Machine Machine (2013) is an audio installation, by John Keston, that turns a 32″ touchscreen into audio + video granular synthesizer.
Granular synthesis is used to loop “grains” of sound and video at variable lengths and frequencies. These parameters are based on the y-axis of the touch point on the monitor. The x-axis determines the position of the grain within the timeline. Continue reading
MOTU’s Matt LaPoint demonstrates using IRCAM-based granular synthesis engine of MachFive 3 by applying granular techniques to the main Star Wars theme.
Partikkel Audio has released Hadron – described as the ‘ultimate granular synthesis tool’ – as a free download.
“In fact,” notes the developer, “it is such a complete implementation of granular synthesis , that we’ve renamed the technique to ‘particle synthesis’.”
Hadron is free and open source.
Ellipsynth is a polyphonic real-time granular synthesis instrument for iOS devices.
Granular synthesis is a technique where sound is broken up into little pieces and played at different speeds. When this is applied to a recording, you can alter the speed at which it plays independently of its pitch. Ellipsynth uses granular synthesis to achieve real time polyphonic manipulation of sounds.
Ellipsynth can play up to 32 voices simultaneously, depending on its sample rate and the speed of your device.
Here’s an audio preview of Ellipsynth:
Mayank Sanganeria has released a free iOS application for granular audio manipulation, GrainProc:
GrainProc provides an expressive control surface for granular manipulation of real-time audio input, well-suited for sonic sculpting and self-accompaniment of of guitar, voice, etc. Designed for quick control with fingers.
The app was a collaboration between Sanganeria & Kurt James Werner.
Developer Chris Carlson has released Borderlands Granular – a new musical instrument for the iPad.
Borderlands Granular is designed to let you explore, touch, and transform sound with granular synthesis, a technique that involves the superposition of small fragments of sound, or grains, to create complex, evolving timbres and textures.
Here’s an example of Borderland Granular in action:
apeSoft has released iPulsaret, a new app that brings the powerful Density/Pulsaret (Mac/Win standalone) Granular Synthesis tools to the iPad.
Here’s what they have to say about iPulsaret:
iPulsaret is a new real-time software capable of all time-domain varieties of granular synthesis. A genuine granular playground able to generate a wide range of usual and not so usual effects: time/pitch shifting, time/pitch jittering, intricate textures, grain fountain/pulverizer, recording and manipulation of buffers, dynamic envelope shape and many more. iPulsaret for iPad will give you all the basic and advanced tools you need to manipulate sound in subtle and surprising ways.
All these features are packed in an optimized, user-friendly, visually sharp interface that is easy to access when fast-improvising live, composing in a studio, or sound designing at home and on the go! You will have the power, freedom, and flexibility to create like never before – on your iPad! iPulsaret allows you to load from some built-in sound samples, record audio directly with your iPad mic and/or add your own WAV, AIFF files via iTunes.
With iPulsaret it is possible to capture the stereo output (of granulation) into the documents folder while play the keyboard or moving granulation parameters in real-time.
Here’s a video demo of iPulsaret:
Linear Display has introduced R_Mem – a granulator effect plug-in with additional ring-modulator, multimode filter and delay.
Here’s what they have to say about R_Mem:
R_Mem lets you deconstruct the input signal and turn it into a totally different sound, from windy soundscapes to noisy clicks. What makes it special is the addition of a modulation matrix driven by 4 LFOs and of a morphing system that lets you store two states and crossfade between them. For even more radical sound mangling, both state slots can be filled with random values.
The full version also comes with 50 royalty-free samples (24 Bit / 44.1 kHz) : a selection of dark soundscapes and sound effects crafted from a mix of field recordings and digital experiments.