[chuck-users] Granular synthesis in ChucK (was: Re: [livecode] granular music recommendations?)

Kassen signal.automatique at gmail.com
Thu May 22 09:54:38 EDT 2008

2008/5/22 Martin Ahnelöv <operagasten at gmail.com>:

> I'm not 100% sure I understand the concept of
> granular synthesis, and I can't afford a book right now, so I'm asking
> if you guys got an example/demo of the technique which I could study
> (preferably in ChucK)?
Well, the basic idea is to take some signal in a buffer and play back bits
(grains) of it, especially small bits, typically around 50::ms (give or take
a few octaves). The 50::ms comes from that being the threshold where human
hearing will still detect pitch (20Hz) You can play back just a few grains
every once in a while, resulting in a rhythmical pattern or lots&lots of
them for noisy textures. A simple intro is found here as well;
There are some examples in the LiSa examples ( /examples/special/ ), but
those might not be general enough for you.

I'll cook up a example for you tonight or tomorrow or so, could be fun. :¬)

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