Hi everybody and welcome back to another Phase
Plant tutorial. Today we are going to look at how we can do
granular synthesis within Phase Plant. My name is Mattias and let’s take the tour. Ok so for this sound we are going to use a
Bawu sample. It’s a kind of Chinese flute that I recorded
for another granular synthesis video. Where I explain the granular synthesis concept. So if you want to learn more about the basic
concept and how granular synthesis work you can check out the link. It should be in the top here, or in the description
to this video. [Subscribe]
So that’s some audio material to use. Now let’s go in here and create a new instance
of Phase Plant. And we create a sampler and we drag our audio
clip into the sampler. The first thing we do here is set the looping
mode to infinite so we have looping points in our sample inspector. Then we drag the looping points. This is the starting point of the loop. We can drag it back a little bit here. Then we need to drag the ending point of the
loop a little bit back too. So we have a very small portion that will
loop in this sample. Now we can use the x-fade to fade the end
points of this loop so we get a smoother loop. Just a little bit. Then we can change the start-offset here so
it’s closer to our actual loop point. But as you can hear now we have quite a static
loop going on. So now we can move this starting point. And this is actually how most granular synths
work. Let’s add a modulator that. We can create an LFO. Be sure to drag down the hertz here so we
have a slower oscillation. You can see the oscillation here. Then we apply that to our starting position. And in the window here, in the display you
can actually see where the playhead is in the sample. So we make sure to have a more narrow field
that this parameter value oscillates. Drag this down a little bit. We can set the starting point a little bit
further into the sample. You can also set this to uni-polar if you
want the oscillation to appear from zero and upwards. You can see that the lowest value will no
be the starting offset. [Granular Bawu pad in Phase Plant]
Ok, let’s drag down the oscillation rate a little bit there too. Now we can go ahead and make this sound a
little bit more interesting by making a copy of this first oscillator. Just hold down Alt and drag this down. Now we will have an exact copy of the sampler
above here. And we can do some slight adjustments to this
new one. So increase the starting point, maybe to four. And pan the first oscillator (sampler) to
the left, and the second sampler to the right. [Granular Bawu pad, now in stereo!] Much more interesting in the stereo field! Let’s increase the attack here a little bit
so we have a softer start for this sound. Maybe a little bit of release too. Now we can go ahead and experiment with some
effects. I usually add a little bit of overdrive / saturation. And we can add some delay because granular
synthesis works very well with delays and reverb. Set it to ping-pong and reduce the feedback
a little bit. Reduce the mixing and increase the panning. A little bit longer delay maybe. [Granular Bawu pad with effects.] We can also do some more stereo mixing here. Let’s introduce a stereo effect. Maybe we can have some oscillation to that
one too. So add a second LFO here and drag down the
values. We often work with quite slow rates when we
are doing granular synthesis. Like so! And apply that to this stereo, to the mid
and width here. Maybe it’s a bit too much so drag that down
a little bit. And the rate, much slower. You can also experiment, if you want to have
a sharper attack on the grains. You can go ahead and add a modulator. Maybe a random modulator to this x-fade. Let’s do a little bit of that. And a little bit on that one. Let’s increase the smoothness a little bit
on this one too. Yeah so that’s basically how easy it is to
create granular synthesis within Phase Plant. If you have any questions on Phase Plant or
general sound design please write them in the comments section below. And don’t forget to hit that subscribe button
if you want more sound design tutorials, music production tutorials and general creativity
videos. Thanks for watching today and see you in the
next video. Bye! [Music by Mattias Holmgren]