Softube Mutronics Mutator Plug-in

2-channel Modulated Filter Effects Plug-in with Modeled VCFs, LFOs, Envelope Followers, and External Sidechain Input - Mac/PC, AAX, VST, VST3, AU
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The Softube Mutronics Mutator is a meticulously modeled plug-in version of the now infamous Mutronics Mutator of the early '90s, which had a huge impact of the sound of music from that decade. You can hear the original hardware unit on records by Radiohead, Beck, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, and many others. Unfortunately, production stopped cold when a critical component was discontinued by the part manufacturer. Today, if you can find a used Mutator in good working order, the asking price may well be considerably more than the original cost new. Softube to the rescue! They've worked closely with Mutronics to ensure that the Softube Mutronics Mutator delivers every delicious detail of the original.

Softube Mutronics Mutator at a Glance:
  • Mutator: what it is, and what it can do for you
  • The added versatility of an external sidechain input
Mutator: what it is, and what it can do for you

Each of the Mutator's two channels incorporates an analog voltage-controlled filter (VCF) that will give you synth-like filter sweeps on any sound source that you feed into the unit. You can modulate the filter from several sources, such as the envelope follower, which sweeps the filter proportionally to the amplitude of the source. You can also control the filter via the onboard LFOs - each with four waveforms that create filter sweeps in or out of time with the music. In Gate Mode, the filter is either on or off - perfect for all manner of modern stutter effects.

The added versatility of an external sidechain input

You've got another cool option with the Softube Mutronics Mutator: the external sidechain input, which allows an external sound source to control the filter movements. Insert the Mutator on a pad track, for instance, and let the filter move in sync with a drum loop. Link or unlink the two channels for groovy stereo effects, use the Width control to broaden your stereo, and use the Mix knob to blend in the dry source with the mutated sound. Take it from Sweetwater - with the Softube Mutronics Mutato, there's no end to the tasty filter modulation madness you can unleash.

Softube Mutronics Mutator Features:
  • Easy modulated filter effects
  • Control filter sweeps by the sound source's amplitude
  • Modulate using the onboard LFOs or any external sound source
  • Used on many seminal records from the 1990s
  • Based on technology developed for analog synthesis in the 1960s
  • Each and every component meticulously modeled
  • Extremely analog behavior of frequencies, phase, distortion, etc.
Get cool modulated filter effects with the Softube Mutronics Mutator!

Tech Specs

Software Type Filter Effects
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Bit Depth 64-bit
iLok Required Account only required
Format AAX Native, VST, VST3, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Athlon 64 X2 or higher, 2GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Manufacturer Part Number SFT-MUT-1

Customer Reviews

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Really nice!

Wonderful-sounding effect plugin. A great recreation of a timeless classic. My only gripe (bearing in mind I've only had it a few days, and it might be me doing something wrong) is that I can't get two instances running at once in my DAW. Well, a second one will load and run, but doesn't seem to actually do anything — it just passes through. I'm sure I'll get that figured out, though, given more time to play with it.
See also: Softube, Softube Plug-ins: Effects, Softube Plug-ins: Equalizers