This is, hands-down, the greatest oscillator I’ve used. To give you an idea of how much effort has gone into this, Olivier sent me one back in June 2016. He’s been very quick to fix bugs and refine control ranges. I’ve had a lot of experience with it, yet I’m still finding all sorts of new tricks.
Some quick thoughts to address some of the posts here:
Don’t rush to sell Rings. The various noise modes (and aux outputs) are excellent for pairing with Rings and expanding its capabilities.
The Aux modes are excellent and easy to overlook. Plaits pairs very well with a crossfader for quickly auditioning both outputs.
The built-in envelope generator and low-pass gate are perhaps my favorite part. Like Rings, you need very few cables to get something moving.
Additionally, the envelope generator is normalled to the CV inputs, which is very convenient. As a quick example, in the Kick Drum mode, just adjusting the FM knob without anything connected to that input will give you the frequency envelope adjustment that you would expect on a good kick synth.
Again, AUX MODES. Use them. For instance, one of the noise models has a trigger output that works exactly like SuperCollider’s Dust (random triggers with variable density). It is excellent for triggering random percussion, grains, pinging filters, etc.
If you dig Tides as an oscillator, all of Tides oscillator functions (and Sheep) are in here.
pre ordered mine with a plonk replacement in mind. i only use one preset that i made myself on my plonk and after having it for some months now i don’t really jive with the interface and menu screens. plaits seems more fitting for my system. excited!
good question, sorta thinking that, too. It’s still worth something (it still sounds as good as it did yesterday! ), especially for someone just getting started, and at least it was featured in Arturia’s RackBrute press media!
the eurorack world is getting older, and it’s apart of the same tech train as any other mainstream pro audio gear. updates and v2 modules will be inevitable, and it will definitely decrease the price of the older versions (except maybe clouds which will probably be worth the moon in 10 years). unless i see a module that does something i specifically use 100% better than what i already have and i think i can legitimately work more efficiently and creatively with it, there is really no reason to always have the newest thing… and i’m sure a lot of people will still buy the old stuff because it’s easier to buy into. personally if i have had a module for 2+ years and then all of a sudden a new module makes it’s value go down another 10%, i don’t think i’ll be too bummed if i got a lot of use out of it or would still like to use it because it’s what i know.
Keep in mind that the built-in LPG is mostly an additional thing, not really the main functionality of the module. Making these CV-controllable would have requited adding more jacks, which would have made the module bigger. It’s still useful and super nice to have imho, but when you want more control you’ll want a dedicated LPG / VCA or whatever it will be. I might seem an obvious thing to say, but it’s tempting to make modules that break the modular equation by doing too much stuff, but we all know from experience that the modular is most interesting when you connect up multiple modules in interesting ways.
Good question. I still think that Braids is interesting for certain things, and the two are definitely kind of different modules. There’s a many things in Braids which are not really covered by Plaits.
I should also add that if I had a module for 2+ years and it’s been working really well for me, maybe I don’t need the mk2 version. Musically speaking the best gear is the one you know in and out, the one you have spent most time with. I know, I’m basically saying: don’t buy Plaits if you have Braids, which I guess I shouldn’t be… (though of course one can have Braids and Plaits!)
And the bitrate reduction, and the quantizer. Braids was – towards the end – getting into full voice territory and I think it was a good choice to take a step back and reduce functionality, going the “less but better road”. But yeah, that makes Plaits kind of a module of its own, less a Braids mk2, but more a complete reboot of what Braids could have been since the beginning.
Indeed! One of the reasons I personally love all-analogue modules is because the originals almost always keep a unique aspect that makes them differently desirable from any “upgrades” down the road. The modules that are effectively just a computer, jacks, knobs, and optionally a display are far more, ahem, “mutable” (cough) and thus much more prone to rapid evolution and significant feature delta over time. Not that that’s a bad quality - older modules retain quite a lot of life as this forum proves! - but just one to always keep in mind. If you’re buying a computer-behind-a-panel you’re increasingly getting into a product upgrade cycle of single-digit years and even months in some cases.
You pays your money and you takes your choice, as they say.