We get to grips with Grain, Reason 10’s versatile new granular synth.
Reason 10 brought us two fantastic new synths. Last month we showed due deference to the new flagship, Europa; but between you and me my favourite is Grain, which we’ll explore this time.
Grain is, unsurprisingly, a Granular synth, whose sonic starting point is always a single imported sample. It reminds me of the classic Reaktor instruments Travelizer and Skanner XT, which are also on my all-time favourites list. The concept is relatively simple: drop in an audio sample, choose one of the playback/resynthesis methods, then modulate the playback position and speed as you trigger the sample from the keyboard.
Grain could be used along the lines of a traditional sampler, with options to re-pitch across the keyboard via classic varispeed or granular warping. More...
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