Ableton today released Grain Scanner – a 10-voice polyphonic granular synth and re-synthesizer designed for experimental noises, glitchy effects, alien textures and thick clouds of ambience.
Grain Scanner is designed to let you you design ‘experimental noises, glitchy effects, alien textures and massive clouds of ambience’. Grain Scanner chops samples into small slices, then re-arranges and plays them back in a multitude of ways. The result is sound that lives somewhere between the organic and the synthetic.
The heart of Grain Scanner is an advanced granular engine that can play up to 128,000 microscopic slices of a sample per second. You can modulate each of the 10 voices individually, with up to four LFOs, or modulate the global parameters with all four modulation sources at once.
A built-in step sequencer and separate effects panel provide further ways to bend and twist the sound.
This Pack includes more than 100 presets, as well as a database of dozens of source sounds ready to be transformed. It’s also possible to import user samples.
Grain Scanner was also made with Push and other keyboard controllers in mind, so it’s easy to start making melodies and harmonies.
- 10-voice polyphony with an advanced granular engine
- Advanced 4x modulation system and step-sequencer
- Dedicated effects page
- Designed to be used with Push and other keyboard controllers
- Key Follow adds depth and expression to your performances
- 118 presets
Pricing and Availability
Grain Scanner is available now for USD 59/EUR 49/GBP 39.