Stimming reviews Modal Electronics' SKULPT and CRAFT 2.0 Synth (Electronic Beats TV)

Stimming reviews Modal Electronics' SKULPT and CRAFT 2.0 Synth (Electronic Beats TV)

Martin Stimming, Telekom Electronic Beats TV’s resident studio wizard, tests out the Modal Electronics Skulpt and Craft 2.0 Synthesizer. The Skulpt is a four-voice, virtual analogue synthesizer with 32 oscillators. And the Craft is a monophonic wavetable synth with 8 oscillators and 2 selectable waveforms. Stimming runs through their possibilities in this review here on Telekom Electronic Beats TV.

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  1. Pablo Malatesta on October 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Hope you some day maka a review like this to the Akai Force. Lot of Users like me feel unsatisfied due to too many lacks, limitations and things not ended. Watch my latest (and only) review about this. Surely you can do It much much better, and be heard by the manufacturer. Thanks

  2. kubol 26 I on October 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Well done Martin! Thanks!

  3. Palindrome AU on October 25, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    You really should of used your pad Stylus…

  4. Elektronix 001 on October 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Just got the Craft 2.0… and WOW! Directly ordered the SKULPT, yes it feels "cheap", but what a sound! One of the few synths that impressed me directly after hearing some presets.

  5. Adam Werderits on October 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Tried it myself too. The plastic is really cheap and way too light. It flies around the table when using. Connecting an Ipad cuts the whole sense of it of having a standalone synth. There are tons of apps that would sound close to this around 10 euros so the build of the synth would make the most difference…

  6. Mad Mohawk Films on October 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you for being the ONLY channel I’ve seen to point out this touch issue on the Skulpt, while Skulpt sounds great the touch thing would be a deal breaker for me.

    Does using it in the top cover mitigate this issue at all? Thanks

  7. SB-SIX on October 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I have to say the skulpt is incredible for live jams/permormances. Used it yesterday live at a festival along other gear and it stood its ground nicely. It was playable, sounds absolutely great and fun to use the knobs to morph the sounds. Something like a microfreak would not fit in my bag. Yes sometimes you turn a knob and forgot that you had shift pressed but it also leads to happy accidents. What bothers me a bit is that the volumes can be all over the place. Switching from mono to poly drops in volume alot for instance.

  8. Sacred Sound11 on October 25, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    The satifaction I get from watching Stimming play with knobs and buttons never homo

  9. Toby B on October 25, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    There seems to be a weird distribution of products … I have Skulpt and Craft made of high quality plastic and glass and super-smooth and precise encoders with not a hint of wobble. It works very nicely on my table or lap … I have never played a synth like a game controller … and the Skulpt plays very useful arpeggios and (in chord mode) sequences … but like all small boxes it’s nice with a larger controller (Linnstrument) or portably a QuNexus or Keystep. I find it’s layout extremely practical … LFO 1 and 2 adjacent and between (but below) is their mixer for instance. But hey, I skimmed the manual, read the labels next to the encoders and vaguely remembered a few things… so perhaps I am at an unfair advantage?
    I am hugely impressed by both of these little boxes (and I have a fair old collection of those to make comparisons from). Fantastic sounds from the presets, and enormous potential for more designs.
    This review has been enormously helpful to me, since it’s about stuff I know a bit about … I have learned that I shan’t take much interest in, or place any value his views on things I don’t know about.

  10. uwe george giegler on October 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    had my handy on recently, small sized instruments you can get out great sounds for its price! have more the feel some user lost their patience to create cool music and exspect everything for paying nothing 😉 nice pocket line, also the new argon synth is awsome.

  11. Gator Goforth on October 25, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    The Skulpt might be confusing for you, but I can make patches very quickly and intuitively. Shift functions are not difficult. The thing I dislike the most is the power switch turns on in my backpack. I put a piece of clear tape on the power switch to keep it in off position while in transport.

  12. THE WIDE EYE on October 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Your reviews are very good. Honest and detailed to a healthy degree. Thanks for good work!

  13. slowADSR on October 25, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Expensivce toy

  14. Theo Void on October 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    If you have to use a tablet (software) to edit the hardware synth then it completely defeats the purpose of having hardware IMHO. Just make it an app. Great review from Stimming as always.

  15. Dave Telekom on October 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I prefer the classic midi output, to connect with every synth I want

  16. CriMinimal J on October 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    🖤love it.

  17. AKAI MPC WORKSHOP on October 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Fine plastic for price. And awesome sound.

  18. olivier marmotte on October 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Dommage que vous ne fassiez pas de présentation en français. Vos critiques semblent très intéressanteS

  19. Adam Baldwin on October 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Best review of these two synths that I have seen yet. The "keyboard" really seems to be a detriment on these. I get it, it’s for triggering notes during portable use, and normally I like that, but with those issues I can’t really see myself attempting to use it portably all that often. The sounds are massive though and still compel me to look into them. I’m very glad you compared both of them as I was under the impression that they were basically the same but with one voice versus four. Given the massive stacking possibilities I think the Craft 2.0 is probably worth buying based on its price alone. Paired with a good delay and/or reverb it probably sounds even more awesome.

