Grain Science

Advanced granular synthesis for iOS

Created for musicians, soundscape artists and SFX designers looking to go beyond our Sylo Synthesiser, Grain Science is built on similar principles of granular synthesis, but is vastly more powerful. With its versatile synthesis engine, you can create everything from crunchy basslines to spooky soundscapes.

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Grain Science is sophisticated, yet friendly. Its design — unique, to the best of our knowledge — gives it an astounding amount of depth, while keeping the “top layer” clean and simple. This means you can dive in right away and get great results, then explore the possibilities as you get more comfortable with it.

Granular Synthesis

Granular Synthesis

With granular synthesis, you can do magical things with sound. Tear it into pieces then put it back together to make something new. Each of the 16 voices has two grain units, which can be blended to create morphing, layered or complex modulated instruments.

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Dial Programming

Dial Programming

Almost any dial can be programmed to vary over time in complex ways, combining LFO and time-variation to create custom effects. This is where the power lurks within Grain Science.

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Flexible Effects

FX & More

The flexible FX chain gives you a bunch of slots you can fill with whichever FX units you want, in any order. As well as the FX units, there’s also the Supercharger, glide, reverb, and auto-pan, to add that extra little something to your sound.

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Performance Tools

Control Mapper & MIDI

Performing live? Concentrate on what’s important, with the Control Mapper. Connect just the parameters you need to XY pads, pitch/mod wheels or MIDI controllers (with tap & twist learning).

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Arp & Sequencing

Arpeggiator Unit

The arpeggiator unit offers traditional chord mode, with a choice of note order — and also step mode, a 32-step sequencer for custom patterns.

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Tools & Sharing

Tools & Sharing

Grain Science plays nicely with others, with Core MIDI, Virtual MIDI, background audio, AudioCopy/AudioPaste, Dropbox integration, sharing via Twitter or email, and more, for recorded performances, instruments, and “raw material” sound.

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Palm Sounds App of the Week
Christmas 2011
iDesignSound App of the Week
January 2012
If you are into cool sounds and have an iPad, you need it!
Jordan Rudess, Dream Theater
I f***ing love this thing! [...] I'm just so impressed with how good everything sounds and how logical everything is
Discchord video review
One of the best. Wholeheartedly recommended
Bill Lacey, Sound On Sound
Grain Science really does feel like a cuts-through-everything Ginsu knife
Tony Ware, Pro Audio Review
One of the finest synth and keyboard apps on iTunes [...] highly recommended
iPhone App Directory — ★★★★★
Outstanding grain synth. 10 minutes and I'm in love :)
Felix Petrescu, Makunouchi Bento
Bought it last night and got no sleep thanks to you guys
Hypoetical

Grain Science contains some icons by Joseph Wain/glyphish.com