Quality real-time granulator Emergence adds stereo and random modulation— and it’s free

The first plug-in by Patreon-based author Daniel Gergely has been updated to v0.3

Emergence plug-in

Free real-time granulator plug-in Emergence has received a recent update, with v0.3 adding stereo processing, grain pitch quantisation and new random modulators offering control over frequency and probability.

First released by author Daniel Gergely as a submission for the KVR Audio Developer Challenge 2021, the plug-in works like a conventional granulator, continuously recording an input signal into a buffer and playing it back as short grains. With Emergence, up to 600 grains can be generated in four streams, each with its own set of parameters and modulations. There’s also the capacity for grain pitch transposition of 24 semitones in either direction with quantisation, as well as a freeze function for the buffer output. A waveform readout also provides useful visual feedback for the process.

“Emergence occurs when an entity is observed to have properties its parts do not have on their own,” says Gergely, “properties or behaviours which emerge only when the parts interact in a wider whole.

“A single grain is not that interesting. The most exciting things happen when hundreds of overlapping grains play together, creating anything from complex delay patterns to strange noises to beautifully layered soundscapes.”

Gergely does not have an official website as of yet, but you can find out more and download Emergence for free from the KVR Audio forum, either as VST3 or AU plug-in for both macOS and Windows. You can support his work and stay updated for a nominal contribution on Patreon or buymeacoffee.

Find out more and download Emergence from kvraudio.com