The CRAFTsynth is a monophonic (kinda) wavetable synthesizer that has 8 oscillators and 2 selectable waveforms that can blend/mix amongst the 40+ unique waveforms. What does a wavetable synth do? Well, linked here is an excellent overview from our friends at Sweetwater. For a high-level view, the difference between analog and wavetable synthesizers is that analog synthesizers generate tones based on voltages. Wavetable synths have a table of waveforms (e.g. wavetable) that you can choose from (40 with the CRAFTsynth). With further ability to modulate, blend, and morph these waveforms, the end results are limitless.
One of the scariest parts of dipping your feet into the synthesizer landscape was that almost every demo on YouTube for every synthesizer period focused on how harsh they could make the synth sound. As a lofi producer, we want something that can sound soft, musical, and occasionally aggressive. Maybe our tone is harsh for the synth community in general, but this CRAFTsynth made us realize not all synthesizers follow this rule! Sure, the CRAFT can get aggressive, but with its filter and a couple knob tweaks, it gets very musical. You can see that in a lofi beat-making video here. With the spread feature (next) you can make very interesting soft pads!
While endless debates exist between digital and analog synthesizers, we’ll go out on a limb and say that for 95% of us if we can design the sound we’re looking for it doesn’t matter whether we made it with an analog or digital synth. The cool thing about the CRAFTsynth is that Modal Electronics speciality is designing digital synthesizers that are based on analog circuitary (“virtual analog” or “VA”). The sound this compact synth produces easily puts it in the discussion with synthesizers 3 times its price. What we enjoy most is how quick you turn a traditional sine wave to a fitting sound (pad, key, string, trumpet, etc..). Add in the versatile modulation matrix and you’re packing a HUGE punch with this little device.