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Tides 2018, from Mutable Instruments, is a complex signal generator that can be used in many different modes, from envelope to LFO to shapeable audio oscillator. A development in the lineage of looping function generators such as the classic Serge DUSG and Buchla 281, Tides brings its own strengths to the modular ecosystem.
At the core is a simple skewable function generator, capable of acting in AD or AR modes (great for sequencer or keyboard control), as well as looping LFO-style functionality. A following wavetable-based waveshaper section allows alteration of curve shape, and further shaping section offers wavefolder and filter-based introduction of gnarly kinks or gentle smoothing, respectively. Throw it into audio range and the result is an oscillator offering a bounty of peculiar waveshapes.
The 2018 version of Tides offers four distinct outputs with different output modes, allowing each to produce a different waveshape, different amplitude, different timing, or different frequency. For everything from quadrature performance to chord generation and beyond, the Tides 2018 takes all the tricks of its predecessor and expands on them, making it a powerful central source of control, modulation, or sound.