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Mutable Instruments Blinds Quad VC Polarizer & Mixer
Cat: 616167 Rel: 09 Jun 16
 
4 channel coltage controller signal polarizer synth module - 12HP wide
Notes: Blinds is a 4-channel voltage-controlled signal polarizer. Each channel consists of a polarizer circuit, also known as a four-quadrant multiplier. This circuit acts like a VCA, except that a negative control voltage will cause the output signal to be inverted, instead of being silenced. Blinds' outputs are daisy-chained, allowing adjacent groups of 2, 3, or all 4 channels, to be mixed together.

One can think of Blinds' as a voltage-controlled version of Shades, the control center for all the modulation CVs used in a patch. Many other uses are possible, though. For example, each individual channel can be used to scale/offset a CV; and with audio rate modulation signals, each channel acts like a ring-modulator, with massive potential for drones and feedback patches.
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Mutable Instruments Branches Dual Bernoulli Gate Eurorack Module
Cat: 569587 Rel: 10 Apr 15
 
Dual Bernoulli gate synth module, 6HP size
Notes: A Bernoulli gate takes a logic signal (trigger or gate) as an input, and routes it to either of its two outputs according to a random coin toss. The knob controls how fair the coin toss is - with the knob in minimal position, the first output always win, with the knob in maximal position the second output always wins - with random fun in-between. And obviously, this bias is CV-controllable!

Branches packs two such gates in a small 6-HP panel. Get a sequencer to randomly skip steps, randomize drum patterns, dispatch events from a sequence to two subpatches, or patch a monster modular Pachinko machine...

Input specifications: 100k impedance, 0.6V threshold.
Output specifications: 5V HIGH level.
Response time: 15us.
6-HP.
Current consumption: +12V: 10mA, -12V: 1mA.
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Mutable Instruments Ears Contact Microphone Module
Cat: 687873 Rel: 01 May 18
 
Unique contact microphone & amplifier, based on Tom Whitwell's open-source module - 4HP
Notes: Ears is Mutable Instruments' take on Tom Whitwell's open-source Mikrophonie module - a contact microphone and amplifier.

A large palette of organic, physical sounds can be generated by scratching, tapping, and more generally collecting any kind of acoustic waves surrounding your modular case - even speaker feedback.

With its built-in envelope follower and gate detector, it can also be the gateway between external audio sources and your modular system.

Ears for your modular:

- Built-in contact microphone soldered right under the front panel, turning the panel and your entire case into a microphone.

- Increasingly spaced ridges on the panel, generating sonically interesting pulses or impulse combs when rubbed. Strike, pick or scratch digital resonators like Rings, Elements or the 4ms SMR.

- High-quality amplification stage suitable for external contact microphones, electro-acoustic instruments like guitars, or plain line-level signals.
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Mutable Instruments Elements Modal Synthesizer Eurorack Module
Cat: 569524 Rel: 30 Jun 15
 
Modal synthesis voice module comprising a noisy and impulsive excitation signal generator, and 64-partial modal resonator
Notes: Elements is a full-blown synthesis voice based on modal synthesis - an under-appreciated flavour of physical modelling synthesis with a strange and abstract feel.

Elements combines an exciter synthesis section generating raw, noisy sounds characteristic of bowing (filtered friction noise), blowing (pitch-controlled granular noise), or striking (stick, mallet, hammer or brush sample playback... or bursts of synthetic impulsions). These sources, or external audio signals, are processed by a modal filter bank - an ensemble of 64 tuned band-pass filters simulating the response of various resonant structures (plates, strings, tubes...) with adjustable brightness and damping. A stereo ambience reverberator adds depth and presence to the sound.

All parameters have a very meaningful and well-delimited impact on the sound. When designing Elements, great care has been taken in selecting parameter ranges and control curves, producing a large palette of sounds - often beyond physical realism - but always well controlled and stable. The "dark spots" of noise and feedback are reached gradually, and they do still react to controls. The module is deliberately menu- and switch-free - what you dial/patch is what you hear!

