MATRIXSYNTH: Modal Electronics 002 vs 008 short comparison of basic saw and pulse string patch

Monday, November 18, 2019

Modal Electronics 002 vs 008 short comparison of basic saw and pulse string patch

Published on Nov 17, 2019 synthlegends

"Basic string patch comparision. First saw wave with 4 Pole Filter, second 1 Pole Filter, third Pulse Wave with 1 Pole Filter. No Sub Oscilators used and no drive.

After this short test I conclude as follows:

- The 002 can produce quit warm sound also with NCO instead of DCO
- The 002 overall has a bit a brighter and more soft tone than the 008
- The 008 sounds more fizzy and quite dark
- I like the resonance behavior of the 008 more than of the 002
- in the first sound, the 002 was a bit louder, it was louder in 24 dB, but less loud in 4 dB, overall I had to set the volume of the 002 much less than in the 008. The 008 has an overall bigger headroom.

What I didn't figured out in this test:
- The 008 has 15 different very musical filter types. The behavior of the Drive Switch gives different characteristics to the different filter, so you have a gigantic sound palette only with the filters
- I prefer the drive in the 008
- The 002 shines with the digital waveforms for a complete different sound range

It was only a short test, I will compare more of the two hopefully soon in another video.
This video will not give any advice, which of the two are better. I think, both have their strengths and weaknesses. I always loved my 002. The 008 I have here since 3 days in my studio, but my first impression is, that it is a fantastic synth with a lot of character."

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