Spektro Audio releases GrainFlux Max for Live synth

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Spektro Audio has announced the release of GrainFlux, a Max for Live synthesizer instrument.

Spektro Audio GrainFlux

GrainFlux is a MaxforLive synthesizer that combines different synthesis techniques such as granular, wavetable, and subtractive synthesis to create unique and distinctive sounds.

It works by using audio samples to create two different waveforms which can be morphed and modulated. While GrainFlux has a modern and simple to use design, it still offers many powerful and creative ways for you to manipulate its sound.

Create anything from morphing basslines to evolving drones by controlling and modulating the Morph, Grain Size, Tilt and Spike parameters.

GrainFlux is available for purchase for $14.99 USD.

More information: Spektro Audio / GrainFlux

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Sound Guru updates The Mangle granular sampler to v0.8b

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Sound Guru has released version 0.8 beta of The Mangle, a granular sampler instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Sound Guru The Mangle

There’s no better way to explore granular soundscapes. Fully automatable in your DAW, multi-timbral, and simple to use with drag-and-drop modulation.

Real-time animation of every individual grain, showing you what your sound is doing. Stretch a single note into a rich texture. Make organic effects that fizz and crackle. Shatter a synth sound into a thousand pieces.

Changes in The Mangle v0.8b

  • Minor layout redesign: settings now on tabs on main faceplate.
  • Modulations can now run ‘via’ another modulator, which modulates the intensity of the modulation.
  • Added “Loop” option (in Position tab) which allows you to set a region and speed over which the position will continuously loop. This is similar to setting a saw wave LFO to position, but comes with some improvements – e.g. can go slower, and ‘wraps’ back to the start of the waveform (rather than stopping at the end).
  • You can now set the folder in which to look for presets.
  • Lock icons on main parameters now only highlighted if a lock is active.
  • Fixed crashing bug when changing an LFO parameter by typing in an amount.
  • Copy/paste of sound slots etc. now works between different instances of the plugin.
  • Now dynamically resizes internal buffers if user has a buffer size over 4096 samples (before having large buffer sizes resulted in no sound or a crash).
  • Further improvements to workflow when samples are not found.

The Mangle for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for the discounted price of £19.99 GBP while it is in beta.

More information: Sound Guru

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Steinberg releases Granular Guitars by Simon Stockhausen

Steinberg has announced the release of Granular Guitars, the second signature expansion pack exclusively for the Padshop and Padshop Pro granular synthesizers, created by composer and designer Simon Stockhausen.

Steinberg Granular Guitars

Granular Guitars is an expansion pack that holds 260 presets new to Padshop Pro and Padshop based on nearly three gigabytes of samples covering various acoustic and electric guitars as well as the more exotic instruments such as psaltery, celtic harp and oud. The presets offer an array of cinematic soundscapes, distorted guitars, inspiring textures and much more.

Star sound designer Simon Stockhausen commented: “My love for guitars and other plucked or bowed string instruments is manifested in the sound library of Granular Guitars. During the several months that I worked on this set, I thoroughly investigated this family of musical instruments. Using known playing techniques but also coming up with completely new ones, I created samples and presets to provide the granular guitarist with a wide range of playable, expressive and fascinating sounds.”

“I used to be a keyboardist and saxophonist who also wanted to play guitar, and with my work on Granular Guitars, this ambition has partially been fulfilled,” Stockhausen added.

Product marketing manager Matthias Quellmann said: “The wealth of textures that Granular Guitars provides is mind-blowing. It’s amazing how Simon creates a totally new perspective on guitar instruments with Padshop.”

The sound pack is available for purchase for 39.99 EUR incl. German VAT.

More information: Steinberg / Granular Guitars

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New Sonic Arts launches Granite XL Bundle – Save 25%

New Sonic Arts has announced Granite XL, a bundle of the Granite granular synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac and the Aura sound expansion pack.

New Sonic Arts Granite XL

Granite is the truly unique sound engine that teleports you deep into new sonic territory. Get ready to enter a world of evolving textures, haunting atmospheres and shifting soundscapes – from warped and twisted textures, to beautiful shimmering pads. As users all over the world will testify, Granite never fails to inspire, and granular synthesis has never been so musical, immediate, nor easy to use.

Granite Aura is the ultimate upgrade for Granite: 150 stunning sounds, including over 120 unique sample recordings, all meticulously prepared and tweaked by sound design experts Ameyah Audio. Boasting a huge variety of patches from sublime pads, through thunderous soundscapes to haunting alien-like voices, Granite Aura is the perfect sonic expansion for film composers, game designers and musicians looking for a creative edge.

The bundle is available for purchase for 89 EUR / $99 USD.

More information: New Sonic Arts / Granite XL

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New Sonic Arts updates Granite granular synth to v1.5302

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New Sonic Arts has updated the Granite granular texture generator plug-in for Windows and Mac to version 1.5302.

New Sonic Arts Granite

Granite’s unique sound engine melds a state-of-the-art granular processor, an innovative modulation system and a suite of grain-level FX, resulting in a degree of musicality not achieved before with granular synthesis.

Changes in Granite v1.5302

  • Added support for VST on OSX (64 bit only).
  • Improved Assignment Manager, including filter button.
  • Improved drag and drop handling, especially from OS.
  • SoundPacks can be installed by drag and drop.
  • Various other minor improvements and stability enhancements.

Granite for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/Standalone) is available for purchase for 79 EUR.

More information: New Sonic Arts / Granite

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