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GrainLoop

Granular looping & layering device

£23.00

GrainLoop is a real time audio looping device that uses granular synthesis as an alternative for the old classic and traditional linear playback. This sample based technique triggers a continuous stream of sound particles, that rearranged in time, reflect a rather mangled and often fractured version of the original loop.
  • Real time audio recording and unlimited overdubbing.
  • Up to four grains playing audio simultaneously.
  • Random and LFO modulation for Point, Speed, Density, Detune, Pan and Level.
  • Push integration allows remote control and automation of all parameters.
  • Automatically save and recall recorded loops within your Ableton Live projects.
Developer: Noiss COKO
Compatibility: Ableton Live 10 / 11 Suite or Ableton Live 10 / 11 Standard with MaxforLive Installed
OS: Mac & Windows
Min. Requirements: Ableton Live Suite 10.1.43 or Ableton Live Standard 10.1.43 with MaxforLive 8.3.1 installed

Description

Just like Ableton’s native Looper device, GrainLoop is a Max for Live audio effect is designed to overdub and accumulate an unlimited number of sound layers as the recording process is repeated, but applying a variable degree of unpredictability to its playback phase, derived from the granular synthesis unique and characteristic nature.

Mostly inclined to work as a live performance tool, GrainLoop adapts its behaviour according to the current state of its most important parameters:

  • Point: Each grain default starting position.
  • Speed: Grain triggering rate or frequency.
  • Density: Number of simultaneous grains (up to four).
  • Detune: Grains global pitch correction.
  • Panning: Their default location in the stereo field.
  • Level: Grains global amplitude.

All these parameters could also be individually affected by two different modulation sources that enable even more interesting and unpredictable actions:

  • Randomize: Grains can randomly (and individually) add or subtract a certain value to their dials current position.
  • LFO: Individual amount controls define how much each parameter could be affected by GrainLoop’s integrated LFO signal. The latter offers both Free and Sync rate styles and a selection of seven different waveforms (Sine, Triangle, Up Saw, Down Saw, Square, Smooth and Random).

How does recording work? GrainLoop doesn’t play its recordings in a linear or traditional manner, since it continuously shuffles these audio particles, applying a variable degree of unpredictability to its behaviour. That’s basically granular!

As a consequence of this particular nature, the recording/overdub process doesn’t occur on the same buffer that is also being used for playback. GrainLoop jumps between two complementary buffers, following a very simple principle: one records while the other plays back. This avoids all sort of clicks and unwanted noises that will otherwise result from the process of reading before the recording’s finished.

Only three simple steps you need to follow!

1. Rec button On: GrainLoop starts recording the incoming audio signal.
2. Rec button Off: Once recording stops, the new layer is ready for playback.
3. Play/Freeze buttons On: GrainLoop starts playing a continuous stream of grains.

One of the most common worries that users share when it comes to Max for Live devices that implement granular synthesis in some way or another, is how much CPU power is involved while they’re being used. This should not be a worry in this case, since GrainLoop is really optimised for the task and has very low CPU consumption (Between 5% and 7% at 44.1KHz 2048 samples on a MacBook Pro Early 2015 Intel Core i5 8GB; macOS 11.1; Ableton Live 11.1.6; Focusrite Scarlett 4i4), way below average compared to other devices found in the same family.

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CHANGE LOG

Version 1.0 – Released 20th September 2022

 

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INSTALLATION

Our Products are generally provided as Zip file downloads which in all cases will need to be extracted and saved to your hard drive prior to installation. Details on the different file type provided and what to do with them are below.

.alp Files – These are Ableton Live Packs and will install directly into the Packs Section of the browser of Ableton Live. When you double click on them you will see a pop up window asking you to confirm that installation is ok as the files are described as “Legacy”. This is fine and you are ok to proceed, the packs are created using the format for an earlier version of Live and so remain compatible with the current version.

.amxd files – These are individual MaxforLive Devices and can be stored anywhere on your hard drive. We’d advise creating a folder for them and then adding that folder as a location within the Places section of Lives Browser.

Control Surface Scripts – Please refer to the individual User Guides provided with your download, an abridged version of the installation will be shown further down this page.

ClyphX Pro – Please refer directly to the manual and installation video for this specific product.

Novation Circuit Packs – These are provided as individual Sysex Files and as a complete bank file. All are to be installed using a version of the Circuit Editor and not via Novations Components back up utility.

DEVELOPER

Noiss Coko

Formally set up in 2016 and currently based in Barcelona, NOISS COKO is a flourishing brand of music production software, mostly dedicated to the development and design of fine Max for Live devices for Ableton Live users. With a strong emphasis on the integration of an intuitive and clear user interface, the main goal behind its products has always been the introduction of instruments and tools that would enhance the experience of making music and working with sound, extending this beyond the given possibilities of Ableton Live.  Shortly after its first release came out, the project joined in as an active part of our collective and has published various products in collaboration with us ever since. However, early ideas and prototypes started off many years before that and were followed by a long process of research and experimentation around the field of electronic music production. All this experience accumulated throughout that time, ultimately gave birth to the first group of devices that later became part of both the Modulation Pack and the Control Pack. Besides all the products that are now available exclusively within our web store, NOISS COKO continuous to work on forthcoming projects and new devices to be released in the near future.    Link > Facebook 

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