Well well, here we are a DivKid Eurorack module! I’m totally chuffed to have this brought to life after first drafting out a quick line drawing years back. By the time you read this the module will be available as both assembled units and DIY kits and PCB/panel combos at a range of great stores around the world. I teamed up with Befaco who have worked behind the scenes to bring this module to life, the PCBs say “powered by Befaco” which I’m proud to have on there and have them be involved. The Eurorack scene is such a wonderful, supportive and amazing group of people with a wide range of backgrounds. The scene has been great to me in getting started and supporting the videos I make. I’m proud to have a module out that I hope people find useful that’s been made by and will be sold by even more of the great people involved in the scene.
Add the module to your modular grid here –https://www.modulargrid.net/e/divkid-mutes
DIY build guide and images here – http://bit.ly/mutesfiles
PLEASE NOTE – vactrols by their nature will not pass sensitive voltages accurately. Therefore we do not recommend the use of Mutes (or other vactrol based modules) for quantised pitch information or situations where the specific input voltage is crucial to the patch. In this case vactrols are used for their desirable character in making audio muting clickless and fast momentary performances on the switches more musical.
“Mutes is my dream compact performance tool.” Sir Divward Kiddery
But Mutes goes above and beyond basic muting by allowing you to split groups of signals to multiple destinations, making it great for FX dub performing and varied signal routing.
You also get a three position switch giving you: MOMENTARY signal pass through (it springs back to the centre when released); OFF (or muted) in the centre; and ON to the right. We’ve also added vactrols to the circuit giving the switching a pleasing decay for both audio and modulation as well a totally click free muting. This module can add mutes to anything, your mixer, module inputs or outputs, modulation signals, sequencers, gate sources and more.
Mutes was developed by Befaco on behalf of DivKid. Special thanks to Glow Worm Cables for their free cables in the package too (NOTE – this was for the first batch only)
Key features 4HP // LEDs to visualise signals // 3 way momentary – off – on switching // buffered and cascading normalising of inputs // black metal panel // Vactrol based muting
Stores stocking Mutes (click store names for links) NOTE many of these ship worldwide, check availability with the stores.
Australia – Tin Shed Modular
Canada – Nightlife Electronics
Europe – Analogue Zone (Hungary) // Escape From Noise (Sweden) // Modular Square (France) // Raw Voltage (Austria) // Schneidersladen (Germany)
Japan – Boutique Pedal NYC (Japan)
United Kingdom – Cymru Beats // Matttech Modular) // Rubadub // Signal Sounds // Thonk (DIY Kits + PCB/Panel)
USA – Boutique Pedal NYC (USA) // Control (Brooklyn, New York) // Midwest Modular (Minneapolis) // Modular Addict (Wisconsin) // Patchwerks (Seattle) // Perfect Circuit (L.A.)
DIY Kits + PCB/panels – Modular Addict // Thonk
Here’s the famous magic hands himself Mylar Melodies having a switch wiggle with a pair of Mutes modules.
A huge thanks to my friend Bo, Mr. BobEats BoBeats for checking out the module (I didn’t buy him that Lambo) and making a video about it alongside the some other great modules.
Molten Music built up the DIY version and had a jam on Mutes too.
Thank you to the websites that have posted about my module too. FACT Mag // Gear News // Muff Wiggler forum // Top Music News
Congrats, Ben! Always nice to see dreams come to fruition.
Excellent realtime performance utility.Will definately find a space in my case.
Guy Turner says
Are the outputs normalled as well, does it mix? if so I will take 4
Outputs aren’t normalled, if you get one you’ll see how packed the PCBs are for something seemingly so simple. No mixing I’m afraid.
Jukka Koops says
I’ll take four of those output-normalled versions too, thankyouverymuch!
it doesn’t mix at all and the circuit as it can’t be adapted to do so.
Are you selling these directly or only through retailers?
check the links in the post, it lists which retailers have it already and which will (some in transit right now).
Ross Menuez says
hey any chance of another batch for 2019?
Hello, the third batch is starting to ship out to stores right about now. The second batch sold out again in most places pretty quickly. Thanks for the interest.
Hello, I’m French, sorry for my English writing. I like your MUTE modules and I’m buying two but it was possibel to modify the mute in temporais “momentary” and in the center the sound which passes “by pass” and mute complete on the right (the same of Korg Zero8). thank you for your reply..
Hello, it’s not possible to modify how the switch operates unfortunately as the module is currently. No need to apologise for your English writing I understood. Thanks for supporting Mutes and I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for your reply, can you tell me if the problem comes from the switch (possible to work around the problem with an invert type cd4085be) or the problem comes from other by the recommendation of the printed circuit? I love Mixer type ZERO8 (juste the switch mute and 3 kaosspad).
I think you need to delete the ‘free glow worm cables’ reference since they are no longer included.
Any place for troubleshoot suggestions? LEDs come on the appropriate way when switches are toggled. Hook up patch cables and the LEDs don’t come on and no signal switching occurs. This is the first module I’ve built where I’ve had a problem (but it is not the first module I’ve built!) Not saying it is the module – I’ve obviously done something wrong. I’ve inspected closely for solder bridges, etc. Just posting on the very unlikely chance that someone (i) made the same error I did, and (ii) figured it out. Really hoping to resuscitate it!
Hi Hugh, Befaco have a service to help you finish things and get them working. Get in touch and they’ll help out https://www.befaco.org/contact/
Hello, yes I can see how the panel upside would be useful. I’ve got one upside in one case even. But just put the panel upside down. There’s very little graphics to worry about and even with a new panel ins/outs would still be the wrong way around.
Great article from Chris Meyer!