...and now Clouds


Well, that hasn’t happened to me once in the last ten years of using synths so I won’t hold my breath.

I’m not saying Clouds is a bad instrument, I’m saying I don’t like it. I knew I didn’t want to use it as a simple delay/reverb. I wanted to explore it as a synth. However, I don’t like how it sounds or any of the functions. Everything I’ve done since I got it has been ruined by it. I’ll send it back and go for something else.

On a positive note I got a Warps this week too and I love it! :heart_eyes:


Out of curiosity - is it the Clouds sound or the general ‘granular’ sound that doesn’t do it for you? I’ve never been very much into the granular synthesis sound myself, simply because I don’t (subjectively) like (95% of) it’s sound qualities.


I have a microgranny and I like how it sounds, so…

However, these are samplers and how samplers sound depends on what you put into them. When I use my microgranny I might put a piano line into it, fuck that up and tempo sync the mess via midi. I live the results I obtain this way.

With Clouds it’s different. I have it in my eurorack. I try to put what I make with my modular through Clouds and whatever I try to do with it I get something back that I like less than what I put in. Naturally, this is due to what I put in and what I like. I can see a use for Clouds on drums for instance but I don’t do drums in my eurorack and I record my drummachines track by track for later DAW treatment, so I can’t use Clouds for drum processing. And there are many more limitations like that due to my personal work flow.

It’s not you Clouds, it’s me.


Of course you’re totally entitled to not liking Clouds or granular sounds or anything else. Music and sound is a personal thing. No question about that. :slight_smile:

I would argue that what the Microgranny does is a very specific type of granular synthesis that borderlines on not being granular at all, so it’s very likely that somebody does not like granular as it is usually implemented but does like the Microgranny’s sound.


Hi Lisa

I took me a long time 6-9 months before I finally figured out Clouds. The main secrets seem to be 1) Calibrate the module before you do anything (that was my first 3 months). 2) Lots of wild modulation at subtle levels I end up using a about 6 of those little RYO Airtennuators to control the CV levels. 3) Clouds likes to fed particular sounds; speech and vocals, audio with lots of changes in pitch and amplitudes seem to be its favourite fodder . Clouds doesn’t seem to play well with droney type sounds (IMHO anyway)


Mmmm… The modules are factory calibrated…


Hi Pinchenettes

sorry I didn’t realise that the modules were factory calibrated.

Thinking about it I calibrated my Clouds around the same time as I started to understand how I could make use of the module. I suspect the coincidence of me understanding how to use Clouds and my calibrating made me connect the 2 events.

Please accept my apologies for causing any insult or misunderstanding.


Digital malfunction I guess. The fact is, I don’t know WTF is going on!!!


will sell ASAP! much more cheaper options out there!!!



This is all USELESS.


These two directions are the same. Should take you to the default function.


It comes across that you are very frustrated, but I do hope that IF the module is “useless” or damaged you won’t be selling it without sharing your experience with any potential buyers.

That said, perhaps more specific information could be helpful? Is the unit one you purchased new? Could there be an alternate firmware installed? Can you describe how it is malfuntioning?



Can you elaborate on the symptoms? Does it make any sound at all? Only the dry signal and not wet signal? How does it react when you turn the knobs? Maybe you could post a video if you can’t find the words to explain what it does. But “fucked” is not a very accurate way of describing what’s wrong with the module – at least not something I can make any use of to help you solve the problem.


First off… Apologies for all that anger in previous post. Fueled by much frustration. Couldn’t use Clouds for the gig but hey, there was noise anyways :blush:. This has been happening a few times since i got the module, but the solutions mentionned above indeed brought Clouds back to the default function (standard granular processing mode), until now.
The question is: what causes Clouds to “flip out” in a strange mode? Can powering on and/or off have any effect? Or, I probably pressed the Blending parameter/Audio quality and Load/Save buttons in an “irregular” way, like Oops! wrong button…
So, “flip out in a strange mode” (as opposed to fckd… sorry about the harsh word, my bad), it’s hard to describe.
Kinda high pitched way out echo-ey, pretty lousy… naahh, I will post a video when time permits. And the sound source goes away when I turn the Blend knob all the way up, so I guess only on the dry signal. As for the “reaction when I turn knobs”, that would need some video.
Again, sorry 'bout last night’s fit. Will work on this.Yes, relax…:pensive:


This is sage advice. I bought a used Intellijel Atlantis with an undisclosed problem and gotta say that it was very annoying. Fortunately Intellijel (much like MI) was kind enough to trouble shoot it with me and everything turned out fine.