- A careful emulation of an effects hardware unit that had an enormous impact on 90s music
- A versatile stereo analog filter and envelope follower
- Creates awesome filter sweep effects on any sound source
The original Mutronics Mutator, a super sweet stereo analog filter and envelope follower created in the 90s, was an instant success and quickly became a recognizable feature of the 90s sound. Softube has partnered with Mutronics to bring the Mutator back in plug-in form with the same incredible sound quality as the original hardware plus all the benefits of a modern plug-in.
The Mutator contains two independent voltage-controlled filters (VCFs) similar to those found in analog synthesizers. It works great with any sound source that’s fed into the unit, including guitar, vocals, keyboard, and drums. Use it to give a vintage analog sound to an instrument, create filter sweep effects, mix the original sound source with the mutated sound, and more.
"The Mutronics Mutator plug-in is a surprisingly versatile tool. I can create subtle tremolo effects on pads and synths or completely change the sound of drum loops by using the amazing sounding filters and LFOs on the Mutator. Very cool plugin for adding movement in a mix!"Legendary Mixer for Jay-Z, Beyoncé, James Brown, Jennifer Lopez, etc.
A Classic Effects Unit, Updated
Softube carefully replicated the features and details of the original hardware version of the Mutator, which created enough source-deforming effects to make an android paranoid, in close collaboration with Mutronics. Designed to give you the same sound quality and features of the hardware, plus a few modern additions that make it even more useful.
A Versatile Creative Tool
Mutronics Mutator works with any sound source-electric guitar, drum loops, bass guitar, electric piano, synth with sidechain compression, vocals, etc.-to create filter sweep effects that you can control by the sound source's amplitude, from the low-frequency oscillations (LFOs), or from an external sound source.
Add Movement in a Mix
Use the amplitude of your audio signal to directly control the opening and closing filter for living auto-wah effects where the louder parts of the sound source move the cut-off frequency of the filter upwards. Animate the filter with LFOs on each channel for slowly evolving effects or tempo-synced tremolos.
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"Truly wicked! I was amazed to find that not only had Softube managed to capture the musical mangling abilities of the hardware but they also opened the doors to even more sonic destruction possibilities with the addition of host-based tempo sync, automation and mix knob capabilities."Studio and live engineer for Garbage, also worked with Foster the People, Muse, Beck and Offspring
A Highly Regarded but Short-Lived Analog Filter
Mutronics Mutator, based on technology developed for analog synthesis in the 60s, was the go-to stereo analog filter and envelope follower for many of the bands and musicians who shaped the 90s sound, including Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Garbage, Beck, REM, Massive Attack, and Nine Inch Nails. Unfortunately, the Mutator abruptly disappeared from the market when a key component that gave it its unique sound was discontinuedand the designers couldn’t find a suitable alternative. After that, people could only find the Mutator on auction sites, often at highly inflated prices. But finally, a worthy alternative is here.
The Mutator Makes a Comeback
Softube worked in close collaboration with Mutronics to create a plug-in version that replicates the features and design of the original hardware. The Softube Mutronics Mutator is officially licensed and endorsed by its original designers at Mutronics. It sounds just as good as the original hardware while offering all the benefits of a modern plug-in.
What the Mutator Can Do for Your Mixes
The Mutator contains two independent voltage-controlled filters (VCFs) similar to those in analog synthesizers that can create synth-like filter sweeps on any external sound source. The filter can be controlled from the envelope follower, which sweeps the filter in proportion to the amplitude of the sound source.
The envelope follower can be switched to track either the envelope of the sound that is being treated by the filter, or that of an independent external control signal that can be any audio source, such as a drum sound, a guitar, a synth, a sampler output, or a microphone. Alternatively, the filter can be controlled by the on-board LFOs, which have four different waveforms to create filter sweeps in or out of time with the music.
Even more options with the plug-in version
Softube made a few modern additions to the Mutator’s features to make the plug-in even more useful than the analog hardware. Digital love, one more time, but better. The knobs on the lowest row are new additions. These include tempo synching to the digital audio workstation (DAW) host, automation, and a mix button that allows you to blend in the original sound source with the mutated sound and adjust the mix ratio.
"I once needed a little character on some bass and tried the Mutronics Mutator out. Pretty much haven't stopped using it since then! It's so creative and gives you the right amount of movement and 'specialness' when you need it the most!"Grammy Award winning Engineer/Producer for Rihanna, Sia, David Guetta
- Created in collaboration with Mutronics
- Create a classic 90s sound
- Every component carefully modeled after the original hardware
- Amazing filter effects
- Give a vintage analog sound to guitar, keyboard, drums, or vocals
- Superimpose the envelope characteristics of one sound onto the filtering contour of another
- Gate a sound from an external control source like hi-hats or a drum loop
- Use the external sidechain input to have an external sound source control the filter movements
- Use the Mutator as a stereo panning filter-as the filter cut-off frequency of one channel rises that of the other channel falls and he sound pans from side to side in a frequency-dependent way
- New features included in the plug-in version are host-based tempo sync, automation, and mix knob capabilities
All Softube products require a computer with appropriate DAW host software (none of which are included).
Versions from 2.5.38 and newer of the Softube plug-ins have the following minimum requirements:
All native versions
- Mac OS X 10.13 up to 12
- Windows 10 and 11 64-bit
- Mac: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / Full Apple silicon support (M1 or higher)
- Windows: Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7 / Xeon / AMD Quad-Core or newer
- Screen resolution larger than 1280x800
- 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space)
- Softube account
- iLok account
- Internet access for downloading installers and managing licenses
- iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok key for authorizing your plug-ins (note that a physical iLok USB key is not a requirement)
In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work. However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs - and our own rigorous testing standards - we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, Reaper, and Cakewalk. Softube plugins are not tested in non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.
Note: We have checked the basic functionality of our plug-ins, and Softube Central, under Apple Rosetta 2.
With regards to the different VST formats, we strongly recommend using VST3 as some of our plug-ins have features that are not present in the older VST format. Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo. The most recent maintenance release of your DAW application is recommended. AAX DSP is not currently in active development. TDM/VENUE is no longer supported (old downloads are available on the Legacy Installers page).
Find the Softube installer you need both Softube Central and individual plug-ins.
AAX DSP version
- For AAX DSP you need to meet the above requirements for the Native versions. You also need to have an Avid HDX processing card. For plug-ins available for AAX DSP, see Which Softube plug-ins support AAX DSP?