Mutable Instruments Ambika Synthesizer Hands-On Demo

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Before Mutable Instruments became on of the most popular developers of modules for Eurorack synthesizers, they created some amazing DIY synths, including the Shruthi, the Anushri & the Ambika.

This video, via Recbutton, offers an overview and demo of the Ambika, a hybrid polyphonic synthesizer. 

The Ambika design consists of a motherboard and 6 voicecards, each of them carrying a ‘turbocharged’ version of the Shruthi hybrid synthesizer. This synth architecture features digital waveform synthesis paired with analog VCF/VCAs.

Whether you want to use this as six monosynths, a six-voice polysynth, or anything in-between is up to you: MIDI channels/keyboard range/patches/voices are distinct concepts, allowing complex layered, split, multitimbral setups. In addition, each voice has a switched individual output.

The second video features audio demos of the Ambika:

The design of the Ambika is freely available, with a Creative Commons (cc-by-sa 3.0) license.

10 thoughts on “Mutable Instruments Ambika Synthesizer Hands-On Demo

  1. This is still one of my favourite synths and it’s full of character. I really miss the DIY line from Mutable I Instruments. It’s a good thing the oldies live on, and I’ve yet to assemble my final Shruthi.

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    1. Missing the (not so long) ago days of the Mutable DIY projects as well . . . i’m still very satisfied with my Shruti . . . still hoping on some DIY project outside of the eurorack range! For example a effectbox with can compare and dare the analog heat . . reverb like a eventide harmonizer or something like that kind of stuff.

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  2. Hey guys, I recently finished my Ambika. It’s a great machine and I like it 🙂 I worked out a few more, so if someone wants, I’ll have some available. More information by email or FB. Sorry, my English is bad 🙁 Here I have some pictures of construction:

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  3. Coincidentally I just took delivery yesterday of a brand new Ambika built by Sebastian Hennig – it’s a truly brilliant synth – as I knew it would from my PatchMorpher experiments with the Shruthi-1. I wonder how many are out there in the wild?

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    1. Ive got one from Sebastian as well… love this synth… already one of my all time favorites. Already thinking about getting another one with the SVF filters…

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  4. Hi ,

    Ambika and Shruthi lives again, Since one year i had take over all Shruthi PCB’s and the AMBIKA PCB’s.
    Only the name had changed to Shruthi = Phoenix and Ambika is now TuBika .
    I offer single PCB’s and also full kits . Look to

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