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Grain Strain

Grain Strain
Grain Strain by Full Bucket Music is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and a CLAP Plugin.
May not work properly on Big Sur / M1 machines
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Grain Strain is a software effect plug-in for Microsoft Windows (VST2/VST3/CLAP) and Apple macOS (VST2/VST3/AU/CLAP). It is written in native C++ code for high performance and low CPU consumption.

Main features:

  • Flexible grain looping with Sync-to-Host options.
  • Envelopes for both grains and loop iterations (frames).
  • "Grain Vocoder":
    Grain frequency control via MIDI (up to eight voices).
  • Supports MTS-ESP by ODDSound dynamic micro-tuning.
  • Resizable user interface (not "N" version.).

  • MIDI Learn – all parameters can be controlled by MIDI CC.
  • Plug-in supports Windows and macOS (32-bit and 64-bit).

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 3 reviews

Grain Strain
Reviewed By RobertSchulz
July 24th, 2022

Fabulous little FX tool. It is like a mixture of a Beat Repeat tool, a vocoder and glitchy/stutter effect, not something like a grain delay which the name might suggest. Really can "technoize" drum loops and give them a new touch of life by just blending it in decently with the dry signal. You can quickly get very transformed and interesting new sounds with this one.

Thanks Björn again for this and all the free software you created throughout the years for us and that even without giving a single word about donations or other hurdles to pass over.

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Grain Strain
Reviewed By Vortex1212
July 27th, 2021

Very interesting and quirky sound design tool. Its feature set is a little confusing at first to anyone familiar with granular effects, but after you kinda wrap your head around it (The youtube video on Björn Arlt's own channel really helped me out there) it reveals itself to be a very unique and intriguing box of tricks. What this thing won't do, however, is be your standard granular effect, for that, it'd be wise for you to keep moving on through your journey, though maybe you should grab this thing along the way, (it's free, after all).

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Grain Strain
Reviewed By psyfin
July 27th, 2021

It's good for what it does. Also uselful in an effect chain along with a multieffect processor like tantra.

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