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The Mangle

Granular Synthesis Plugin by Sound Guru
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The Mangle
The Mangle by Sound Guru is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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The Mangle is a granular synthesizer plugin which offers a real-time display of your grain stream, easy drag and drop modulation, a resolution independent (and resizable) vector interface, and multi-timbral layers. The overall goal is one of sonic exploration.

Modulate the grain creation rate, grain origin position, grain amplitude, pitch (can be locked to a musical scale), grain envelope, and pan for stereo width. A multimode filter is applied over the whole grain stream, which can of course also be modulated.

Each instance of the Mangle has 8 slots or 'layers', each with its own audio file and entire parameter and modulation setup. Each layer can be assigned to any range on the MIDI keyboard. Ranges can overlap, allowing you to build up complex multilayered effects. Or, spread the layers across the keyboard, letting you make complex granular instruments that span many octaves.

The Mangle is great for pads, atmospheres, effects, automatic rhythmic chopping of samples, and much more.

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Average user rating of 4.33 from 6 reviews
The Mangle

Reviewed By Tagirijus [all]
January 1st, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.1.1 on Windows

I've never really used grain stuff, from now on I certainly will.


  • Easy to use with a great minimalistic yet intuitive interface.
  • Light on CPU and seemed stable so far (v1.1.1).
  • Versatile options to set up a sound / preset / programm; what I also mean with this is that there are intuitive and many ways to modulate certain values inside a preset / programm (e.g. with random generators, LFOs, envelops, etc.).
  • The price almost is ridiculous. I tried other grain synths, which were five times as expensive as this one. This one is so affordable yet at least equally powerful.
  • Used sounds can be saved inside the preset or (as I personally prefer it) not in the preset, but with the path to a file (this saves storage space, in case you'll use the same sound again and again).

Could maybe better (ideas which could make some aspects maybe better in this plugin - so basically some kind of feature wishes):

  • The amount of modulation is sometimes a bit hard to set up. On the one site it would be cool to have also some kind of numeric value to at least see when setting up the modulation amount, on the other site it would be great to be able to enter values. The detailed-tweaking you can get while holding Ctrl is rather weird, since it can jump quite quickly suddenly. IIRC other plugins did behave similar; so this might be some typical behaviour when it comes to detailed knob tweaking? Or framework dependend? What I want to say here: it's hard to set up minimal tweaks in knobs sometimes.
  • Some values like the "position speed" cannot really be linked to an internal mod, AFAIK. It can be automated in the host, though.
  • Not that important, but still would be MAYBE nice to have in some very rare situations: curve control for the envelopes.
  • Nitpicky here: the default preset has the 8 slots spread through the whole keyboard, while I often times just want one slot for the whole keyboard. I made some own default preset having only the first slot spread through the whole keyboard (you can set it up luckily!!), which gets loaded in Reaper when I open this plugin. It's a really tiny and maybe stupid feedback here, but I just wanted to say it, since it felt weird that the first slot is set to one very low octave by default. (-;

Overall a big thanks to the dev! I am not sure if the development of this plugin is still going on. Writing this in 2022, while I can only see year numbers like 2015 or 2016 on the devs page, unfortunately. I wrote the dev and asked if the development is still going on; I'll see about that. But for now this plugin already works great. (=.

Also: some review here wrote that they bought it and never got a licence: I cannot second that. I bought it and immediately got my plugin. The price is so low anyway, omg ... seriously! (-;

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The Mangle

Reviewed By mandrill [all]
June 6th, 2020
Version reviewed: Demo on Windows

I'd give it 5 stars but since the dev takes the money and does not provide a licensed product or updates or respond to emails, I would award 0 stars if possible.

I can only say I am reviewing the DEMO version as, having paid the £20, that is all I have.

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The Mangle

Reviewed By Akurra [all]
July 30th, 2018
Version reviewed: 1.1.1 on Windows

I compared it to some other granular VSTs on the market, and this one is the most versatile. The ability to scrub the cursor around the sample for example, is often not mentioned, but allows the creation of some wonderful complex soundscapes. The modulation options are great. Most entertaining virtual instrument I own, would love to see it being upgraded.

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The Mangle

Reviewed By pjd3 [all]
June 24th, 2018
Version reviewed: 1.00 on Windows

Total newbie to software instruments but, had wonderful results with the Mangle over the last 2 days. That's how long I have owned it. I watched all the video's and had a moderate understanding of it before I even had it. It has already done wonders for a project I started some weeks ago. That involved rendering 3-5 second clips of some pads I constructed in Reaper with Ebow, and went about the ways of mangling as I had seen in the video's. Despite the whole thing of the dev "disappearning" the price of admission still seemed worth it and it was. Blending the soundscapes I produced in Mangle with the original material that the sources came from just opened up the sound into another place. I really like this thing and look forward to progressing in the things that can be done with it. I'm using Reaper and Windows 7 and have had no issues at all. Love the fricken thing.


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The Mangle

Reviewed By Mybabyturtle [all]
April 6th, 2018
Version reviewed: 4/2018 on Windows

I have just PURCHASED the software. It is a reasonable price and it is a great product. I can create my own drone sounds and can stop buying new drone software. Lots of fun doing it too.

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Comments & Discussion for Sound Guru The Mangle

Discussion: Active
8 June 2018 at 9:17am

I too think out is an amazingly great to use and sounding granular synthesis tool. Very musical and the modulation options are just great. You can use 8 samples at once if you like and you have a full ADSR envelop what most granular samplers misses. The rendering is smooth and the engine allowes very nice grain clouds and a mixture of forward and backward playing grains. A feature I am missing in many other tools I am using.

Most thought the product was dead due Tom never responded on anything and no update came out for years... but surprisingly I received a mail from the dev that Tom would be working on some things and even is planning to add new features into THE MANGLE. I think that will take veeeeeery long time but I was happy to hear a sign of life lately.

2 March 2019 at 4:56pm

I tried to contact him a few times over the last 2 years to get any update info. No response. This is a very bad behaviour, i think the project is dead. Vaporware who used Richard Devine feedback to collect money from us stupid customers.

22 November 2018 at 3:19pm

Hello ..Does The Mangle work with Ableton 10 std on Windows 10..64-bit. Any help appreciated.

22 November 2018 at 3:52pm

Can't say. Sorry.

hangars liquides
hangars liquides
24 March 2019 at 8:13am

can't see the imported samples in the GUI on live's latest... no answer from the dev either...

21 May 2020 at 5:45pm

Hi there, I bought The Mangle, too, and I love the software, however I still have to do away with the DEMO version. After the purchase I'd been sent a link to what ended up being another DEMO version... and after a few years and many attempts to contact Tom still no luck. Could anyone please help me out here and send me a full version? I know this is highly irregular, but I can prove myself with a recept and everything... Please?

6 June 2020 at 1:36pm

I've had exactly the same issue. I keep emailing for help but never any response despite taking the money.

Sound Guru should be investigated and wrapped up.

19 November 2022 at 5:06pm

pls send me the demo installer ill lov u forever.

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