Steinberg Intros Granular Symphonies Sound Library By Simon Stockhausen

granular-symphoniesSteinberg has released Granular Symphonies, an expansion pack for Padshop/Padshop Pro, created by the acclaimed composer and sound designer Simon Stockhausen.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

With beautifully intricate textures, pads and leads, Granular Symphonies spans 2 GB of exquisite content, featuring instrumental and vocal samples recorded and edited by the man himself plus 260 supplementary presets.

Simon Stockhausen said he hopes that “this library will inspire many composers around the world and expand their sonic palette to paint beautiful, haunting, wondrous and enchanting musical pictures.”

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Video + Audio Touchscreen Granular Synthesizer

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

Free Download – Hadron, ‘The Ultimate Granular Synthesis Tool’

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.

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Ellipsynth Polyphonic Granular Synth For iOS

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:

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Free iOS App For Granular Audio Manipulation, GrainProc

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.

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Borderlands Granular Synthesizer For iPad Now Available

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:

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