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Native Instruments Introduces STRAYLIGHT, For Cinematic Sound Design And Scoring
With a bespoke granular engine that places the source audio into a powerful – yet easy-to-use – interface, STRAYLIGHT provides lush, organic timbres.
May. 25, 2019
Review: Blink Sonic Cataliz
This playable granular synth and beat looper for Reaktor inspired Noah Pred to create some excellent new sounds. Here's how he got on...
May. 23, 2019
Karanyi Debuts Synths II Abyss - 8GB Kontakt Instrument For $19
Dark synth soundscapes are the order of the day with this new Kontakt instrument from Karanyi - and it's available at a big discount for a limited time.
Apr. 10, 2019
Qu-Bit Nebulae V2 Review
With internal sampling, live input, two granular streams and the ability to work as a DSP platform, Qu-Bit's Nebulae V2 is a remarkable piece of gear. Scott Riesterer certainly thought so...
Mar. 23, 2019
Isotonik Studios Releases AMAZING NOISES - Granular Lab for Ableton Live
Isotonik Studios welcome Maurizio Giri of Amazing Noises to their collective with the release of Granular Lab for Ableton Live users. A real treat.
Dec. 9, 2018
Review: Blinksonic Fretz For Reaktor
Blinksonic's latest Reaktor ensemble uses unusual samples and some clever synthesis to deliver results that are captivating, cinematic and often unexpected. Hollin Jones took it for a spin.
Sep. 25, 2018
Review: Audio Damage Quanta
This new granular soft synth from Audio Damage fuses the company's slick, minimalist design with a vast scope for sound design possibilities. Noah Pred has his mind blown...
Aug. 14, 2018
Textural Sound Design With Propellerhead Reason’s Grain Synthesizer
Reason’s Grain synth is an incredible tool for sample manipulation that gives you total control over every aspect of your sound - and it’s perfect for ambience and textures.
Jul. 20, 2018
How To Create Unique Patches In Propellerhead Reason's Grain Synthesizer
Use any sample from anywhere, or record your own sounds directly in to Grain to create a limitless selection of atmospheric pads and textures. Here's how.
Jan. 8, 2018
Get Creative With Granular Synthesis In Ableton Live
Breaking sounds down into grains is a great way to create completely new textures. Here, Rounik Sethi explains how granular synthesis works in every version of Live.
Oct. 11, 2017
Review: Polyverse Music & Infected Mushroom's I Wish Plug-In
The I Wish plugin is a Granular Note Freezer. It creates tiny loops from any audio waveforms. Those loops have discernable pitches and can be played like you'd play an instrument. We were intrigued...
Mar. 17, 2016
Siren Audio Update Award Winning Audio Software Tools: Feedback 2 & Generative 2
If you're interested in generating new drone and loop based audio sounds utilising delays and granular synthesis Siren Audio's Feedback 2 and Generative 2 are certainly worth checking out.
Feb. 16, 2015
Review: Kaivo: Granular Super Model
Sometimes 'simple' is overrated. Especially in the world of granular synths, it can be more satisfying to spend time getting to know a synth in-depth as Noah Pred discovers with Madrona Labs' Kaivo.
May. 2, 2014
Transforming Sounds Using Kontakt's Tone Machine
Using unexpected sources as the basis for sound design is the name of the game in this article. Toby Pitman whisks up a pad sound from hi-hats in Native Instruments' Kontakt.
Feb. 13, 2012
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