The Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone, also known as the 'After Later Audio Currents', is a riveting piece of equipment that retains the complete functionality of its full-size counterpart, while also offering unique possibilities for its users. This module, which takes up a compact 14hp space on your rack, operates both as a software and a hardware addition to your setup.
The Currents module is doubtlessly a work of art—with its core being a triangle function generator and waveshaper that you can deploy as an LFO, oscillator, or even as an AD-style and AR-style envelope generator (EG). To simplify, it's the Swiss-army knife of eurorack modules.
Dive right into its versatility to discover its wave of potential. The Triangle core function generator, which forms the heart of this module, allows for the creation of an array of waveforms. Here, the user has the ability to shape outputs using the waveshaper option.
When used as a low-frequency oscillator (LFO), Currents allows the user to manipulate the speed and shape of the wave, offering a control spectrum that ranges from incredibly slow modulations to ultra-fast vibrations. This flexibility allows for a sea of possibilities in adding modulation and movement to your soundscape.
As an oscillator, this clone module has everything you would expect from its original Mutable Instruments Tides counterpart. It generates a rich spectrum of tonal colors and can extend to the farthest audio-rate modulations. This is triggering at its best—a tool designed for navigating your own course in an infinite sea of sonic waves.
Additionally, opting to use Currents as an AD-style envelope generator opens up a plethora of sound crafting capabilities. By manipulating attack and decay times, one can create dynamic sounds that evolve over time, thereby taking your compositions to new heights. The AR-style EG function, on the other hand, allows for the control of envelope shapes via gate signals, offering more complex and rhythmic flexibility.
The Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone is based on open-source designs by Émilie Gillet and operates under a Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA) license. Those familiar with DIY eurorack module culture will appreciate this nod to the accessibility and collaborative spirit at the root of electronic music synthesis.
In terms of power requirements, the module operates at 12V with a 50mA consumption while requiring a -12V with a 20mA draw. This economical power consumption makes it ideal for large or small setups where power distribution is a vital consideration.
In summary, the Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone is both an homage to its predecessor and a testament to the audacious capabilities packed within its slim design. Whether you are a novice on the path of electronic music synthesis or a seasoned module maestro, the 'Currents' module is nothing short of a splendid addition to your eurorack setup. Its versatility in function and affordability in design are reasons enough to add it to your ever-expanding world of sonic exploration. Dive into the depths of Currents and let the tide of creativity wash over you.
Novice-Level Usage Example:
Let's start with a basic application of the Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone module - using it as an LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator) to modulate the cutoff frequency of a filter.
First, you'll need to connect your Tides V2 Clone module to your Eurorack power supply and patch cables.
- Connect the output of the Tides V2 Clone module to the CV input of your filter module. This will allow the Tides V2 Clone to control the cutoff frequency.
- Set the Tides V2 Clone to LFO mode. To do this, turn the TIMBRE knob fully counterclockwise until it clicks into LFO mode.
- Adjust the RATE knob to set the speed of the LFO. Turning it clockwise will increase the rate, while turning it counterclockwise will decrease it. Start with a moderate setting to hear the modulation clearly.
- Now, adjust the DEPTH knob to determine the depth of the modulation. This will control how much the cutoff frequency of the filter is affected by the LFO. Experiment with different settings to find the desired amount of modulation.
- You can further shape the LFO waveform by adjusting the SHAPE knob. Turning it clockwise will morph the waveform from a triangle to a sawtooth, and finally to a square wave. Try different settings to find a waveform that suits your sound.
- Finally, engage the LFO by triggering the module. You can do this by connecting a gate signal (such as a sequencer or a keyboard) to the TRIG input on the Tides V2 Clone module. When a gate signal is received, the LFO will start modulating the cutoff frequency of the connected filter.
Remember, this is just a simple example to get you started. The Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone is a versatile module with many other capabilities and modulation options. As you become more comfortable with its features, feel free to experiment and explore new creative possibilities.
Intermediate-Level Usage Example:
One interesting way to utilize the Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone in an intermediate-level modular setup is by using it as an LFO to modulate a filter's cutoff frequency. This patching technique allows for creating dynamic and evolving timbral changes in your sound.
To start, connect the output of the Tides V2 Clone to the CV input of a low-pass filter module such as the Mutable Instruments Ripples. Then, patch the output of the Ripples filter to the input of your audio mixer or audio interface.
Next, set the Tides V2 Clone to LFO mode by adjusting the mode switch accordingly. You can experiment with different waveforms, such as triangle, sawtooth, or the unique wavetable shapes available on the module. Let's use a triangle waveform in this example.
Now, adjust the Tides V2 Clone's frequency and amplitude controls to your desired settings. The frequency control determines how fast the LFO modulates the filter's cutoff frequency, while the amplitude control sets the depth or intensity of the modulation. Start with moderate settings to ensure a subtle effect, and then gradually increase them to hear more pronounced changes.
Finally, tweak the cutoff frequency of the Ripples filter to create interesting filter sweeps and rhythmic modulation patterns. You can explore the interaction between different LFO frequencies and the filter's resonance control to achieve various sonic possibilities.
Remember to experiment with different patch configurations, waveforms, and modulation settings to find unique modulation patterns that suit your musical intentions. The Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone's flexibility as an LFO and its ability to shape waveforms make it an indispensable tool for bringing life and movement to your modular compositions.
The Currents module offers a versatile set of modulation options that can add depth and complexity to any eurorack system. One interesting way to utilize the Currents module is by combining it with the Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone to create evolving and dynamic envelope shapes.
To start, patch the output of the Currents module to the FM input of the Tides V2 Clone. Adjust the Currents module's triangle function generator to a slow and smooth LFO rate. This will create a continuously changing modulation signal that will affect the Tides V2's parameters.
Next, use the Tides V2 Clone as an oscillator running in the audio range. Adjust the Tides V2's parameters, such as its waveshape, to create a unique and complex audio signal. The modulation provided by the Currents module will add subtle variations and movement to the sound over time.
To take this even further, you can patch the output of the Tides V2 Clone to control other parameters in your eurorack system. For example, you can use it to modulate the filter cutoff of a VCF module or the wavetable position of a wavetable oscillator. This will create intricate and evolving timbral changes that are constantly influenced by the Currents module's modulation.
By exploring the depths of the Currents module in conjunction with the Mutable Instruments Tides V2 Clone, you can unlock new sonic possibilities and breathe life into your eurorack system. The combination of the Currents module's modulation capabilities and the Tides V2 Clone's versatile functions will take your music to new and exciting places.