Six powerful granular instruments to help you get creative
Audio Damage Quanta | $99 With a focus on creative music software, the indie dev’s new virtual instrument gives granular principles a new lease of life with familiar modulation and visual feedback. Steinberg Padshop Pro | £68 Throw samples on multiple layers, granulise them out of recognition, then shape with the onboard reverb and three-band EQ. Zero-G’s Gravity Expansion Pack also included. Monolake Granulator II | The Max for Live granular sampler is included with Live Suite, and comes with a separate Input device for capturing and loading in other DAW signals in real time. Sound Guru The Mangle | £20 Another awesome indie developer instrument, this one houses four sequencers, plus frequency-coloured wave display with animation to help visualise your adventures. New Sonic Arts Granite | €99 This innovative granular instrument serves up unique features such as sweeptastic Motion Recording, Cycle Modulators for LFO scanning, real-time Loop Modulation and more. Propellerhead Grain | £289 New in Reason 10, Grain’s unique approach brings turntable-style pitching, additive-style spectral harmonic manipulation and draw-your-own modulators.