As someone who almost exclusively uses on MI modules in their system (and have for a few years now), I’m still not sure that there’s a “right” answer. I keep a strict 6U/104hp system at all times with no intention of expanding any further…so I find myself constantly cycling through different MI modules depending on what I’m trying to achieve at the moment. I’ve owned Frames no less than three times; Tides probably four times; Peaks…at one point, I had four of them! Working within these constraints is challenging, but also pretty fun. The great thing is that the multi-functionality of an MI system goes much deeper than the face value of the modules themselves, so you’re able to do more with less.
Since 2016 was the Year of the Utility for MI, I think we’re definitely getting closer to a point where an all-MI system can potentially cover all of the bases of synthesis and then some.
To this day, I still wish for some kind of Mutable end-of-chain stereo mixing solution. I realize that it’s a pretty basic request, but without it, I still find myself relying on something like a Circuit Abbey Unify. Which is effective if nothing else, but aesthetics-wise leaves me “wanting”.
Here’s what my system looks like right now:
I struggle with the size of Elements sometimes. Especially knowing that I could potentially fit a Warps, Streams, Sheep combo in its place (which in and of itself would be an incredibly versatile combination). Alas, I’m enamored with its textures and really haven’t quite found any other way to achieve the same feel by instead using Rings with more creative exciters…so I have both.
And yes, the O&C is a bit of an outlier, but since it contains some of the MI easter eggs from other modules, I consider it an honorary member of the family (maybe a cousin? Or half-uncle?).
I have a release coming out soon that is entirely derived from this all-Mutable Instruments system. My hope is that it will be a fair example of what’s possible with this type of setup.
Very excited to see what’s next and how the hell I’m going to manage to fit it into this case…