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tardigrain Granular Synthesizer

Recently a friend of mine posted videos on Instagram in which he created dope drone sounds in an app called Tardigrain. I haven’t heard of the app before, but I liked the sound of it and the interface was very reminiscent of one of my all-time favourite apps SMPLR (still working, but sadly no updates in ages).

tardigrain

by Erik Sigth

tardigrain

Tardigrain is a granular synthesiser that runs standalone or as an AU plugin. Sounds are created by taking smaller fragments of a sample and playing them back in a non linear fashion, with settings for grain size, direction, step size and more. Process the sound further through effects like reverb, wave shaper and sample crush. Tardigrain supports connections with AudioCopy, AudioBus, Inter App Audio and AUv3. Plus all audio parameters can be modulated by midi, as AU parameters and by aftertouch on the build in keyboard.

+++ Audiobus and Inter App Audio
+++ AUv3
+++ Core Midi, Inter App Audio MIDI and AUv3 MIDI
+++ Factory presets
+++ Record custom samples or import using AudioCopy
+++ Save and load state and samples
+++ Full modulation of audio parameters

So, Tardigrain¬†is a granular synthesizer that runs standalone or as an AU plugin in DAWs like Cubasis or Beatmaker3. The sounds are created by splitting a sample into tiny fragments and playing them back in a non linear fashion. For this you can tweak things like grain size, direction, step size and more. Furthermore you can process the sound with built-in effects like reverb, wave shaper and sample crush.¬†Here’s a little taste of what can be achieved:

As for connectivity: Tardigrain supports AudioCopy, AudioBus, Inter App Audio and AUv3. Plus all audio parameters can be modulated via Midi, as AU parameters and by aftertouch on the build in keyboard.

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