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.”

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Mutable-Instruments Sidekick

Posted on May 18th, 2011

The Sidekick is a simple circuit, of dimensions similar to those of the Shruthi-1 digital board, which allows you to drive one of the Shruthi-1 filters without all the hassles of MIDI, menus, and modulation matrices. Pick your favorite filter board, snap the Sidekick on top of it, plug in an external audio source (or not) and get ready for some filtering action!

The Sidekick comprises 2 square/triangle LFOs and 2 AR envelopes, which are assigned to the VCF frequency and the VCA gain. The LFOs can oscillate at audio rates, allowing them to be used as droning oscillators, a FM source or ring-modulators. The envelopes are triggered by a dedicated button.

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The simplest synth that could possibly rock!

Posted on December 17th, 2010

Shruthi-1 – Mutable Instruments

I promised some diy-stuf so why not start off with the shruthi-1? Its a synth kit you can buy from Oliver at Mutable Instruments. It is a wavetable synth with a real analog filter and lots of fancy features like arpeggiator, analog style sequencer, a wide range of modulation destinations.  As you can guess i have built one of these and i have used it in pretty much every song iv made since it was finished.

People have been building some really pretty custom cases, every week there is a nice design surprise at the forum!

Its a really friendly forum, the synth is easy to build,  sounds great and is dirt cheap!

Enjoy some pitcures:

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