  20. fivebythree on October 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I was hoping for stimming to just wipe the desk off with one fell swoop and place a microFreak down instead. Nice sounds, dumb setup. The little monophonic one is arguably better based on price alone.

  21. Kurt von Knoppers on October 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    wobbly shwobbly. Gutes Review.

  22. vollnico1 on October 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Könnt ihr was zur roland MC 707 zeigen???

  23. Mike Vande Bunt on October 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I agree with "not at all intuitive" for the layout (I have the Craft Synth), but it is possible to get used to it. EXCEPT that you need to be able to see those lines on the face plate, so not so good in a poorly lighted area. The app does help with both the layout and seeing the knobs in the dark. I love the small size and the battery operation. The sounds are amazing and fun.

  24. Jacob Siener on October 25, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Modal makes a budget synth and it’s a flop. Makes me think of the 001r or whatever that was $2k and bug ridden garbage. At least this is affordable garbage.

  25. Big Bad Wolf on October 25, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    On par with the reface cs for warm, organic, and smooth. The ergonomics and build quality could be better but at least you can save patches and it has a sequencer.

  26. marcelfrehse on October 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    to make it clear "its a bad layout" … THANK YOU! 😀 i would like to add: it is really ugly and confusing.

  27. stillphil on October 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    24:40 the sarcasm ! That was Great

  28. Michael Hellqvist on October 25, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I would love to see Stimming do a review of the OP-Z

  29. Der Schall & Klang on October 25, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Wer megaaaa cool wenn Stimming was zum neuen Modal Argon 8 machen würde ;)))))))

  30. Big Bad Wolf on October 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    The other nice thing about these synths and the microfreak is that the midi outs can be configured as a soft midi thru. This works fantastically if I am using my keystep to trigger the notes for multiple synths. It’s also great for using the keystep with a midi splitter and novation circuit or korg electribe.

  31. Papa Düm Tek on October 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Simmer down now! lol ya this Craft 2 is really good as bass, not to mention making percussion sounds.

  32. Daniel Guerin on October 25, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Your reviews are great man. I love that you really pick out all the things that are annoying/will be annoying after some time 🙂

  33. larsaskogstad on October 25, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    please , use it ones

  34. sweepstakes on October 25, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    You’re hilarious. Thanks for this review.

  35. mech808 on October 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm


  36. Papa Düm Tek on October 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Ermmmm…Why would you want to touch the little Craft 2.0 on the bottom anyway? You cheeky devil. hehe I never had a problem with this when leaving it in place, and as someone else said , i use an external keyboard mostly. Only thing i really use the keys for is auditioning sounds when tweaking buttons. Nonetheless I dont think firmware would help this anyway as it is an issue with the sensor being too close to the indented bit on the back side. Stuff some foam in there or cover it with some tape maybe if it is a problem. You can clearly see the sensor in them there little holes. No touchy little bottom holes…mmmkay? PS…knobs are endless digital rotary encoders…not traditional pots….THEY ARE FINE!

  37. conaro on October 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    so herrlich es ist ehrliche reviews zu sehen über diese kleinen plastik spielzeug kistchen die ihr ihm da in letzter zeit so zum testen gegeben habt …. tut er einem doch fast schon ein wenig leid xD baut denn kein hersteller mehr instrumente in voller größe?

  38. KILL ALL ARTISTS on October 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm


  39. LeeTronix on October 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Modal game changer NOT…looks like spaghetti fingers when using this thing…oh dear another toy. No doubt it will go with the ‘modal’ bag for carrying it to that next special toy gig…hahaha next…

  40. Derek Jones on October 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Good honest review

  41. Harry Imster on October 25, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    @3:43 ROFL !!!!!

  42. stillphil on October 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    16:53 2019 has proven a good year for "cheap but expensive sounding synths"

  43. Raeven Brough on October 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Most honest review hahaha

  44. Pablo Malatesta on October 25, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Great job!. Keep on doing this sincere reviews, please. Thanks

  45. Raul Bernardo on October 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Sounds enormus!

  46. Frank Schneider on October 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    What are you doing? Use the synth, not a tablet and external keys! Otherwise You can use a plugin.

  47. testostetron on October 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Most people prefer a real 5-pin MIDI port versus mini jack I’m glad they put a full jack on there

  48. Benjamin Scott on October 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Great review. Thank you!

  49. Curtis Forrest on October 25, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Stimming is becoming the most honest artist gear reviewer. I love his takes on the past few products. Great job man! hold these companies to the fire.

  50. carlos serrano on October 25, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    I’m surprised that you’r surprised that it works best in windows, Mac is not audio friendly, and is crap.

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