Almanacs Granular Processor

Type: Module

Category: Processor

Updated: Mar 17, 2020

Manufacturer: nekomatic

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$25.00

I've created this module per request of Almanacs - as the module name suggest - following one discussion on the Voltage Modular Users Group on Facebook. Almanacs also created the design of the module's front panel.

This module is a practical application of some concepts of Granular Synthesis. It gives the artist the ability to destroy and reassemble live or frozen audio signal and turn it into something new and sometimes completely unexpected.

The controls are as follows:

  • Entropy adds a bit of randomness to other parameters.
    The CV input takes the range of -5V to +5V. The actual value of the Entropy is determined by the distance from the 0V so i.e both -1V and +1V mean 20% of the total entropy strength.

  • History allows you to move the origin of grains selection up to 50 seconds to the past The CV input takes the range of -5V to +5V. The actual value of the History is determined by the distance from the 0V so i.e. both -1V and +1V mean 10 seconds in the past.

  • Pitch adjusts pitch each grain in range of -24 to +24 semitones. Pitch is not affected by the Entropy. The CV input works per the V/Octave basis and is clipped to the range of -2V to + 2V.

  • Spread specifies time range - up to 5 seconds - of the grain source around the origin specified by the History. The CV input takes the range of -5V to +5V. The actual value of the Spread is determined by the distance from the 0V so i.e. both -1V and +1V mean 1 second distance limit from the origin.

  • Amount determines the density or an average overlap of the grains.

  • Size adjusts the size of grains from as short as 5 milliseconds up to 100 milliseconds.

  • Shape allows to select the shape of grains: Triangular, Parabolic, Trapezoidal or random.

  • Warp adds a vinyl-like wobble to the output. The CV input takes the range of -5V to +5V. The actual value of the Warp is determined by the distance from the 0V so i.e. both -1V and +1V mean 20% of the total warp strength.

  • Rate specifies the frequency of the warps, from 33 to 78 per minute. The CV input takes the range of -5V to +5V where -5V is equal to 33rpm, +5V is equal to 77rpm but the 0V is equal to 45rpm.

  • Morph adds harmonic wobbles to the Warp effect. The Entropy affects the stability of those harmonics.

  • Freeze makes a snapshot of the recent 50 seconds of the live input to be used as the grain source instead of the live input.

Both Left and Right inputs act as mono if only one input is connected so there is always something being sent to both Left and Right outputs.