Mutable Instruments Rings

Modular exclusive

A physical modeling phenomenon

Excite a material with some sort of energy input (a slap, a rub, a blow) and you’ll get a noise. The resonant qualities of that material (be it wood, metal, glass, a drum, a trumpet, a buttock), and the way in which you excite it, will determine the qualities of that sound; amongst other things, its timbre, frequency, and length in time.

It is this thrilling world of excitation and resonance that concerns the Rings module, originally from Mutable Instruments, and now available in Softube Modular.

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This plug-in REQUIRES Modular

Three resonator models in one

Modal resonator, emulating plates, pipes, strings, and membranes. Sympathetic strings model, which couples virtual strings and has them vibrate in sympathy. Inharmonic strings; a tonally versatile Karplus-Strong extension.

Up to four-voice polyphony

Rings is capable of generating up to four virtual strings at a time, allowing for polyphonic strummed textures in a modular environment.

Living, organic sounds

A physical modeling synthesizer, Rings is capable of creating some startlingly realistic noises and textures, from strings and woodwind to drums and bells.

What's Rings all about?

Rings uses tuned filters to physically model just about any resonant material imaginable, in three broad categories.

The ‘modal’ resonator emulates the resonant qualities of plates, strings, membranes, and tubes, which reinforce energy fed into them by organizing certain frequencies of sound around certain physical points (called modes) based on their size, shape, and structure. The ‘sympathetic strings’ model offers the kinds of droning and over-toning sounds and textures offered by instruments such as the sitar. Virtual strings other than the one ‘plucked’ ring in sympathy with the main note. The ‘modulated/inharmonic string’ model is an extension of Karplus-Strong synthesis, which uses a delay with very high feedback and very short period to synthesize a pitched wave like a string being struck, bowed, or plucked.


Timbral control

In addition to these fascinating and endlessly explorable varieties, Rings offers timbral control of the resulting sound, as well as the ability to excite the resonator models in any way you choose in the first place, either with an internally generated noise burst or with your own external audio signals.

You can even play strummed chords with Rings, due to a built-in polyphony mechanism which generates a new virtual string (up to 4 in total) for every trigger – even while the last note is still ringing.

The range of noises this module is capable of creating is simply staggering, and the joy of feeding different things into it never ends. Grab yours today, and run rings around the sounds you made yesterday!

In short

  • The only software version of Rings officially licensed and endorsed by Mutable Instruments.
  • Three sophisticated resonator models in one module.
  • ‘Modal’ synthesis imitates vibrating structures.
  • ‘Sympathetic strings’ offers harmonizing drones and overtones.
  • ‘Modulated/inharmonic string’ model is based on extended Karplus-Strong techniques.
  • Up to four voices of polyphony, allowing for strummed chords.
  • Create everything from bells to whistles, and more.
  • Use in-built noise pulse, or an external audio signal, to excite the resonators.
  • Requires Modular.

Have a listen

  • System requirements

    • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer.
      • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10.
    • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
    • Screen resolution 1280x800 or larger.
    • 1 GB RAM or more, and at least 6 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space).
    • Any VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7*, 11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application.
    • Softube account.
    • iLok account.
    • Internet access for downloading the plug-in(s) and managing the license(s).
    • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use an iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
    • All Softube plug-ins support both 32- and 64-bit hosts, although a 64-bit OS is required. Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

      *Please Note: Pro Tools 10 is not officially qualified by Avid higher than OS X 10.8.

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