible LFO features four waveforms including Sine, Tri, Saw, and Square, which can be routed to six destinations (VCA amplitude, filter cutoff, FM amount, OSC mix, PWM amount, pitch/frequency). The LFO will auto-sync to MIDI clock if present. The instrument offers class-compliant MIDI over USB connection to a host computer or tablet. The playable touch panel interface features five note keys plus controls for scale and glide time. The touch-panel interface's keys are clearly labelled with its primary function, giving you the ability to change between scales and more. Delay and distortion effects are also included for adding harmonics and texture to your sound. A headphone and line output are included for direct monitoring as well as outputting the CRAFTsynth to speakers and other audio devices. The synthesizer itself is powered via a USB cable or an optional AA battery pack.

  • Monophonic DSP-based self-assembly synthesizer, requires no soldering or electronics skills, tools, or knowledge
  • 2 oscillators per voice
  • Mixer stage for Osc levels
  • Unison / spread mode that splits the oscillators into four separate sub oscillators per oscillator giving you a total of eight oscillators, de-tunable for a huge sound
  • LFO with six destinations (VCA amplitude, filter cutoff, FM amount, OSC mix, PWM amount, pitch/frequency)
  • Four LFO waveforms (each invertible)
  • LFO auto syncs to MIDI clock if present
  • Resonant low-pass filter (if using the CRAFTapp, state variable BP & LP also possible)
  • 16 recallable EG presets for ease of use
  • 16 patch-storage locations
  • Playable touch-panel interface with five note keys plus controls for scale and glide time
  • Delay and distortion (wave-shaping overdrive, not bit-crushing) effects
  • Class-compliant MIDI provided over USB connection to host computer or tablet
  • Headphone and line output
  • Power by USB or optional AA battery pack (Adafruit 727, 3 x AAA pack)


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Modal Electronics CRAFTsynth Monophonic Synthesizer Kit
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    Modal Electronics CRAFTSYNTH specs

    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.4"

    Modal Electronics CRAFTSYNTH reviews

    CRAFTsynth Monophonic Synthesizer Kit is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing service A+++++ After getting the run around from a more local (Canadian) retailer with a 6 weeks until we can tell you when we can actually ship the unit you just bought and paid for with no apologies or attempt at any customer service, I found this place and paid less, got free shipping to Canada (unheard of) and the unit shipped the next day. I couldn't be happier and will be recommending B&H to everyone I know or speak to. I love the unit a lot, it was easy to assemble (my 5 year old even helped me) and sounds great for the price. Can't wait to do business with B&H again, it was an absolute pleasure and completely painless.
    Date published: 2017-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A serious synth, and a very good one too The CraftSynth is a lot of fun to put together and play with, but it's sound engine and functionality are all business. Usability is very solid, especially when used with the app, which gives instant access to every parameter. The class compliant midi through the USB port makes the unit ready for full integration to the rest of your gear, but it is just as capable as your only synth if you are just getting started. Amazing value
    Date published: 2017-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks cheap and flimsy... BUT IT ISNT! BUY IT NOW Bought this as I collect/play vintage analog synths and have recently enjoyed putting my own together and doing repairs on my gear. The unit snaps and folds together in about 15 minutes. The manual is a bit wonky, but you should be fine. The sound is... well, I'm amazed. It has a rather complex ipad/cpu editor (free online from modal) which really makes you scratch your head on how they got so much into a little package. The sound is really unique and not like a lot of lower end synths. The knobs snap into place (careful: it was the only part of assembly that I felt like I could have damaged the unit). Its powered my mini-usb(a) and appears as a midi device.Notes are played on the unit (scales can be accessed via the app or panel), but best played with an external controller. For $99 this is an unequivocal must buy. As usual, BH sent that sucker immediately for free and I had it in 2 days!
    Date published: 2017-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from a rare 6 STAR event and landmark This is one of these all too rare LANDMARK products. If you have any dealings at all with keyboards, syths, organs, etc..then, THIS Craft synth is A MUST HAVE. Just like the micro Korg many yrs, ago.. This is Price vs. Technology Feat, and deserves the highest praise on the QUALITY Of its sounds, and tune ability.... GET IT WHILE YOU CAN. It is NOT AVAILABLE AROUND THE WORLD...only in the West. It can re-Educate many subtle ways even if you have touched synths for Decades.... And for ALL players, this is FUN. So, quality of sound, and FUN... TWO TOP Reasons....and no barrier PRICE of usd 99. You don't even need a computer... stick in a usb charger ( usb mini to usb standard cable needed) And connect to headphones or spkrs....and be forewarned..the SOUND QUALITY is HUGE. Yes, once you connect to computer, you can use an external midi keyboard too. You can download its own special software if you like. GET IT For usd 99, this is something Every keyboard player is REQUIRED TO HAVE. A rare 6 star event. In peace and musica, always. k
    Date published: 2017-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Love it!
    Date published: 2017-05-31
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