I have a theory why it sounds often a bit similar. The grains are already not on the same pitch/frequency when they get picked up. They then get all pitched to the note played, but they still are on different frequency, otherwise you would hear a „normal“ tone. In the end the brain filters a bunch of soundgrains with a almost random fast changing pattern as category „noise“.
This is especially the case if they have short sustain phases. If they played as long notes with long ADSR values, it sounds much more like „sound“. But it will almost have the same characteristics because of the grains have all a slightly different tune.
I‘m sure it will be interesting to mix granular with traditional subtractive synthesis, like you mix noise to the oscillators. They Waldorf Quantum will probably demonstrate what’s possible when granular is part of a combination of other technologies, like wavetables and resonators.
I wonder how it would sound when the grains go into a resonator:thinking:
If someone has a Mutable Instruments modul like RINGS or ELEMENT, let me know how it sounds when combined with granular samples!
But I agree it can be done much cheaper with software, but I still like the GR-1.
Specs are awesome, it does everything i expected and even more. I don’t think it’s overpriced. For such a small company like tasty chips, this thing is a huge success!