The Midium

Mutable Instruments' description of the Mutable Instruments Warps meta-modulator

Modulating 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!

10 HP     25mm     +12V: 110ma     -12V: 5mA

7 signal hybridization algorithms

• Crossfade.
• Cross-folding.
• Digital model of an analog diode ring-modulator.
• Digital ring-modulation.
• Bitwise XOR modulation.
• Octaver/comparator.
• 20 band-vocoder.

Everything under CV control

• CV control of modulation algorithm selection, with crossfading between adjacent algorithms.
• CV control of each input’s amplitude, with emulated analog saturation.
• V/O CV control of the internal oscillator (when enabled).
• For each algorithm, CV control of timbre richness/brightness/distortion.

Built in carrier oscillator

Audio input 1 can be replaced by an internal digital oscillator with through-zero FM.

Available waveforms: sine, triangle, sawtooth, pulse, filtered noise.


• Input impedances: 100k.
• Audio inputs and outputs: 16-bit, 96kHz.
• CV inputs: 12-bit, 1.6kHz.
• Internal processing: 32-bit floating point, 576kHz (32kHz for the vocoder).