Lukas Blersch has announced Thesis, granular delay effect plug-in for Windows.
The Thesis granular delay is capable of doing some “wicked effects”.
- Pitch shifters, unisono, bitcrushers, delay effects and more.
- Midi learn, keyboard + pitchbend.
- Stereo imaging tools.
- High quality sound processing tools.
- Custom skins.
Thesis for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for 21 EUR. A fully function demo version is available to download.
More information: Thesis
SoundLove has released the Neutron particle accelerator creative Rack Extension effect for Propellerhead Reason.
The Neutron RE features a sound buffer and a particle emitter.
Neutron is a creative effect that brings basic granular synthesis to the Reason rack. Neutron can transform sound into harsh grit, pops, and clicks, and chop sound into small staccato pieces. But it can also blend several seconds of sound into a single continuous, slowly evolving, mushy soundscape.
Neutron is capable of creating a huge range of widely different effects that are difficult to achieve with the Legacy devices in Reason, and tweaking its controls often yield surprising and delightful results.
Neutron is available to purchase for 29 EUR.
More information: SoundLove
Particular has launched the Spectrality – Temporal Impulses sample library.
Particular paint the world in color with Spectrality – Temporal Impulses; convolution patterns of granular mashups, twisted harmonic delays and modulation madness. Suitable for just any style craving fantasy and otherworldlyness – but for that extra fit, slap them onto something electronic.
Created by plucking very short sounds on pianos, plastic buckets and windows to old fashioned synthesizers and guitars, sent through a diverse range of effects and then through some analogue goodness on it’s way back. The result ranges from beautiful harmonic shimmerings to plain weirdness, and all in between.
The tempo might and might not, entirely depending on the material send into it, set boundaries to where the impulses belong. In fact, some files actually find you pockets of niceties in your groove if you really set out to misuse them from tempo perspective. Inherent pitch in the impulses is a different matter. Total alignment in pitch might cause recursive feedback – so watch your speakers – as well as just the right amount of dissonance might sound awesome!
In detail expect to find 254 impulses in 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130 bpm:s, all in all summing up to 573 MB of 48 kHz 24 bit wavefiles.
The sample library costs £24.95 GBP.
More information: Particular / Spectrality – Temporal Impulses
New Sonic Arts has released version 1.3512 of its Granite granular texture generator for Windows and Mac.
Granite’s unique sound engine melds a state-of-the-art granular processor, an innovative modulation system and a range of grain-level FX, resulting in a degree of musicality not achieved before with granular synthesis.
Changes in Granite v1.3512
- Opening monolith files caused crash.
- Using scrollwheel while dragging file from browser caused crash.
- Support for stereo samples (Grain source alternates between left and right channels).
- Search Folder manager in Setup (use to define which folders are automatically searched when a sample is not found).
Granite for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) costs 65 EUR.
More information: New Sonic Arts
Homegrown Sounds has announced Starburst for Padshop Pro, a collection of over 1,400 presets for the Padshop Pro synthesizer plugin by Steinberg.
Starburst is brought into the world of Steinberg’s Padshop Pro a fantastic Granular Synthesizer.
This is a large collection of 1400+ Presets. At it’s heart are 110 WAVs from Starburst a hand crafted collection of Pads designed on a Virus TI. There are 13 Different Categories in the Padshop Edition which form different styles each of which has it’s own characteristics.
All patches use Aftertouch and the Mod Wheel for live manipulation of the sound.
The soundset costs $35 USD. It is currently on sale for $25 USD.
More information: Homegrown Sounds / Starburst for Padshop Pro
SampleSumo has introduced SaltyGrain, a real-time granular audio effect plugin for Windows and Mac.
It can create a large variety of different sound types, and is ideal for creating strange or spooky effects in movie productions, vocal effects, weird background sounds, lush pad sounds, rhythmic distortions, live sound modifications, etc…
Incoming 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.
SampleSumo SaltyGrain real-time granular effect plugin.
- Delay line freezing for live sampling and sound modifications.
- Feedback of granulated output back into the delay line for dense and shifting structures.
- Up to max. 40 simultaneous grains.
- Plugin parameters controllable via MIDI.
- Play melodies with captured sound fragments.
- Density control by number of grains and grain duration.
- Additional grain stealing option.
- Grain envelope control.
- Typical granular slow motion effect by freezing and gradually moving through the delay line (forwards and backwards).
SaltyGrain for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) costs 69 EUR excl. VAT where applicable.
A 20% introductory discount is available until January 20th, 2013. Use the coupon code SALTY_XMAS_UAYU4HVV at checkout.
More information: SampleSumo / SaltyGrain
accSone has released updates for crusherX-Studio!, crusherX-Mac! and crusherX-Live! realtime granular synthesizer software.
The new versions dramatically increase the sound quality of the pitch shift algorithm by introducing state of the art sample interpolation. You can switch live back to the old harsh crusher-X sound by just pressing a button.
Changes in crusherX software
- Add advanced anti aliasing algorithm to improve sound quality on pitch shifting.
- Add advanced interpolation algorithm on DCOs.
- Add Aliasing button in vapor panel to switch back to vintage aliasing algorithm (like in older crusher versions).
- Remove vapor buffer save dialog bug: Now .WAV extension is added if WAV format is chosen.
- crusherX-Mac!: AU version: Remove some wrong factory presets settings.
- crusherX-Studio!: Remove the bug that parameter/MIDI control are only working on an open editor.
- crusherX-Live!: Improve MIDI control performance.
The three crusherX products are currently available to purchase for 79 EUR each.
More information: accSone
u-he has announced two new Uhbik Rack Extensions for Propellerhead Reason.
Uhbik-G is a granular pitch-shifter / phase vocoder (via fast Fourier analysis) which delivers a wide range of dramatic contemporary effects.
Effectively cuts audio material into snippets (‘grains’), then plays them back at a variable rate – even backwards. In the original tape devices, the radius of a rotating cylindrical tape-head determined grain size and the length of tape in contact with the cylinder determined the overlap between grains. But Uhbik-G is not bound by the physical limitations of rotating cylinders – you can make it huge or impossibly small!
Uhbik-P is a phaser effect, with up to 42 allpass filters in series delivering the deepest, richest phasing available.
Bass frequencies can bypass the effect (‘bass sanctuary’) to ensure LF-stability. Feedback accentuates the comb filter effect, but unlike Uhbik-F the distance between peaks is kept fairly constant. As the signal is phase-shifted each time it is fed back, frequencies are created that were not present in the original signal – the main reason why Uhbik-P is also great for wild metallic effects!
Uhbik-G and Uhbik-P are available at the introductory price of $19 USD / 15 EUR each until January 31st, 2013 (regular $39 USD / 32 EUR).
More information: u-he / Rack Extensions