Reader Hannes Pasqualini contacted us to let us know about the new Mutable Instruments 4-Pole Mission Shruthi-1 synthesizer.
“I think you should totally post something about this,” writes Pasqualini.
4-Pole Mission Accomplished:
Mutable Instruments just released the 4-Pole Mission Shruthi-1. which comes with the new 4-Pole mission filter board. This new board is probably the most advanced 4-pole core for the Shruthi-system! It uses the same “Pole-mixing” technique introduced in the Oberheim Xpander to provide a cornucopia of filter responses. It also provides 4 different settings controlling the “flavour” of the resonance, clean and liquid, MS-20 style, wobbly/chaotic, and a combination of the MS20 and wobbly modes.
Mutable Instruments calles it a Polymorphic filter, which leads to some interesting visual associations…
It sounds great and it also looks great and comes with a fake movie poster that reminds of a certain movie by John Carpenter.
If you’re not familiar with the Shruthi-1, it’s an inexpensive hybrid digital/analog monosynth kit that’s designed to be assembled with a screwdriver and a soldering iron.
The 4-Pole Mission edition of the Shruthi-1 introduces a new filter board, based on an extremely clean and stable SSM2164 4-pole core, with more than one trick up its sleeves. 60 tricks, actually.
Introduced for the first time in the Oberheim Matrix-12 and Xpander, the pole-mixing technique allows 15 filter responses to be reconstructed from the individual stages of a 4-pole cascade. This very same technique is used on the 4-Pole Mission filter board, to provide you with the following modes: 6/12/18/24 dB/octave low-pass ; 6/12/18 dB/octave high-pass ; 12/24 dB/octave band-pass ; notch ; phase-shift ; notch + low-pass ; phase-shift + low-pass ; and combinations of 12/18 dB/octave high-pass and low-pass.
The Shruthi-1 4-Pole Mission kit sells for €130.00 EUR. You can get the details at the Mutable Instruments site.
Read on if you want to know about the 4-Pole Mission’s secrets!
The new synth has an ‘easter egg’ type circuit board image, featuring an awesome evil dog thing icon!
The synth also has glowing LED creepy dog eyes – which can be very important for properly mutating sound:
Check it out and let us know what you think of the Shruthi-1 4-Pole mission synth!