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.
• Adjustable bit-depth / sample-rate for a grainy or low-fi output.
• Optional quantizer on the pitch CV input with semitone or quarter tones resolution.
• Optional analog-VCO-style linear detuning of higher frequencies.
• Optional analog-VCO-style pitch fluctuations/instabilities.
• Optional “waveform quirks”, unique to each module built!
• Built-in AD envelope with 6 preset shapes to modulate timbre at the reception of a trigger.
• Auto-gate feature automatically resetting the oscillator phase (or triggering the internal AD envelope) whenever a large change in pitch CV is detected.
• Auto-calibrate feature digitally scaling the 1 V/Oct CV input to compensate for inaccuracies in CV converters… or to be used creatively to achieve other tunings than 1 V/Oct.
• CV and/or Gate controlled scrolling message with text editor.
Inputs and outputs:
• Trigger input (required for the simulations which require an onset/excitation impulse, or to trigger the internal AD envelope).
• V/Oct CV input.
• Exponential FM CV input, with attenuverter. This uses a finer conversion resolution than the V/Oct input, making it suitable for subtle modulations with a resolution of 1 cent.
• Timbre CV input with attenuverter.
• Color CV input.
• Audio output.
• 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.
• Easy firmware updates through an audio interface.
• Current consumption: +12V: 15mA ; -12V: 15mA ; +5V: 85mA.