Audio Damage has introduced a new software synth that aims to make granular synthesis as easy to understand and use as subtractive, and to make it as musical and playable as possible.
The Quanta 10-voice granular synthesizer offers an easy-to-use, capable granular engine, with a “sidecar” oscillator that can be used in addition to , mixed with, or instead of the granular source.
The synth features two multi-mode filters and a cross-platform preset mechanism. It can load AIFF, WAV, Ogg, FLAC, and MP3 format samples.
Modulation sources? Quanta’s got ’em. Quanta features our new Flexible Envelope Generator (FEG), which is an arbitrary-length breakpoint generator with optional host tempo sync. Easily add and remove breakpoints, and set loop points and curves. These comically powerful envelope generators are essentially sequencers in their own right, and Quanta has four of them.
Quanta also has a pair of our new Flexible LFO, which made its first appearance in Discord4. The FLFO has, for all intents and purposes, an unlimited series of waveforms that are easily accessed via the SHAPE, SKEW, and WARP knobs.
Mod routing #easymode. Quanta has a full modulation matrix page; touch a knob and it instantly scrolls to that row, allowing you to easily and quickly direct modulation sources throughout the synth; virtually every control in the synth engine can be modded.
In addition, Quanta is fully MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) capable, and owners of MPE controllers such as the Linnstrument, Haken Continuum, Roli Seaboard and Rise, and Madrona Labs Soundplane can utilize their full expression range.
Quanta for iOS is functionally identical to the desktop versions, and will be available as standalone and AUv3 (iPad only); presets created on the desktop can be used in the mobile version and vice-versa.
Audio Damage is showing beta version of both desktop (VST/VST3/AU/AAX) and iOS Quanta at Superbooth 18, with an expected release within the next few months.
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