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Granular Synthesis Instrument External

October 15, 2013 | 6:09 pm

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.


October 15, 2013 | 11:53 pm

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.

October 16, 2013 | 1:16 am

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.


October 16, 2013 | 1:24 am

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


October 16, 2013 | 1:58 am

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

October 16, 2013 | 2:31 am

+1 for real-timish input granular synthesis !

October 16, 2013 | 3:48 am

. . . . you could call it "grainstream" : )

October 16, 2013 | 4:37 am

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

October 17, 2013 | 5:15 am

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.

October 17, 2013 | 7:50 am

(damn wordpress)

October 17, 2013 | 7:51 am

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

The race is on . . . .

October 17, 2013 | 8:13 am

Hurray, i say =-)

October 17, 2013 | 12:37 pm

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

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