Granular synthesis, invented by Iannis Xenakis in 1959, is often passed by when talking about synthesis. Here we explore what it is and show how easily it can create unique and impressive sounds.
Grano takes samples like synth lines, field recordings or drums loops and takes you on a journey into unexpected sonic landscapes. It's probably most well suited for ambient and experimental genres.
Tracker from Polyend is a machine combining the retro feel of software trackers with sampler, wavetable, granular FM synthesis, sequencer and arranger in a portable standalone hardware form.
There will be more to see and hear of this machine in the future. In the meantime here's the second teaser video of the upcoming instrument from Polyend.
The popular granular synth from Tracktion comes to the desktop. Here's what you need to know.
Get into the far-reaching depths of PORTAL's advanced features to dial in the exact sound you want. Here's what you need to know about Output's latest soft synth.
With a bespoke granular engine that places the source audio into a powerful '" yet easy-to-use '" interface, STRAYLIGHT provides lush, organic timbres.
This playable granular synth and beat looper for Reaktor inspired Noah Pred to create some excellent new sounds. Here's how he got on...
Dark synth soundscapes are the order of the day with this new Kontakt instrument from Karanyi - and it's available at a big discount for a limited time.
With internal sampling, live input, two granular streams and the ability to work as a DSP platform, Qu-Bit's Nebulae V2 is a remarkable piece of gear. Scott Riesterer certainly thought so...
Isotonik Studios welcome Maurizio Giri of Amazing Noises to their collective with the release of Granular Lab for Ableton Live users. A real treat.
Blinksonic's latest Reaktor ensemble uses unusual samples and some clever synthesis to deliver results that are captivating, cinematic and often unexpected. Hollin Jones took it for a spin.
This new granular soft synth from Audio Damage fuses the company's slick, minimalist design with a vast scope for sound design possibilities. Noah Pred has his mind blown...
Reason's Grain synth is an incredible tool for sample manipulation that gives you total control over every aspect of your sound - and it's perfect for ambience and textures.
Use any sample from anywhere, or record your own sounds directly in to Grain to create a limitless selection of atmospheric pads and textures. Here's how.