GR-1 Granular Synthesizer Hardware Musical Instrument (video)


Tasty Chips Electronics based in Utrecht, Netherlands Has created a new granular synthesiser in the form of the GR-1 which takes the form of a hardware musical instrument that offers users hands-on control to create characteristic textures and pads.

What’s the demonstration video below to learn more about the GR-1 Granular Synthesizer which is taken to Kickstarter this month and already past its required pledge goal of €30,000, making sure the project proceeds to the next stage.

Specifications of the GR-1 Granular Synthesizer include :

• 128 grains per voice
• 16 voice polyphony
• Standalone or MIDI controllable
• MIDI IN MIDI THRU connection with DIN and USB MIDI
• High quality stereo audio: internally: 32 bit float, DAC: 44.1KHz, 106 dB SNR
• High quality headphone amplifier with dedicated volume control
• Quad core ARM Cortex-A running optimized Neon SIMD code.
• 800 x 480 pixel, 7” TFT true color display
• Firmware updates via USB
• Sample file uploads in multiple formats via USB
• The GR-1 can handle 32 sample files of 10 MB (about 2 minutes long)
• Presets and performances can be saved to internal flash (4GB) or external (USB) memory
• 2 control voltage assignable inputs 0-5V with voltage protection
• 1 gate output
• 12dB/oct digital lowpass filter with direct and MIDI controls
• 2 assignable LFO’s with waveforms (sine, random, saw, square) and direct controls
• 4 banks of 8 presets all hands-on accessible and overwritable
• ADSR amplitude envelope and Grain window envelope with direct controls
• Rotary encoder for configuration, file/sample selection. Config menus provide extended possibilities beyond what the pots and sliders offer.
• Access to configuration screen providing many more options
• 32 x 21 x 7 cm aluminum casing.
• Raspberry PI3 inside. Tried, tested, easy to service, or upgrade. And _very_ powerful!
• Full MIDI control: All on-board sliders and knobs, and internal controls are represented as MIDI CC. Full support for program change, pitch bend.
• Ability to read and write any USB stick or drive: FAT, ExFat, NTFS (Windows), HFS+ (Mac), Ext4 (Linux).
• Much more to be added by firmware updates: fully exposed mod matrix, another mode of granular synthesis (very small sample loops), MIDI clock sync, LFO cross mod, and stretchgoals (see below!)

Jump over to Kickstarter via the link below for a full list of all available pledges which start from €749 for early bird backers.

Source: Kickstarter

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