Mutable Instruments Braids
Braids, from Mutable Instruments, is a synthesis history book in module form. It provides synthesis models of all the most famous and respected synthesizers throughout synthesis history, from Analog models, to rich FM and wacky wavetables and drum sounds. Each synthesis technique is chosen with the encoder knob, which can easily shift from style to style. The Timbre and Color knobs provide variations to the tone of each synthesis model. Most often, Color is a type of filter, while Timbre effects the waveshape style.
Within each synthesis model, there are a whole bank of parameters that can be adjusted using the encoder knob, including Bit-Depth, Sample Rate, a built in VCA and envelope combo, Quantization, Octave switching, as well as a few other more specific parameters
Braids is much more than just a sound source and boasts an incredible selection of over 40 synthesis models. For an in-depth look at what Braids is capable of, check out the Braids Illustrated Guide created by Bob Borries, or the official Mutable Braids Manual.
- Eurorack Module
- 16-HP Width
- 5V voltage source needed (for example Mutable Instruments Volts)
- All inputs: 100k impedance, DC to 4kHz
- 12-bit CV capture
- 96kHz, 16-bit audio processing (some algorithms 2x or 4x oversampled)
- Cortex-M3 ARM processor
- Open-source hardware and firmware
- Easy firmware updates through an audio interface
- +12V: 15mA current draw
- -12V: 15mA current draw
- +5V: 85mA current draw
A cornerstone of countless racks, Braids offers a glance into many forms of synthesis both common and obscure. Its sheer versatility and ease of use have made it a go-to module for beginners and experts alike. We will always remember its Meta mode wavetable-like sweeps, its built-in pseudo-envelope / VCA, and its four-digit LCD readout : CSAW, PLUK, TOY*, VOWL, and beyond.
A first companion for our Moog Mother 32's, destination for our Make Noise Maths, and core of so many colorful patches—Braids may be discontinued, but it is not forgotten. Bon voyage, Braids! We're excited to see what Mutable Instruments has planned next.