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Braids

Macro oscillator Braids is a voltage-controlled monophonic digital sound source. Sound source… does it mean it’s an oscillator then? 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. Voltage-controlled digital oscillator featuring 33 synthesis algorithms from 8 categories:

  • analog VCO emulation
  • direct digital synthesis
  • vowel/formant synthesis
  • 2-operator FM
  • physical simulation of tubes and strings
  • wavetable synthesis
  • filtered/coloured/pitched noise
  • granular/particular

Bonus features include a note quantizer, sample/bit rate controls, and a basic AD envelope to modulate the timbre when receiving a trigger. Specification:

  • 5V voltage source needed (for example Mutable Instruments Volts).
  • All inputs: 100k impedance, DC to 4kHz.
  • 12-bit CV capture.
  • 96kHz, 16-bit audio processing (some algorithms 2x or 4x oversampled).
  • Cortex-M3 ARM processor.
  • Open-source hardware and firmware.
  • 16-HP.
  • Easy firmware updates through an audio interface.
  • Current consumption: +12V: 15mA ; -12V: 15mA ; +5V: 85mA.

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