Mutable Instruments Rings
Rings, from Mutable Instruments, is compact Modal Synthesis alternative to their monstrous Elements module, providing just the resonator section without the noise generator. It provides three different resonator algorithms, the Modal resonator (from Elements), a Sympathetic Strings mode (that uses a collection of Comb Filters), and a String with non-linearity/dispersion. The controls on Rings are similar to Elements, but have been slightly reorganized. Structure decides the resonating characteristic, with Frequency controlling the main resonance. Brightness is a filter for removing high harmonics, and Damping decides the "amount" of resonance.
Any signal can be fed into the resonator, including envelope clicks, trigger signals, noise bursts, even tonal sounds. It also contains a special "polyphonic mode", where four notes can ring together at the same time. Although it is not truly polyphonic, it adds density and chordal characters to the sounds output. For those wanting the functions of Elements without the losing HP real-estate, Rings is exactly the solution.
- Three Resonator Models!
- Modal Resonator (as used in Elements)
- Sympathetic Strings (Stack of Comb Filters)
- String with non-linearity/dispersion (comb filter with multimode filter and non-linearities in the loop)
- Pseudo-polyphony of up to 4 notes. Each new note is played on its own virtual string, while the previously played note(s) still decay.
- Main frequency quantized in semitones
- Structure Control changes the response of the resonator
- Brightness Control specifies the brightness and richness of the spectrum
- Damping controls the damping rate of the sound, from 100ms to 10s
- Position specifies at which point the structure is excited
Rings is based on the physical phenomenon of resonance. Resonance is an object or space's quality of vibration and reverberation based on size, material and structure. Rings puts physical modeling synthesis into the eurorack modular format, with plenty of modulation capabilities. Rings is a nice option for 'faux' polyphony in eurorack; notes decay on top of each other for a wonderful acoustic-esque sound. It is also a great option for a self contained voice that needs no additional filter, env or amp to shape the sound.
In this video we show all three polyphony modes for each synthesis method. With each polyphony and mode change we keep the same sequence and modulation sources to illustrate how each mode changes the sound while keeping the same CV/Gate inputs.
In this video we show off some of the hidden modes of Mutable Rings including, a 2-Op FM synth voice, a chord generator and simple reverb string without any modulations sources. Instead of automated modulation sources we show here how manually playing with the knobs changes different parameters in the hidden modes of Rings. There are more easter eggs, but you'll have to get your hands on a Rings to uncover it's treasure.
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- Eurorack Module
- Width: 14HP
- Depth: ~1"
- Current Draw: 110mA@+12V, 5mA@-12V