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Mutable Instruments Tides - Tidal Modulator 

The Mutable Instruments Tides is all about waves that go up and down, from minute-long cycles to audio rates... This module is Mutable Instruments' unique take on the looping AD envelope generator - pushing this well-known trope to unknown territories.

The core of the module is a digital asymmetric triangle function generator, which can be used in AD and AR modes (for envelope generation), or looping (as a VC-LFO or VC-DO).

The triangle generator is followed by a wavetable waveshaper providing linear, exponential, logarithmic, sinsoidal or arc-sinsoidal shapes for A and D segments. Then, a second processor applies either a 2-pole low-pass filter to the waveform, smoothing it's sharp edges: or a rubbery wavefolder, adding kinks and bounces to the waveform.

Polyrhythmic Variations

What sets this 2018 revision apart from it's predecessor is the introduction of additional output modes, producing variations (shifted in amplitude, time, phase or frequency) of the main signal.

And of course, a redesign from scratch focused on accuracy and audio quality.

Digital function generator

•           3 operating modes: AD envelope, looping (VC-LFO / VCDO), AR envelope.

•           3 frequency ranges for the main frequency knob: low (2 minutes to 2 Hz), medium (0.125 Hz to 32 Hz) and high (8 Hz to 2kHz). This range can be widened by applying an offset on the V/Oct input.

A large palette of waveforms

•           Shape control with CV input - covering various combinations of linear, exponential or sinusoidal segments.

•           Slope / asymmetry (A/D time ratio) control with CV input.

•           Smoothness control with CV input: smooths the waveform using a 2-pole digital filter or adds bumps and kinks with a digital waveforlder.

External clocking / Phase Locked Loop

•           The module can use an external clock or clean audio signal as a reference and operate aultipple of this clock (from 1/16 to 16x).

•           The allows, for example, the generation of (sub)harmonics from another VCO.

4 output modes

•           Different shapes - Each output produces a different waveshape: main signal (with voltage-controlled attenuverter), raw asymmetric triangle, end of attack gate, end of release gate.

•           Different amplitudes - Voltage-controlled dispatching of the signal to each of the 4 outputs.

•           Different times - Voltage-controlled phase or apex shifting of the signal.

•           Different frequencies - Outputs 2, 3 and 4 are shifted up or down in frequency relatively to output 1, creating chords or polyrhythmic LFOs. 


Max Depth:25mm
Power:+12V: +50mA

-12V: -20mA
All Inputs:100k impedance, DC to 7.8kHz
Input Range:Slope, Smoothness, Shape, Shift / Level - +/- 8V
V/Oct Input Range:-3 to +7V
Trig and Clock Input Range:0 to +8V, protected
CV Capture:16-bit
Internal Processing32-bit floating point
CV Outputs:14-bit, 62.5 kHz (31.25 kHz in difference frequencies
Output Levels:Bipolar +/- 5V for cyclic signals, unipolar +8V for gates and envelopes

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