Granular Synthesis Instrument External

Oct 15, 2013 at 6:09pm

Granular Synthesis Instrument External

Hi there!

I’m currently in the midst of research to create a Granular Synthesis Max external for my final year University project. I’m trying to make this external as innovative as possible to make it actually worthwhile and usable once my project is done. I find Granular Synthesis itself fascinationg. I’m looking for as many suggestions as possible and general ideas any of you guys might have in which to include that you would like to see in a Granular Synthesis instrument. Any comments or suggestions are welcome, I’m just trying get some opinions on what a people think of a Granular Synthesis Instrument from as many different educated perspectives as possible.

Cheers,
Johnathan

#268171
Oct 15, 2013 at 11:53pm

Well I expect you’ve looked at the Robert Henke’s Granulator for Max? I think that sounds great, though as someone using it for sound design (in a sfx creation sense), I’d prefer to have more control over the parameters using envelopes. In fact I’d like to be able to envelope/lfo everything in the style Absynth uses.

#268180
Oct 16, 2013 at 1:16am

Hi
I posed a very similar question recently, and the inconclusive responses suggest that we are free to devise and modulate parameters in any way that suits the practical and artistic contexts. Are you doing ‘live’ sampling, file playback or a hybrid?

Personally, I got much inspiration from Monolake, SugarSynth, grainstretch, Sakonda and Bencina. I decorrelate grain pitch from size, provide interonset control and modulate other parameters, as Mark recommends, using a variety of envelope or LFO sources.

HTH
Brendan

#268184
Oct 16, 2013 at 1:24am

Oooh, and if you can find MachineSleet on youtube, he has some cool ideas on granular playback

-:)

#268185
Oct 16, 2013 at 1:58am

multi-stream real time granulation (short buffer) rather than file-based (long buffer) is, i think a “gap in the market” good luck!

#268186
Oct 16, 2013 at 2:31am

+1 for real-timish input granular synthesis !

#268188
Oct 16, 2013 at 3:48am

. . . . you could call it “grainstream” : )

#268192
Oct 16, 2013 at 4:37am

Maybe also look at borderlands on the Ipad for interesting ideas in granular visualisation and interface.

#268195
Oct 17, 2013 at 5:15am

A “proper” granular synth that can stream in a live realtime input would be the killer app, for sure.

The closest I’ve seen is “Grainfreeze” by Robert Henke, but it still doesn’t have the poly pitched-midi thing going on.

#268275
Oct 17, 2013 at 7:50am

(damn wordpress)

#268284
Oct 17, 2013 at 7:51am

When this PhD is FINALLY over, I promise to build one of these. Following some in-depth gen~ research though.

The race is on . . . .

#268285
Oct 17, 2013 at 8:13am

Hurray, i say =-)

#268287
Oct 17, 2013 at 12:37pm

Curtis Roads’ book, MicroSound, is also a good resource here. It’s all about granular.

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