Ableton has announced the release of Grain Scanner by Amazing Noises, a Max for Live device that lets you design experimental noises, glitchy effects, alien textures and massive clouds of ambience.

Amazing Noises Grain Scanner

The advanced sound engine of Grain Scanner turns any sample into a blank slate for otherworldly synth parts.

A 10-voice polyphonic granular synth and re-synthesizer, Grain Scanner chops samples into small slices, then re-arranges and plays them back in a multitude of ways. The result is sound that lives somewhere between the organic and the synthetic.

Grain Scanner is set up for intuitively creating evolving textures that change in complex and unpredictable ways. Its advanced granular engine can play up to 1000 microscopic slices of a sample simultaneously. A dedicated modulation page features four LFOs. Modulate each of the 10 voices individually or modulate the global parameters with up to four modulation sources at once. And its step sequencer and separate effects panel let you mold your sound even further.

The Pack comes with more than 100 presets to play with, and a database of dozens of source sounds ready to be bent, twisted and transformed. You can also import your own samples to create a completely personal sound. What’s more, Grain Scanner was made with Push and other keyboard controllers in mind, so you can easily start making melodies and harmonies with sounds you designed yourself.

Grain Scanner features

  • 10-voice polyphony with an advanced granular engine.
  • Advanced 4x modulation system and step-sequencer.
  • Dedicated effects page.
  • Perfect for Push and other keyboard controllers.
  • Key Follow adds depth and expression to your performances.
  • 118 presets.

Grain Scanner is available from Ableton for 49 EUR. It requires Live 10 Standard (version 10.1 or higher) or Max for Live (version 8.1 or higher).

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