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By Koen Tanghe @ Smartelectronix.
This effect is a delay line granulator and it works like this:
Incoming (mono) sound is fed into a delay line from which small pieces of various durations and at different moments in the past are selected. Each of these pieces is then amplified, transposed and enveloped to form a "grain". Each grain is also randomly panned and the whole mix is sent out to a stereo output stream.
Feedback of the grain output back into the delay line is also provided, and the delay line can also be frozen so that the grains are only taken from what is currently stored in the delay line.
Inspired by the great DLGranulator effect in Ross Bencina's AudioMulch.
Reviewed By VicDiesel
April 17, 2004
It's a pity that the AU version has no GUI, but that's about the only thing I can find wrong with this plug. There's quite a large number of parameters to muck with, and there is a good number of presets to get ideas from.Read more
Reviewed By benwalker
March 23, 2004
I stumbled across this plugin after trying to find ways of messing up sounds, matrix-style (think of that "Neo down the rabbit hole" moment). Someone suggested a granular synthesis effect... and so I've found myself here.
So, what does this do? Well, without getting into the long science bit, all manner of weird, drawn out delays, glitches, and squeak sare possible. The effect is one of those things that has a unique sound, for spot effects and so on. Run an analogue drum synth through it (eg MicroTonic) and you might as well be listening to any of the Warp label artists... (think Autechre). Other samples work well and the thing really comes into its own when you start automating the controls via midi.
Interface - Simple but effective. Doesn't over complicate things. As Radiohead sang, Eveything in its right place...
Sound - As stated previously, great if you know that that's the sound you're after. Play around with it...
Features - Yeah, one trick pony, but it does what it's meant to do. The added midi implementation adds a lot of flexibility to the sounds possible.
Documentation - brief, but informative. Experimentation is the best way to learn it...
Presets - Lots. All good, and serve as a tutorial on how to mess up sound.
Support - Never spoken to them. Can't imagine that they wouldn't respond though.
VFM - It's Free. What more could you ask for...
Stability - Fine so far (SL2.0, XP Home). Only giving it 9 though since I've only had it a few days...
Overall, a great plugin effect for weird granular effects.Read more