Bastl Instruments Intros microGranny 2.0 Granular Sampler


At Musikmesse 2014, Bastl Instruments introduced the microGranny 2.0 – a monophonic granular sampler.

The microGranny 2.0 reads wav samples from microSD card and applies granular algorithms to them. You can also adjust start, end, sample rate (tuned or free run), crush and envelope (attack release).

MIDI Input allows external control of all parameters as well as transposition of the samples, or playing individual grains by different keys.

Here’s a video demo of the microGranny 2 in action:

Here’s a playlist of audio demos of the microGranny 2.0:


  • monophonic mono sampler
  • microSD card (storing + recording samples, storing presets)
  • 6 sounds with full adjustments storable in a preset at once
  • 60 presets in 10 banks (6 preset per bank), stored as .txt files on microSD card
  • wav sample playback from microSD card (mono, 22050 Hz, 8 or 16 bit, two letter file name)
  • 8-bit 22050Hz wav recording via line input or onboard microphone
  • hold button
  • sample rate (tuned or free run)
  • crush
  • start, end position with repeat, instant loop
  • granular settings: grain size and shift speed (positive or negative)
  • amplitude envelope attack and release
  • MIDI Input — responds to note, cc and clock (synchronize loop and grains)
  • MIDI side chain envelope restart
  • copy, paste
  • input & output volume knob
  • power switch — plug / battery
  • hackable — arduino based

The Bastl Instruments microGranny 2.0 is priced at 160 Euro. See the company site for more information.

12 thoughts on “Bastl Instruments Intros microGranny 2.0 Granular Sampler

  1. Any word if they’re doing more than these 2 (extremely) limited runs? I missed out on the original MicroGranny, but it would REALLY suck to miss out on this.

  2. Sounds pretty cool, it would def. fill a niche in my setup. I wonder if there is some form of audio through from the recording input implemented/planned that would let this be used as a monophonic looper? The videos are long on awesome sounds, but short on exploration that would show how well it works as an instrument.

  3. I definitely want this and their XOR synth. Prices seem way reasonable. But, hopefully don’t get killed on VAT and shipping to the States.

    1. Just checked… VAT is only for EU (duh). In all, these products seem not just reasonable, but a bargain if the build quality holds up to studio use. XOR’s are back-ordered 2 weeks, but I’m going for it. microGranny pre-orders are sold-out as Emanuele said.

  4. This would also make a great iOS app if there isn’t something like it! (i know, not as sexy), but would happily plunk down $20 for it, and I’m sure they would sell a lot of them…….

    1. Try SampleWiz on the ipad….or iDensity too for something similar .. Those apps along with some other essentials like AudioBus and loopy might give you the same features….there is also the always hopeful semi abandoned borderlands granular

  5. agreed, this would definitely fill a spot in my live hardware deck. i’m sure there’s already a way to do this in Ableton, but i hate having to take the time to assign controls. and reading standard SD cards is awesome. as stated previously, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  6. After watching this space for a while… I’m not so sure any more. Their shop isn’t well updated and the forum is broken. Has anybody received one to test out yet? I’m wondering (’boutique cool’ factor aside) how well this stacks up to the granular sampling in, say, the kp3?

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