[I’m doing a lot of cross-posting about this, I hope it’s ok]
After Clouds and Frames, I just released Tides Parasite, a free alternative firmware for Tides. If you don’t know the Parasites series already, these alternative firmware projects add enhancements to the existing functionalities of the modules, and provide completely new modes that can turn your MI module into something radically different.
Tides Parasite adds the following features to Tides:
- Two-bumps: a silky 28-voices harmonic oscillator (a.k.a. additive synthesizer) with two spectral bumps or notches, control over centroids and width, harmonics selection, wave quality, a sub-oscillator, a 1-bit output, and a special harmonics shuffling output for unusual, random timbres.
- Two-drunks: a complex, duophonic random walk generator with selectable interpolation, driven by two altered clocks: one is jittery, the other simulates a biased coin toss. This mode is quite versatile and can be used as: an oscillator with PLL, a Bernoulli gate, a random trigger delay, a stepped, smooth or waveshaped random voltage generator, a random burst generator, a surprising filtered noise source… and probably more!
- A built-in quantizer with a choice of 7 scales.
- Through-zero linear FM modulation in all modes.
All features of the official firmware are left untouched and still accessible (with a few exceptions mentioned in the manual). As usual, the firmware and its documentation are accessible on the website of the project .
This firmware has been stress-tested by a handful of intrepid beta-testers (thank you guys). Video demos and tutorials will hopefully follow soon; in the meantime don’t hesitate to post yours here or on Muffs !
A last word: I am particularly proud of this project on Tides (false modesty aside:) I really hope you’ll like it); In fact I had so much trouble letting it go that I even considered having people pay for it, but soon renounced, as it was really not the spirit of the Parasites series from the beginning. Yet, it took me a considerable amount of time to code, so if you use one of the Parasites regularly, like this work and/or want to support the project, please consider donating via the PayPal button on the website. If you do, there will be more!