MATRIXSYNTH: Tasty Chips GR-1 Granular Synthesizer

Friday, May 24, 2019

Tasty Chips GR-1 Granular Synthesizer

via this auction

"Tasty Chips GR-1 Granular Synthesizer. It is updated to the latest firmware which makes it a multitimbral. There is a scratch on the screen which I have tried to photograph here (it's hard to capture well), but it does not interfere with the functioning of the synth as you can see in the other pictures. Aside from the scratch, the synth is in good condition. I'm downsizing my studio and don't have the room for it anymore.

Product Description:
The Tasty Chips GR-1 offers perhaps the first truly intuitive, approachable interface for granular synthesis in hardware format. With dedicated controls for all common granular synthesis parameters and a crisp display with clever and clear visual feedback, the GR-1 makes in-depth granular synthesis easy.

Offering 16 voices of polyphony with a maximum of 128 grains per voice, the GR-1 is equally at home in context as a source of sonorous ambience, glitched-out gestural textures, cinematic sound design, and far more. Latching "play" buttons for four independent voices as well as MIDI input offer multiple modes of interaction, while built-in LFOs and control voltage inputs allow extensive automation of internal parameters. Dedicated controls for grain position, density, size, pitch, scan rate, window shape, position randomization, and panning randomization make deep granular manipulation easily accessible. A 7" display makes the implications of all controls visible, making the otherwise obtuse methods of granular synthesis far more obvious than any previous hardware.

It seems strange to say that granular synthesis can be intuitive—but Tasty Chips Electronics has made it possible. The GR-1 might be the best hardware granular synthesizer to date.

16 voice granular synthesizer with max. 128 grains per voice
Awesome giant slider for grain position selection
Dedicated scan function for timestretching & time compression effects
Dedicated controls for all typical granular parameters, including grain playback pitch (speed), window size, density, position
Per-grain position randomization (spray) and panning randomization (pan spray)
All primary parameters can be modulated via internal variable-shape LFOs or external control voltages
Grain envelope shape with tilt, curve, and "sides" control
ADSR envelope per voice
Standalone and MIDI-capable
4 banks of 8 presets (patches) are part of each Performance
4GB internal memory for presets and performances
4 USB ports for sample transfer, audio interfaces, and more
Configuration menus offer extended control beyond front-panel access"

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