Hexinverter Electronique has announced the Mutant Brain MIDI to CV/Gate converter. They’ve done in a rather amusing fashion via a DivKid video featuring the maligned Akai Rhythm Wolf. Using the Wolf as a MIDI groove box it runs through the Mutant Brain in order to use Hexinverter percussion modules rather than the terrible internal sounds.
It has one MIDI input port and 16 Eurorack compatible outputs. 4 CV outputs and 12 digital Trigger/Gate outputs. The whole thing is uber configurable via a webpage style editor on your computer. The setup is dumped into the Mutant Brain via SysEx and it remembers it until next time you want to change it. Hexinverter includes a bunch of ready-to-go patches of popular configurations to get you started.
The CV outputs could be notes, pitch bend or other modulation sent via MIDI CC numbers or simply fixed voltage values. The gate outputs could trigger drums, envelopes, be a source of clock or transport control and you can also change the length of each trigger.
The idea of the Mutant Brain is to make it as simple as possible. All the configuration is behind the scenes, there’s no menu diving or anything. Once you’ve decided on how you want it set up then it’s good to go in only 8HP.
They include it within the range of other drum modules and I guess with the 12 triggers that’s what it is best suited for, but don’t forget how useful those 4 channels of CV can be.
Hexinverter Mutant Brain webpage.