As a multi-instrumentalist who enjoys looping, my dream setup includes a bunch of instruments (guitars, keys, percussion, etc…) connected to a mixer with a sub group/aux send where I can decide what instrument or loop can run to that sub/aux containing effects to manipulate my sound on the fly.
What my dream setup was always missing was a small footprint, high quality device to give me a plethora of audio effects and MIDI control. Something to replace my bulky stereo effects pedals, my non-stage friendly laptop, and also give me new possibilities to explore.
Well, the wait is over. The MOD Duo X has arrived and it is literally a dream come true. At about the size of large guitar stomp box (a bit larger than say the higher end Strymon box) an entire ecosystem of sound creation, manipulation and more is crammed in and easily accessible via two large, crisp displays and 10 user defined knobs. It also features “pagination” or banks so you can use those same 10 knobs for different sets of controls per page.
Check below for the quite impressive list of features this beast offers, but here are a few that tickle my fancy.
– Custom effects chains built from Mod’s giant collection of effects (including 3rd party developers).Virtual Instruments! Yep, your pedal is a synth too!
– Max device loading and Ableton Live Sync.
– USB host port (plug your favourite USB MIDI controller directly in, no computer necessary).
– Full MIDI capabilities (classic 5 Pin Din In and Out)
– Instant save and recall of presets so you can dial in
Completely independent audio I/O with volume control
Digitally-controlled multi-stage analog pre-amplification
Commutable analog control inputs – 2 x Control Voltage / Expression Pedal
Commutable outputs – 2 x Control Voltage / Headphone
Cirrus Logic low noise audio AD/DA converter
Headphone out with dedicated volume control and direct monitoring option
Powerful standalone NXP i.MX8M Quad core ARM Cortex-A53, 1.5GHz processor
MIDI In and Out + MIDI over USB
USB-host port for connecting peripherals and Bluetooth
Expanded connectivity using a USB hub
USB-device port for computer connection
Control Chain port for MOD peripherals like the MOD Footswitch & MOD Expression Pedal
CONTROL AND MONITORING
2 big multi-function 128×64 graphical displays (readable in sunlight and optimized for live use)
2 freely-assignable rotary encoders (control a virtually infinite amount of plugin parameters through push-button assignments)
8 freely-assignable potentiometers
4 freely-assignable push-buttons
Controller pagination system for multiple controlling scenarios
2 instant “snapshot” push-buttons for easy setting recall and alternation
4 LED audio meters
Access to, currently, over 500 additional free & commercial plugins in the MOD plugin shop
MIDI Sync (Ableton Link compatible)
Max compatible (any gen~ based Max tool will run on the Duo and Duo X)
Access to a Pedalboard Community (explore and/or share pedalboards with the click of a button)
Monolithic aluminium enclosure
Dimensions (W x H x D): 180mm x 60mm x 160mm
Weight: 1.2 kg
Price: $699 USD
Check out the video by Synth Anatomy: