traded in my mangrove for a plaits, and so far really enjoying it. mangrove had a wonderfully unique and focused personality and i love the design, but for the music I make it felt like I was always sort of fighting the sound, it was frequently too…angular and chiptune sounding for what I was going for.
but onto Plaits- there’s almost too much fertile ground to explore…
Having the Tides oscillator back is a joy, because it is a really pleasing sound that I could never quite get anywhere else, especially when put through a vactrol.
The FM mode is also super useful and immediate and can get some exceptional mellow bell tones really quickly.
The formant oscillator sounds excellent as well, and as one might assume, can actually sound quite a bit like Mangrove when set right, but even that mode alone I’m finding more flexible sonically than Mangrove, just not quite as thick as the real analog deal, esp with the Air control. A tradeoff I’m willing to accept for the time being.
The wavetable mode also has a very useful array of warm FM-type sounds that I love, great for drones, especially with some gentle modulation using the interpolated mode, crossfading between similar adjacent waveforms in the table.
Chord mode is pretty special, as everyone else has also realized, especially at that organ-like setting, another drone machine with modulation to the timbre control.
The filtered noise is obviously exceptionally useful for use with Rings, and the particle noise is an immediately pleasing sound with a great plucky resonance to it.
And the last of my favorites, the kick drum, surprisingly thick- put up against an analog kick, I’m not sure I could identify which is which, it really does sound good. And the controls give a great amount of flexibility to the sound- PLUS the aux input gives a slightly different flavor with it’s own response to the controls. Panned left and right you can get some pretty massive sounds.
All in all very thankful for Olivier and his designs, I think this recent trio of modules are his best three modules yet and demonstrate a further honing and design maturity to go along with his talent as a creator of these little instruments. Can’t wait to see what else is on the horizon.