*For audio demos, please visit - http://mutable-instruments.net/modules/elements/demos
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Mutable Instruments Frames Mixer Keyframer Eurorack Module
Cat: 569552 Rel: 10 Apr 15
 
Mixer/keyframer synth module, 18HP size
Notes: The heart of Frames is a 4-channel analog VCA under tight digital control. Through flexible input/output mixing and normalling options, it can be patched to serve the following purposes (among others):

- 4-channel attenuator/VCA.
- 4-channel mixer.
- 4-channel programmable CV source.
- Quadraphonic signal dispatcher.

But what makes Frames truly unique is the way in which channel/CV levels can be controlled, using a technique inspired by computer animation. Frames allows up to 64 configurations of the 4 level knobs to be stored and recalled throughout the course of its big Frame knob. By rotating the knob (or sending a CV to the Frame modulation input and adjusting its amount with the attenuverter), the configurations are morphed into one another.

To fine-tune the animation and get varied morphing or sequencing results, the following options are available for each of the 4 channel:

- Easing curve (stepped, linear, exponential, logarithmic, sine, bouncy)
- Attenuation response of the level knob, from linear to logarithmic

With a bit of patching and imagination, Frames can also be repurposed as a 4-channel sequencer, a multi-stage envelope generator or a trajectory generator for quadraphonic panning...

Mutable Instruments modules are packed with features and Frames is no exception: Frames can switch easily to an entirely different mode of operation in which it becomes a wavetable quadrature LFO.
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Mutable Instruments Kinks Utility Module
Cat: 606495 Rel: 24 Mar 16
 
utility synth module with three analog functions for altering the shape of audio or control signals - 4HP wide
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Mutable Instruments Links Multiples & Mixing Utilities Eurorack Module
Cat: 569591 Rel: 10 Apr 15
 
Multiples and mixing utilities synth module, 4HP size
Notes: Links provides 3 utility functions focused on signal distribution and mixing.

1:3 is a 3-output buffered multiple, with an offset error < 0.1%. It is useful for distributing the voltage from a CV output with a large protection resistor to several modules - particularly VCOs.

2:2 is a 2-input summer with unity gains. The sum of the two input channels is distributed to 2 outputs.

3:1 is a 3-input mixer with a gain of 1/3 for each channel (averager). It is particularly suitable for rapidly mixing audio sources such as oscillators, for which a unity gain mixer would have caused clipping.

A 2-color output monitoring LED is available for each of these functions.
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Mutable Instruments Marbles Random Sampler Module
Cat: 685134 Rel: 24 Jul 18
 
Random gate/voltage generator - 18HP
Notes: You can always rely on Mutable Instruments. The Marbles module is another hit - not a sampler in the MPC sense, but a random gate and voltage generator. Sample-and-hold on acid.

Supplier's notes:
Marbles is a source of random gates and voltages, which offers an extensive amount of (voltage) control on all the different flavours of randomness it produces.

The module gives the musician many different ways of imposing structure on the random events generated by the module: synchronization to external clocks, control of the repetition or novelty of the generated material, quantization of the voltages, or randomization of gates or voltages generated by traditional sequencers.

T: The random gate generator

Marbles either follows its own internal clock, or locks onto an adjustable multiplication/division of an external clock (or regular rhythmic pattern). This regular clock is perturbed by a process simulating an musician playing along a click and trying to catch up on their errors - from perfect accuracy to complete chaos.

From this imperfect master clock, a 2-channel random rhythm is generated, using one of the following processes: random coin toss (similar to Branches), random ratcheting, or random drum pattern generation (similar to a randomly modulated Grids).

X: The random voltage generator

This generator produces 3 channels of random voltages, each of them clocked by the individual outputs of the t section, or by a common external clock signal.

Complete control on the distribution of the output voltages is provided: concentrated or spread-out, quantized or unquantized, smoothed or steppy, centred or biased towards a specific voltage. The same transformations can be performed on an external CV, for sample-and-hold or shift-register operation.

An auxiliary slowly fluctuating random voltage output (Y) is also available for self-patching fun!

