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Device Overview

Name/Version: Grain Mill 2.1
Author: CaligulaCuddles  
Description: Grain Mill is a granulator effect using two separate granular engines that can be mixed together to process audio. (I released a previous, old version that only uses one granulation object, but you can ignore that now. It's ugly and it's not as cool.)

Currently this is a Mac-only patch as one of the externals doesn't support Windows 64-bit architecture.

The top half of the device uses the munger~ object created by Perry R. Cook and Gary Scavone, while the bottom half uses Tom Erbe's +bubbler~ object. They should be frozen with the device.

The controls are mostly self-explanatory, though the engines operate slightly differently.

The top half contains options for the size of the grains, the the rate between grains, a ramp control (similar to a windowing function to control how quickly the volume of each grain ramps up to its max), a range knob (which dictates how much time is stored in the internal buffer that the granulator can access), a stereo spread, voice amounts, grain direction, and a pitch modulation option with a set of pitches built in to the menu.

The bottom half contains grain size controls, a density dial (which operates like a combination of voice layering and grain separation), a separation dial which controls where in the internal buffer the grains start from, a feedback control for adding feedback into the grains, a grain reverse dial, and a lowpass filter. There is also an octave modulation engine, which operates a bit differently than the other engine's pitch modulation, but it has its own flavor. Because the +bubbler is a monophonic granulator, I put two instances in if you want stereo sound (just click the little volume button).
If you're in the "stereo" mode and want to edit the right grains separately in this section, there's a barely-visible icon to bring up the controls (between Size and Density), and a little skull below it (between Size Variation and Separation) to toggle either the individual controls or shared parameters.

Both engines have their own volume meters and a sample rate reduction dial because hey, why not. You can control how much dry signal passes through with the dry/wet knob as well.

Anyway, feel free to drop me an email if you have questions, ideas, if I screwed something up, or if you get it to work on a Windows computer. Have fun/get weird with it.

Version 2.1 update: added sidechain compression because why not. Click the Grain Mill logo to open the compression section. You can use either the bottom or top section to compress the other, of if you select "both," the dry audio will be compressed by the grains. It's so pointless.
 

Device Details

Downloads: 289
Tags effect, glitch, other
Live Version Used: 10.0.1
Max Version Used: 8.0
Date Added: Jul 07 2018 06:28:59
Date Last Updated: Jul 11 2018 15:27:29
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Device Files

Device File: Grain Mill 2.1.4.amxd
 


Comments

Looks like a really cool device but I can't seem to get any signal through it?

What OS and Max version are you using? Is the Max Console reporting any errors?

I'm on Max 8 on Windows. The top section seems to work, but not the bottom. I get the error: "newobj: +bubbler~: No such object"

I'm using High Sierra 10.13.4 and Max version 8.0.0 and no errors on the max console

nexusgu - That might be partially my fault. I didn't have the dependencies set up right, so the Windows +bubbler~ external wasn't included. I added it now, but I'm not sure if it's 64 bit or 32 bit (the site doesn't say).

gac40 - That really bums me out, man. So audio is going into it but not coming out? Do the meters show anything when sound is playing on the track? I tried turning it into Max/MSP standalone device on my work laptop and playing audio through it and it seemed to work fine on there. If you email me (address in profile) I may be able to help.

Thanks for looking into it! I tried version 2.1.4 but still have the same problem :/

That's a bummer. Thanks for letting me know, though. I appreciate that. I just updated the description to reflect that it's Mac only. I may update the old patch to include some of the extra features in this one for people with Windows, because when it works, the sample rate reduction and lowpass combined with the sidechain compression can be really interesting textually.

*texturally, rather.

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