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Bram Bos Updates Fluss – Granular Playground

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

Other additions

  • 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

About Fluss

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.

Features include:

  • 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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