A feeling of deja-vu:

Marbles remembers the history of every recent clock deviation, rhythm or voltage it has generated. The DEJA VU knob on the panel controls the probability of reusing past material instead of sampling fresh random data.

You are thus given control on the feeling of repetition and structure in the generated random voltages and rhythms. At the extreme, the module no longer generates any novel values and loops over the same pattern (or a random permutation of it). And of course, this (variably) random looping can be performed on external CVs!
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Mutable Instruments Plaits Macro Oscillator Module
Cat: 681306 Rel: 24 Jul 18
 
Multi-algorithm macro oscillator - 12HP
Notes: Rightly considered a Eurorack classic, Plaits is the successor to the much-loved Braids oscillator. Huge range of modes offering everything from speech synthesis to analogue drums. Superb.

Supplier's notes:
Plaits is the spiritual successor of Mutable Instruments' best-selling voltage-controlled sound source, Braids. Not just an MKII version: its hardware and software have been redesigned from scratch.

Just like its predecessor, it offers direct access to a large palette of easily tweakable raw sonic material, covering the whole gamut of synthesis techniques.

Simplicity first:

Gone are the screen, menu system, hidden settings, and the long list of somewhat redundant synthesis models.

Thanks to additional CV inputs, and to the use of three timbre-shaping parameters per model, Plaits is straightforward to use, and much closer to the ideal of one synthesis technique = one model. What were fragmented islands of sound in Braids are now part of a continuum of sounds.

Ready for percussion:

Patch a trigger generator or sequencer into Plaits' trigger input and instantly use the module as a percussive source thanks to its built-in virtual low-pass gate (LPG).

An internal D (decay) envelope generator is normalled to all unpatched CV inputs. Just turn the corresponding attenuverter to add pitch, timbre or morphing modulation. And if plucks and snappy hits are not your thing, patch your own envelope or CV source into the LPG CV input.
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Mutable Instruments Rings Resonator Eurorack Module
Cat: 596644 Rel: 18 Dec 15
 
Physical modelling synthesis Eurorack synth module - 14HP wide
Notes: Rings brings physical modelling synthesis to your Eurorack system, from a more modular angle than Braids' models or Elements. Instead of trying to be a complete instrument, Rings focuses on the key ingredient, the resonator, ready to be excited by envelope clicks, trigger pulses, granular noise or any other audio source produced by the rest of your system.

Three families of vibrating structures are simulated by the module, with CV control over their parameters:

- Strings, membranes and tubes as modelled by Elements' resonator section (modal synthesis).
- Strings coupled together and vibrating in sympathy, with controllable intervals between them.
- Strings with a variable amount of inharmonicity.

Rings can be configured so that each new note is played on its own virtual string, while the previously played note(s) still decay(s). This unique take on polyphony allows the module to play strummed chords.

*For audio demo, please visit - http://mutable-instruments.net/modules/rings
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Mutable Instruments Ripples Liquid Filter Module (2020)
Mutable Instruments Ripples Liquid Filter Module (2020) (filter/oscillator/VCA synth module)
Cat: 794968 Rel: 14 Oct 20
 
Multimode filter module
Notes: It filters. Ripples is a classic, big-sounding analog four-pole filter in a small 8-HP package. Over the years it has earned its reputation as a no-fuss, elegant choice.

Ripples has two input paths: one with a drive control, allowing the signal to be distorted (or providing enough gain for the processing of line-level signals), and the other totally transparent, preserving the clean-sounding character of the original version of the module.

Three filter modes are available: high-pass, band-pass, and low-pass. The slope (2 or 4 poles) of the band-pass and low-pass outputs is switchable.

Self-oscillation is available for all modes and produces a clean sine-wave on the low-pass output. Unlike many classic 4-pole designs, this filter does not suffer from "loudness drop" when resonance is increased. The resonance loudness compensation circuit brings a slight tone coloration reminiscent of Japanese classics from the 80s, with a very round and liquid resonance.
The low-pass output goes through an internal VCA. This makes Ripples a good final stage module for an inexpensive, or space-constrained, subtractive synthesis synth voice.

