SaltyGrain

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69 €
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SaltyGrain is a real-time granular audio effect plugin.

It can create a large variety of different sound types, and is ideal for creating strange or spooky effects in movie productions, vocal effects, weird background sounds, lush pad sounds, rhythmic distortions, live sound modifications, etc...

Incoming sound is fed into a delay line from which small pieces of various durations and at different moments in the past are selected. Each of these pieces is then amplified, transposed and enveloped to form a "grain". Each grain is also randomly panned and the whole mix is sent out to a stereo output stream.

A valuable sound effect tool for musicians, sound designers, (film) music composers and producers!

Features

  • delay line freezing for live sampling and sound modifications
  • feedback of granulated output back into the delay line for dense and shifting structures
  • up to max. 40 simultaneous grains
  • plugin parameters controllable via MIDI
  • play melodies with captured sound fragments
  • density control by number of grains and grain duration
  • additional grain stealing option
  • grain envelope control
  • typical granular slow motion effect by freezing and gradually moving through the delay line (forwards and backwards)
  • 70 presets to get started (including presets by sound designer Richard Devine and producer Matias Monteagudo)

Artist quotes

"In the few weeks I've been using SaltyGrain, I've found it extremely intuitive, easy to use and powerful." (Mike Raznick, award-winning composer/producer)

"It stayed on my basic selection of bus strips for the entire film!" (award-winning film music composer Henry Jackman on using SaltyGrain in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Specifications

This plugin is available under the following formats:

  • MacOSX (Intel, 10.6-10.8): RTAS, VST (32/64 bit), AU (32/64 bit)
  • Windows (XP SP3, Vista, 7): RTAS, VST (32/64 bit)

NOTES:
It has not been tested extensively on Windows 8 and MacOSX 10.9 (Mavericks), but seems to work fine there as well.

Audio examples

Below are a few examples using the presets that come with the plugin. Much more is possible by tweaking the parameters of course:

Info Original Processed
Seasonal greetings: a single spoken sentence, male voice. clean various effects
Solo drums clean effect 1 effect 2 effect 3 effect 4 effect 5
Showing off SaltyGrain's cool effects on an evil laugh. The potential for use in cartoon/movie effects become quite clear... Evil laugh courtesy of Bulbastre clean "bad guy" "chipmunk" "crazy times" "deranged android" "double bad" "multiple split personality" "split personality" "stereo bad" "tubed crazy"
Piece for processed bottle and piano by Zach Fichter clean processed
Jonathan Snipes created this demo, and writes: "a recording of some wineglasses clinking together, with a little EQ, compression, and reverb, and a lot of SaltyGrain and automation" clean processed

And here is a video by Richard Devine demonstrating some of SaltyGrain's audio processing capabilities. In release 1.1, we added the presets used in this video to the already available presets, so you are now able to apply Richard's settings to your own sounds:

Demo version

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The demo version has the following limitations:

  • saving presets is disabled and the plugin's state will not be stored when you save a project in your host
  • after the plugin has been in use for a while, beeps will be added to the sound at irregular intervals, and after some more time, noise at an increasing sound level will be added to the sound output

If you like the plugin and want the full version without these limitations, please support our company and buy the product using the buy now button above.

Other info

Pricing will be converted to your local currency using the current exchange rates according to BlueSnap, our online reseller who handles the sales and payment process.

Updates (minor version number changes, such as 1.1 to 1.2) are always free.
Upgrades (major version number changes, such as 1.5 to 2.0) may require a small upgrade fee.

For more detailed information regarding our sales and product activation process, please check the sales and activation FAQs and information or contact us directly via email.

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