Braids is a voltage-controlled monophonic digital sound source.
Sound source… like an oscillator? Not really.
Most of the timbres it generates are so complex that approaching them with a classic analog modular setup would require a full case of oscillators, filters, VCAs, waveshapers and ring-modulators – that’s why we call it a macro-oscillator – intricate digital synthesis algorithms wrapped in oscillator’s clothes.
Each algorithm is controlled by two continuously variable parameters, Timbre and Color, both of them voltage controllable. Very often, these parameters simultaneously affect several dimensions of timbre, creating very complex movements which would be hard to generate with a traditional setup.
BRAIDS by Mutable Instruments is a voltage controlled digital oscillator that features 33 synthesis algorithms from 8 categories:
analog VCO emulation
direct digital synthesis
physical simulation of tubes and strings
Bonus features include a note quantizer, sample/bit rate controls, and a basic AD envelope to modulate the timbre when receiving a trigger.
Max Depth: 20mm
Power: 15mA@ +12V / 15mA @ -12V