Mutable Instruments Beads

Mutable Instruments Beads; Eurorack module; Stereo Granular Synthesizer; direct access to all parameters: Density, Time, Pitch (with 1V/Oct. tracking), Grain Size and Grain Shape; freeze function for the audio buffer (recording time: 4s - 32s); CV inputs for all parameters with attenuators or adjustable mapping to randomness; 8 internal banks of Wavetables; Delay mode with tap tempo; 4 selectable audio quality modes (from 16Bits/48kHz to LoFo cassette emulation); stereo inputs and outputs; power consumption: 100mA (+12V) / 10mA (-12V); width: 14 HP; depth: 25mm

Further Information

Reverb Yes
Delay Yes
Multieffect No
Misc. Effects Yes
Width 14 TE / HP

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Granular Syntheszier der seinen Vorgänger in allen Belangen übertrifft
Hubertus vom Tiefenpass, 03.04.2021
Es sind mittlerweile nun einige Granular Synthesizer auf dem Markt: Nebulae (V2) von Qu-Bit Electronix, Arbhar von Instruō, Morphagene von MakeNoise. Meist wurde mit den vorher genannten auch immer Clouds von Mutable Instruments erwähnt, auch wenn dieses Modul nicht ganz vergleichbar ist. Mit Beads ist nun der lange erwartete Nachfolger von Clouds erschienen.

Ich habe Clouds lange genutzt und es wurde nach einiger Eingewöhung zu einem meiner liebsten Module. Ich nutze es immer noch in fast jedem Patch, aber nachdem Beads nun seinen Platz in meinem Rack gefunden hat meist in einem der Parasite Modes.

Ich hatte mittlerweile ausgiebig Zeit Beads zu testen und muss sagen es übertrifft Clouds in allen Belangen. Besonders die Qualität der Samples ist nun hervorragend. Während Clouds oft nur ein Geschmiere von Klängen erzeugt hatte (was natürlich auch seine Anwendungen hat) lassen sich mit Beads glasklare granulare Samples von Sprache oder Klängen erzeugen. Als besondere Neuerung möchte ich noch hervorheben, dass jetzt mit jedem Trigger das Samplekörnchen genau mit einem bestimmten Pitch, Shape, etc erzeugt wird, das nächste Samplekörnchen aber mit ganz eigenen Modulationparametern erzeugt werden kann (wenn gewünscht) was zu sehr schönen Effekten führt wenn sich die Samples überlagern. Auch die Random/Attenuverter sind hervorzuheben. Sollten einem die Modulationsquellen im Rack ausgehen, kann sich Beads sehr schön selber modulieren (Random Voltages). Abschließen sei noch bemerkt das das Reverb weiterhin Spitze ist.

Die Entscheidung zwischen Nebulae, Arbhar, Morphagne und Beads bleibt aber sehr schwierig. Hier kann es nur helfen sich die ausführlichen Youtube How-Tos anzusehen und die Manuals zu lesen.
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