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The Mangle

Granular Synthesis Plugin by Sound Guru
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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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.20 from 5 reviews

Reviewed By mandrill
June 6, 2020

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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Reviewed By Akurra
July 30, 2018

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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Reviewed By pjd3
June 24, 2018

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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Reviewed By Mybabyturtle
April 6, 2018

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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Reviewed By aerodrink
September 15, 2017

Amazing piece of software. I bought it 3 years ago, and I still find the audio results stunning and musical. Every detail has been very well thought of; congrats to Tom Maisley he's been doing a fantastic job on this one.

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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.

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