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KVR Developer Challenge 2021KVRDC21: Daniel Gergely Emergence - Free Real-Time Granulator Plugin for Windows VST3

Daniel Gergely

With the KVR Developer Challenge 2021 at the download and voting stage it's time to focus on each of the 37 entries that are available now, for free, for everyone.

Emergence by Daniel Gergely
Windows VST3

Emergence occurs when an entity is observed to have properties its parts do not have on their own, properties or behaviors which emerge only when the parts interact in a wider whole.

This plugin is a real-time granulator. It continuously records the input signal into a buffer. The content of the buffer is played back as many short pieces of sound called grains. Up to 600 grains can be generated in 4 streams, each having it's own set of parameters that control grain generation.

A single grain is not that interesting. The most exciting things happen when hundreds of overlapping grains play together, creating anything from complex delay patterns to strange noises to beautiful layered soundscapes.


  • Up to 600 grains (depending on your CPU).
  • 4 grain generation streams with independent parameters.
  • Parameter randomization.
  • High quality grain pitch transposition (+/- 24 semitones).
  • Freeze buffer contents.
  • Built-in help (hover over controls and see text at the bottom).

I had this idea for a while and decided to turn it into a plugin for KVRDC21 to share it with others. Hopefully it is already a fully useful plugin with many possibilities, but there are still some features I want to add in the future. These include: macOS support, a smoother resizable UI, macros and LFOs for modulating parameters, factory and user presets, and many other ideas.



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