Hispasonic interviews Olivier Gillet

Posted on September 11th, 2011

Hispasonic.com had a little talk to Olivier Gillet, the creator of the Shruti-syntesizers. He revealed some information about the future of Mutable Instruments and his thoughts on what makes a good synth.

The full story (in english) at Matrixsynth.
Original (in spanish) version at Hispasonic.

The exciting new projects:

Next project (september/october): the MIDIpal, a small, inexpensive, MIDI processing
unit, running algorithmic transformation on the MIDI notes (arpeggiation, harmonization, delays) along with more traditional filter/splitter/monitoring things. Something you’ll want to stick between anything with a keyboard and anything with an audio out in your studio :) This is the first project that will be industrially manufactured – though the first batch will be available as a SMT kit.

A new Shruthi-1 filter board (MS-20 clone).

A variant of the Shruthi-1 digital board that will replace all the digital oscillators by 12-
bits sample playback from a SD card (and will probably do sampling too).

Also, from the forums at mutable-instruments:
“MIDIpal kits will be available in october and a new batch of Shruthi kits in november.”

And some more planning from the creator himself:

WAVE 0 was the Shruti-1: naive circuit using black boxes, switches and pots, suboptimal design, one MCU talking only through UART.

WAVE 1 was the Shruthi-1: real analog circuits, switches/pots/encoders, tighter design, one MCU talking with more diverse peripherals.

WAVE 1.5 is the MIDIpal: probing new grounds…

WAVE 2 are 2 upcoming (3 to 6 months) Mutable Instruments products (we’re not talking about the MIDIpal here). Some changes that will be introduced:

SD-card slots for storing stuff (or more). Backup and install stuff from your computer. This is also how you’ll be able to upgrade their firmware.
Multicolor LEDs, because they are simple to drive and look totally cool.
Clickless encoders wherever it’s relevant.
Single 9V supply, because LT1054s can’t do heavy work.
12-bit DACs because some analog circuits don’t like 40kHz spectral peaks.
A standard is taking shape for I/O extension boards. What about doing vector synthesis with a Wii nunchuk?
Workload might be split across several chips.
Still through-hole, because you’re gonna build them!

WAVE 3. Likely to have USB, ARM MCUs, graphic LCDs. 15 months? I’m catching up :)

Some interesting stuff ahead for sure!

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