Mutable Instruments Modules
Recorded on May 29th, 2016
Like the rest of MoogFest, the Modular Marketplace was totally overwhelming, in the best way. A dozen, or dozens, of modular manufacturers crowded their display tables into the narrow, deep left half of the Power Plant at the American Tobacco Campus. I could have spent an entire day in there, just getting familiar with what each company had to contribute. I’ll know a lot more when we go next time, but this time, the demo units from Mutable Instruments were my favorite. First, they are drop-dead gorgeous. Here’s “Elements”, which almost made me walk out with it, except I had to pick between that and the Moog Mother-32, and I figured the Mother-32 was a better starter module:
Second, they’re really weird, and not based on typical subtractive synthesis like I’m used to. Lots of physical modeling and resonating going on with them. I see the knobs and switches and I don’t automatically know what they do, which is exciting. Third, they sound so musical. For being software-based, they sure do manage to coax some organic, lifelike sound out of their electronics. Here’s what “Rings” sounds like:
I have many of their modules on my want-list.