Steady State Fate Vortices Mixer + Saturation

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SSF's Vortices is an audio character mixer for Eurorack modular synthesizers designed to emulate and accentuate the saturation-compression and frequency response of vintage analog consoles and tape machines. Featuring a total of 14 inputs and 7 outputs in a relatively compact 16hp form factor (18hp with VCA CV expander).

Vortices was designed to oer a compact mixing environment with the characteristic sound coloration of vintage analog gear. The frequency response of vintage mixing consoles tends to de-emphasize higher frequencies and produce a rounder tone. I find this to be really nice for reducing harshness from FM’d and digital source material - the response makes them sound smoother and less fatiguing on the ear and imposes an inherent glue and polished sound upon a mix. This type of response also lends itself to feedback patching where higher frequency roll off is desired.

The saturation/compression/limiting aspect is inspired in the vein of post processing a signal from a vintage console into an analog tape machine. Intending to add slight warmth to more extreme saturation-compression. This has a big effect on tonality and tends to push the low-mid range while a built in built in hard limiting function adds hi-mid crunch in the extremes.

Vortices accommodates mono and stereo sources, broken respectively into two mix bus sections, providing separate mix outputs as well as a Master Mix split stereo output and a Master stereo jack output on the back of the module. The separated outputs and auxiliary inputs are provided to accommodate eect chains, feedback patching and end of chain mixing solutions as well as general sound processing, panning and cross fading applications.The two mixer sections offer two types of coloration and frequency response. The main Mono Mix channels 1-4 provide a warmer over-driven sound with a more pronounced high frequency reduction and rounder tonality. Higher set gain and input levels pronounce the characteristic saturation-compression effect, thereby beefing up low to mid harmonic content. Inputs will eventually hit a hard peak limiter, providing additional distortion at 12Vpp.

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