I am in the process of assembling my first eurorack synth from scratch, and I’ve been magnetized to do it entirely with Mutable Instruments gear.
I’m envisioning a sort of “artificial intelligence musician”, to whom I simply feed a key and a tempo (or chord, scale or basic pattern) [e.g. via Beatstep Pro], and it then self-generates both an ethereal pad/drone, as well as shimmering bell-like bubbles of sound.
I would then pick up the guitar and the bass, and jam together with the “thing”. Ambient, cinematic, emotive.
The simpler this rig could be, the better—and I’m wondering what the fundamental MI gear is to create it.
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I think what you need is Marbles: it has a mode where you can play a scale, or a series of notes and it delivers infinite variations of these notes (or you can “freeze” the variation and play with it if you like it) .
I can recommend you to check the manual or watch the divkid video about it. What you get is 3 different occurrences of your series of notes, with different length and tempo etc. Of course you have a clock input to sync with your beatstep.
If it is chords you want to sync, maybe you should check the Stages. But I’ll let someone more experienced than me talk about that. With the last firmware update (qiemem) I think it may play variations of multiple Cv inputs.
About sound sources, pads and bell-like bubbles of sound I guess you could try rings, plaits and clouds. Something like Marbles, Stages, Rings, Plaits, Clouds/Beads would be a good start.
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If someone was to force me to choose the least possible modules in my case for this it’d be:
Marbles: Clock/brain/triggers/smooth and stepped voltage
Stages: 6x LFOs or 3 AD envelopes or etc. etc. etc.
Plaits: Solid and totally flexible voice duties
Rings: Just because I love Rings so much I’ve got 2 of them and never tire of what they can do
Blinds: Again a module I’ve got 2 of because they are so damn useful for VCAing audio or CV, attenuating, offsetting CVs etc.
Obviously there’s gaps there so the ‘correct’ answer is all the MI modules you can fit in and maybe some things like Pam’s New Workout, Quantum Rainbow 2 and maybe a couple of filters for different flavours but you could get very far on the 5 I picked I reckon (ymmv).
You can try most of the Mutable Instruments modules for free on VCVrack. This way you can become aware of what each thing does and use that experience to flesh out how you would want to set up a live hardware Eurorack.
I love Marbles, so I can’t quite believe I’m saying this…
If you’re already thinking of using a Beatstep Pro to sequence things within a set scale (with added randomisation), then you might not even need one! The BSP can also provide an array of differently timed triggers from the drum tracks too.
I’d go with Plaits, Beads and Rings. Ideally with a Stages to modulate those three. So many ways to combine those to give you what you’re after.
Yeah, I had a BSP, and then I bought Marbles… and a whole new world of self generating melodies opened up to me. Then I bought Grids and ended up using the BSP as a master clock.
The BSP is superb, but it’s not for me. So the Keystep is handy as a master clock and I can use the keyboards cv/gate to play my modular.
I’ve also got Euclidean Circles, Reb Tech Tonic, Frequency Central Little Melody, TINRS Tuesday and hopefully I’ll be adding a Stochastic Instruments Stochastic Inspiration Generator. I really love sequencers that give you instant gratification
When it comes to PSU, you need to sum the overall mA of all your modules and see if your PSU can deliver that. I am not aware that MI modules are sensitive (noise) to different power supply’s.
LC6 or 3 is from my view more a question of how much you will expand in the future.
you could as well use a 4ms 60 pod (powerd). This would fit Marbels, Beads, Plaits and Stages.
your welcome. And yes, your right regarding the PSU. The LC3 runs with an external transformer… I have two Doepfer cases ( Doepfer A-100LC9v Low Cost Case) running fine with MI modules and more sensitive modules.