Mutable Instruments Elements

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Elements - Modal Synthesizer

Elements is a full-blown synthesis voice based on modal synthesis an under-appreciated flavour of physical modelling synthesis with a strange and abstract feel.
Elements combines an exciter synthesis section generating raw, noisy sounds characteristic of bowing (filtered friction noise), blowing (pitch-controlled granular noise), or striking (stick, mallet, hammer or brush sample playback or bursts of synthetic impulsions).

These sources, or external audio signals, are processed by a modal filter bank an ensemble of 64 tuned band-pass filters simulating the response of various resonant structures (plates, strings, tubes) with adjustable brightness and damping. A stereo ambience reverberator adds depth and presence to the sound.
All parameters have a very meaningful and well-delimited impact on the sound. When designing Elements, great care has been taken in selecting parameter ranges and control curves, producing a large palette of sounds- often beyond physical realism- but always well controlled and stable. The "dark spots" of noise and feedback are reached gradually, and they do still react to controls. The module is deliberately menu- and switch-free- what you dial/patch is what you hear!

Excitation Signal Generator
• Three generators with mixer: bowing noise, blowing noise, percussive impulses.
• Envelope contour for bowing and blowing.
• Bowing noise generator: particle-like scratching noise with 2-pole low-pass filter.
• Blowing noise generator: granular pitched noise with wavetable-like scanning between various tone colors.
• Percussive impulse generator: interpolates through a collection of impulsive excitations, including sampled sticks, brushes and hammers, and models of damped mallets, plectrums, or bouncy particles. 2-pole low-pass filter and pitch control.

Modal Resonator
• Internally uses 64 zero-delay feedback state variable filters.
• Coarse, fine and FM frequency controls.
• Geometry: Interpolates through a collection of structures, including plates, strings, tubes, bowls.
• Brightness. Specifies the character of the material the resonating structure is made of from wood to glass, from nylon to steel.
• Damping. Adds damping to the sound simulates a wet material or the muting of the vibrations.
• Position. Specifies at which point the structure is excited.
• Space. Creates an increasingly rich stereo output by capturing the sound at two different points of the structure, and then adds more space through algorithmic reverberation.

Designed for Eurorack
• All exciter and resonator parameters have a dedicated CV input with attenuverter.
• Strength input, for amplitude control of the exciter section.
• Frequency control through a V/O input controlling the main resonator frequency, and an FM input.
• Two audio inputs: one pre-envelope and diffuser, the other patched straight to the resonator.
• Stereo audio output, with adjustable width/reverberation. It is also possible to output the raw exciter signal on one channel, and the raw resonator signal on the other.

• Input impedances: 100k.
• CV range: +/- 8V. CVs outside of this range are simply clipped.
• Audio input level: calibrated for modular (10 Vpp).
• Audio acquisition and restitution: 16-bit, 32kHz.
• Internal computations on 32-bit floating point numbers.

Great module, lots of fun1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreNorth Vancouver, British Columbia
A very well thought out module that provides lots of flexibility for control.
The 32khz max shouldn't be seen as a limitation but in fact a strength. This limit helps make it sound 'woody' and more organic.
Elements has in fact the whole of 'Rings' functionality (knobs and patch points) and can be turned into Rings by downloading from mutable's website the latest firmware (1.1) and updating elements, thus making making elements much more useful.
Only downfall is of course its price. But such a nice sound source.
Posted by Kevin on Mar 21, 2018
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