GR-1 Granular Synthesizer becomes multi-timbral!
Good news coming from the hardware granular front. The Dutch manufacturer Tasty Chips Electronics today announced the firmware update 2.0 of the GR-1 Granular Synthesizer with multi-timbral support. This update will greatly increase its possibilities because it allows to stack several patches on top of each other.
Powerful is here that every patch includes all the parameters including LFO’s, scanning and effects. Beside this, they will release in near future a USB-MIDI controller that gives you complete control over the multi-timbral engine. Also they consider to give existing customers the possibility to change the built-in Raspberry Pi to get more power. Excellent news in my opinion that makes this device even more interesting.
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GR-1 production: Due to a miscalculation on our side, we’re a good week behind, and we took a week off during the holidays. But the good news is the production is still running full steam. We’ll update the time table @ tastychips.nl/gr1schedule accordingly. We expect to build up the first stock late March..
The GR-1 is being prepared for version 2.0. This will effectively make it multi-timbral! A lot of users and people interested in the GR-1 expressed their interest in this feature, so we decided just to go for it. For those of you who want to know: yes, this allows you to stack several patches (timbres) on top of each other. It will also allow you to record a sample into one patch and play the others simultaneously!
Below you can see the first impression of the main screen. It displays 8 parts, while the engine is running all of them in real-time. LFO’s, scanning and effects are now separate per part.
Now there’s something special to mention here. While the GR-1 itself allows you to use the new engine, the controls are quite limited. And we didn’t want to have any deeper or longer menus. So, to make the best of it we are designing a new USB-MIDI controller especially for this purpose. It can also do a lot more than just unlock the multi-timbral potential. Stay tuned.
Lastly, we’re considering a “drop-in” replacement of the GR-1’s Raspberry Pi computer. Since multi-timbrality requires it do some heavy lifting, more processing power is very welcome. We’ll probably announce this in a news update or two. See you then!
More information here: Tasty Chips Electronics