Softube - Braids by Mutable Instr (Modular Add-on)
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.
But it is not an oscillator.
So what is it...?
Mutable Instruments calls 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 oscilla- tors, 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.
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.
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