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Mutable Instruments Releases Marbles Random Sampler For Eurorack
Rounik Sethi on Fri, March 30th | 0 comments
This new eurorack sampler module from Mutable Instruments, Marbles, takes us on a random journey with gates, voltages and a distinct sense of deja vu for interesting rhythms and complete control.

When Mutable Instruments releases a new eurorack module, the synth community seems to collectively hold its breath in anticipation. One of the best things about Mutable are they don't engage in the usual marketing or PR antics of other brands. You know with Mutable that all their attention has been focused on creating really cool and interesting synth modules that will likely add something to any modular setup.

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And so today, Marbles comes rolling out of Mutable Instruments. It's a "random sampler" and has the tag line, "CONTROLLED CHAOS, REPEATABLE RANDOMNESS" on the product page. 

Let's start with a video of Mutable Marbles in action before jumping into the specs:

From the Mutable Instruments site:

"Marbles is a source of random gates and voltages, which offers an extensive amount of (voltage) control on all the different flavors of randomness it produces.

"The module gives the musician many different ways of imposing structure on the random events generated by the module: synchronization to external clocks, control of the repetition or novelty of the generated material, quantization of the voltages, or randomization of gates or voltages generated by traditional sequencers."

t: the random gate generator

Marbles either follows its own internal clock, or locks onto an adjustable multiplication/division of an external clock (or regular rhythmic pattern). This regular clock is perturbed by a process simulating an instrumentist playing along a click and trying to catch up on their errors - from perfect accuracy to complete chaos.

From this imperfect master clock, a 2-channel random rhythm is generated, using one of the following processes: random coin toss (similar to Branches), random ratcheting, or random drum pattern generation (similar to a randomly modulated Grids).

X: the random voltage generator

This generator produces 3 channels of random voltages, each of them clocked by the individual outputs of the t section, or by a common external clock signal.

Complete control on the distribution of the output voltages is provided: concentrated or spread-out, quantized or unquantized, smoothed or steppy, centered or biased towards a specific voltage. The same transformations can be performed on an external CV, for sample-and-hold or shift-register operation.

An auxiliary slowly fluctuating random voltage output (Y) is also available for self-patching fun!

A FEELING OF DÉJÀ-VU…

Marbles remembers the history of every recent clock deviation, rhythm or voltage it has generated. The DEJA VU knob on the panel controls the probability of reusing past material instead of sampling fresh random data.

You are thus given control on the feeling of repetition and structure in the generated random voltages and rhythms. At the extreme, the module no longer generates any novel values and loops over the same pattern (or a random permutation of it). And of course, this (variably) random looping can be performed on external CVs!

  • Analog random source.
  • All inputs: 100k impedance, DC to 3.2kHz.
  • Maximum input clock rate: 1kHz for the t Section, 8kHz for the X section.
  • 32kHz refresh rate.
  • 14-bit DAC with accurate software calibration - error below 1mV.
  • 12-bit CV capture.
  • Output levels: -5V to +5V for CVs (largest setting), 0V to +8V for gates.
  • Input CV range: -5V to +5V.
  • Front panel with Computer Modern labels, just like on your calculus textbook.

For full spec please visit the Mutable Instruments website. 

Learn more about eurorack and modular synthesis with pro courses in the Ask.Audio Academy: https://ask.audio/academy?nleloc=category/audio/topic/eurorackmodular
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