First of all - thanks for all of your incredible work, I built two Shruthis (yellow and 4PM) back in 2013, and this year, I finally got into Euro and bought a used Clouds, and brand new Marbles, Ripples, Tides V2, Stages and Plaits.
Tides is a unique module. Strangely enough, I end up using Quadrax, Pamela’s New Workout, Zadar and Stages for the modulator duties - I am finding that I use Tides as my wavetable oscillator, shifting the outputs to create a stereo image, and it sits next to my VCOs and DCOs.
The issue I was having was that it was difficult to tune - such a wide range for that coarse knob, but I’ve just realized you have sort of built in a solution for this…
By taking an output from one of my other VCOs into the clock input on Tides, it will sync to that, and produce a pitch that is 1/16 to 16x - effectively , and then the knob becomes a quantized adjustment from that - which opens up whole new possibilities of sequencing variations of the offset using the FREQ CV input and attenuverter. Brilliant, Emilie!
Tides is basically a backpack for any oscillator.
Here is what I’m playing around with right now:
I have a ripping, pulsating complex tone on my Instruo Cs-L, built from rectifying and FM of the two wavefolded VCOs. As with many Buchla-like complex oscillator patches, you lose a bit of the low end. The sine output of the top (modulator) VCO is patched into the clock on Tides, shifted to 2 octaves below the Cs-L, and has outputs 1 and 4 panned hard left and right in the mix, with some slow modulation on the SHIFT CV input (1:00 to 4:00 roughly), which gives it this big, wide, low-end rumble that compliments the Cs-L’s buzzing voice.
I still wish it had a fine tune knob, but using the clock/PLL makes Tides have a great role supporting all the other oscillators.
Jeff from Toronto, Canada