A multimode filter
High-pass, band-pass, and low-pass outputs.
Switchable slope control for the band-pass and low-pass outputs. The slope of the high-pass output varies with resonance.
The low-pass output goes through an internal VCA - the perfect "end of subtractive chain" output!

All the CV inputs you need
Un-attenuated frequency CV, calibrated for 1V/Oct tracking of the self-oscillation tone over 4 octaves.
Frequency CV with attenuverter.
Resonance CV. Self oscillation starts at 4V. Control voltages above 5V are non-linearly compressed, for fine control of resonance overdrive.
VCA level for the low-pass output.

8HP
25mm
+12V:35mA
-12V:35mA

Specifications:

Cutoff knob range: 20Hz to 20kHz.

Fully analog, based on the V2164 low noise/distortion quad VCA chip, and LM13700 OTA for that extra bit of non-linearity.

Frequency CV inputs impedance: 100k.

Audio input impedance: 100k.

Resonance input impedance: 22k.

VCA level input impedance: 39k.

All CV inputs handle audio-rate modulations.
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Mutable Instruments Shades Attenuator Offset Mixer Module (2020)
Cat: 794969 Rel: 14 Oct 20
 
Attenuator/offset/mixer synth module
Notes: 2020 update of this versatile three-channel mixer/attenuverter. Versatile and effective, updated with a fresh look to match Mutable's other modules.

Supplier's Notes:
The mixer/attenuverter that does not get in the way.

Shades provides 3 channels of audio/CV processing which can be configured either as active attenuators or as attenuverters.

Unconnected inputs are normalized to an internal precision voltage reference, which can produce either a +5V or +10V constant voltage.

Shades' outputs are daisy-chained, allowing adjacent groups of 2 or 3 channels to be mixed together.

This 2020 revision matches the design language used in the most popular and recent Mutable Instruments modules like Marbles, Plaits or Rings.

Useful in every patch.

Mix audio sources or CVs.

Add offsets to CVs, or change their polarity.

A companion for other modules.

Transpose the output of a sequencer without compromising V/O tracking.

Attenuate/invert CVs sent to modules which do not have attenuverters on their CV inputs.

Control with a knob parameters of other modules that are only accessible through CV inputs (like Just Friends' RUN or the Dixie's PW).

6HP
25mm
+12V:15mA
-12V:15mA

Specifications:

Input impedance: 100k.

All inputs DC-coupled.

Low-distortion audio op-amps and thin film 0.1% resistors improve transparency in audio mixing applications, and allow exact unitary gains for precision summing of pitch CV signals.

Stable and precise voltage reference, independent of power supply fluctuations.
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Mutable Instruments Shelves EQ Filter Eurorack Module
Cat: 569577 Rel: 30 Jun 15
 
Voltage controlled EQ module with sweepable low-shelf, high-shelf, and two parametric sections - 16HP size
Notes: Shelves brings to Eurorack modular systems something we are all very familiar with: the 4-band parametric EQ typically found in console channel strips. But this time, there's CV control! The first band is a low-pass shelving filter, the fourth band a high-pass shelving filter, and band #2 and #3 have full-blown parametric controls with bandwidth (Q) adjustment. All analog.

Shelves will provide a subtler spectral shaping & coloring than standard multimode filters. It is particularly useful in the feedback loop of effects or more generally in feedback patches in which the slightest tonal change has drastic consequences. Or as a novel way of shaping sounds obtained by west-coast techniques. Or as a formant-ish filter. Or to emulate the body of instruments in the context of physical modelling patches...

Unlike console EQs, each band is not restricted to a narrow range of frequencies: it can be swept across the entire audio range, from 20 Hz to 20kHz - with unexpected phase cancellations or reinforcements when corrections compete in the same frequency range. All parameters have direct CV control. Global frequency and cut/boost CV inputs allow simultaneous CV control of all channels.

Expander:
Shelves' two parametric sections are, behind the scenes, full-blown 12-dB multimode filters. The expander panel gives you access to their low-pass, band-pass, and high-pass outputs.
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