Bram Bos has updated Fluss, the app designed in conjunction with Berlin-based musician Hainbach to let you explore granular synthesis in a hands-on way. Fluss is available for $13.99.
What’s new in version 1.1
Fluss is now playable via MIDI!
- Load Fluss as an AU instrument and you can play the grain engine like a 3-voice synthesizer
- Switch to MIDI mode in the “scale window” (or simply start sending MIDI notes)
- Envelopes for the MIDI notes are derived from the current settings of the grains (i.e. grain window, grain size, density) so the character of the grains
- AU Parameters also accessible directly via MIDI CC (for hosts that don’t support AU Parameters)
- Record button exposed as an AU parameter – for MIDI learn in AUM etc.
- Freeze-hold function exposed as an AU parameter – for MIDI learn in AUM etc.
- Preset Batch Export function replaces Backup folder in Files
- More robust Scala import (more resilient against invalid/malformed files)
- Success message will be displayed when importing a Scala file
The playful touch UI invites anything from live performance, experimentation to learning and mastering the granular concept.
Multiple plugins: Import, Record or Live Process
You can import your own WAVs (standalone & AUv3 Instrument plugin), Record audio (Record effect plugin) or live-process sound (Process effect plugin) to create anything from drones and granular echoes to moving microtonal audio textures.
Designed for touch: Kinetic Sliders
All sliders and XY pads are linked to a physics model which lets you flick and throw them around. Minimise the friction for endless bouncing motion, as an innovative substitute for traditional LFOs and modulation. There was never a better reason for using a touchscreen for music.
Shimmer Feedback effect
Like a shimmer reverb, except it feeds the processed audio back into the grain engine. This lets you create an endless loop of pitch-shifting spaciousness, turning even the simplest of sounds into massive woolly mammoths.
- 3 Voice grain engine, each with an independent playhead
- Filter inspired by the Oberheim Xpander, including its resonant Phase filter
- Kinetic sliders and pads for playful interaction with the sound
- Universal design (iPhone and iPad; iPad Air 2 or higher recommended)
- Custom scales, unquantised mode and even Scala-import for microtonal experiments
- Use WAVs, record audio or load the app as a live-processing audio effect
- Real world tested as an instrument in numerous live performances by Hainbach
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