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Mutable Instruments Braids

Astonishingly Sophisticated Sound-Generation

Braids, by French Eurorack pioneers Mutable Instruments, is not an oscillator.

It sort of looks like one, with fine and coarse pitch/frequency controls, a v/oct input, and voltage-controllable tone/timbre controls.

It even sort of sounds like one, in as far as it outputs audio.

Mutable Instruments call it a macro oscillator, but even that is an understatement. It’s a hugely sophisticated digital synthesis engine, able to produce and manipulate complex sounds – classic waves from vintage synths, bells, resonant filters, plucked and bowed strings, vocals and vowel/formant sounds, wind instruments, percussion, noise, granular clouds and more – by means of 45 or so fully-realized algorithms, featuring multiple oscillators, wavetables, filters, VCAs, ring modulators, and so on under the hood.

Each mode is a different algorithm, and produces a different variety of sounds as you turn the two tone controls, Timbre and Colour. These controls are pre-programmed to do different things per algorithm, often adjusting multiple parameters in the set-up at once to tour the sweet spots. And of course they can be CV controlled.

It’s so versatile and I just have to browse different settings in order to come up with something completely different. I use it for everything. Noisy flutes, lush chords, annoying percussion, and even some weird acid lines. If I could only use one oscillator while recording my next 12'', this would be it. Actually, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Stay tuned!

Andreas Tilliander, Producer, DJ, remixer and artist.

Using the trigger input and built-in AD envelope, each algorithm can even become a self-contained synth voice. No other modules required. But bring other modules in and you can make pretty much any instrument you could imagine.

In a sense, Braids can be looked at as both an encyclopedia of classic synthesis techniques, and a tool to bring them into the present-day, with tremendous sound-quality and ease-of-use to match.

Most people probably consider me an analog kind of person and I guess I think of myself that way too. Every time I use Braids though, be it in Eurorack format or Softube Modular, I end up with the biggest smile.

Andreas Tilliander, Producer, DJ, remixer and artist.

It is also shockingly, spectacularly rich, varied, and complicated, with each mode being an instrument unto itself.
So read the Softube Plug-ins Manual
…or Mutable Instruments’ own information on the hardware here – mutable-instruments.net​/modules​/braids
…or check out Bob Borries’ excellent unofficial diagrammatic manual here – www.vo1t.com​/Euro​/BraidsIllustrated1.8.pdf
…or watch this comprehensive video runthrough from Future Music – youtu.be​/QgeCO1DD2wA

If a module could be called essential it’s this one. Braids offers up so much in a tiny package, with some many shapes and possibilities. A beautiful edition to the suite of Softube modules, that can as complex or as simple as you wish. It’s a versatile beauty!

Robin Rimbaud a k a Scanner , Producer, DJ, remixer and artist.

In short

  • Macro oscillator featuring 40+ fully-realized digital synthesis algorithms
  • Produce millions of different sounds easily – classic waves and telecoms babble, bells and whistles, percussion and ambience
  • Just two controls morph through the sweet spots of each algorithm
  • Great for triggered percussion
  • Awesome for crazy complex waveform synthesis
  • Phenomenal for glitchy out-of-control modulated sounds
  • Incredibly deep, but easy to use
  • It’s like a library of the greatest synth sounds of all time
  • Requires Modular

Mutable Instruments Braids for Modular Sound Examples

An assortment of sounds made with Mutable Instruments Braids for Modular

Mutable Instruments Braids for Modular Sound ExamplesAn assortment of sounds made with Mutable Instruments Braids for Modular
Mutable Instruments Braids Walkthrough video
Mutable Instruments Braids Introduction video
Click to show Andreas Tilliander (photo: Daniel Karlsson)

It’s so versatile and I just have to browse different settings in order to come up with something completely different. I use it for everything. Noisy flutes, lush chords, annoying percussion, and even some weird acid lines. If I could only use one oscillator while recording my next 12'', this would be it. Actually, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Stay tuned!

Andreas Tilliander, Producer, DJ, remixer and artist.

Click to show Andreas Tilliander (photo: Daniel Karlsson)

Most people probably consider me an analog kind of person and I guess I think of myself that way too. Every time I use Braids though, be it in Eurorack format or Softube Modular, I end up with the biggest smile.

Andreas Tilliander, Producer, DJ, remixer and artist.

Click to show Robin Rimbaud a k a Scanner

If a module could be called essential it’s this one. Braids offers up so much in a tiny package, with some many shapes and possibilities. A beautiful edition to the suite of Softube modules, that can as complex or as simple as you wish. It’s a versatile beauty!

Robin Rimbaud a k a Scanner , Producer, DJ, remixer and artist.

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