Crossfading, crossfolding, analog ringmod emulation, digital ringmod, logical bit manipulations, comparator based modulations.
Evolved from the oscillator mixing section of Mutable Instruments’ desktop hybrid synths, Warps is designed to blend and combine two audio signals. A variety of wave-shaping and cross-modulation methods – some of them emulating classic analog circuits, some of them purely digital – are provided by the module.
With Warps, the cross-modulated sound can be sculpted with control voltages along 4 dimensions: by controlling the amplitude and distorting the input signals, by smoothly scanning through the collection of modulation algorithms, and by adjusting a timbre parameter controlling the brightness/harshness of the modulated signal.
Since many classic cross-modulation effects work best when the carrier is a simple waveform – for example, a sine wave for ring-modulation or a buzzing waveform for vocoding – Warps includes a digital oscillator offering a handful of classic waveforms. This internal oscillator, which tracks V/Oct and supports through-zero FM, will replace the carrier audio input – freeing up one oscillator in your system for other duties!
Seven algorithms are available between which can be blended using the large potentiometer and a CV. The sound can be controlled with the TIMBRE parameter and CV input:
-Crossfader: Timbre fades with constant power between carrier and modulator signal.
-Crossfolding: Carrier and modulator are summed and a little corss modulation is added. The resut is processed by a wave folder whose strangth is determined by Timbre.
-digital diode ring modulator: carrier and modulator are ring modulated pretty roughly. Timbre controls level and simulates a diode distortion.
-digital ring modulator, working cleaner than the one before, simulating an analog ring mod. Timbre controls level and adds soft clipping.
-XOR modulation: both signals are converted to 16Bit integers and these values are combined by an XOR logic. Timbre determines which Bits are XOR'ed together.
-Comparator and rectifier: carrier's negative portions are replaced by these of the modulator, on the other hand the absolute values of both signals are read out differently. Timbre morphs through these signals.
-Three vocoder algorithms with 20 bands, which differ in their envelope follwers' release times: from short releases to freezing the spectrum. Timbre warps the connections of analysis and synthesis sections and shifts formants.
Power consumption: 110mA @ +12V and 5mA @ -12V