Mutable Instruments has announced its new Eurorack module Blades, an 18-HP dual multimode filter with continuously variable filter response, filter routing, and an overdrive stage that wavefolds.

Mutable Instruments Blades dual multimode filter

It can be used as a dual mono filter, stereo filter, dual filter in series of parallel blends with CV modulation over everything.

What sets Blades apart is that options commonly presented as multiple choices (low-pass or high-pass? serial or parallel?) are presented here as a continuum, ready to be explored at the twist of a knob or with a CV.

The filter response is continuously variable between low-pass, band-pass and high-pass, and delivers intermediate shelving responses, for more nuanced spectral coloring.

A dual crossfader circuit allows the routing between the two filters to smoothly vary from single to parallel to series.

Blades features

  • A CV-controlled overdrive stage precedes each of the two filters.
  • Overdrive response continuously adjustable between soft-clipping and 2-stage wavefolding.
  • Clean 2-pole (12dB/octave) state-variable design.
  • CV-controlled filter response, continuously variable between low-pass, band-pass and high-pass.
  • CV inputs with attenuverters for cutoff and resonance.
  • Unattenuated frequency CV input, calibrated for 1V/Oct tracking.
  • Clean self-oscillation across the audio range, extending into very low frequencies, with constant amplitude.
  • Modulating the filter response is akin to modulating the phase of the self-oscillation tone.
  • Continuously variable (and CV-controlled) routing from single to parallel to series.
  • With a signal patched into filter 2’s audio input, the routing knob and CV act as a crossfader.
  • Filter 2’s cutoff can be set relatively to filter 1’s cutoff.
  • Fully analog, based on the V2164 quad VCA chip.
  • Frequency knob range: 8Hz to 18kHz.
  • Audio input impedance: 30k.
  • DC-coupled audio inputs.
  • Filter mode CV input impedance: 50k.
  • Other CV inputs impedance: 100k.
  • All CV inputs handle audio-rate modulations.

The module is priced $359 USD / 299 EUR.

More information: Mutable Instruments