What are the differences between Mutable Instruments Plaits and Braids?

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What are the differences between Mutable Instruments Plaits and Braids?

Mutable Instruments have released Plaits, marketed as the (spiritual) successor to their successful Braids, however, this module is very unique and different than the Braids. They are really two separate modules that have wonderful modulation capabilities and the Plaits is a beautiful and versatile module.

Today we are going to discuss the differences and similarities between the two modules.

The Braids

  • 16HP
  • Similarities are in the basis of the module as a Macro oscillator.
    • Differences in the feature set, there are 256 waveforms organized into 21 wavetables
  • Two continuously variable parameters labeled Timbre and Color that work at meta-parameters simultaneously going through the waveforms to create complex harmonic variances.
  • Unable to reach very low frequencies for LFO rate
  • One Output
  • 5 CV Inputs
  • 12-bit Resolution ADC

The Plaits

  • 12HP
  • This module is similar in the sense that it is covering a wide range of synthesis techniques to provide an efficient Macro-Oscillator.
  • Differences in features set as there are 16 Deep Synthesis Methods
    • 8 Synthesis Methods for Pitched Sounds
    • 8 Synthesis Methods for Noise and Percussion
  • Able to Reach very low frequencies for LFO rate
  • Two Outputs with the alternate outputs providing variances based on model.
  • 8 CV Inputs
  • Plaits shares no hardware or software with Braids
  • 16-Bit Resolution ADC

What is wonderful is that Mutable Instruments have created not just a MK.II of their module Braids but have created something entirely unique and different.


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