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Mutable Instruments Stages - The Modulation Construction Set


ASR envelope, complex 6-stage envelope, LFO, 4-step sequence or switched LFO, Stages can be any kind of modulation.


Not because of all these behaviours have been pre-programmed in the module, but because it allows you to describe you're own kind of modulations in terms of basic operations: ramp from one voltage to another, hold a voltage at a set level, wait for a trigger and slew. With or without looping.


Whether you need one complex envelope or several simpler modulations, Stages reconfigures itself according to which of it's gate inputs are patched. There is always a role for it in your patch.


That's it


Really, there isn't more to the story.


Self generating chiptunes? Very weird LFO shapes? Random gate delay? Stages probably does strange and wonderful things when patched in a certain way.


Flexible input / output layout


The module detects the presence of jacks on it's gate inputs to group it's segments: whether it's configured as a complex 6-stage envelope, or individual envelopes, or 3+3, 2+4... depends simply on how you patch it. Dummy patch cables might come in handy!


When used as a multi-segment envelope, a segment activation signal is produced on all secondary outputs - for example to trigger an external event with an ADSR envelope enters it's decay, sustain or release stages.


In case more than 6 segments are required, up to six modules can be chained together thanks to a connector on the back of the module


Three segment types


•           Ramp segments go from one voltage to another, in a CV-controlled amount of tine, with an adjustable curve (accelerating, uniform, decelerating). They are the building block used for the attach, decay or release segments in envelopes or LFOs

•           Hold segments stay at a constant (but CV-controllable) voltage for a programmable amount of time. They serve as the sustain or hold segments in envelopes.

•           Step segments glide to a target (CV-controllable) voltage, then stay at this voltage for a certain amount of time until a trigger is received. They are the main ingredient for step sequencers, but also for building sequential switches or a sample-and-hold


Looping


A segment, or a group of segments, can loop on itself: if the last segment of the envelope is included in the loop, the loop lasts forever. Otherwise, the loop remains active while the gate is high, then continues past the last segment of the loop. These two behaviours allow the creation of self-looping envelopes (LFOs), or the sustain stage of a good old ADSR envelope!


Single segment processing


Even when they aren't part of any group and don't receive any gate or trigger signals, individual segments can perform interesting  functions: Ramp can loop on itself and turn into an LFO, Hold can delay a CV and Step can slew it.


Now patch a trigger signal: the self-looping Ramp turns into a tempo synced LFO, the Hold segment becomes a pulse generator, the Step segment a sample-and-hold.


Specifications


Width:14hp
Max Depth:25mm
Power:+12V: +80mA

-12V: -20mA
CV Output:from 0V to +8V. A negative CV down to -8V can be generated by a Hold or Step segment if this segment is CV modulated
Segment Durations1ms to 16s
All Inputs:100k impedance, DC to 2kHz
Refresh Rate:31.25kHz
CV Capture:16-bit, 14-bit CV generation with accurate software calibration. Error below 2mV

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