Granular Paper Synth

This is a very minimal instrument. There is only one knob that controls effects. The textures were designed by recording the sound of a piece of paper and cardboard box.

The story

I wanted to create a series of instruments that are very easy to use. This is the first one.

The main goal is to design a minimal UI as well as to record and design simple elements from which every sound and texture will be born.

The textures were designed by recording the sound of a piece of paper and a cardboard box. I recorded the paper being torn, folded, shaken and being hit by a mallet. The cardboard box was recorded by hitting it with the same mallet.

I edited and processed the recordings with an euro rack module called uBurst texture synthesizer by Michigan Synth Works and I also used Ableton Live 11 for further design.

Interface

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  • Simple and to the point!

    One knob that tweaks the sound, and one menu to completely change the sound - that's all! But even with so little, this patch manages to do an incredible job at producing something unique with a simple touch of a key. You will find a pad, a bass, a drum kit, and a loop section. Everything sounds really good, and in such a small amount of size, it is an easy recommendation to everyone!

    Alex Raptakis30 May 2022
  • simple but not simplistic!

    A very clear library that works not only for ambient pieces but could also be combined with an orchestra. The GUI looks great and makes it easy to work with the library.
    You don't only get a synth pad but also a synth plucked bass, some drums and drum loops, which is very great!
    It would be nice to have some more possibilities provided to change the sounds like different reverbs or distortion but it totally works for me.

    Friedrich Gattermann03 June 2022
  • So Much From So Little

    Amazing that you got so much usable sound out of such a simple sound source. The first thing I did was assign the mod wheel to the big knob. This makes it much more playable IMO. I really think you could expand on this with different papers... wax paper, various plastic wrappers, cardboard, etc. I love that you got a usable drum set out of this. So cool. I also very much like the preset selector on the interface. A delay and reverb would be a nice addition. Great work. Thanks!

    ddailey27 May 2022