The new module is redeisgned from the ground up to provide a broader sound palette, more control, better playability, and direct access to new features.
Beads’ improved specifications allow for higher audio quality, a longer buffer, the use of better interpolation and anti-aliasing algorithms, and for key DSP blocks to run at a faster rate.
Granular processing can also now go into new territory, such as formants, wavetables, hard-sync-like sounds, or crispy noise.
Here’s what else is new:
- Parameter response to the turn of a knob or a CV modulation bas been refined, with new possibilities such as reverse playback or percussive envelopes.
Control – To trigger or schedule grains, Beads provides new features to divide or randomize an external clock or trigger stream, spray bursts of grains in response to a gate, or get the grain rate to track a V/O CV or the frequency of an external oscillator.
- Chaos – Each key parameter of a grain comes with its own ‘attenurandomizer’, which allows direct CV control, CV control of the randomization (spread) of this parameter, or internal randomization using some of Marbles’ algorithms.
- Character – Beads provides four audio quality settings, which go well beyond buffer sample rate and bit-depth: they affect the clock of the converters, the amplitude limiting and saturation of the signal path, the tone of the reverb, and additional media-emulation effects.
- Beads can operate as a delay without the need to switch to a different mode: just ask it to play a never-ending grain. Its DENSITY, TIME and SEED controls are repurposed to allow various features such as tap-tempo, beat slicing, time-stretching, or comb-filtering at rates tracking V/O.
- Without any audio input, Beads will granularize 8 internal banks of wavetables.
- All parameters have a dedicated knob.
Here are some hands-on demos of the Mutable Instruments’ Beads Eurorack module:
Pricing and Availability
The Mutable Instruments Beads is priced at €299 / $359 USD. See the MI site for details.