asked Jun 10 '15 at 18:17 by Civa (99)

To the left, when working in audio, as well as pitch controls, there's a grain size function. Is this due to an upcoming granular synth device? I have attempted granular synthesis in the linear sequencer / arranger, and it is painful, at best. Is Bitwig creating a granular synth device, or is that for another function entirely?

No, like NoCrooner correctly mentioned, these are for the audio stretching components. Whether you can audibly recognize differences when switching this, heavily depends on the input material and stretching parameters. If you go into the extremes, this will usually become more apparent.

Regarding your desires for granular synthesis: YES, we can! Thing is: we do not (and probably won't too soon) provide "simple, just turn this knob to go granular" components.

But if you look at the concepts of granular synthesis, everything you need is already in there - essentially the Sampler and the LFO Mod (or any other Modulation source).

I advise taking a thorough look at the device chains in the new Cristian Vogel preset pack - he makes HEAVY use of Granular synthesis :)

Also, if you're really keen on understanding how the whole matter works, i'd suggest grabbing a copy of Puredata and going through Johannes Kreidler's really famous tutorial, which covers granular synthesis very in-depth...

Cheers and have fun with those grains ;)


answered Jun 11 '15 at 16:07 by riot ♦♦ (1.8k)

I'm aware as to how it works, and stated in my other comment how it "could" be done, however was hoping for a one button push, so to speak.

  — (Jun 11 '15 at 16:52) Civa

From what I understand, those controls determine how the 'Stretch' and 'Stretch HD' functions behave - they're essentially for tweaking how audio sounds if it's been affected when it's not in 'Pitch Down' or 'Raw' mode.

That's not to say it's not something they're working on, of course, but I wouldn't make any assumptions just yet.


answered Jun 10 '15 at 19:28 by MellowVenom (309)

Hmmmmm.....To be honest, it's only had a marginal affect for me in those instances, however it would be perfect if it was for an upcoming granular synth device. The function is obviously already there, so there just needs to be a way to reference it, tweak it, and automate it.

Of course, looping it back to the sampler or drum machine, with key tracking, might prove a little tricky, but I'm pretty sure they could figure that out.

  — (Jun 10 '15 at 19:58) Civa

I would like to think it's for a GS device option, and am hoping they confirm that. It would be great to have that, rather than spend a small fortune on things like Omnisphere, or Signal (signal's actually not that expensive, but I'm kind of tired of spending more for VSt's and devices than I did for my DAW)

  — (Jun 10 '15 at 19:58) Civa

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