Mutable Instruments Released Plaits – Spiritual Successor Of The Braids Macro Oscillator

That was fast! Mutable Instruments just announced Plaits, the “spiritual” successor of the Braids macro oscillator for Eurorack. Plaits is the next generation macro oscillator and features a complete new hardware and software not included in the old Braids oscillator.

The code is written in floating-point DSP code and use band-limited synthesis to get better audio results. Also new are DC-coupled audio outputs that extend the range of the module to very low frequencies what the LFO could not reach.

Plaints Features 16 Deep Synthesis Models In One Single Module

8 synthesis models for pitched sounds

  • Two detuned virtual analog oscillators with continuously variable waveforms.
  • Variable slope triangle oscillator processed by a waveshaper and wavefolder.
  • 2-operator FM with continuously variable feedback path.
  • Two independently controllable formants modulated by a variable shape window (VOSIM, Pulsar, Grainlet, Casio CZ-style resonant filter…).
  • 24-harmonic additive oscillator.
  • Wavetable oscillator with four banks of 8×8 waves, with or without interpolation.
  • Chord generator, with divide down string/organ emulation or wavetables.
  • A collection of speech synthesis algorithms (formant filter, SAM, LPC), with phoneme control and formant shifting. Several banks of phonemes or segments of words are available.

8 synthesis models for noise and percussions

  • Granular sawtooth or sine oscillator, with variable grain density, duration and frequency randomization.
  • Clocked noise processed by a variable shape resonant filter.
  • 8 layers of dust/particle noise processed by resonators or all-pass filters.
  • Extended Karplus-Strong (aka Rings’ red mode), excited by bursts of white noise or dust noise.
  • Modal resonator (aka Rings’ green mode), excited by a mallet or dust noise.
  • Analog kick drum emulation (two flavors).
  • Analog snare drum emulation (two flavors).
  • Analog high-hat emulation (two flavors).

New Internal/External Modulations Options & Dual Output 

  • Dedicated CV input for synthesis model selection. No need to activate a mysterious META mode!
  • An internal decay envelope is normalled to the TIMBREFM and MORPH CV inputs: the amount of internal modulation is directly adjusted with the attenuverters.
  • The AUX output carries a variant, sidekick or by-product of the main signal.
  • Patch both OUT and AUX to Warps for weird hybridization experiments!
Internal low-pass gate (LPG)
  • Dedicated LEVEL CV input controlling the amplitude and brightness of the output signal.
  • The internal LPG can also be directly plucked by the trigger input.
  • Two parameters of the LPG can be adjusted: amount of low-pass filtering (VCFA to VCA), and response time of the virtual vactrol.

Specifications
  • All inputs: 100k impedance, DC to 2kHz.
  • FMMORPHTIMBRE input range: +/- 8V.
  • HARMO and MODEL input range: +/- 5V.
  • LEVEL and TRIG input range: 0 to +8V.
  • V/O input range: -3 to +7V.
  • 16-bit CV capture.
  • Audio output: 48kHz, 16-bit, DC-coupled.
  • Internal processing: 32-bit floating point.

Mutable Instruments Plaits will be available in the next week for 229€ /$259 USD.

More information here: Mutable Instruments Plaits 

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