Tasty Chips GR-MEGA, multi-timbral granular Synthesizer, ready for pre-order

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Superbooth 23: Tasty Chips GR-MEGA, the GR-1 granular Synthesizer/sampler taken to the next level with multitimbrality, multiple engines, and more.

A highlight of the Superbooth 23 was the Tasty Chips GR-MEGA, a massive further development of the GR-1. It is a granular workstation with a deep engine.

Good news before the end of the year: the GR-Mega is now ready for pre-order. Besides pre-order opening, Tasty Chips also published all the details about the features.

Tasty Chips GR-MEGA

Tasty Chips GR-MEGA

The developers describe it as a sound design powerhouse with live granular synthesis, sampler, effects, sequencer, and spectral time stretcher. 

Highlights are:

  • multitimbrality with 4 layers 
  • 20-voice of polyphony per layer 
  • 5000 grains in total on all four layers (4x more than GR-1) 
  • 128 grains per voice 
  • 5 engines: sampler, granular, tape mode, granular/sampler slice mode, and spectral 
  • maximal sample length of 60 minutes – 3 minutes max in granular (polyphony restriction) 
  • 48kHz with 32 floating point 
  • mono/stereo support
  • granular engine with various arp, loop, rate and spawn modes 
  • 3-voice phase vocoder with up to 8192 FFT size 
  • 12dB/oct LPF/HPF filters per voice 

Tasty Chips GR-MEGA granular

  • 4 multi-wave LFOs per layer
  • 4 step sequencer modulators 
  • envelopes with pitch, filter, amp… destinations 
  • multi-effects processor with 4 effects slots (delays, reverbs, distortion, dynamics, and more 
  • 64-step sequencer with chords 
  • internal storage of 512GB with 300 MB/s
  • Stereo TRS 1/4 ” balanced inputs and outputs
  • USB host and data 
  • LAN ethernet 
  • 1x gate out, 2x CV in (-5V..+5V)
  • USB audio support 
  • 5-PIN MIDI 
  • and more.

Second Impression

That looks like a powerful granular workstation with a solid feature set and a hands-on user interface. I’m looking forward to new demos. 

Tasty Chips GR-MEGA is available now for pre-order on the official website. It will cost 1500€ + VAT, and for pre-order, you need to make a down payment of 1/3 of the total price (605€). The first units will be shipped in early February 2024 

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Article From May 18, 2023

The hottest topic at Superbooth 23 is granular synthesis. That makes me very happy as a granular fan. There is not just a new synth from the Vector developers and the new MicroFreak update but also a new synth from the developers of the GR-1.

The Dutch developers are also showing the GR-MEGA in Berlin. It’s the big brother of the GR-1 Synthesizer, bringing tons of new stuff to the table. e

Tasty Chips GR-MEGA Superbooth 23

Tasty Chips GR-MEGA

GR-MEGA will be Tasty Chips’ new flagship multi-timbral granular Synthesizer. But it will be not just a granular synth. The developer tolds me that it will have five synthesis engines: spectral synthesis, stereo granular with slice, tape scratch, and a classic sampler with advanced features.

Unlike the original GR-1 Synthesizer, the new GR-MEGA will support stereo samples on each of its four layers. There will also be a resampling option. It has a built-in dual filter, envelopes, four multi-wave LFOs, and a new step sequencer that can run on all four parts. Plus, you get effects like reverb, and more to refine your sounds.

The developers completely redesigned the GR-1 engine from scratch and the entire interface for this new “mega” version. There are also new window designs, a complete modulation matrix with many slots, etc.

I made a little video with the developer and asked more profound questions. I will publish it soon. I like the product very much. It’s a bit huge in form factor, but the features are impressive.

First Look

The Tasty Chips GR-MEGA will be available this year for 1800€.

More information here: Tasty Chips

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8 Comments

  1. Does it have line level inputs hate the fact that I had to use an interface with the other one main reason I sold it

  2. @Synth Anatomy
    This looks like a very cool synth indeed. I wonder if you could use instruments like guitars as audio input going through stored fx settings. Like an advanced granular effect unit with patches.

    • I assume so, as even 1010music’s Lemon Drop can be used as a granular effect box for external sounds.

  3. 605€ is the deposit, the final is 1500 + VAT. The 1800€ price tag was from Superbooth 23 and part of the article from May. So not the latest news.

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