Can anyone recommend a very simple granular synth to play with

Dec 8, 2010 at 3:15pm

Can anyone recommend a very simple granular synth to play with

Hi all, Im working on a max project and need a simple granular synth to play with, ideally one that I can edit by giving numbers to parameters such as grain duration, size, length, offsett etc to do some experiments.

Or a simple build your own granular toolkit if theres one out there thats easy to build with

Thanks in advance


Dec 8, 2010 at 4:15pm

The granulator in the Max examples (“granularized”) should probably your first stop. Great if you want just to “play with the parameters”. Also great to analyze and learn a lot about programming with Max.

Dec 8, 2010 at 4:37pm

Thanks Jean-Francois,

It looks simple-ish,

The overall aim of my project is to generate grains via cellular automata which is going ok, now to plug the CA into the granulator and play

Cheers again

Dec 8, 2010 at 5:16pm

The one by Nobuyasu Sakonda is very simple, very efficient and playful :


Dec 8, 2010 at 5:33pm

Yes, Sakonda’s granulator is a standard, and many musicians love its sound. It all depends on what you want to achieve, that’s why there is not just one granulator. When you say “generate grains via cellular automata”, it sounds like the one in the Max examples might be the way to go. Indeed, especially if you change the “metro” generating the grains, you have the control of generating just one grain, when you desire it. With Nobuyasu’s granulation engine, 8 (or 4) grains overlap continually. It gives a beautiful sound, but you can’t separate the grains easily.

Dec 9, 2010 at 4:35pm

Or roll your own….


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