Dripping with style and oozing with character the 3-VCO Mutuca Pro comes straight from Arthur Joly’s Reco-Synth workshop in deepest Brazil.
The Mutuca Pro expands on the original Mutuca while keeping the same distinctive look and unmistakable Arthur Joly vibe. It’s a monster of stylish monosynth with three oscillators competing for attention while finding fat unisons, fun intervals and delicious detuning.
The three oscillators are pretty much identical with tuning and fine-tuning knobs, octave switches, sync, pulse width modulation and glide. They all have waveform morphing between sawtooth and triangle and a switch for pulse wave. You can modulate the first two VCOs from VCO3, whereas the third takes its modulation from the first envelope. Random modulation is available to all.
From there, you go into a VCO mixer that includes a white or pink noise generator. And then you push the sound full force into the low pass filter. The filter has its own ADSR, and you can also modulate it from VCO 3. There’s a second ADSR to control the VCA. You can trigger notes from the arcade-style button keyboard on the front or via MIDI or CV.
This Pro version has a couple of very tasty additions. There’s an overdrive circuit provided by a Russian vacuum Tube and a Stomp Box effects look. These signals can be mixed in with the clean signal in the Output Mixer.
Finally, we have the digital sequencer designed by Icaro Ferre. Finding a display on a Reco-Synth synth is unexpected, but it’s used along with the section to the left as the brain for the sequencer. You have a second keyboard with which to enter notes. It mirrors the front keyboard, and you can use either. It seems odd to have both, but the sequencer keyboard has some additional functions.
To record a step sequence hit “Rec”, and a useful Density knob defines how many of those notes will sound on playback. I think this is a very cool way of bringing in some variation. You can record a bunch of sequences and chain them together into songs. You can transpose on the fly and drop in randomisations. All-in-all an interesting sequencer.
You’re always getting that marvellous Arthur Joly analogue tone and lively, characterful flavours. Mutuca Pro is a great-looking synthesizer, and I’m thrilled whenever he shows a new machine.
Arthur only makes synthesizers to order, so if you’re interested, you’ll need to get in touch with him.
- Mutuca Pro: Reco Synth