In this episode of Going Modular I want to take a look at Braids, a “macro-oscillator” from a company called Mutable Instruments.
They make really dope modules, this one is a digital sound source but it’s so much more than a basic set of waves, it has a lot of complex synthesis types that would require a whole gang of modules if you were to actually build them out in modular form. I’m talking analog wave shapes, variable waves, fm synthesis, wave folding, sync, wavetables, physical modeling, additive synthesis, percussion, drums, vocal/vowel synthesis, etc.
I started with this as my first oscillator because I already had some analog sources I could use with my modular in the Minitaur and Mini/MicroBrutes, plus this module has so many functions in it that make it super flexible, including the ability to play chords or quantize (lock) incoming notes to specific scales.
Also, my buddy Flux from Fluxwithit.com was building a couple, so I purchaed one from him which made it more affordable than buying the complete module. I purchased a custom faceplate for it from Magpie Modular and used some knobs I had laying around and I’m definitely happy with the results.
Bottom line is that this module is very deep and it definitely changed what I expect from modules going forward, a digital module would have to be really unique for me to consider it after having this one!
You can read more about it over on the MI website: http://mutable-instruments.net/modules/braids
You can buy it at most places that sell modular gear, or if you’re adventurous you can build one yourself….or do like I did, and pay a friend 🙂
If you have ny questions feel free to let me know!