Supercell: an expanded version of Clouds by Mutable Instruments
Clouds, the granular synthesis module from Mutable Instruments, was discontinued in 2017. Supercell brings back Clouds in a more accessible 34 hp form factor, offering an improved user interface and several additional features:
- Each of the Blend parameters (Feedback, Panning, Mix, and Space) have dedicated knobs with their own CV inputs and inverting attenuators (attenuverters).
- The inputs and outputs now have mute switches, stereo VCAs, and separate VU meters. The knobs act as offset controls when their respective VCA inputs are patched.
- A stereo output gain control has been added, providing an additional +6 dB of gain to compensate for low output levels when using certain parameter combinations.
- The complex process of changing the sampling time and managing presets has been simplified with dedicated switches and status LEDs.
- Extensive modulation options for all parameters including direct patching of external CV, distribution of one CV to all parameters via the AUX input, or an internal smooth random CV that is normalized to any unpatched inputs when AUX is also unpatched. The attenuverters control the modulation depth in all three cases. With the latest firmware, the internal modulation rate can be adjusted within a range of 1 to 100 Hz.
- The inputs and outputs now include stereo VCAs and separate VU meters. The knobs act as offset controls when their respective VCA inputs are patched.
- Pitch is now controlled by two separate inputs: the V/Oct input is exponential and the Pitch input is linear. When both inputs are used, their voltages are summed.
- A manual Trig switch (for capturing individual grains) has been added, in addition to the Trig input that was present on Clouds.
All other features of the original Clouds remain intact, including access to the alternate modes. Thanks to Mutable Instruments for making the original Clouds hardware and firmware available under open-source licenses. The "Superparasites" alternate firmware is also available, which combines the code from Parasites (Matthias Puech) with Beat Repeat (Julius Kammerl) into one powerful expanded firmware with eight DSP modes available. See the Downloads section below for details or Github for source code.
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Downloads + Documentation
The "Core" firmware provides the four original DSP modes from Clouds, adapted for Supercell. The "Superparasites" firmware combines the Clouds Parasites firmware by Matthias Puech with the Beat Repeat firmware by Julius Kammerl. This combined firmware was developed in collaboration with Patrick Dowling, a core contributor to the Ornament & Crime firmware. Thanks to all involved for their work on this hybrid firmware. Superparasites source code is available on Patrick's Github repo.
Check the original documentation from Mutable Instruments for more info.
- Mode 1 [●○○○]: Granular Processor (Mutable)
- Mode 2 [○●○○]: Pitch Shift / Time Stretch (Mutable)
- Mode 3 [○○●○]: Looping Delay (Mutable)
- Mode 4 [○○○●]: Spectral Processor (Mutable)
- Mode 1 [●○○○]: Granular Clouds (Parasites)
- Mode 2 [○●○○]: Pitch Shift / Time Stretch (Parasites)
- Mode 3 [○○●○]: Looping Delay (Parasites)
- Mode 4 [○○○●]: Spectral Processor (Parasites)
- Mode 5 [○●●●]: Oliverb (Parasites)
- Mode 6 [●○●●]: Resonestor (Parasites)
- Mode 7 [●●○●]: Beat Repeat (Kammerl)
- Mode 8 [●●●○]: Spectral Clouds (Kammerl)
Open-source documentation can be found on our Github repository.
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