So I did.
I bought a Mutable Instruments Rings.
The module came this morning in a nice package, with a proper printed manual and a cool spinning top.
Rings is a resonator : it simulates vibrating structures like strings, tubes or membranes. It has a kind of polyphonic mode where a note is sustained, while the next is playing. It can be excited by pretty much anything : envelope clicks, trigger pulses, noise or any other audio source.
My other planned modules are more into the traditional synth voice : VCO, VCA, VCF with some LFO and envelope generators. So I think it will be a nice addition to the lot, especially as I want to go into some percussive sounds.
|Rings installed in my temp rack|
Now, I have a proper, thought very limited, synthesizer.
Here is a bit of sounds from the above patch.
The Sample & Hold clock is connected to the strumming input of the Rings, so notes will happen at the rate of the clock.
I choose the 4-voice polyphonic mode and the standard modal resonator. I don't connect anything to the audio input, so this is the sound of the internal noise burst generator. This gives a bell-like sound.
The brightness of the sound will be modified by the random voltage output of the random module. The frequency will be modulated by the sample & hold output.
First brightness and position are slowly increased.
Then I increase the clock rate while diminishing the damping. And I finish by decreasing the rate and increasing the damping.